Texas' Young might pass on displaying arm for scouts
BY CHIP BROWN
The Dallas Morning News
AUSTIN, Texas - The agent for Vince Young, who said last month that the former Texas quarterback would throw for teams at the NFL combine next week, now says Young may not throw and instead may only interview with teams.
"We want to make sure it's something we want to do and something that's best for Vincent," said Young's agent, Major Adams.
Adams also said that Houston attorney Joe Jamail, a prominent UT booster, had agreed to advise Young in contract negotiations, adding that Jamail is a member of "Team Vince."
That team also includes Keith Young, Vince's uncle, who has been hired as his business manager. Keith Young is a former computer software representative and current middle school teacher and coach in Houston.
Adams, the Youngs' family attorney for the last eight years, has negotiated only one NFL contract - that of Philadelphia safety Michael Lewis, a 2002 second-round draft pick out of Colorado.
Jamail said Monday he was contacted by Adams two weeks ago and agreed to help out - without charge.
"I've helped a lot of former Texas players by reviewing their contracts before they sign them," Jamail said. "Roy Williams, Cory Redding, there's a lot of them. Cedric (Benson), Derrick Johnson. . . . I'm not an agent and I don't try to be.
I just look them over to make sure they're not getting tricked or fooled."
When asked why it might not be good for Young to throw at the combine, Adams replied, "Unfamiliar surroundings, unfamiliar receivers." The NFL combine in Indianapolis begins Feb. 22.
Young said Saturday in Houston that he plans to interview with teams and "probably throw a little bit."
Young took part in several throwing competitions in a made-for-television College All-Star Challenge aired by ESPN on Feb. 4.
Young lost a target-throwing competition to UCLA's Drew Olson and a long-distance skills test to Alabama's Brodie Croyle - two quarterbacks expected to be taken much lower than Young in the NFL draft. Young won a skills competition in which throwing with accuracy on the run was at a premium.
Adams said the uncertainty about throwing at the combine had nothing to do with Young possibly hurting his stock in the made-for-TV event.
"I think he impressed some people," Adams said.
Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio was all over this yesterday. I've got to say, I agree with him in that if I'm a team thinking about drafting Young, I want to see him throw under the bright lights of the combine, especially after a pretty poor showing in that recent skills competition.