The Ohio State cornerback is expected to be selected in the latter part of the first round or perhaps very early in the second.
Youboty displays some excellent cover skills, perhaps to the point where he could develop into the category of the coveted shutdown corner. His ball instincts and makeup speed are on the elite level and his speed is excellent.
Some of his negatives seem to be things that could be corrected with coaching and film study. For example, Gregg Williams and Jerry Gray could hone Youboty's recognition skills to keep him from biting on pump fakes and on play action.
Ashton Youboty Nitty-Gritty
Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior after posting 56/1/9. Tied for the Big 10 lead in interceptions as a sophomore with four.
Pos: Nice-sized prospect who flashes ability as a shutdown corner. Fluid transitioning off the line, quick closing to the play and offers solid ball skills. Strong at the point and physically beats down opponents to defend the throw. Has a burst of closing speed breaking to the throw.
Neg: Suffered a hip pointer in the middle of his junior season and struggled during the second half of the year. Does not display a good sense of timing or wherewithal. Bites on play-action passes and seems to forget where he is on the field.
Analysis: A good athlete with exceptional corner size, at times Youboty looked like a dominant player the past two years. Struggling down the stretch of '05, he offers tremendous potential yet has a ways to go before completing his game.