AFC West: Titus Young

AFC West teams avoid Titus Young

February, 5, 2013
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None of the four AFC West teams claimed talented but troubled receiver Titus Young. He was waived by the Lions on Monday and St. Louis claimed him Tuesday. The Rams were the only team to put a claim on Young, a second-round pick in 2011.

Kansas City has the top claiming priority because it had the worst record in the NFL. While the Chiefs could use a talented young receiver, I agree with the team's decision to pass on Young.

In other AFC West news:

Is Titus Young worth claiming?

February, 4, 2013
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The Kansas City Chiefs will have an interesting decision to make in regards to their first experience with the top waiver claiming priority in the NFL this offseason.

One of the first day of offseason, Detroit cut troubled but talented receiver Titus Young. The 2011 second-round pick has 81 career catches, but he has several issues in Detroit, including punching a teammate and then being told to stay away from the team because he purposely lined up wrong in a Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Because of his ability, several teams will likely seriously debate claiming Young, especially since his contract is manageable. But his issues are serious enough to create concern. The Chiefs will be the first team to make the decision on Young. Because they had the worst record in the NFL, they have the first waiver claim priority in the league. If the Chiefs want a waived player, they will get him.

The Chiefs can use more talent at receiver, especially with Dwayne Bowe set to be a free agent. But I’m not sure Young is worth the risk. The Chiefs have to also consider that they need to develop 2011 No. 1 pick Jon Baldwin.

He has had some attitude issues as well dating back to college. Teams usually don’t like loading up on too many of those players, especially at the same position. Multiple problem players can soil a meeting room pretty quickly.

As the Andy Reid era begins, adding a player like Young could be more trouble than it’s worth.

The three other AFC West teams could all use a receiver to a certain extent. I think San Diego has the best need of the group, but Young’s off-field issues will likely also cause them to pause.

Scouts Inc. looks at it all

April, 28, 2011
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Scouts Inc. has released its complete seven-round mock draft in an Insider piece. Let’s check it out:

Denver

Round pick Player Pos. School

1 2 Von Miller LB Texas A&M

2 36 Justin Houston DE Georgia

2 46 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame

3 67 Jaiquawn Jarrett S Temple

6 186 Derrick Locke RB Kentucky

6 189 Cortez Allen CB Citadel

7 247 Pat Devlin QB Delaware

My take: It’s a strong class of players in the first four picks. Devlin is an interesting project.

San Diego

Round pick Player Pos. School

1 18 Muhammad Wilkerson DL Temple

2 50 Martez Wilson LB Illinois

2 61 Kelvin Sheppard LB LSU

3 82 Greg Salas WR Hawaii

3 89 Kendrick Ellis DT Hampton

6 183 Pierre Allen DE Nebraska

6 201 Anthony Gaitor CB Florida Int.

7 234 Joe Torchia WR Virginia

My take: The first five picks are very strong. The Chargers would instantly get better on defense and Salas is an intriguing receiver.

Kansas City

Round pick Player Pos. School

1 21 Nate Solder OT Colorado

2 55 Titus Young WR Boise State

3 86 Akeem Dent LB Georgia

4 118 Chris Carter LB Fresno State

5 135 Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State

5 140 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame

6 199 Julius Thomas TE Portland State

7 223 Shaun Chapas FB Georgia

My take: Young, Dent and Cart are all interesting value picks at their respective spots.

Oakland

Round pick Player Pos. School

2 48 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville

3 81 Joseph Lefeged S Rutgers

4 113 David Arkin OG Missouri State

5 148 Jordan Cameron LB USC

6 181 Aldrick Robinson WR SMU

7 219 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho

7 241 Michael Smith OT Nebraska

My take: The focus on DBs and the offensive line early is smart. Enderle would be a terrific choice in the last round.

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