Last week, the draft community was agog over Boise receiver Titus Young. The 5’11 1/4″, 174-pound wideout showed off his special explosiveness, gaining separation against many of the cornerbacks assembled in Mobile.
Young’s standout play at the Senior Bowl practices has him moving up draft boards: there’s now talk that he’s established himself as the top-rated senior receiver on team’s boards.
However, Young’s Senior Bowl week wasn’t perfect. Whether dropping a couple passes in practice or failing to bring in an inaccurate Jake Locker throw in the game, Young displayed less than exceptional hands. His college tape indicates that his hands aren’t an extremely disconcerting problem, but they may be enough of an issue to keep him out of the first round.
Both Young’s explosiveness and somewhat inconsistent hands were on display in the game against Nevada. He ran the top off of the Wolfpack defense, juked guys while returning kicks, and made some highlight reel grabs. But he also dropped some passes that should have been caught, including ones that could have rescued the team from an overtime loss.
To be fair, the cold weather that night made catching the ball difficult; even the normally sure-handed Austin Pettis had a few drops. But with Young’s character baggage also raising potential concerns — he was suspended for nine games in ’08 — teams looking for a 1st round receiver could opt for a sure-handed, clean character prospect instead.