Be­com­ing a Raven

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL - Jeff.zre­biec@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jef­fzre­biec­sun

Sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends, Young watched the first two nights of the NFL draft at the D.C.-area house of his god­mother, Cydni Bick­er­staff, the daugh­ter of long­time NBA coach Bernie Bick­er­staff. He didn’t ex­pect to go any ear­lier than the third round, but he grew frus­trated when he saw some de­fen­sive backs he be­lieved he was bet­ter than go­ing ear­lier. When Crump left Bick­er­staff’s home af­ter the end of the third round, he pre­dicted that Young wouldn’t be on the board much longer, and men­tioned that his for­mer pupil was an “Ozzie New­some-type player.”

With the first of his five fourth-round picks, New­some, the Ravens gen­eral man­ager, se­lected Young. Af­ter get­ting the call, Young and his fam­ily and friends im­me­di­ately hopped in their cars and drove to M&TBank Sta­dium to at­tend a Ravens draft event.

“It was al­most like a pres­i­den­tial pa­rade,” Crump said.

Crump said that sit­ting in the stands in Bal­ti­more on Sun­day and watch­ing Young match up against Brown, one of the game’s most pro­lific receivers, was sur­real. He mar­veled at how far Young had come.

Five years ear­lier, Crump had a hard time drum­ming up in­ter­est in the high school se­nior. Three weeks ear­lier, Young had been vic­tim­ized by Beck­ham for a game-win­ning touch­down. He had learned from both ex­pe­ri­ences. “He loves the game, and we love ev­ery­thing he brings to our team,” Ravens safety Eric Wed­dle said. “His con­fi­dence, his en­ergy. And he has a quiet de­meanor that kind of calms ev­ery­one when we are out there.”

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