The NFL is clearly a passing league as quarterbacks are throwing the football now more than ever before. NFL quarterbacks are throwing the football at unprecedented rates, and defenses have been forced to adjust. As a result, nickel cornerbacks have essentially become starting cornerbacks in the NFL. Many teams are looking at Temple cornerback Tavon Young as a nickel corner, but his tape suggests that he can play on the outside as well as in the slot.
While Young is just 5-foot-9, 183 pounds, he has routinely locked down wide receivers bigger than he is. Young is seemingly always at the wide receiver’s break and does a good job of playing the football while it’s in the air. I asked Young about his ability to essentially run receiver’s routes for them and he attributed his success to his film study and preparation.
Young earned the right to shadow wide receivers irrespective of where they lined up, which shows his coaching staff at Temple really trusted him. Though teams might view Young as a nickel cornerback, he will prove that he has the ability to cover receiver on the perimeter at the next level. Young understands size is NOT a skill, and he’s eager to prove his doubters wrong in 2016.
In the phone interview below, Young discusses how he ended up at Temple, the pride he takes in his approach to preparing for game day, feedback he’s getting from NFL teams and the impact he’d like to make in the NFL.