Ashton Youboty CB 6'1 188 Ohio St. Jr.
By: Robert Davis
After earning spot duty as a true freshman in 2003, Youboty started to make a name for himself as a sophomore. Once he moved into the starting lineup, he flashed the big play ability to be the next corner standout at Ohio St. On the season he picked off four passes and finished with 61 tackles. He earned all conference honors this year after positing 56 tackles, six for loss, with a sack and an interception.
There is not a single physical skill Youboty lacks. He has good size for a corner, is athletic, has good speed, and is strong. He is one of the more active corners in the draft. In coverage, he will go up and make a play on the ball. He's also not afraid to attack the ball carrier and make plays in the running game. He is at his best going man up, covering the receiver off the line of scrimmage. He has the size and strength to take them out of their rhythm, and the athleticism to turn and cover.
Right now, he still needs work. Even though he has good size, he will need to pack on a few pounds to handle the rigors of the NFL. He relies more on his athletic talents right now. He is solid in man coverage, but doesn't always make the correct read when asked to play in space. He has less than two full season of starting experience at the college level.
Ashton Youboty is a very solid corner prospect. He is not an elite physical specimen, but he has all the talent to be a starting corner in the NFL. He's not the type you want to give a starting job to right away, but with some work, he has a chance to be a very good starting cornerback. There is no true shut down corner in this draft, so Youboty could hear his name called as high as any real corner in this draft. With good workouts, he could crack the end of the first round, but he probably fits more into the second or third round range.
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