NFL Draft 2011: Austin Pettis and Titus Young Are 'The Blues Brothers'

Alex MonacoContributor IIMarch 15, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Wide reciever Austin Pettis (bottom) of the Boise State Broncos is mobbed by teammates after the Broncos defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 33-30  at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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Boise State wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young are going to be one of the only tandems to ever get picked in the NFL draft from the same team in the same year.

Wide receivers A.J. Green of Georgia and Julio Jones of Alabama are ranked as the top two players at their position heading into the draft, but Pettis and Young are arguably the number three and number four wide receivers in this year's draft class.  

Pettis (6'3", 201 pounds) and Young (5'11", 170 pounds) were a perfect one-two punch from 2007-2010 during their tenure with the Broncos, alongside quarterback Kellen Moore, who elected to hang back for his senior season.  Boise's offense was centered around its ability to pass, specifically to Pettis and Young.

Pettis hauled in 229 receptions for a total of 2,838 yards and 39 touchdowns at Boise.  Young had 204 career receptions for 3,063 yards and 25 total touchdowns.  They're both from the Southern California area, and they obviously both know how to get open and make plays.

Young is known for being more of an explosive wide receiver who can make the big play and run past just about anyone who squares him up.  Pettis is primarily recognized as a "sure-handed" possession receiver who drops almost no passes and can maneuver quite well after the catch. 

As for the combine, Pettis had the fastest shuttle time of any wide receiver, and Young's 40 time of 4.43 is one of the fastest amongst wide receivers in this year's draft class.  

These two have been an absolute joy to watch at the collegiate level and were absolutely deserving of an opportunity for a chance to play for the national championship. 

Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way, and now the next and even more challenging phase in their careers is on deck: the NFL experience.