Scouting Report on New Lions WR Titus Young
Titus Young (Kyle Terada/US PressWire)
Titus Young (Kyle Terada/US PressWire)
Posted Apr 29, 2011

Scouting report and analysis on the 44th overall pick, Boise State WR Titus Young, who will join Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson in Detroit.

Titus Young, Boise State
5-foot-11.3 -- 174 -- 4.49

Good News: Outstanding burst out of his stance and explodes off the line of scrimmage against off coverage…Uses quick agility and burst to get by press coverage…Excellent route runner…Explosive and sudden in and out of his breaks to create separation…Can recognize soft spots in the zone…Great run-after-the-catch ability…Has the quickness to elude defenders and the acceleration and burst to turn short passes into long gains…Tracks the ball well over the shoulder…Flashes the ability to snatch the ball out of the air.

Titus Young (Kirby Lee/US PressWire)
Titus Young will join Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson in Detroit after being selected 44th overall (Kirby Lee/US PressWire)
Bad News: Lacks size and has a slight frame…Doesn’t show strength and can struggle to get off a tougher jam…Not quite as versatile as expected and hasn’t offered a lot of production as a punt returner (he was an accomplished kickoff returner, but may lack the size to contribute there at the next level)…Character concerns – suspended for nearly all of the 2008 season…Lacks the size and strength to be overly effective as a blocker.

2010 Statistics: Set Boise State career (3,063) and season (1,215) records for receiving yards…Caught 71 passes for 1,215 yards (17.11 ypc) and nine touchdowns…Gained 94 yards with another score on 14 carries (6.71 ypc)…Added 564 yards on 24 kickoff returns (23.50 avg) and 43 yards on four punt returns (10.75 avg).

Prediction: Young’s not the prospect DeSean Jackson was because I don’t believe he’s as explosive (then again, who is?) and doesn’t have the same kind of speed. He’s not quite as versatile either, as he has little experience returning punts. Still, Young has big-play ability and if you need further evidence, I offer the following statistic: of Young’s 25 career touchdown receptions, 16 have been 40 yards or longer, including eight of 50 yards or longer and two of at least 80 yards. He should be selected in the mid-to-late second round or early in the third.

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