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Walter Young

SELECTED BY SAN FRANCISCO , ROUND 7, PICK 25, OVERALL PICK 226
WR | (6-4, 214, 4.55) | Illinois
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school QB and basketball player who redshirted as a quarterback in 1998. Dabbled at quarterback but spent most of his time at receiver in '99, catching 14 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown. Started seven games at wide receiver in 2000 and caught 27-403-0. Started to feel at home as a wideout in '01, catching 50-890-8 during the regular season and having a monster Sugar Bowl with 6-178-2 against LSU. Played two games with the Illinois basketball team in 2001-02. In '02 football season, caught 56-822-6 with a long reception of 51 yards.

Positives: Rare size. Uses huge 10-inch hands to snatch the ball out of the air. Has a huge wingspan with 35-inch arms. Almost always shows good concentration in a crowd and can jump and adjust to a ball in the air and use his 39-inch vertical. Has good body control, but he relies on athleticism more than fluid routes and quickness. Can be a good blocker. Looks the part. Dependable in the clutch. Shows patience running routes.

Negatives: Effort as a blocker is inconsistent. Likes to body-catch at times. Limited run-after-the-catch ability and will fumble fighting for yardage because he exposes the ball. Average speed, quickness and elusiveness. More of a possession receiver capable of big plays because of his size and measurables. Can't consistently beat tight coverage. Doesn't play with fire or up to his ability. Drops too many passes. Not a great competitor.

Summary: Young is working to get faster and more explosive and greatly improved his stock by running in the mid-4.5's at the Combine. Shows similarities to J.J. Stokes.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.