Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Eagles select...Scott Young
OG | (6'3", 312, 5.01) | BRIGHAM YOUNG
Strengths: Has excellent combination of frame, strength and athletic ability. Is quick and also has good speed for the position. Has very good balance and lateral movement ability. Has a powerful upper body and shows the ability to jar defenders with initial punch. Bench press was among the elite at the combine with 43 reps of standard 225 lbs. Is a hard worker with good intangibles and character. Is "coachable".
Weaknesses: Is inexperienced, especially at the OG position. Lacks ideal bulk and base. Will need to play with more consistent leverage. May have trouble anchoring versus massive two-gap DT's. Is a developmental player that needs a lot of improvement to technique. Needs to improve his hand-placement, angles, first-step and pass-pro set. Awareness and recognition skills are understandably not where they need to be yet, either.
Overall: Young was a two-year starter at defensive tackle at Dixie Junior College from 2000-'01. He had 15.5 sacks as a sophomore and earned J.C. All-American honors. He transferred to BYU in 2002 and played in 10 games as a DT and finished with 13 tackles and one fumble recovery. He redshirted in 2003 while making the transition to offensive guard. As a senior in 2004, Young was a fulltime starter at OG and wound up earning second-team All-Mountain West honors. Young is an intriguing late-round prospect with limited experience at the OG position but a lot of upside if he can ever maximize his physical tools. He is raw and will need more time than most to develop. He also needs to improve his bulk and base. However, he has an ideal frame, excellent athleticism for the position and outstanding upper body power. If given the time to develop and the proper coaching at the next level, Young could wind up becoming one of the big "steals" of the 2005 NFL draft.
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