Displays good shiftiness off the line of scrimmage as well. Does a nice job quickly beating press with his lateral quickness and a sudden arm over and separating from his man. Is also a pretty gifted and balanced route runner, even when at top speed. Consistently is able to gain significant separation out of his sharply breaking routes and does a nice job staying low and driving back toward the football.
Now, he is undersized and can be pushed around down the field vs. more physical corners and will struggle to fight his way toward the football. He’s also very explosive and sudden after the catch, but too often lets the ball get into his frame and isn’t the most consistent of pluckers at this stage.
Impression: Reminds me a lot of Chicago wideout Johnny Knox from an athletic standpoint, but is more polished at this stage and could end up having a nice career as an explosive downfield threat."
As a sophomore, Young was suspended for the final nine games of the season, including the Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU, for breaking unspecified team rules. He has kept his nose clean since, becoming a real Rubik's Cube for WAC defenses.
As a freshman, Young caught at least one pass in all 13 games, finishing third on the team with 44 receptions and five scores. After his sophomore hiatus, he became the only player in the conference to earn two first-team All-WAC honors, making the cut as both a receiver and a return specialist in 2009.
That all pales in comparison to his senior stat sheet. His 71 receptions, 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns once again placed Young on the conference's first team, and he was also recognized by the Associated Press as a third-team All-American.
He's not a big-bodied guy and he lacks ideal height, but he's a sneaky player off the line with the ability to consistently slip press coverage and get behind the secondary. If he can continue to walk the straight and narrow, his versatility and value as a kick returner could land him in the mid-rounds as a potential dynamo in the slot.
Strengths: Very quick receiver who eats up the cushion out of his breaks and gets on top of the corner in a hurry. Has a solid second gear to get down the field after initial moves and can run away from defenders. Explodes out of his stance with no wasted steps and does a nice job of stemming his routes. Is a sudden athlete who moves seamlessly in and out of his breaks without sacrificing acceleration. Maintains his balance when cutting and keeps his feet under him in his routes. Runs crisp routes to earn consistent separation from defenders and is shifty enough out of his stance to slip press coverage. Has great lateral quickness in the open field and can create on his own after the reception. Sells out to make tough catches and fully extends his body and arms when going over the middle. Possesses strong wrists to snag the ball and hold onto it in traffic. Tracks passes over either shoulder. Understands spacing and will not drift back into coverage. Versatile player who brings added value as both a kick and punt returner due to this combination of straight-line running, toughness and elusiveness.
Weaknesses: Slight, thin frame that may not hold up in the NFL with his playing style. Loses focus and drops catchable passes. Concentration wavers all too often and will look to run upfield before securing the ball. Does not win jump balls often and struggles to out-leap defenders. Can be stymied at the line by physical corners and lacks the strength and drive to be an effective run blocker. Has nice timed speed, but lacks elite ability to burn by defensive backs on a consistent basis. Has a reputation as an egotistical player who can resist coaching."
Agility: Young has excellent balance and control which is essential to his success. He is able to sink his hips and explode out of his breaks. Young avoids wasted motion with both his body and feet that helps mask his routes. His lateral quickness impacts his ability to get off the line and make defenders miss in space. Young has good body control which he uses to box out defenders.
Blocking: Nobody will every confuse Young with an offensive lineman but he does show effort. He works to get his hands inside the defender and impede their route to the ball carrier. Young sticks with his blocks which helps spring long runs.
Hands: Young has nice soft hands but doesn't consistently pluck the ball out of the air. To often, he allows the ball to get into his body resulting in drops. Young also struggles with his concentration and will be caught moving up the field before he secures the football. Overall, he showed to be very inconsistent with all aspect of catching the football. He didn't show the ability to routinely comedown with the tough catches in traffic.
Release: Quickness and lateral ability are the tools Young uses to release off the line. Young doesn't possesses the size and bulk to overpower the defender. If the defensive back is able to get their hands on him they will make it tough for him to release.
Route Running: Young shows great explosion while still remaining balanced. He does a good job avoiding wasted motion which helps him cleanly get out of his break. Young's balance is the key to his routes and ability to create separation. While Young possesses good route running ability there were times I noticed a sloppy approach. It appears that he is not always concentrated on running crisp routes. While at Boise State, Young wasn't asked to run a very complicated route tree. His main route was a streak down the field. In the NFL, teams will be looking for him to fill a slot roll and run routes over the middle. He also does a good job snapping his head around to locate the ball in the air.
Size: At 5'11 174lbs, Young is a little on the small side. His slender build will draw some injury concerns.
Speed: Young has the acceleration and 2nd gear needed to create separation. He possesses the ability to streak past defensive backs and get down the field. His short area burst allows him to get open and create space. Once the ball is in his hands he is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
Games Viewed: Nevada, Virginia Tech, Fresno State
Final word: Young is a very dangerous playmaker that will likely have an impact in the NFL. He is a versatile prospect in that he can play wide receiver and return kicks. A team looking for someone with speed and game breaking ability will likely consider Young. However, he needs to work on his route running especially those over the middle. His size makes him a likely candidate for a slot roll but he limited experience with the position. It is not out of the question that he could fill a spot on the outside. Overall, Young looks to be a solid prospect likely to come off the board on day two of the draft."
Young has the speed to excel at the next level.
Young has always loved having the football in his hands, and for good reason. He’s a threat to take it the distance every time he touches it, and it’s no surprise that Kellen Moore loved throwing to him so much. He paired up very well at Boise State with fellow stud receiver Austin Pettis.
Young’s quickness and agility is what really separates him from many of the other wide receivers in the 2011 NFL Draft. He gets in and out of his routes with crispness, and has a double move on downfield routes that could freeze any corner in their tracks. Young has spectacular run after catch ability, weaving in and out of traffic to make plays all over the field. He has solid hands overall, and can make most catches. He was heavily utilized on screens, swing passes, and many other short yardage situations at Boise State, which he often turned into great positive yardage. He has exceptional acceleration after the catch, and gets off of the line very quickly, forcing defenders to play off him with plenty of space, allowing him to take advantage of quick slants, hitches, and crossing patterns.
Being just 174 pounds, being a physical wide receiver may be somewhat out of the question. He isn’t going to battle with bigger corners and safeties for jump balls, and he’s going to struggle getting off of the line in press coverage. He hasn’t always run fluid routes, but he has improved on that aspect. He will need to improve as a blocker down field as well. Sometimes he gets pushed back by bigger corners playing the run. But you can’t question his toughness. Just because he’s a smaller player doesn’t mean he’s not tough. He isn’t afraid to challenge for a play in the middle of the field, it’s just that he may not always come out victorious.
Young has only helped his draft stock with the Senior Bowl, and excellent 2010 season. He’s shooting up draft boards, and I believe he’s talented enough to go in the early 20 range. Look for Kansas City, New York Jets, Baltimore, Chicago, and Atlanta to target him later in the first. If he makes the fall to the second round, he’ll be off the board by pick 37 of the Browns as he’s a perfect fit for their West Coast Offense.
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson"
Positive: Productive college receiver with a consistent game. Fluid releasing off the line and runs sharp routes, quickly getting into breaks and immediately coming back to the ball on exit. Displays terrific focus and concentration and makes the reception away from his frame. Possesses strong hands, showing the ability to snatch passes from the air. Easily adjusts the errant throw, effortlessly makes the reception downfield, and elusive running after the catch. Reads the defense and settles into the open spot on the field. Sneaky fast and finds a way to get behind opponents. Gives effort blocking downfield and gets solid results.
Negative: More quick than fast. Erratic workout at the combine. Lacks top size and likely to struggle handling jams or battling at the next level.
Analysis: Young was exceptionally productive the past two seasons and turned in a terrific performance at the Senior Bowl in January. He's a prospect who comes to play on game day and should be a productive third receiver while also being an asset on special teams."
Negatives: Very small, would like to see him add some weight to his frame... Will have to run well at the combine, anything slower than a 4.50 will be troublesome for his draft stock... Questionable hands, drops some catchable balls... Looks up field before securing the football... Average run blocker, size limits his ability to be much of a factor in this area... Below-average leaping ability, won't win many jump balls... Stats may be inflated due to playing in Boise State's high powered offense against WAC competition... Comes with character concerns, missed most of 2008 due to suspension."
Strengths: Multi-dimensional player with blazing speed and always big-play potential. Can run or catch out of the slot - able to make defenders miss and turn a 5 yard pass into a 90-yard TD. Great speed to get to the edge and turn up-field. Excellent hands and concentration - rarely catches ball on body. Precise route runner who is able to set-up defenders and gain separation.
Weaknesses: Slight size and stature are negatives at the next level, particularly as the concern with concussions continues to grow. Had discipline issue as a sophomore that kept him out of all but 3 games. Young appears to have matured, but the history is there.
Projection: 3rd round. Depending on off-season testing and team needs could go as high as 2nd round."
For his senior season Young is keeping up with his impressive 2009 numbers in every category. He has yet to return a kick for a score, but through seven games he has only had 15 opportunities on kick-off returns. That is partially because teams kick away from him, but the opposition does not score much either against the Broncos, so the opportunities are limited.
At 5-11 and 175 pounds, Young would need to be a slot receiver in the NFL. He has good speed, but needs to run closer to a 4.4 40 than a 4.5 at the NFL combine to cement his spot in the top half of the draft. His lack of size will keep him down some draft boards, but his ability to return kicks (not to mention run solid routes and make tough catches) should make up for his lack of size."
He is an explosive downfield target with the elusiveness to factor heavily in the return game and flip the field. He was a bit immature upon his arrival, but with the NFL within his sights, he has improved his work habits and could bring value as a big-play weapon."
Titus Young has flat out SUPER STAR potential: His combination of amazing Lateral Agility, stunning Fluidity, Instinctive + Gracefull Navigation, and blazing Speed simply TERRIFIES opponents.
I cannot believe he's projected for the 3rd Round. He'll probably go in the 2nd.
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