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.
Defense & Fumbles
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.
Teeny-tiny. Gets grabby and starts to maul when running with big receivers. Flagged for five pass interference penalties this season. Doesnt 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.