(Independent scout and draft expert Josh Liskiewitz will contribute regularly to RoarReport.com in the days, weeks and months leading up to the annual NFL draft. To determine Josh's street cred, check his bio beneath the article -- Thanks, Ed.)
Scout.com has confirmed that the Lions have an interest in Boise State WR Titus Young. Below is a report from RoarReport.com draft expert Josh Liskiewitz, who is attending the Senior Bowl events in Mobile, AL.
Titus Young, WR, Boise State - 5-11.5, 174
Young had in many respects a very positive day on Monday, but he still has questions left to answer. Athletically, he looked terrific. He was smooth and efficient getting in and out of his breaks, and showed the speed and explosiveness to separate in space.
However, he also dropped three straight balls, and body-caught a fourth in which he didn't come back to the QB enough on a hitch, and he had to battle the CB to maintain possession.
While drops were never an issue on film, this is something to definitely keep an eye on going forward. Last year, Cincinnati receiver Mardy Gilyard came into the Senior Bowl considered a sure-handed player, but had his own case of the dropsies in Mobile, and continued to struggle with this his rookie season with the Rams.
Going into this week, Young was probably a late second/early third-round pick, so two more positive days while showing more consistent hands and he could move up into late first/ early second round consideration. In terms of Detroit, he makes perfect sense -– he has the potential to be a dynamic Z receiver in the NFL, but should at least be a match-up problem from the slot position, as well as a solid special teams player.
However, let's not automatically place him ahead of Jerrell Jernigan (who is injured and had to bow out of the Senior Bowl this week) yet after just one practice.
Josh Liskiewitz has been an independent scout for four years, the last two with GM Jr as a college scout. He is a self professed "film junkie," watching upwards of 50 hours of film per week year round on hundreds of NFL prospects. He credits Russ Lande, former NFL scout and founder and president of GM Jr Scouting LLC, with aiding in the development of his foundation in scouting and unique perspective on football.