Titus Young, Boise State Broncos
Titus Young projects as a dynamic deep threat capable of getting behind the defense, although his forty time at the Combine has some scratching their heads. He ran a 4.53 and while the forty is never a solid indicator of football speed, most scouts would have been more comfortable had he ran somewhere in the 4.4s, let alone his goal of 4.2. The Combine time ultimately should not affect his draft stock as one of the top receivers in this draft, however.
Young demonstrates good awareness when along the sidelines and shows good control of his body. He may not be as polished a route runner as former Broncos teammate Austin Pettis, but he is exceptional nonetheless. He changes directions well and gets off the line of scrimmage in a hurry. Young also carried the ball in college a few times, scoring seven touchdowns on 47 career carries, and is a playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands whether as a ball carrier or as a receiver at all levels of the field.
As mentioned, questions regarding his forty time at the Combine have raised a few eyebrows, as he was expected to run much faster. He isn't the biggest of receivers at 5'11 and 174-pounds, so questions inevitably arise regarding his ability to get off the line when teams look to jam him up.
He has also let a few catchable balls get by him, which can be one of the most frustrating things for a quarterback or a coach, not to mention thousands of armchair quarterbacks/coaches watching every Sunday. If he works on his hands early in his professional career, he could turn into a dangerous deep threat and playmaker. Otherwise, dropping passes is a quick way for a young receiver to fall out of favor with his new quarterback.
Young racked up back-to-back seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving, scoring 10 receiving touchdowns as a junior and nine as a senior. He's rushed for seven touchdowns in his career, including two in each of his first three seasons with the Broncos. He also served as a return man while at Boise State. One area that Young will have to address in the interviews leading up to the draft, and likely already has at the Combine, is a suspension in 2008 that was changed from three games to indefinite, which turned out to be for the remainder of the season. The original suspension was for a (you guessed it) violation of team rules.
Potential NFL Team, Round
Young is a fringe first round prospect who could go sometime in the second round. The New England Patriots (28th) Baltimore Ravens (26th), Atlanta Falcons (27th), Chicago Bears (29th) and Green Bay Packers (32nd) may look at receivers near the end of the first round. With A.J. Green and Julio Jones likely gone by that point, preference as far as the third or fourth receiver in this year's class is matter of personal taste. Young's competition at the second tier of this receiver class is Leonard Hankerson of Miami, Torrey Smith of Maryland and Jonathan Baldwin of Pittsburgh, among others.
In the second round, teams that may look for receiver help include the Cincinnati Bengals (35th), Cleveland Browns (37th), Washington Redskins (41st), St. Louis Rams (47th), San Diego Chargers (50th and 61st) and, of course, any of the aforementioned teams that could look at receivers at the bottom of the first. Clearly, potential NFL homes are numerous for a player like Young who belongs to a relatively convoluted second tier in this year's class of pass catchers.
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