The Detroit Lions have selected Boise State WR Titus Young 44th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Lions still need help in the defensive back field after the pick of DT Nick Fairley 13th overall in the 1st round of the draft and went with some offensive help instead.
There’s no doubt Young can stretch the field. He averaged more than 15 yards per reception over his four-year career at Boise State, and he reeled in 25 touchdown passes. Of course, those totals could be quite a bit higher if not for some off-field issues.

As a sophomore, Young was suspended for the final nine games of the season, including the Poinsettia Bowl loss to TCU, for breaking unspecified team rules. He has kept his nose clean since, becoming a real Rubik’s Cube for WAC defenses.

As a freshman, Young caught at least one pass in all 13 games, finishing third on the team with 44 receptions and five scores. After his sophomore hiatus, he became the only player in the conference to earn two first-team All-WAC honors, making the cut as both a receiver and a return specialist in 2009.

That all pales in comparison to his senior stat sheet. His 71 receptions, 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns once again placed Young on the conference’s first team, and he was also recognized by the Associated Press as a third-team All-American.

He’s not a big-bodied guy and he lacks ideal height, but he’s a sneaky player off the line with the ability to consistently slip press coverage and get behind the secondary. If he can continue to walk the straight and narrow, his versatility and value as a kick returner could land him in the mid-rounds as a potential dynamo in the slot.

Strengths: Very quick receiver who eats up the cushion out of his breaks and gets on top of the corner in a hurry. Has a solid second gear to get down the field after initial moves and can run away from defenders. Explodes out of his stance with no wasted steps and does a nice job of stemming his routes. Is a sudden athlete who moves seamlessly in and out of his breaks without sacrificing acceleration. Maintains his balance when cutting and keeps his feet under him in his routes. Runs crisp routes to earn consistent separation from defenders and is shifty enough out of his stance to slip press coverage. Has great lateral quickness in the open field and can create on his own after the reception. Sells out to make tough catches and fully extends his body and arms when going over the middle. Possesses strong wrists to snag the ball and hold onto it in traffic. Tracks passes over either shoulder. Understands spacing and will not drift back into coverage. Versatile player who brings added value as both a kick and punt returner due to this combination of straight-line running, toughness and elusiveness.

Weaknesses: Slight, thin frame that may not hold up in the NFL with his playing style. Loses focus and drops catchable passes. Concentration wavers all too often and will look to run upfield before securing the ball. Does not win jump balls often and struggles to out-leap defenders. Can be stymied at the line by physical corners and lacks the strength and drive to be an effective run blocker. Has nice timed speed, but lacks elite ability to burn by defensive backs on a consistent basis. Has a reputation as an egotistical player who can resist coaching.

–Hunter Ansley

2010 Season
Young, a three-time first-team All-WAC selection, wrapped up his career at Boise State as the school’s all-time leading receiver with 3,063 yards. Thanks to a 64-yard effort in the Broncos’ bowl game, he also set the school’s all-time single season receiving yards record with 1,215 on the year. He finished second behind Pettis in career receptions (204) and fourth in career receiving touchdowns (25). He is the first Bronco to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark twice (2009, 2010) and is also a threat in the return game, averaging 152.42 all-purpose yards per game during the regular season-a mark that ranked in the top 20 in the country. Young’s 43-game streak with a reception is currently tied for second best in the country.

Played in each of the Broncos’ 12 games during his final collegiate campaign, including 10 starts … named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference for the second-straight year … caught 65 passes for a career-high 1,151 yards … reception total is seventh-most in single-season history, and his yardage total is the second-most all-time … 198 career receptions is the second-most in school history … 2,999 career receiving yards are the most in school history … nine receiving touchdowns in 2010 are tied for the ninth-most in Boise State single-season history … 25 career receiving scores are the fourth-most in school history … has 35 total touchdowns on his career, tied for the seventh-most in school history … second-straight 1,000-yard season was the ninth in Boise State history … first Bronco to record two 1,000- yard seasons … 1,436 all-purpose yards is tied for the team high with Doug Martin … his 4,386 career all-purpose ranks sixth all-time at Boise State … four 100-yard receiving efforts, and had eclipsed triple digits by halftime in three games … at least four receptions in every game, including a season-high eight for a career-high 164 yards against Fresno State (Nov. 19) … season-high two touchdowns against the Bulldogs.

Caught five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown – all in the first half – against No. 24 Oregon State (Sept. 25) … led the team in catches (seven) and yards (105) against San Jose State, and had 101 yards at halftime … led team in catches (six) and yards (129) at No. 19 Nevada (Nov. 26) … also had 99 yards against Hawai’i … also ran for and caught a touchdown against the Spartans … 83-yard touchdown catch against Hawai’i was the ninth-longest pass play in school history … also caught a 58-yard touchdown pass against Idaho … rushed 11 times for 85 yards and a touchdown on the season … returned 23 kickoffs for 550 yards (23.9-yard average) … returned four punts for 43 yards, three of which came against the Beavers … season-long 36-yard return at Wyoming (Sept. 18) … received the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year Award in a vote of his teammates at the season-ending banquet. for more


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Comments (15)
  1. jake says:

    Wow a wideout let alone this guy who’s just a shorter charles rodgers who was thin and got hurt with plenty of character issues. The lions have a huge whole at cb and lb and even a o lineman would of been a better choice another sorry pick by the lions. I love the fairley pick but this one is pretty dumb on there behalf with so many holes in the defense.

  2. jay clune says:

    just when you think the lions might have changed………

  3. Eric says:

    Jay I completely agree…just when you think the Lions may have turned the corner, they draft a WR in the 2nd round??? Typical Lions, this is why they will never win!

  4. Mark V says:

    Wow! was Millen making this pick?

  5. jake says:

    exactly what eric said you cant win with so many holes. we have no cb’s most of them are guys mostly suited for the nickle package. we dont have a lock down corner who can make you think twice of throwing it there. yes our d line is going to be great but whose going to tackle 15 yards down the field and which linebacker is giong to come up to fill the holes. suh and fairley cant do everythign on the field alone, no matter how many sacks we can get and pressure the qb when they throw a quick screen to the WR and we cant stop it whats going to happen another 6-10 season or worse. im just not drinking the lion koolaid especially after that pick i was optimistic with fairley but this was horrible. seems like another “matt millen” pick.

  6. brent c says:

    too much of a reach for a reciever who was projected as a 3rd to 4th rounder. stats were inflated by playing in bad conference. might have been a good pick tomorrow. feels like MILLEN is drafting for the lions again

  7. KEITH SPEARS says:


  8. jake says:

    its not the worst pick keith but what cb or lb is going to be nfl ready in the next rounds hopefully free agency is kind to us and we get the cb asomuaga from the raiders don’t mind the spelling and a lb to step up

  9. Yooper says:

    Hey! Can he be trained to BE a CB? :-)

  10. Matt says:

    I hope am wrong in saying this. This has to be one the most dumbs picks I have seen since the Millen era. What a wonderful era that was. Ah lions what about a OL,CB, or maybe a LB. Go a head keeping acting like you know more than anyone else! I really think Pettigrown was dumb considering the lions could have had Robert Orr! That pick is going to bit them in the ass just like this ONE will!

  11. Andrew M says:

    Why are you people complaining? all the good OLB and Corners were taken, so why not go for a good offensive weapon who will spread the defensive field, and who will be good on the special teams for us? I love the pick, we can’t be too quick to judge, there are free agencies and trades available for OLB or Corners, GREAT MOVE LIONS!

  12. Jerry says:

    Andy, your right and who knows what free agencies will bring draft the best talent and fill holes.there are plenty of holes to fill. I think the lions are on the right track !!
    Go Lions !!!

  13. kevin says:

    Hey maybe now calvin can play with just a double team. All the people that think this is a bad pick try to name a championship team that wasn’t deep at reciever in recent memory. Besides baltimore. Calvin can’t be the only reciever we have. Also love the leshoure pick. Now sign namdhi asomogha. Go lions

  14. brent says:

    Young pick would have been good in the 4TH ROUND where most teams and scouts had him projected. I agree with taking best available, but that certainly wasn’t the case here

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