NFL Draft
Quotes on Tennessee Titans #3 Pick QB Vince Young
By J.C. Denton
Apr 30, 2006 - 6:32:00 PM

Here are a few quotes on Vince Young from various NFL and media sources compiled leading up to the draft:

"I went to Austin to visit friends after Texas won the Rose Bowl. I went to their celebration at their stadium, and it was a sight to see. I watched Young to see how he would handle himself in that situation. I couldn't believe how charismatic he was. I watched him with the fans and with his teammates. I was so impressed. The most important thing is to put him in position to utilize his strengths, and that would be his athleticism. He's got good pocket presence. I don't care about his delivery. All I know is that he's got a big arm and delivers the ball well. He sees the field well. He doesn't just take the snap and run when his first option isn't there. I like the fact that he's got that moxie about him. He thrives in pressure situations. Either a player has it, or he doesn't. He's just a natural leader, and you can see people gravitate to him. People like Vince Young are leaders off the field, too. As coaches, no matter how hard we try, we can't make a guy be a leader. When the game's on the line, Young reminds me of Michael Jordan. He isn't going to be intimidated. He doesn't seem to be fazed by anything or anyone."

- Clancy Pendergast, DC Arizona Cardinals

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"I found Young to be a humble, mature cat. Don't get me wrong, he knows he's got the wheels to make plays. But with the prospect of another Rose Bowl run facing Texas, Young amped up his preparation during the offseason. He watched hours of tape and worked endlessly with his new receivers (and his old ones, like Limas Sweed and tight end David Thomas, the security blanket Young calls 'the best athlete on our team.'')"

- Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

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"I had the opportunity to sit face-to-face with Young for an aggregate total of probably eight hours over three days last summer in advance of his senior season at Texas. Here's what I found: He's a grownup. You interview enough college athletes, it gets pretty easy to discern which ones are really young men and which ones are 21 going on 15... (Vince) was a mature conversational partner, not a juvenile."

- Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated

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"Vince Young just blew away every scout in the NFL with one of the most impressive performances they've ever seen. This was Young's coming out party. He made every throw, he made them on the run, he dropped back... One of the greatest quotes was from Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers: When you've got a chance to get Michael Jordan, you take Michael Jordan. Every coach and scout I've talked to said Vince just blew them away. He threw deep, he threw soft passes, he threw short passes, he went under center, he dropped back, he did 3, 5, 7 step drops, his footwork was good... everybody was impressed with Vince Young."

- John McClain, Houston Chronicle

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"The more I watch him now, the more I realize that I haven't seen anyone quite like him. Usually, when you're scouting a player, you think to yourself, 'He reminds me of so-and-so.' But in this case, Young doesn't remind me of anyone. He seems to be one of a kind. The more I watch him, the more I just scratch my head and wonder how he did that."

- Ted Thompson, GM Green Bay Packers

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"That was a hell of a workout. What impressed me the most was his velocity on all his throws. And he's just so smooth in everything he does. I'll go back to the Sam Bowie situation. If you have a chance to get Michael Jordan, you get Michael Jordan."

- Ted Thompson, GM Green Bay Packers

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"Whatever fears people had about him, he seems like a guy people had a lot of questions about, I think he got a lot of them answered. I think he did a nice job. I think he did a lot to help himself in the draft."

- Norm Chow, Offensive Coordinator Tennessee Titans

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"I was very impressed with every phase, with his personality, his character, his competitiveness, his athletic ability. He did well with the different throws, the sprint outs, the pressure flushes, the scrambles and the different drops, the three-step, the five-step and the full drop. I thought he did a nice job in each one of those situations."

- Jeff Fisher, Head Coach Tennessee Titans

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"Unique is a word you don't want to throw out there too often," Billick said. "But this guy is truly unique and that uniqueness is what has most people apprehensive... If you try to pigeon hole him as a Randall Cunningham or a Michael Vick I don't know if you're going to be able to connect the dots in a way you'd like. As Vick has done, Young could create his own category because of the size, the speed and the athleticism."

- Brian Billick, Head Coach Baltimore Ravens

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"The game is about a guy's talent and intangibles. I'd say Vince Young probably has the most intangibles we've seen in a long, long time. You're talking about a guy who's changed the game. He played against USC and made them look like they had average athletes on the field. It's because he was such a superior athlete. We try to make this game more complicated than it is. Does he throw completions? Can he lead his team? Does he have the instincts for the position? I think he'll be a hell of a pro."

- Denny Green, Offensive Coordinator Arizona Cardinals

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"The only question you have to ask is do you want to play against him?"

- James Harris, General Manager Jacksonville Jaguars

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"I would never trade away the three years with Matt as my quarterback. But if I was an NFL team, I don't know how you could not take Vince Young. A quarterback's job is to control the game. When a guy throws for 260 [yards] and runs for 200 in the biggest game of the year, he doesn't just control a game, he shows he can completely take it over. Nothing against Matt, but Vince has to be the No. 1 guy."

- Lendale White, Running Back USC

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