Today we continue our series of breakdowns on players that could potentially be selected by the Dolphins in the first round of next month’s NFL Draft. On Monday, it was Alabama running back Mark Ingram, on Friday it’ll be Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey, but today, it’s all about speed and Boise State wide receiver Titus Young:
Breaking Down: Titus Young
While most mock drafts have the Fins looking at Ingram, I have long held out hope that they take a particular interest in the guy that is probably my biggest “draft crush,” Titus Young. In four years with the Broncos, Young caught 25 touchdown passes and ran for another seven scores. A guy that can also be used in the return game, his speed, to me, would make him a great addition to the Fins’ offense. He has been compared to guys like Mike Wallace of the Steelers and Lee Evans of the Bills–a vertical threat that can cause havoc in the secondary.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Former Pro Bowl safety Corey Chavous, who now runs the website DraftNasty.com told us that “team speed offensively is something the Dolphins need to add to.”
Young has that speed. Wes Bunting of the National Football Post said that Young is “one of the few wide receivers in this year’s draft who when I watched him on tape, corners legitimately feared getting behind him.” Bunting also made the comparison to the Bears’ Johnny Knox.
Scott Wright, of DraftCountdown.com visited the show in February and told us that Young impressed him more than he thought he would at the Senior Bowl. He added that Young “would be a great fit for the Dolphins” though he didn’t think Young was a definite first-round guy. He also cautioned that Young “has a little bit of Chad Ochocinco to him as far as his personality.”
As for the different ways to use Young, Bunting also told us that “he’s slippery enough off the line to beat press coverage” and that he’s “a guy you can play in the slot, allow him to run the deep crossing patterns” and that “he can be very explosive vertically down the field.”
Meanwhile, if Young isn’t the Dolphins guy, the draft experts named other, similar players who might help add this dimension to the Fins’ offense. Names like Torrey Smith of Maryland and Troy’s Jerrel Jernigan both came up.
So that’s what they’re saying about Titus Young. But enough from me and our experts, what do you think?
Would you be happy with the Dolphins drafting Titus Young?
- Yes, later on (66%)
- Yes, at #15 (17%)
- No, they can draft another WR later (11%)
- No, they don't need to draft a WR (6%)
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