Tavon Young Is More Than A Nickel Back



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.

Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.