2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Titus Young
It’s no surprise that Titus Young was a track star at University High School. He was a football star as well, and was ranked as one of the top ten receivers in the state of California. Some coaches wanted to play him as a cornerback at the next level after he dominated in high school playing defensive back as well, but he wanted to stick with offense.
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.
Player Name: Titus Young
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Boise State
Height: 5’11 7/8
40 Time: 4.43
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.
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