Breaking Down Corners Tavon Young and Eric Murray

Tavon Young – DC – Temple Size – 5093v – 180v – 4.49 (Est) Strong Points – Very good athlete, is sudden and quick with easy change of direction. Plays with a cocky demeanor. Productive and will challenge receivers. Can play press, off and zone. Transitions very quickly. Has very good ball skills. Small, but still will come up to sun support. Good tackler. Weak Points – Lacks the height that many teams prefer and has average arm length for size. Smaller frame and he doesn’t have much growth potential. Summation – Fun guy to watch on tape. Lacks size but he plays bigger. Has a cocky, fearless attitude. Will go up against bigger receivers and competes. Very quick and sudden with good press man cover skills. Also plays off and zone well and can break on the ball very well. Some teams won’t want him because he is under 5’10 but this kid can play! Can be an ideal slot corner in the right scheme. See him as becoming a third corner in short order.   Eric Murray – DC – Minnesota Size- 5106v – 198v – 4.53 (Est) Strong Points – Has been a starter since his freshman year and improved every year. Has good athletic ability with good overall quickness. Good man cover guy vs shorter routes. Good in zone. Has good ball skills.  Good run support corner who can take on blocks and is a very consistent tackler. Weak Points – Lacks elite speed, will have trouble with speed receivers deep. Not real smooth, doesn’t look natural with his pedal and turn. Can take extra steps when he transitions. Will loose the battle with tall athletic receivers. Summation – Has a lot of experience playing in the Big Ten but lacks the top physical characteristics to transition to the NFL. I don’t see him being a fit for a club that plays a lot of man coverage. Will be best in a cover 2 type scheme where he can play a lot of zone. I doubt he will ever be a starter and will probably never be better than a fourth corner. Because of his aggressive mentality on the field he should be a good special teams candidate. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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