April 28, 2007

Kent State CB Usama Young

Round Three - Pick 66
Kent State CB Usama Young
5'11 - 186 - 4.39 - 21 years old

Super sleeper taken by the Saints in the second pick of the third round, Young is a physical specimen. With great size albeit a little slim, Young has great measurables and zoomed up the charts with his offseason workouts, which put objective potential to his small school experience.

The multi-sport dynamo ran a 4.39 40 at his campus pro day with an astounding 43" vertical leap. He started 37 games for the Golden Flashes, with nine interceptions and big plays on defense and special teams. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine and got very little exposure in the Mid-American Conference. Young was the first player this year to be drafted who did not receive a combine invite.

An academic success as well as an on-field force in mid-major MAC. Was a Draddy Award semifinalist, the academic Heisman Award. Very smart and a tough competitor for his team, Young will likely develop by leaps and bounds in a pro weight room and with pro coaching. He's already got the natural movement and skills to play cornerback, and needs to develop his game mentally. No injury history. As a freshman starter he got some tough schooling from Larry Fitzgerald.

Defensive backs coach Tom Hayes needs to develop Young and that shouldn't be a problem as the youngster mostly lacks coaching. If the right factors align Young could move into defensive nickel and dime formations by the end of his rookie year.

One of the targets for the Saints, UNLV CB Eric Wright, was taken five spot before the Saints came up at 58 by the Browns. The Saints spent a lot of time investigating Wright and spoke with Reggie Bush about the former USC transfer. The Saints originally had the 58th overall pick, but got into the trade-happy spirit of the day and traded back eight picks to 66, picking up the 145th overall pick in round 5 from Detroit, the 8th overall in that round.

Represented by Andy Simms. Name is pronounced "oo-SOMM-uh".

Other possibilities at #66 overall: Fresno State CB Marcus McCauley, Florida DE Ray McDonald, Nebraska OLB Stewart Bradley, Tennessee CB Jonathan Wade, NC State DT Tank Tyler, Stanford QB Trent Edwards, Louisville RB Michael Bush, New Mexico OLB Quincy Black.

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