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2016 NFL Draft: Ravens select CB Tavon Young with the 104th overall pick

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The Ravens have selected the local product as their first defensive back in the draft.

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome (back) to Baltimore!

The newest member of the Ravens' flock is one of their own, Maryland-native Tavon Young. Young played college ball with the Temple Owls, and was very productive during his collegiate career. Young gained a reputation as a shutdown corner for the Owls, and his lack of statistical production last season was a direct result of his shutdown tendencies. According to many analysts, if it weren't for Young's tiny 5'9" frame, he would've been selected yesterday. How the Ravens plan to incorporate Young's unique frame into their defense, remains to be seen, but I imagine that Young could be a productive slot corner for the Ravens.

College Stats

Defense & Fumbles

Data Coverage (*=bowl stats included)

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2012 Temple Big East DB 10 9 3 12 2.0 1.5 2 -5 -2.5 0
2013 Temple American SO DB 11 41 10 51 1.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 5 0 1
2014 Temple American JR DB 11 22 1 23 0.0 0.0 4 153 38.3 0 9 1 0
2015 Temple American SR DB 11 29 12 41 5.0 1.0 0 0 0 7 0 0
Career Temple 101 26 127 8.0 2.5 7 157 22.4 0 21 1 1

Scouting Report

(NFL.com)

STRENGTHS

Plays bigger and more physically than his listed height/weight. Drives through receivers with force at the point of the catch and can jar the ball free. Plays with winning ball skills. Grabbed four interceptions and had 14 passes defensed in 2014. Crowds receivers upfield and gets his head around to find the ball. Will violently rip and thrash at the ball to prevent a catch. Comfortable in bail coverage.

WEAKNESSES

Teeny­-tiny. Gets grabby and starts to maul when running with big receivers. Flagged for five pass interference penalties this season. Doesn’t have twitch or fluid change of direction found in most smallish corners. Gets caught guessing on route recognition. Open to a side early and, at times, in the wrong direction. Feet are clunky when opening up to run with receivers. Narrow base from backpedal brings balance issues affecting his closing burst.