Grading The Baltimore Ravens 2016 Rookie Draft Class
Tavon Young (CB, Temple)
The Ravens had 4 picks in the 4th round and the first came on Tavon Young. It took 4 rounds, but the Ravens finally addressed their corner-back situation. At only 5’10” there was concern about his lack of size, but Young quickly shut those down.
Young had arguably the best season out of the rookie draft class. He appeared in all 2016 games for the Ravens, notching 53 tackles and 2 interceptions.
The numbers do not do the rookie justice, because he was even more impressive when you watched him on the field. Young stepped up in the absence of Jimmy Smith and played very well. There were times he struggled because of his size, but made up for it with his grit and determination.
Young adds much needed talent to a depleted Ravens secondary. He along with Jimmy Smith will have high expectations going into next season. Both need to stay healthy for the Raven’s defense to play well.