Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State Buckeyes

by Brian Dean on April 12, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT

 


Cornerback Ashton Youboty decided to forgo his final year of eligibility for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2006 to enter the NFL. Born in Liberia, Youboty moved to Philadelphia, then Texas, where he starred in football and track at Klein High School.

As a true freshman for the Buckeyes in 2003, he notched 14 tackles while playing behind starting cornerback Chris Gamble, who now is a starter for the Carolina Panthers. In 2004, Youboty put himself on the map as a bona fide NFL prospect. He started nine games, intercepting four passes for 89 yards, leading the Big Ten Conference in that category. Youboty's production dipped in 2005, as he only intercepted one pass, but it was enough to get him named as an All-Big Ten first-team selection.

Table: Ashton Youboty - Career Statistics (2003-05)

Year
Tkl
INT
Pass Def.
2003
14
-
-
2004
61
4
14
2005
56
1
9

Positives

Youboty has a very good but not outstanding size and speed combination. He ran a 4.44 at the scouting combine while weighing in at 5-foot-11 3/4, 189 pounds. Youboty excels in man-coverage, showing the hips to turn with receivers and the speed to recover.

He also has a good break on the ball. Youboty fills well against the run but could add bulk to help deliver the hit and will never be a great tackler. The lineage of successful NFL cornerbacks from Ohio State (Chris Gamble, Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Nate Clements) can only help Youboty's stock.

Negatives

He didn't come in as big or fast as advertised at the combine and could stand to add some strength in the weight room. After a stellar sophomore season that put him on the map, Youboty was beaten more often as a junior.

He tends to take chances, and it can cost him. Youboty is still a bit raw overall, similar to Gamble. Scouts may look at the talent around him at Ohio State and discount his production.

Draft Placement

In a deep class of defensive backs, it's hard to say where Youboty will fit in. He has first-round talent and could go as high as pick No. 16 to the Miami Dolphins, though that would be a tremendous stretch. It seems more likely that he has become lost in the mix of a deep position with a few late-rising cornerbacks that have jumped past him on draft boards, causing Youboty to slide into the top of Round 2. There should be a big run on defensive backs in that late-first to early-second round. Expect Youboty to be one of them.

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