Byron Young: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Byron Young: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 250 Lbs
  • College: Tennessee
  • Year: Senior
  • Position: Defensive End


  • Fantastic athlete
  • Explodes out of his stance and has brilliant initial burst
  • Accelerates into his first step 
  • Good length for his size
  • Has a decent frame which can add weight
  • Fantastic character and background
  • Is tough and physical 
  • Has enough flexibility to bend the edge
  • Has good change of direction and resets his base quickly
  • High motor 
  • Wins as a pure speed rusher
  • Is instinctive and is always around the ball. 
  • Best working when in space
  • A strong tackle in the run game. Has the athleticism to attack and the power to wrap up runners


  • An older prospect
  • Could still add more strength to his game
  • Needs to have more awareness. Needs to read and react a lot more sharply in the NFL. He tends to be around the ball but if he reacted quicker he would be able to make more plays
  • Is still quite raw for an older prospect. Turns 25 in March 2023
  • Has some impulsive, wasted footwork which he will need to cut out, especially when defending the run
  • Lacks a defined pass rush plan. He wins with his athleticism but that is it. Needs to become more diverse in his plan
  • Has a tendency to play too high meaning he sacrifices leverage 


Byron Young is an explosive, athletic defensive lineman who plays with flexibility and physicality. On film, he is always around the ball and if he can anticipate better then he will only become more productive. Young will be an older prospect when drafted at 25, but with his back story, from working at Dollar General, to walking on in JUCO, before getting a transfer to Tennessee, NFL teams will love his character and if they can refine some of his tendencies, Byron Young should see the field immediately as a rookie.

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