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Willie Young (DE)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    251 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    N.C. State
  • Conference:
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Selected by: Detroit Lions
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 6 (213)
Pick Analysis: The Lions draft another edge rusher in Willie Young of North Carolina State. He's high-hipped, but highly inconsistent. However, he's a natural bender, who can accelerate of the edge and get to the quarterback.


Willie has excellent height and enough athleticism to consider him a versatile player. He may fit as a defensive end in a 4-3 front or outside backer in a 3-4 scheme. Willie has little experience as a coverage defender but shows enough balance, speed and agility to develop in this area. He needs added bulk and technique work to develop into a consistent contributor at the next level but appears to have the intelligence, effort and raw physical attributes to be successful. Young is a player with a high ceiling that may take a year or two before he shows his worth to where he is likely to be drafted.


Young possesses ideal height for the next level. He's an athletic guy who appears comfortable enough in space to get a shot at 3-4 outside linebacker. Productive during his career. Has long arms and hand quickness to get blockers off his body. Has a high ceiling for development.


Young could afford to add some bulk. He currently lacks the natural strength and power necessary to hold up at the point of attack. Could benefit from an expanded pass rush package. Natural instincts and reactions need to improve for the next level. Needs to finish with aggression on a more consistent basis.