3. Tavon Young, CB, Ravens
Tavon Young isn’t necessarily looking to prove himself from a performance standpoint this summer. When healthy, Young has proven to be among the better nickel cornerbacks in the NFL.
Unfortunately, few players have struggled with as much poor injury luck as he has over the course of his career.
Young has played just 33 of a possible 80 games over his five-year NFL career missing essentially all of three of those seasons. That includes both the 2019 and 2020 seasons where injuries continued to derail his career.
Young tore his ACL in June of 2017, his first major injury and one that knocked him out for the entire season. After playing 15 games in 2018, Young returned in 2019 and was placed on the injured reserve after suffering a summer neck injury.
The Temple product was expected to re-assume his role as the team’s starting nickel cornerback in 2020, but just two games into the season, he tore his ACL again sidelining him for another season.
Young must prove that he can not only stay healthy this summer, but that he’s still the same player he was prior to the injuries. At some point, all of these injuries have to take a toll.
And the Ravens have plenty of cornerback depth to step up and take Young’s spot if he either can’t stay healthy or can’t perform at the level he used to.
Anthony Averett has experience playing in the nickel and Khalil Dorsey has impressed the coaching staff in his limited action.
Tavon Young needs to prove himself this summer. He needs to prove that he’s still the same player on the gridiron that he always has been.