Young (6-foot-8, 320 pounds) is a pure right tackle. He is a powerful run blocker who locks onto his opponents and pushes the pile forward. However, he is limited in pass protection, where he lacks the quick feet to keep up with faster pass rushers.
"I've been able to scout myself and I know what I need to work on," Young said.
OT Sam Young
Combine Young's capable pass protection with his ability to spark the running game and it is no surprise San Diego is showing early interest.
"I had a meet-and-great with the Chargers early in [Senior Bowl] week," he said. "It was just kind of a, 'Hi, how are you doing?'
"They were getting to know me and whatnot. We talked a little bit of football but nothing too in-depth."
Young's performance during Senior Bowl week solidified what teams thought about him coming in. He won his fair share of battles and overpowered some defenders at the point of attack, yet he looked slow coming out of his stance and was too easily knocked off balance.
Nonetheless, he enjoyed the chance to locks horns with the best in the business.
"You get to go against the cream of the crop and really see where you're at," he said.
Young will spend the next two months trying to improve where he's at come draft day. He is currently projected as a fifth- or sixth-round pick, which coincidentally is the exact spot in the draft where GM A.J. tends to turn his attention to the offensive line.
Whether he will turn his attention to Young remains to be seen. Coach Norv Turner continues to give rave reviews of Jeromey Clary, who will be a restricted free agent, and Brandyn Dombrowski. The team also has '08 seventh-round pick Corey Clark; it's debatable whether Young could unseat Clark, who now has two seasons on the practice squad under his belt.
Young doesn't feel like he has to extend himself to win San Diego's attention.
"You have to show them who you are," he said. "I don't think it's anything in particular. You have to show them your particular skill-sets and what you can do."
If Young is on the board in the sixth round, he would be worth the gamble. Worst-case scenario, he spends a couple years on the practice squad and fizzles out. Best-case scenario, he emerges as the second-coming of Shane Olivea -- minus the addiction to pain medication.
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