2017 NFL DRAFT

Avery Young, OT

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 328 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
161155

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.392.95-- --4.918.22
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.362.951.88- --4.918.22

Player Overview

Young had a good four-year career for the Tigers, starting 36 games. He basically was a three-year starter who played out of the gate as a freshman from South Florida.

Young started 11 of 12 game his senior season, all 13 games as a junior and nine as a true sophomore. He even earned three starts as a freshman.

Young played right tackle for Auburn. The Tigers won a huge recruiting battle for this Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) four-star standout. Young was ranked the No. 8 offensive tackle in the 2012 class. He picked Auburn over Georgia, Miami, Florida and Alabama.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Showed versatility for the Tigers, playing both inside and out over this career. That is always a big plus in the NFL, especially as a lineman on either side of the ball. Has terrific size and length. Good straight-line speed and shows the ability to get out of his stance and on top of the defender quickly. He can pull and trap and get to the second level.

Was more successful playing guard, and is a better run blocker at this stage who can move his feet. Effective as a zone blocker and showed good awareness at the line of scrimmage. Adept at going one way, putting a hat on a defender with a good initial blow and then completely changing directions and attacking someone else.

WEAKNESSNESS: Certainly has the body type to play tackle, but lacks the short-area quickness and shows stiffness and lack of bend. Has struggled on the outside, especially in pass protection against players with speed, quickness or the combination of the two. He's not as skilled in pass pro as run blocking. Playing on the inside could ultimately benefit Young in the passing game, where there is less space and more traffic.

IN OUR VIEW: Young is suited to play both right tackle and guard at the next level, and that versatility will only enhance his value. This is a good run blocker who struggles against quickness and speed from the opposition. But if he can lock on a defender that defender is going to be in trouble.

Young has more of a ceiling on the inside, where he can be a good run blocker. His length and strength in the run game is his real value.

--Jamie Newberg (2/6/16)

 
 
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