Titus Young: WR, Boise State (5-foot-11, 170 pounds)

INTRO (From National Football Post):  Unlike Torrey Smith, Young is a much more fluid and cleaner router who possesses the flexibility in his hips to sharply get out of his breaks. He offers the same type of vertical speed down the field, with the ability to consistently get behind defenses. However, he does a great job selling his vertical routes and has a real suddenness to his game when asked to snap out of his breaks as a short and intermediate route runner. He still has a tendency to round off his breaks at times, but athletically Young possesses the ability to mature in that area. He’s also a much more natural plucker of the football and exhibits the shiftiness off the line to beat press coverage on the outside and quickly get into his routes. I prefer Young over Smith because I think he can give you more as an overall route runner at the next level and he’ll give you more opportunities to be dynamic.

Young reportedly ran a blazing 4.27 40-yard dash during his Pro Day on Friday, ran his routes well and caught everything thrown to him.  Now, he's garnering consideration again as a possible  late first-round selection.

Projection: Round 2

Here is what NFL draft analyst Gil Brandt wrote after Young's performance on Friday:

This kid, you could tell, is a natural pass catcher, and he reminds you a lot of Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, except probably without the kick-return ability. Young definitely helped himself a great deal at the pro day.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock released his latest rankings of top five prospects per position, with Boise State WR Titus Young moving up to the list.  Mayock compared Young to DeSean Jackson during Senior Bowl practices, so the rise should not come as a total surprise. In fact, all of the and NFL Network staff on hand in Mobile, Ala. praised Young’s week.

Boise State WR Titus Young is the "unanimous best receiver" at the Senior Bowl, Mike Mayock was impressed with Young's performance in Senior Bowl practices, comparing him to DeSean Jackson. "I see a kid there that physically has helped himself," Mayock said at the time. "Teams are going to have to do a lot more homework on him off the field." Young is now behind only Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones in Mayock's latest ranks.  Young is shaping up as a potential late first-round pick.  

Tony Pauline has Young as his 40th best prospect overall : 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.

 Draft Countdown:  A dynamic vertical weapon who can absolutely fly and may even draw some comparisons to Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers --- Probably doesn't profile as a full-time starter at the next level but is versatile and should excel in the slot and as a kick returner.

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2007 Boise State WAC FR WR 44 639 14.5 5 13 66 5.1 2 57 705 12.4 7
2008 Boise State WAC SO WR 10 168 16.8 1 5 52 10.4 2 15 220 14.7 3
2009 Boise State WAC JR WR 79 1041 13.2 10 15 138 9.2 3 94 1179 12.5 13
2010 Boise State WAC SR WR 71 1215 17.1 9 14 94 6.7 1 85 1309 15.4 10
Career Boise State 204 3063 15.0 25 47 350 7.4 8 251 3413 13.6 33

Conclusion (by Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner):

Young is a one-trick pony to a degree, but it’s a very dangerous trick, and he’s the kind of player that could really help his stock in the pre-draft evaluation process. Like the Pittsburgh SteelersMike Wallace, who rode a strong Senior Bowl week to NFL stardom, Young will show that his track speed transfers in a functional football sense. Right now, he’s probably not a guy who would look good transitioning inside to the slot at the NFL level. That may change, and he’ll need to develop his routes from the word “go”, but the recent successes of Wallace, DeSean Jackson and Brandon Lloyd  in offenses that rely heavily on vertical stretch receivers to open up everything underneath may find Young to be worthy of a second round pick.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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