2006 Draft Preview: CB Ashton Youboty

In his continuing series on prospects the Seahawks will be looking at in April's NFL Draft, .NET's Ryan Rigmaiden looks at an athletic corner who has been quickly moving up the draft boards of several teams, including the Seahawks --Ohio State CB Ashton Youboty.

3. Ashton Youboty, CB Ohio State 6-1, 190 (4.45)

NFL Comparison - Marlin Jackson, Indianapolis

Overview -

Lots of potential for this underclassmen. Has good size, good speed and overall ability, but needs polish. Lacks recognition and gambles too much, but plays solid football when he settles down. Is coachable and should only get better in time. Saw time as a freshman and started for the past two years for the Buckeyes. Has good ball skills and can return punts. Comes from a program known for cranking out quality defensive backs.

Against the Pass -

Has good size for the position and good hips. Changes direction well and can out-jump receivers for the ball. Is inconsistent and needs to improve route recognition. Can make big plays, but can make even more in the NFL if he improves his instincts and technique.

Against the Run -

Is aggressive and never stops hustling. Needs to add some weight and has the frame to do so. Is a reliable tackler and will throw his body around.

Roster Impact for Seattle -

Youboty has the ability to contribute as a rookie and could start opposite Marcus Trufant, but he'll have to show more consistency in order to do so. His size, speed and skill set would allow him to play on the outside in nickel situations while Kelly Herndon shifts inside for multiple WR sets in the event that he's unable to start immediately. He'd be a tremendous upgrade for overall depth in the secondary. His ability to return kicks and punts would also be a tremendous upgrade for the team and could help himself separate from the pack in the eyes of Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell.

Final Analysis-

Youboty's size, speed and overall playmaking ability have him earning first round grades from most NFL scouts. If he can improve his decision making and route recognition skills, he has a great chance to be a solid corner in the NFL. I can't see him lasting past the first round.

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