Kenny Young

UCLA
ILB

Prospect Info

College
UCLA
Hometown
Class
New Orleans, LA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
236 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.16
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Baltimore
Ravens
Round 4 ‧ Pick 22
40 Yard Dash
4.6
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.38
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.48
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Young has had a rough go of things at times in his life. He lived with a friend during his childhood because his mother, a single parent, had troubles paying the rent. Then, during his sophomore season with the Bruins, he battled through the death of his grandmother and a cancer diagnosis for his father. Now, NFL scouts are giving him high marks for his on-field performance, especially after a first-team All-Pac-12 senior year where he led UCLA with 110 tackles, 8.5 for loss, one sack, and three passes deflected. Young had a strong junior season, as well, and coaches voted him second-team all-conference for his efforts. He started all 12 games in 2016, making 90 tackles, 8.5 for loss, with five sacks, three passes defensed, and three fumble recoveries. The previous year, Young started 12 of 13 games, posting 69 stops, five for loss, and two forced fumbles. He even started six games as a true freshman, playing all 13 contests and recording 35 stops. Young was a highly sought-after four-star recruit (ranked a top 10 linebacker prospect nationally) coming out of the New Orleans area.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
NFL Comparison
D.J. Alexander
Overview
Young is a lean, run-around WILL linebacker who has the speed to pursue plays all over the field, but may lack the consistency and play demeanor needed to find many NFL reps. He will run well at the combine and should offer special teams help if given the chance. Young's speed and athletic ability could land him on a roster, but he may be looking over his shoulder every offseason.
Strengths
  • Angular, tapered build
  • Off to the races when the ball flows wide
  • Smooth athlete with plus flexibility and agility
  • Has the quickness to play ahead of blocks
  • Able to read basic keys and follow them to the running lane
  • Has stalking speed and pace once he gets locked in on the running back
  • Rangy linebacker who can stay on the field for all three downs
  • Has the feet to cover backs out of the backfield
  • Able to drop and shade passing lanes
  • Should become an immediate special teams contributor
Weaknesses
  • Instincts and play recognition seemed to take a step backward on tape
  • Was very slow to diagnose and trigger at times
  • Lacks strength to stand his ground at point of attack
  • Fails to bring it to lead blockers and gives away his gap too easily
  • Below average taking on blocks
  • Coasts on second level and let's plays come to him
  • Has to learn to punch and separate or slip blocks to be a pro player
  • Needs to play the game downhill to avoid his deficiencies
  • More finesse than physical
  • Doesn't look to rattle cages with his hits
Sources Tell Us

"I don't know what happened with him this year. His instincts somehow got worse which I've never seen happen before with a senior with his experience. He can't win with toughness so he better win with speed." - NFC area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league