A lot of fans were caught off guard when the Lions selected Boise State wide receiver Titus Young with their second round pick. How was the pick viewed nationally?
Titus Young is exactly what the Lions need on offense, outside of a left tackle. He’s eventually going to draw some attention away from Calvin Johnson. In the meantime, he’ll contribute right away on punt returns. I really like this pick. (Pick Grade: A)
Jim Schwartz has been seeking explosion on both sides of the ball, and in Young he lands an explosive receiver. The two greatest concerns about Young are his sinewy, narrow frame and corresponding durability and his overall immaturity. He turned off a lot of teams in the interview process and his lack of attention to detail could drive his position coach crazy. He also might be able to supplement Stefan Logan in the return game.
What he brings: Young brings immediate big-play threat with his above-average run-after-catch ability. He is unpolished as a route-runner but does show excellent burst out of breaks to create separation, and he has reliable hands. In addition, he brings added value on special teams as a returner, where he averaged more than 10 yards per punt return in 2010.
How he fits: This is a perfect fit for the Lions’ improving pass offense. Starters Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson are solid with good production, but there is virtually no depth with the exception of versatile Stefan Logan. Young looks like the perfect guy to line up in the slot in the Lions? three-wide package and his quickness and yards after the catch could give them added versatility.
Young. If he can stay away from the off-field concerns teams had about him, he will be a lot like DeSean Jackson. There is no doubting his ability. But there is still risk. Grade: B-
Titus Young in my view is the draft’s top vertical threat and a potential game breaker anytime he gets the ball in his hands. He’s going to be a great complement for Calvin Johnson on the outside and shouldn’t have any trouble separating from man coverage at the next level.
OMG! This is a real surprise. Young is a nice complement to Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson. I see Young as a WR who will become a member of the Lions slot receiver by committee club. I would have prefered OLB Mason Foster, or even CB Davon House. If Mayhew and Schwartz feel that Young is the guy, then that’s OK by me. BTW – Derrick Williams can pack his bags.