University of Louisville edge rusher Trevon Young was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the 205th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
Young, the 38th former Cardinals to be taken in the draft under head coach Bobby Petrino, is the fourth UofL player to be selected in the 2018 draft, joining first-round draft picks Jaire Alexander (Green Bay) and Lamar Jackson (Baltimore) and third-rounder Geron Christian Washington).
“I’m excited for Trevon to receive this tremendous opportunity after all the adversity he overcame during the last couple of seasons,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “After suffering that debilitating injury in the 2015 Music City Bowl, Trevon was determined to resume his playing career, and to see all the hard work payoff is very gratifying for me as a head coach.”
The Des Moines, Iowa, native started appeared in 36 career games – making 20 starts – in three seasons after transferring to Louisville from Iowa Western Community College.
The 2015 season saw Young develop into one of the fiercest pass rushers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In earning all-league honorable mention accolades, Young finished the season with 8.5 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss in guiding the Cardinals to an 8-5 record.
In a win over Wake Forest, Young had a career game — producing 3.5 tackles for loss and tied a career high with 3.0 sacks. He followed that up with 3.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss in a win over Boston College.
Young was forced to redshirt in 2016 after suffering a season-ending hip injury in the 27-21 win over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl.
Young returned to the lineup last season and prospered as one of the league’s top edge rushers and was named the recipient of the ACC’s Brian Piccolo Award, bestowed to the ‘most courageous’ football player in the conference.
Appearing in all 13 games last season, Young recorded a career-high 62 tackles and five pass break-ups. However, he caused havoc in the opposition’s backfield, recording a personal-best 12.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.