The second Defensive End College Free Agent picked up by the Denver Broncos this past week is John Youboty, a 23-year old, 6’-4”, 252 lb. DE from Temple University and the younger brother of Houston Texan’s cornerback Ashton Youboty. NFL Draft Scout had him ranked 47th out of 148 Defensive End prospects and 636th overall in the 2013 draft class. He wasn’t expected to be drafted.
Here are the measurables from Temple’s Pro Day:
40 Yard Time – 4.72
20 Yard Split – 2.73
10 Yard Split – 1.66
Bench Press – 24
Vertical Jump – 33”
Broad Jump – 108“
20 Yard Shuttle – 4.45
3-Cone Drill – 7.13
Arm Length – 32 7/8”
Hand Length – 10 3/4”
Youboty (You-boat-ee) was a three-star defensive end out of high school and was ranked as the No. 51 strong side defensive end in the country. He finished his Senior year with 77 Tackles and nine Sacks. During an officially timed workout toward the end of the year, John was clocked running consistent 4.6′s in the 40-yard dash.
He received scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan State, Nebraska and Missouri, but decided to enroll at Marshall to play for head coach Mark Snyder, who coached his brother Ashton as the Defensive Coordinator at Ohio State.
He Redshirted the 2008 season at Marshall and played as a back-up in 2009, making 13 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks and 2 Pass Breakups. Then, in 2010, Snyder got the axe and Youboty was left out in the cold under the new coaching staff. In 2011, John transferred to Temple and petitioned the NCAA to allow him to play right away. He got the waiver and started 7 of 13 games for the Owls at Defensive Tackle, finishing with 18 Tackles, 2 Tackles For Loss, 1 Sack, 2 Pass Breakups and 1 Fumble Recovery.
During his Senior year (2012), Youboty started all 11 games at Defensive End and also played on the Field Goal Defense Unit. He finished the season 5th on Defense with 42 Tackles and a team-best 6.0 TFL. John added 5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble and 1 Pass Breakup. He had a career-high 7 Tackles and 2 Sacks against Cincinnati. Youboty was selected to the 2nd Team All-Big East Conference honors as a Coaches selection.
In Youboty, Temple found a player who was willing to fill any roles on the team in order to put them in a position to be more successful. He lined up in at nearly every position along the defensive line at some point, and was totally unfazed by going up against even the strongest and most physically intimidating offensive lineman along the Eastern Seaboard. He was also a valuable asset on Special Teams, contributing to punt returns and punt coverage by using his size and exceptional speed to plug up the gaps and seams that create avenues to big plays.
John Youboty has the frame of an edge rusher and was clearly playing out of position as a Defensive Tackle at Temple. Still, he has worked his tail off with an obvious passion for the game. He is a tad undersized to play with his hand on the ground and it will be interesting to see how he is used at the next level.
How he fits in Denver:
Youboty can play on either side of the line. He has a decent bull rush and uses his leverage effectively. Fast enough to chase down runners and hustles to make the Tackle downfield. He doesn’t get lost in the wash, shedding blockers and moves down the line of Scrimmage to stretch out the play.
Can get too deep of a pass rush and get ridden out of the play due to his lighter weight, but that is something that can be overcome. He has the frame to add some weight and grow into his NFL body.
I think Youboty has a chance to make the Broncos squad as a Defensive End. He has the heart and willingness to succeed in the Pros with some additional pass rushing moves and some bulk. Otherwise, he could be in the mix for a pass rushing Linebacker, but that is one position in which the Broncos have some depth.
You can follow John on Twitter at @JohnYouboty
– Kaptain Kirk