After not taking a cornerback through the first two days of the NFL draft, the Ravens addressed the position quickly with the first of five possible fourth-round picks, selecting Temple’s Tavon Young.
Young is an Oxon Holl native who played his high school football at Potomac. He worked out at the Ravens’ local Pro Day.
"I’m overwhelmed that they picked me. It’s like a kid’s dream to play in his hometown,” Young said.
Young, who is 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds, had 127 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven interceptions over his four-year career with the Owls. He didn’t have any interceptions in his senior year, but he had four as a junior and led the American Athletic Conference with 153 interception return yards.
While there are questions about his size, Young is an extremely athletic player with good instincts.
“I’m just a tough guy," Young said. "I’m a tough player and that’s what a lot of coaches and people appreciate about me. They always talk about size, but no matter who it is or how big they are I always come out on top. Think that’s what makes me special.”
The Ravens needed depth at cornerback behind projected starters Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright, along with veteran reserves Kyle Arrington and Will Davis.