When the Denver Broncos signed their undrafted free agents, everyone was trying to figure out who they thought would be the next great find. Very few of them went to the defense, but went with running back Kapri Bibbs.
I, however, found six that could potentially make the roster, running backs Bibbs and Brennan Clay, wide receiver Isiah Burse, quarterback Bryn Renner, linebacker Shaquil Barrett and cornerback Louis Young. So far, two days into training camp, many of them have been impressive. But Louis Young is shining bright.
Going undrafted out of Georgia Tech, Louis Young has the mold of the new age cornerbacks. Tall, long and physical. His physicality stood out when I watched his tape and was something I loved to see. But he wasn’t just a physical bruiser, he showed a finesse in the way he maneuvered the field in coverage. That is something you don’t see often in the physical style defensive backs. So, I was excited to see what he brought to the table.
Yesterday, the 24th, was the first day of training camp and Young picked off Brock Osweiler for a pick six and recovered a fumble forced by Omar Bolden. With no pads on and limited contact, it is hard for the physical players to be physical. Yet, Louis Young did really well. He showed awareness enough to make the adjustment and get the pick and again showed awareness of what is going around him when he recovered the fumble. My excitement grew even more. Day 2, the 25th, Young again impressed. Showing strength in coverage and shining in individual drills. He also managed a second interception in as many days.
In 2011, the Broncos managed to find a steal in Chris Harris. While Louis Young and Chris Harris are built differently with slightly different play styles, Young is looking to be a steal like Harris. It is still early being two days into training camp and no pads with limited contact. But, with Young’s play style, putting the pads on should only benefit him.
Don’t be surprised Broncos Country if Louis Young is on the 53 man roster come the regular season. Keep your eye on Young, I know I will.