Tavon Young led all rookie cornerbacks in overall grade (76.3) and coverage grade (75.6) in 2016, beating out the likes of Jalen Ramsey (72.8), Xavien Howard (61.0) and Eli Apple (58.9) among other notable names from the 2016 NFL draft class. Injuries combined with his switch to slot cornerback have slowed Young’s development, but the Baltimore Ravens are confident he’ll return to his 2016 form.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Baltimore signed Young to a three-year, $29 million extension on Thursday, “making him the highest-paid nickel back” in the NFL.
Young’s best tape, however, has come away from the slot.
In his final two years at Temple (2014-15), Young earned an impressive 86.0 coverage grade across his 856 coverage snaps at outside cornerback, ranking tied for 18th among the 96 FBS cornerbacks with at least 600 coverage snaps played at outside cornerback in the two-year span. He also ranked fifth in forced incompletion percentage (17.4%), eighth in yards allowed per coverage snap and 14th in passer rating allowed (64.0) all at outside cornerback.
Young’s success at outside cornerback in the latter years of his collegiate career followed him…