Even though he tweeted that blogs are a joke (based on what I can only imagine is alternative facts), we aren’t going to shy away from the Tavon Young hype here at Baltimore Beatdown. Neither is Pro Football Focus (PFF), as they graded Young as the NFL’s third best rookie cornerback.
Young received an 80.3 overall grade from PFF for his performance in the 2016 season. PFF gave the Temple product a 79.8 coverage grade, the best of all Ravens corners. Against the run, PFF gave Young a 69.3 grade.
Tavon Young often found himself lined up on the outside against bigger receivers, and won nearly all of his battles. It didn’t take long for Young to make a splash either. Young was thrown into a large role due to injuries in Week 5, and it was a role that he flourished in. From Week 5 on, Young averaged nearly 64 snaps per game. Young finished the year with two interceptions and eight passes defended.
Despite the great numbers on the outside, the Ravens would be wise to move Tavon Young to the slot next season. It’s very uncommon to see someone with as small of a frame as Young to succeed on the edge, especially when facing big receivers like A.J. Green twice a year. Young will be better suited in the slot where he can match up with receivers closer to his size. Young will bring his excellent coverage inside with him. Don’t worry about Young’s ability to keep up with speedy slot receivers either, as Young was a track star in high school. Young even set the Maryland record in the 4x100 relay.
Tavon Young oozes with potential, and after a great rookie season, the Ravens will be very excited to see how he develops further. The best is yet to come for Maryland’s own Tavon Young.