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TheInsiders.com Scouting Report: A tall, rangy defensive end with a lot of energy on and off the field. A speed rusher campable of blowing past slower offensive tackles, and he has the frame to keep getting bigger.


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Pros: Young is great at getting off the line, around the edge, and disrupting the offensive backfield. He stands in at 6’4, 240 pounds and possesses the ability to play the run and play with strength, despite being undersize for a defensive end.

Cons: The prototypical “tweener”, Young is another undersize defensive end who will need to add weight or have to move play in the 3-4 as an outside linebacker.

Skinny: The decision Willie Young made to return for his senior season at NC State was a good one, both for himself and the Wolfpack. Young has played in all 37 games since hitting the field as a red-shirt freshman in 2006, and the talented pass rusher reminds many of former #1 overall pick and NCSU product, Mario Williams. Young ranks eleventh in school history with 31.5 tackles-for-loss and has started 20 of his last 21 games dating back to 2007. In 2008, he led the team in sacks (6.5), tackles-for-loss (12.5), and quarterback pressures (26).

Projection: Young has good speed but not great speed, but has a very good first step and the ability to use multiple pass rush moves. Heading into his senior season Young has a third-to-fourth round grade.


Seems like a pass rush specialist along the same lines as Cliff Avril, though the Mario Williams comparison made in the scouting report is... well, intruiging.

Anyone else have thoughts on this pick?


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April 24th, 2010, 4:23 pm
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Post Re: 7th round, #213- Willie Young, DE NC St
Eh...I thought of Avril as well. I don't expect much of anything from him so if he contributes at all I'll be happy.

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Post Re: 7th round, #213- Willie Young, DE NC St
I saw him listed at 251 lbs somewhere else, but he's still undersized. Not a bad pick, but he needs to add some weight. Perhaps, he can be stashed on the practice squad for a year while he does so. I didn't see any NC State games last year, so I really don't know much about the guy.

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Post Re: 7th round, #213- Willie Young, DE NC St
What's the difference between a 3-4 OLB and a 4-3 OLB?

Maybe he plays LB for us rather than being an undersized DE.


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Seems like a pass rush specialist along the same lines as Cliff Avril, though the Mario Williams comparison made in the scouting report is... well, Ridiculous.

Anyone else have thoughts on this pick?


That's my thoughts .... Avril comparison is more realistic.

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Young Overjoyed to be Selected by the Detroit Lions
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When the Detroit Lions called defensive end Willie Young to tell him they were going to take him with the 213th-overall selection, he was overcome with emotion.

“I’m a little emotional right now,” he said. “I’m glad that Coach finally took me off the board.”

It’s been quite the journey for Young. It has been a dream of his to play in the NFL and he saw a collegiate career as a means to that end.

That collegiate career hit a bump, though, when he didn’t meet the NCAA entry requirements. He spent a semester at a local prep school before enrolling at NC State in January of 2005, spending the season competing on the scout team.

“It’s something I’ve worked hard for,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot with a whole lot of different things. This has been that time that I’ve been waiting for.

“For all the teams that passed me up and left me on the board as long as they did, I’ve always had something to prove. So I’m looking to come in right away and have a major impact on the organization.”

Young’s playing career at NC State began in 2006 when he played in 12 games with five starts. He didn’t come away with any sacks that season, but posted 4.5 tackles for loss and an interception, which he ran back 34 yards for a touchdown.

The following year was when he stats began to rise. He played in 12 games with eight starts, this time finishing with 15.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

“My game has progressed with maturity, understanding the game a little bit better and terminology has helped me a lot with my new coaching staff that came in with Coach Withers,” said Young.

“It has also progressed through understanding the importance of ‘team.’ Knowing what it is to be a team captain, a defensive captain, and do the best you can to make sure that we had guys – all 11 guys – on the same page at the same time and have the team as one.”

When Young finished his playing career this past season, he had accrued 20.0 career sacks and 46.0 tackles for loss.

His sack total put him in a group that included current NFL players Mario Williams and Manny Lawson as one of six in NC State history to finish with 20-or-more sacks.

That stat may have meant a little more to Young considering he began his playing career the season after they left for professional ranks.

“Coming in behind those guys allowed me the opportunity to come in and see how the game is played,” said Young of the time he spent on the scout team and watching the two on tape.

“Being there, those guys anchored down the No. 1 defense in the nation at that point in time. Just being able to watch them and see what it took to be a great and efficient pass rusher and playmaker, that informed me to know what it took to be great.”

As Young enters the NFL, his football career isn’t the only thing he is taking away from his time at NC State.

In the spring of 2009, Young graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Ethics.

“That piece of paper is something that I will always have,” he said. “Eventually I’ll get old and I’ll end up retiring from Detroit and I’ll go from there.

“But it was a major, major, major thing with my family. Not very many people in my family graduated from college. To accomplish that meant a lot, it really did.”

Now he will face his next challenge: making the 53-man squad in Detroit.

His journey will begin next weekend at the Lions’ Rookie Orientation where he will meet the rest of the team’s 2010 draft class.

One player in particular Young is looking forward to seeing is defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

“I actually had a chance to sit down with Suh at the combine,” he said. “Off the field, Suh’s a really nice guy. He can turn the switch on and turn the switch off from on the field to off the field. He’s a really good guy, a really great guy. I’ve seen him play and I like what he does.

“The attention that he’s able draw will help any defensive end in this draft. He would help anyone out. That’s the kind of tackle that one guy needs. There’s not going to be one play that you would be able to put one guy on Suh. I’m excited about it, I’m really excited about it.”

The Lions certainly draft a lot of team captains, don't they? It sounds like he's a good kid that's going to work hard, so he might have a chance. I've even seen him projected as early as the 4th round, so the Lions may have gotten a steal here.

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I like the Young pick in the 7th. I think he is a project that could really pay off. He's a No Risk, Huge Reward type guy and to select him in the 7th is a plus. If they would have drafted him in the 3rd or 4th, I would not be as high on the pick, but in the 7th, I'll take it.

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Post Re: 7th round, #213- Willie Young, DE NC St
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That's my thoughts .... Avril comparison is more realistic.


I disagree he's going to be an Avril clone. He's closer to Mathias Kiwanuka than Avril, IMO. Avril is a 3rd down pass rusher, while I believe that Willie could be a full time SAM, provided he improves his cover ability (which we have seen almost nil of). Even if he develops into a nickle type pass rushing LB, then it's worth it as a 7th round pick. However, in any way, he'll have to earn his keep on STs.

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Olskoolg74 wrote:
That's my thoughts .... Avril comparison is more realistic.


I disagree he's going to be an Avril clone. He's closer to Mathias Kiwanuka than Avril, IMO. Avril is a 3rd down pass rusher, while I believe that Willie could be a full time SAM, provided he improves his cover ability (which we have seen almost nil of). Even if he develops into a nickle type pass rushing LB, then it's worth it as a 7th round pick. However, in any way, he'll have to earn his keep on STs.


I can roll with that just as well ... just the Mario Williams comparison seemed a bit much to me.

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Meet your mystery LB =D>


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Meet your mystery LB =D>

My thoughts exactly. I don't think this was the guy on the radar the Gunther was referring to, but I think this is what they have in mind.

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jomo269 wrote:
Meet your mystery LB =D>

My thoughts exactly. I don't think this was the guy on the radar the Gunther was referring to, but I think this is what they have in mind.

An "undersized" DE on the seventh round? Yep, my thoughts as well. However, I thought he'd be some Division III stud from Whatsamatta U., someone like Sammie Lee Hill last year.

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Post Re: 7th round, #213- Willie Young, DE NC St
I think he's a little too long legged to make the transition to 4-3 OLB. The shuttle and cone times he posted don't really show the quickness and agility he'd need to turn and run in coverage. To me he's a DE project that needs quite a bit of work and about ten pounds. At that point in the draft I would of rather seen them draft Chaney, Thompson, Dickerson, or Capers.


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Post Re: 7th round, #213- Willie Young, DE NC St
Guys, as I said in another thread, Willie Young was drafted to play DE, not LB. Schwartz was just on WJR and he said yet again that he was going to play DE.

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Guys, as I said in another thread, Willie Young was drafted to play DE, not LB. Schwartz was just on WJR and he said yet again that he was going to play DE.


That confirms it about Young. I still think that they missed on their mystery LB when they moved down in the 4th. Either that or Gunther was talking about Stamper all along.

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