Titus Young is an Explosive Playmaker

April 06, 2011 | Brian Billick

Titus Young out of Boise State has had two back to back seasons of 70 plus receptions and 1,000 plus yards.  Last year, Young broke Boise’s singe season receiving yards mark with 1,215 and finished his career as the all-time receiving yards leader with 3,063.  His production numbers could be a little inflated based on the passing system the Broncos utilize, but I think he has the skill-set to be a fine receiver in the NFL.

Young has good top end speed (4.53 forty-yard dash), but his quickness and ability to snap in and out of breaks is what sets him apart.  He may have been the best route runner at the Senior Bowl, easily breaking off routes and creating instant separation from the defensive backs in one-on-one drills.  He has great hips and head motion out of his plant and drives his body back to the ball.  He is a little undersized (5’11 3/4, 174 pounds) for a prototypical outside receiver in the NFL, but he could be a DeSean Jackson type if plugged into the right system.  He has the similar ability to stretch the field and break games wide open.  With 71 receptions last year, it is hard to suggest he could have more consistent hands, but he appears to have some concentration lapses which lead to drops on what should be easy catches.

I had the chance to do an on-field demo with Titus about a week ago, and he proved to me that he was an intelligent receiver that studies defenses and techniques.  He was an impressive young man (especially for someone that has some maturity concerns coming into the draft).   I look for him to go somewhere in the middle of the second round.