Charles Young- DE- Hampton
Scout: Matt Miller
Pass rush/Closing Ability/Moves & Counter Moves: Playing left defensive end in a 4-3 defense as a senior. Has a good bull rush, but doesn’t fully commit with his arms and remains free to re-direct on the passer. Does not have elite speed and will struggle to get outside on NFL tackles. Tries to run around too many blockers, must learn secondary moves to beat blockers. Runs a little high- needs to work on his pad level. Has shown a good spin move to break inside. Baits the tackle up field and then spins back inside or toward the line of scrimmage. Works well teamed up with an outside blitz.
Pursuit/Lateral Movement & Agility: Does not give up on plays. Continues to pursue the quarterback until the whistle. Good up-field pursuit. A hard-worker who does not give up on plays. Has quick feet, but shuffles too often. Would benefit from a stronger burst. Hesitates (which may be to bait the tackle) too often. Impressive pursuit down-field.
Quickness/Explosion: Has a good first step and can beat the right tackle consistently. Is explosive out of a three-point stance. Will stutter-step at times off the snap, which only wastes time and energy. Very impressed with his burst when he’s determined. Can run past tackles with ease when he fires off.
Run Defend/Recognition: Aware of draws and play action passes. Appears to translate film study to field very well. Will peal and chase sweeps and tosses. Disengages well from blockers once he recognizes the play. Keeps his hands down and knees bent to avoid the cut block- but does not lose sight of the ball carrier.
Size/Length/Hand Size: Has great height (6’6) for a defensive end. Has long arms and big hands. Has a wide base and broad shoulders. Is the ideal weight for a defensive end. Has room to grow and could easily add 15 lbs with a proper workout program. Has a very long stride and covers a lot of turf off the snap.
Strength/Shed Blocks: Does a great job of keeping blockers off his body. Has the quickness to slide and keep separation between himself and blockers. Is strong enough to blow the tackle back off the snap, and then is quick enough to counter with an inside move.
Tackling: Is an arm tackler when pursuing the quarterback. Is adept at grabbing the passer and strong enough to pull him down. Is not afraid of contact and does close violently from the backside. Keeps outside arm free when rushing the passer. Makes a good amount of tackles in pursuit of the ball away from his side.
Technique/Hand Use/Leverage: Is a tall player and struggles to keep his pads low. Has dominated small-school tackles without having to use much leverage. Gets by on athleticism. Has benefited from lining up in a “9 tech” and running by right tackles. Does a good job of extending his arms and keeping the blocker from getting inside leverage. Takes a good inside step on slants and stunts.
Versatility: Primarily lines up at left defensive end in a 6 or 9 technique. Has the size to slide down in a 4-3 defense. Will excel when asked to line up in outside the tackle.
Injuries: A knee injury sidelined Young for the final game in the 2009 season. He has been cleared medically as of Jan. 15, 2010.
Final Assessment: While Young may not be a well-known name entering the 2010 NFL Draft, he warrants a closer look by scouts and NFL teams. Young has the skill set to contribute to any NFL team running a 4-3 defense, and can be a valuable asset on special teams with his height, length and speed.
Draft Recommendation: Late 7th Round to Priority Free Agent.
Ideal Scheme: Young has the ideal size, strength and ability for a 4-3 defense. Could become a solid 3-4 defensive end with weight/strength gain.
2009 SENIOR SEASON
Played in 10 games, recording 45 total tackles, 10 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Ranked 3rd in sacks in the MEAC Conference.
2008 JUNIOR SEASON
Played in seven games for the Pirates, starting in four of them… recorded eight tackles on the season, including three solo efforts… had a season-high three tackles (two solo, one assisted) in a season-ending win over Morgan State… recorded two tackles (one solo, one assisted) at Southern Illinois… had two tackles for loss on the season, including 1.5 for seven yards at Southern Illinois.
2007 SOPHOMORE SEASON
Saw action in two games for the Pirates… recorded three tackles, including one solo.
2006 FRESHMAN SEASON
Saw action in seven games for the Pirates as a reserve defensive end… totaled four tackles on the year, all of which were solo stops… had two tackles at Florida A&M, including his first career sack where he not only forced a fumble, but also recovered it… also added tackles against Grambling State and Howard.
GONZAGA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
All-WCAC… helped guide the Eagles to an 8-3 mark in 2005, earning a playoff appearance… played defensive end and tight end.