Who is the 6-foot-2 226 pound Kenny Young?
Kenny Young, a native from New Orleans, is a rangy, athletic inside linebacker from UCLA that made first-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. The Rams brought him in for a top 30 visit, and he is considered as a rangy, athletic type, and is considered as a three down linebacker. Expected to be available in the lower rounds, he'll probably hear his name called by the Rams in this week's 2018 NFL Draft at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
Kenny Young Highlights
Good speed, with a 4.6 40 yard dash time at the 2018 NFL Combine. He's a smooth, fluid natural athlete, capable of covering backs and tight ends. Young is a rangy player who is fast enough to run down ball carriers and cover plenty of ground. Recognize plays well and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Played in one of the better college football conferences as his play was good enough to be named to the conference all-star team. Young also is a candidate that can contribute on special teams, which is a bonus on a team like the Los Angeles Rams, that emphasizes with great special teams play.
At 6'1" and 226 pounds, Young is smallish for an NFL linebacker. He's just about the epitome of size of Rams linebacker Mark Barron, and it doesn't seem likely both men would see the field at the same time with only the exception of long yardage situations. Young can be overwhelmed by larger blockers, especially on power running plays. There are questions about his instincts, and although he is reasonably fast, for a man of his size, you might expect elite speed, which he doesn't possess.
Is he a fit for the Rams?
As a lower round pick or free agent, he's worth a shot. His chances might improve if the Rams part ways with Mark Barron, but you never know about players such as Young, sometimes you will be surprised of there offer. He is athletic, good enough in pass coverage and covering on special teams.Definitely worth taking a chance on, to see how accomplished he can become in the league.
5th - 7th Round
DJ Alexander, Seattle Seahawks