Separation Skills: One of the only receivers in the nation to put fear in the eyes of defenders. Excellent acceleration and top speed. Eats up cushion quickly with his explosion and suddenness. Is a legitimate vertical threat. Can also push defenders up field, stick his foot in the ground, and break off routes extremely well. Puts cornerbacks in a conundrum. Has the lateral quickness to beat press coverage, and the route running to execute come backs and outs against off coverage. Runs his routes at full speed, and comes out of his breaks without gearing down too much.
Ball Skills: Has natural and soft hands. On occasion, can rise and pluck the ball from the sky. Does let some balls get into his chest, and will need to improve that at the next level. Tracks the deep ball exceptionally well and catches it over his shoulder in full stride. Even with his slight frame, he does a good job at securing catches with defenders contesting. Needs to improve his focus on easy catches. Will try to run before totally securing the ball.
Big play ability: At any point in time, can get behind the secondary and make a big play. Is not only a threat down the field. Can take a drag or bubble screen the distance. Is very shifty and elusive with the ball in his hands. Does not possess the strength or bulk to break tackles. Also is a threat on special teams. He is one of the best return men in the nation. Has the vision to find a crease, and the speed to hit the home run.
Competitiveness/ Toughness: Passionate athlete who is highly competitive. Toughness is inconsistent. Will go over the middle to make a play, but will frequently go out-of-bounds to avoid a hit.
Intangibles: Suspended 10 games during the 2008 season for off-the-field problems. Suspended for the first quarter of the 2007 Hawaii Bowl. Has been flagged for excessive celebration a few times. 2010 All-WAC Football 1st Team. 2010 AP All-American 3rd Team.
Overall Stock: There aren’t many receivers in the draft that can do what Titus Young can. No one else possesses the threat that he does deep down the field. NFL teams are always looking for players who can stretch the field and create a play. Titus Young is that guy. Despite his character concerns, teams will not pass on him. After seeing what Desean Jackson, Mike Wallace, and Johnny Knox have done to the league, teams are yearning for their own version. Since most of the top-tier receivers decided to stay in school, Young has an opportunity to be a second round pick. Last year at the Boise States pro-day, Young ran a 4.4 forty. If he can get himself into the 4.3 range at the NFL Combine, he has a shot at being a first day selection. I’m sure many teams regret passing on Desean Jackson, and they won’t make that same mistake twice.
NFL Comparisons: Johnny Knox and Desean Jackson