N.C. State defensive end Willie Young had a solid week of practices at the East-West Shrine Game, and he certainly received the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars and many other teams.
We asked Young to describe his week thus far—
"It's been a lot of competition, and it's exciting to be out here. "It's just a great environment. It's exciting to be out here and show off the skills I have."
Young received praise from dominant right tackle Kyle Calloway of Iowa—
"I think 97 (Young) is the best player I've gone against. He is fast, explosive, and can get in the backfield in a hurry."
The always modest Young, appreciated the high remarks, but spoke about a teammate.
"Greg Hardy is the best here," Young said. He shows a lot of explosiveness, is really great off the ball, and has great hand placement."
Young realizes that the week of practices was ultra-important if he's going to realize his dream and be able to play professional football for a living.
"It's most important to set a good impression with the GM's and head coaches."
Measureables: 6'4", 251 lbs. As a senior, Young had 54 tackles, eight sacks, and one interception in 12 games.
Scouting report: Explosive burst off the snap; Struggles disengaging with blockers in the run game. Long, lanky build. Compares to Mathias Kiwanuka.
When asked what an NFL team can expect if they go ahead and draft Willie Young, here's how he responded—
"I have playmaking ability, just being able to fly around to the ball. Whatever you want me to do, I'll do. I'm like a handyman."
This particular "handyman" could be perfect for the Jaguars as they need a complete remodel to fix their lack of a pass rush. Young is expected to be a mid-round selection in April's draft.
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