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Tavon Young: Diamond in the rough

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NFL: Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens don’t have a lot to be happy about after dropping three straight games following a 3-0 start.

However, there is one player that fans can look to and feel a bit of optimism thanks to his nice run of play.

That would be rookie cornerback Tavon Young, who was drafted in the fourth round this year. When general manager Ozzie Newsome once again didn't make a big move to solidify the position, fans were understandably frustrated.

This included several different opportunities to address the position at the top of the draft, when he instead chose to trade down several times throughout the second round. In acquiring several fourth round picks, Newsome used one of them on Young, and the early returns on the young defender are positive so far.

This is mainly represented by his ability to get the ball in his hands. It's already happened four times this season; the two point return against Cleveland, a pick against Jacksonville, a fumble recovery against the Raiders, and of course the athletic interception in Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

While his diminutive stature may keep him restricted to the nickel corner role, it appears to be a position which he will continue to thrive in. The Ravens still need help at the outside corner role opposite Jimmy Smith but it certainly is comforting to know that they may have found their solution for the third spot in their defensive backfield.

Newsome has received his fair share of criticism for missing in recent drafts, but with rookies Ronnie Stanley, Alex Lewis, and Young all producing, it appears that he may have redeemed himself a bit with his 2016 selection crop.