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The Post’s Steve Serby chatted with Washington rookie standout Chase Young, the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, who will have his sights squarely on the Giants’ Daniel Jones this Sunday.

Q: You can pick the brain of any pass rusher in NFL history.

A: LT. Lawrence Taylor. LT is one of the all-time greats. One of the best pass rushers to ever play the game. I loved the fact that he was a dog throughout the entire game. I would just love to pick his brain on his pass rush moves and just his overall passion for the game and what motivated him. He played with an intensity like no other.

Q: Describe your on-field mentality.

A: I’m ready to go. When I step on the field, I just feel like I turn into something else.

Q: You’ve likened yourself to a lion on the field?

A: Yes.

Q: Could you elaborate on that?

A: You know, the King of the Jungle, and everybody respects a lion. You can’t really go toe-to-toe with them. The baddest in the jungle, that’s what I try to turn into.

Q: Quarterbacks you’re looking forward to sacking.

A: Daniel Jones, Lamar Jackson. . . really all of them.

Q: Do you dislike quarterbacks?

A: Nah, I don’t dislike them. I like taking them down.

Q: One offensive tackle in NFL history to test your skills against.

A: Anthony Munoz. He may be one of the top three left tackles I’ve seen ever.

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Q: Athletes in other sports you admire.

A: Venus and Serena (Williams). . . LeBron James. . . Floyd Mayweather. . . Tiger Woods. . . Michael Phelps. . . Usain Bolt.

Q: Tell me about (Washington head coach) Ron Rivera.

A: Coach Rivera has been great so far. He is a tremendous leader and he motivates us all to come in here and give it our best. He has coached some of the best defenses in the league so I’m excited to get to play for him. Obviously going through what he is going through with his (cancer) diagnosis and how he has handled that so far is really inspiring for all of us. I can’t wait to get out on the field and give it my all for him.

Q: (Your Ohio State coach) Urban Meyer.

A: Coach Meyer is just a leader. A great leader of men. I wouldn’t have wanted to play for any other coach in college. He is the best in my opinion. It is also cool being here with some of my former teammates that played for Coach Meyer, and Alex Smith who played for him back at Utah.

Q: You’ll be seeing (Giants LT) Andrew Thomas a lot over the years. What do you know about him?

A: I know he’s a good player. He went to Georgia.

Q: What do you know about Daniel Jones?

A: Pretty good quarterback, went first round to the Giants.

Q: What drives you?

A: Just to try to be the best that I could be.

Q: NFL pass rushers you like watching.

A: Khalil Mack; Von Miller; Clay Mathews; Chandler Jones; Aaron Donald of course.

Q: NFL players you admired growing up.

A: Julius Peppers; Mike Vick; Ray Lewis; Steve Smith.

Q: What has Nick Bosa taught you?

A: Play my game, execute my technique and trust my technique.

Q: Your Ohio State D-Line coach and associate head coach Larry Johnson.

A: Somebody real big in my life. He was a big reason why I’m where I am today.

Q: How do you deal with the pressure of great expectations?

A: I know if I focus, and I play the best football that I can play, let everything take care of itself.

Q: Why is meditation helpful?

A: I just feel like it gives you a peace during the day that you need. I feel like it rejuvenates my whole body.

Q: Your dogs.

A: English Bull Terrier, Tiger; Bully Pit, Queen; and a Presa Canario, Kujo.

Q: Two dinner guests.

A: Martin Luther King; Rosa Parks.

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Q: Favorite movies.

A: I have a lot of favorite movies. “Lion King”. . . “300”. . . “Boyz in the Hood.”

Q: Favorite actors.

A: Denzel (Washington); Will Smith; Mark Wahlberg.

Q: Favorite actress.

A: Meagan Good.

Q: Favorite meal.

A: Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and sweet potato yams.

Q: Your thoughts on Black Lives Matter and equality.

A: We met as a team (before the season) to discuss ways that we can make a change in our communities. Coach Rivera and all of us sat and talked about experiences and ways we can make an impact through action together. Playing for my hometown team in the community that I was raised in makes it that much more impactful for me. I am going to use my platform to help raise awareness for social injustice.