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2012 CB Rankings

April 13, 2012

Cornerback

Prototype in the NFL: Darrelle Revis

Best In Class

Best Frame: Stephon Gilmore                          Best Quickness: Dwight Bentley

Best Run Stopper: Dre Kirkpatrick                   Best Long Speed: Josh Robinson

Best Ball Skills: Morris Claiborne                     Best Instincts: Jayron Hosley

Best Hips: Janoris Jenkins                               Best Technician: Morris Claiborne

1.Morris Claiborne LSU #17 5’11 1/8 188 Jr.

Comparison: Less physical, talented Darrelle Revis

Background: 1st team SEC and All American in 2011. 2011 Thorpe Award winner. 2011 SEC DPOY.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

51

0

1

0

6

6

1

2010

37

0

1

0

6

5

0

2009

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Very long player who is a bit of a long strider which I’m not a fan of but doesn’t seem to affect him terribly b/c of his elite technique. Had the longest arms of all 58 DBs. Former WR and QB. Solid in backpedal, turn and run drill. Best yet in drill with good smooth turns (under control) then a great jumping catch on backpedalling corner route drill-as good as you will see. Smooth in turn and had big, soft hands again onhigh point on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay in turn (went really slow) but nice hands again on flat route drill. Dropped ball that was a bit high in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

5111

188

33.25

4.5

 

34.5

910

4.12

7.01

68.6

 

Notes: Had 5 ints in 2010 as the starting CB opposite Patrick Peterson. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M allowed 12 yd in vs. Nwachukwu (14:12 1st). Is the KR at times for them in the 2011 season. In the 2011 Oregon game allowed a 14 yd catch on 3rd and 12 though he was right next to the WR and tackled him immediately (5:52 1st), had a solid 29 yd KR (3:51 1st), allowed 12 yd curl but popped WR Lavasier Tuinei really hard (8:45 2nd), and missed De’Anthony Thomas on 6 yd turn around in open space allowing another 8 yards (10:48 4th). In the 2011 Mississippi St. game had an absolutely incredible int running stride for stride with WR on post play and catching the ball with his fingertips over his head for the best int I’ve seen so far in the 2011 season (11:35 3rd), perfect coverage on WR Arceto Clark for pbu on 5 yd in (9:32 4th), perfect coverage cutting WR off route to be in position for his 2nd int of the night (5:10 4th). In the 2011 West Virginia game he had a tough early going getting a personal foul after getting beat up in run blocking by feisty WR Stedman Bailey due to his retaliatory push then giving up a 20 yd TD to the same WR when he missed a tackle in space on a quick hitch move. Redeemed himself big time later in game with 99 yd KR for a TD showing outstanding straight line speed though only average quickness as he ran into blocker and stopped, somehow not getting tackled. Later again allowed 10 yd to Bailey and again missed tackle in the flat on a quick move allowing YAC as he was burned all day by the kid. In the 2011 Florida game he allowed 65 yd TD to WR Andre Debose on 9 route where he was a step behind him and tried to force him out of bounds but then tripped himself allowing walk in TD (0:45 3rd). In the 2011 Arkansas game he was beat by Joe Adams easily on +15 yd out getting saved by S Tyrann Mathieu, had an elite INT though on 9 route jump ball vs. WR Jarius Wright jumping and highpointing it over him showing off his elite ball skills and height (11:00 4th). In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he had perfect coverage on 9 route vs. WR Tavarres King nearly getting INT but it dropping as he hit the ground (3:55 2nd), allowed 7 yd slant to King on 3rd and 7, perfect coverage on post vs. WR Marlon Brown setting up for INT on ball that he was in best position for yet again it dropped off his hands! (5:14 4th), perfect coverage on curl vs. Mitchell showing his great ball skills (unlike earlier in the game) not just getting the INT but jumping and extended catching it then racing 45 yds for the pick 6 cutting back against the grain to avoid QB (4:30 4th). In the 2011Alabama game #1 he had a great INT jumping short out and returning it +10 yds to get team FG. In the 2011 Alabama game #2 he had good tackle on RB Trent Richardson in flat not getting juked. I had him just outside the top 5 much of the year due to his lack of elite speed, evident on film and at the combine, yet his combine performance put him over the top and barely gets him in the top 5 as he showed ridiculously long arms (33 ¼), solid speed (4.50), better hips than I expected looking smooth in his backpedal. Add to that his good height (5’11 1/8) and his elite ball skills (11 ints the past two years) which I already knew about and I’m comfortable giving him a top 5 grade 3/1/12.

Tape: 2011: Oregon, Mississippi St., Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama 1, Alabama 2

Overall: Claiborne is a guy I’ve known well the past 2 years but had to grown on me a bit as I didn’t see the elite straight line speed or quickness I prefer in my CBs. Eventually though he won me over with his elite technique, good height, and elite ball skills as he really understands how to play the position and (being a former WR) reads routes well. He is clearly inferior to Darrelle Revis as a player due to his inferior speed (4.50 vs. 4.38), weight (188 vs. 204), explosion (9’10 broad vs. 10’5), and quickness (7.01 3 cone vs. 6.56) yet he reminds me a lot of him as they are great at reading a WR’s routes and reacting to it often times running the route better than the offensive player. Claiborne won’t be the shutdown CB Revis is as he struggles against quick, fast types as seen in his poor game against Stedman Bailey of West Virginia and the 65 yd TD given up to Andre Debose. Yet Claiborne will be a big time playmaker for a team as he has 11 INTs the past two years and not only didn’t cave under the pressure of playing opposite the best CB each of the past two years (Peterson, Mathieu) but thrived with the increased opportunities it provided. He has Pro Bowler written all over him as he should get 5-8 INTs each year but will also have an occasional bad game, unlike Revis. It took me awhile to get comfortable with his mediocre athleticism but I’m finally there and am giving him a top 5 grade as my #1 CB 3/7/12.

2. Stephon Gilmore South Carolina #5 6’0 ½ 190 Jr.

Comparison: Antrel Rolle

Background: Started all 40 of his games atSouth Carolina. Freshman All SEC and All American in ’09. 1st team SEC in 2010 by coaches and 2nd team SEC by AP (Jenkins was 1st by them). 3rd team All American in 2010.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

46

1

3

1

7

4

0

2010

79

3

6

1

2

3

1

2009

56

3

6

2

8

1

0

Combine: Had a very solid 40 time (4.40) which was 3rd out of the 58 DBs. Used as example in backpedal, turn and run drill. Had a high backpedal but quick and smooth otherwise in backpedal, turn and run drill. Smooth in turns then good speed catching ball right at sidelines on backpedalling corner route drill. Very nice highpoint catch showing big, soft hands on backpedalling corner route drill. Dropped ball but smooth in backpedal on flat route drill. Dropped extended hands catch in multi catch drill then dropped super easy catch to end contest in defeat.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6004

190

31

4.4

15

36

1003

3.94

6.61

87

 

Notes: In the 2010 Alabama game he had a mixed game having a few impressive tackles on run plays, a great blitz off edge getting around RB blocker to force QB to scramble and dive sack him (11:08 3rd), and great aggressiveness though illegal tackle ripping WR Julio Jones helmet off. Yet also had numerous plays (mainly by Jones) of allowing good separation on short hitches and outs. I question his straight line speed as they play him mainly in zone or if in man coverage it’s off coverage. Soph #18 in ESPN 150 for ’09. South Carolina’s Mr. Football in 2008 starting the string of Mr. Footballs to sign with SC (Lattimore in ’09 and Clowney in ’10). Spurrier said the 2011 East Carolina game was his worst game as a gamecock as he was burned repeatedly. In the 2011 Georgia game he allowed 12 yd curl by WR Malcolm Mitchell for 1st down on 3rd and 9 (13:30 3rd), outstanding recognition in mid and long routes that he chose the correct one on and just as impressive ball skills one handing the ball for an almost int near the sidelines (13:12 3rd), pass interference (3:50 3rd), grabbed fumble and ran it nearly for a TD the other way getting caught at the 5 yd line due to poor blocking as his caravan in front didn’t block anyone behind and no one was in front to block? (3:35 3rd). In the 2011 Clemson game he blitzed off CB spot and hit QB as he was throwing ball for INC and nearly sack/FF, beat on 10 yd curl that he tried to pick off allowing another 10 yds YAC to WR Sammy Watkins. He wasn’t very busy as he didn’t go against Watkins much and the Tigers seemed to go against the other CBs. In the 2011 Nebraska game he had big hit on QB at goal line-albeit after +15 yd option run but lit him up, good burst to RB screen and strong tackle for 4 yd TFL, jumped out getting INT that made him look like the WR as he had great position-not sure if he left his WR or if he was in zone but great instincts either way (0:40 2nd), good burst to 0 route but INC anyways. A tall, strong, aggressive, athletic CB who is great against the run (could be a safety down the road) and has the frame and look of an NFL CB. I want to give the kid a late 1st grade but he’s so hard to figure out completely as he always is playing off coverage or zone and I rarely see footage of him playing straight bump and run man coverage which you would assume would actually be his specialty due to his size. Hesitatingly giving an early 2nd 1/21/12.

Tape: 2011:Georgia,Clemson,Arkansas,Nebraska

Overall: Gilmore will be an interesting player to watch as he played like a 3rd or 4th rounder this year but has the talent and physical skills of a top 5 pick. Just comparing him physically to Morris Claiborne accentuates this point as Gilmore is taller (6’0 1/2 vs. 5’11 1/8), heavier (190 vs. 188), faster (4.40 vs. 4.50 in 40), more explosive (10’3 vs. 9’10 in broad), and quicker (6.61 vs. 7.01 in 3 cone, 3.94 vs. 4.12 in shuttle). They both also are true juniors and Gilmore was actually the much higher rated player coming out of HS. It all paints a picture of Stephon being an elite player who should be talked about as possibly the #1 CB in this draft yet his game film this year was inconsistent and a team will have to decide if he can play bump and run man coverage almost purely on speculation as there is very little tape showing him doing it this year. South Carolina likes to play zone with their “spur” position adding speed to their defensive secondary yet a scout has to wonder if they didn’t change their coverage to accentuate his cover skills more due to gaps in his game that they saw in practice which they decided to hide or just because they didn’t want to completely overhaul their defensive philosophy for one player. Basically a team will have to decide whether the 2010 or 2011 performance is more likely to be the one they get from him in the NFL. He clearly is the superior athlete to Claiborne or Kirkpatrick, doesn’t have the red flags of Jenkins, and beat all three of them for 1st team SEC by the coaches in 2010. The kid has Pro Bowl potential and even though he had a down year in 2011 he still has the highest upside of any CB in this draft in my opinion. His down year drops him just below Kirkpatrick in the CB ratings but Gilmore still keeps a Top 15 grade and my #3 CB because of his elite physical skills, his 2010 tape, and his underrated production in all areas (8 INTs, 4 FF, 7 sacks in 3 years). He has more bust potential but I’m convinced Gilmore has much more upside than Kirkpatrick so if a team is trying to hit the homerun and willing to gamble I would actually recommend him over Kirkpatrick despite not one scout having him anywhere near the top 15 area. They are as close to each other in ranking as you can get 3/8/12. Update: After thinking about it more I realized that I truly believe Gilmore will be the better pro than Kirkpatrick and am moving him ahead. They still are close but Gilmore is #2 3/22/12.

3. Dre KirkpatrickAlabama #21 6’1 5/8 186 Jr.

Comparison: Bryant Westbrook (Texas late 90’s)

Background: #4 in ESPN 150 for ’09. 0/12 in ’09 as a true freshman. 2nd team SEC & All American in 2011.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

29

0

4

2

9

0

0

2010

53

0

4

1

7

3

0

2009

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Had an okay 40 time (4.51). Has great height but poor arm length for that height (most 6’1 guys have ’32 arms). Dropped ball in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6015

186

30.63

4.51

 

35

1000

 

 

55.3

 

Notes: A tall, somewhat top heavy CB who has more of a safety look to him due to his enormous height. He looks a legit 6’3 which is incredibly rare for a CB and always makes me concerned about his lateral quickness. Did not impress me in the Bama spring game giving up a 27 yd completion to setup a TD and not showing great speed only great size in coverage. In the 2011 Penn St. game he had good bump and run coverage on 3rd and 8 helping cause WR to not know where ball was and drop it (15:00 2nd), great job in off-zone getting around WR who sort of picked him and nearly intercepting ball in the flat on 3rd and 5 for pbu (8:39 2nd), very good job leaving his man on the 5 yd out to gamble for int on the 15 yd out causing incompletion (4:56 2nd), good hit on TE causing FF (4:50 2nd), perfect coverage on 11 yd out vs. WR Derek Moye (10:08 4th), one step separation vs. Moye on 9 route (10:04 4th), solid hit but hardly amazing that caused FF his second of the day (8:34 4th), and allowed 10 yd curl to Moye (4:47 4th). Was very impressed with Kirkpatrick not just for his hard hitting that caused two FF but also his instincts and quickness as a zone corner. I still think he is overrated and lacks the true speed or hips to be an elite shutdown island corner but I found from this game that his zone skills are exemplary giving him more versatility than I originally thought 9/15/11. In the 2011 Florida game he was beat on the first play from scrimmage for a 65 yd TD on 9 route by WR Andre Debose (14:43 1st), beat on 5 yd fade by Debose for TD-call overturned (5:30 1st), very aggressive throw down of RB on quick toss showing good strength (12:10 2nd), big hit on short dump off in flat to RB. In the 2011 Auburn game he had perfect coverage on 9 route but dropped an easy INT on jump ball that was thrown inside giving easy catch (14:57 4th). In the 2011 LSU game #2 he allowed 7 yd hitch to WR Odell Beckham, great speed attacking QB run to his side following WR then shifting course athletically and taking out QBs legs (4:14 1st), poor zone on 19 yd catch not getting good depth to WR focusing too much on the run, first one down as gunner on special teams,  great speed and big hit from off coverage on WR Reuben Randle but didn’t wrap up-teammate got TFL (5:01 3rd), first one down again as gunner wrapping up PR Tyrann Mathieu for loss on return. He looked fast, emotional, aggressive, and strong. I had my doubts of him earlier in the year as he doesn’t have the ball skills of Mathieu or Claiborne but he is more physical than either of them and seems to be more versatile as he can play zone as well as man. Top 10 1/9/12. Arrested a week after the BCS championship for possession of marijuana under 20 grams and released on $120 bond. Had a solid combine skipping the drills I was most intrigued about (3 cone, shuttle) as I question his quickness as he is so tall but doing better than I expected in the 40.

Tape: 2011: Spring practice,Penn St.,Auburn,Florida, LSU 1, LSU 2

Overall: I’ve come full circle with Dre as I initially thought he was one of the more overrated players in this draft as his lack of deep speed was obvious and I didn’t see anything more than a tall, slow CB. Whether I changed 100% or I changed 50% and Dre improved the other 50% is an interesting discussion but nonetheless I am not fully buying in to the Kirkpatrick hype as he is a tall, strong, physical, instinctive CB who is arguably the most versatile player in this CB draft class. He doesn’t have great ball skills (read poor hands) so he only has 3 INTs the past 2 years but he has 16 pbu in that span due to his great instincts and understanding of the game. In nearly every game I scouted of his I saw him make a big hit on someone and I saw him leave his man to get a pbu on another man’s WR. Yes that’s gambling butAlabama played two deep zone most of the year so they want their CBs to gamble in that scheme and he played it beautifully. I think his best fit would be to stay in a zone scheme but he’s a very strong CB and has some experience in bump and run so I would have no worries about him in that scheme as well. Preferrably a team could match him with a smaller, faster CB and Kirkpatrick would shadow the bigger possession receiver all game long as he would be a great matchup in those situations. Kirkpatrick has some limitations in terms of quickness, straight line speed, and arm length (has normal length arms but that’s bad since he has abnormal height) yet he makes up for it with elite hitting ability (reason I compare him to Bryant Westbrook), good instincts, elite height, and an underrated understanding of the game. Coming out of HS he was the #1 CB in the nation, played as a reserve DB as a true freshman in ’09 when they won a national title, had a solid year in ’10 as a starter, had a great year in ’11 as a starter on his second national championship team, and now is leaving for the NFL with a top 15 grade by numerous scouts including Jon Anderson. Not bad at all. Top 15 and barely wins the #2 CB spot ahead of Stephon Gilmore 3/7/12. Update: After thinking about it more I realized that I truly believe Gilmore will be the better pro than Kirkpatrick and am moving him ahead. They still are close but Gilmore is #2 3/22/12.

4. Janoris Jenkins North Alabama #21 5’10 193 Sr.

Comparison: Dunta Robinson

Background: 2nd team SEC in 2010.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

44

1

5.5

0

8

3

1

2009

38

0

3

1

6

2

0

2008

39

1

1

1

11

3

0

Combine: Had a very smooth 40 time. Unofficial 10 yd split was 1.47 (Deion’s was 1.50). Very smooth in backpedal, turn and run drill. Smooth again in backpedal, turn and run drill. Great hips (best again in group) then big, soft hands on catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Stumbled near the end of his turns (before that was perfect though) then mistimed jump and dropped catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Smooth again and solid catch in wheel route drill. Outstanding diving catch on flat route drill. Double caught ball in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

193

32

4.46

 

33.5

1001

4.13

6.95

64.5

 

Notes: On ESPN 150 for 2008. Starts opposite Joe Haden in ’09. Isn’t the same as an athlete or playmaker but isn’t too far behind. Was arrested and tasered by police after he continued fighting when police told them to all break it up. Highly talented CB who some considered the superior player in 2009 when Joe Haden was taken in the top 10. In the 2010 Alabama game he had great physical coverage on shallow cross by WR Julio Jones staying within 5 yds and knocking the big WR around-great strength (1:45 1st), tight cov vs. Jones on 15 yd come back but more drop than pbu, good strength meeting RB Trent Richardson at LOS and holding him up till help came (no additional yards) then body slammed him right after whistle for good measure, good strong ankle tackle on Jones 0 route for TFL (14:20 4th), beat along with safety on WR end around pass allowing 20 yd TD to TE-wide open. Looked strong and fast with his only bad play on a trick play that was understandable. Was the main guy on Julio holding him to only 4 catches for 19 yds instead of the 6 catches for 92 yards he averaged in his other 12 games that year. In the 2010 Georgia game he had a great burst to ball getting diving INT on 8 yd hitch vs. WR AJ Green on 1st play of the game! (15:00 1st), very fast on blitz from CB spot but ball out quickly, great coverage vs. Green on cross getting pbu (6:43 4th), good coverage on 15 yd in vs. Green but he made a spectacular extended hands catch. Was the main guy on Green (didn’t shadow like he did Julio but still the main guy) and held him to 4 catches for 42 yards and a TD instead of the 7 catches for 101 yards he averaged in his other 8 games that year. Was kicked out of school in April 2011 for a misdemeanor marijuana charge. This comes after a previous marijuana arrest just months before and a June 2009 arrest for misdemeanor affray charges when he fled police after being in a fight. Eventually transferred to Northern Alabama instead of going in the supplemental draft. Has 4 kids including 3 boys age 3 or younger. Didn’t go pro after his Jr. year b/c he had to have reconstructive surgery on his shoulder in the offseason. Threw a punch in a game in October and was ejected. Alshon Jeffrey called Jenkins the best CB he ever faced in college, “He’s a great defensive back. He’s a physical player. Talked a lot of trash, but definitely great competition.” Enters the 2011 season ranked #24 on my Big Board. He has the talent of a top 10 pick but drops to the late 1st b/c of off the field issues 1/21/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Beat on 9 route vs. RB Chris Rainey who he expected to run a deep curl but did show good catchup speed getting back into play vs. one of fastest players in the draft, good coverage albeit a bit physical vs. Rainey’s in route for INC. Day 3: 1×1: No separation vs. Fuller on 9 route forcing back shoulder throw for INC, surprisingly was beat on post by WR Dwight Jones but ball underthrown badly allowing him to catch up and get pbu-not a ridiculous athlete like he’s given credit for as he’s fast but not a 4.3 guy, no separation on 9 route vs. Fuller until he guessed on out and was wrong giving wide open play-has been squatting all week long on shorter routes and is very undisciplined. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, good aggressiveness attacking inside run and getting textbook tackle on RB on inside run in hole for 4 yds (10:10 1st), gave 8 yd TD on curl vs. WR Marvin Jones but could have been PI on WR, big hit on RB on PR flipping him over, good cov vs. Jones on slant that was tipped getting nice hit on him-very physical CB, sat on short route vs. WR Gerrell Robinson allowing huge gainer on double move but luckily for him ball was thrown OOB for INC-squats all day long and just doesn’t look all that fast (12:40 3rd), poor tackle in space vs. RB Isaiah Pead who cut and made him miss completely. At the Senior Bowl he disappointed me as he showed great strength and physicality but clearly lacks the elite speed I thought he had. He looks like a high 4.4s or low 4.5s guy and seems to gamble way too much. He’s big, physical, has good ball skills, and solid speed but to me he doesn’t remotely look like an early 1st rounder in talent which most consider him to be. Out of the 13 CBs at the Senior Bowl he was #5 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley).

Tape: 2011: Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Jenkins is a difficult player for me to grade as he has major character issues but also is a bit overrated as he’s considered a top 10 pick if not for his off the field transgressions despite evidence showing me that he’s more of a mid to late 1st rounder in talent. Defenders of him will point out his two game tapes in 2010 where he was spectacular against future top 10 picks AJ Green and Julio Jones limiting them both to less than half their usual production. Yet one can also point out his mediocre Senior Bowl and his average Combine numbers to make the case that, while talented, he isn’t a Top 10 talent who is missing from the top part of the draft solely due to character issues. Jenkins has an elite backpedal and extremely smooth hips that allow him to stay in the hip pocket of WRs on shorter routes. He also has very good hands and ball skills looking like a player who could have +5 INTs in a year if given enough opportunities by opposing offenses. Yet both his game film and his Combine performance show that while he has elite hips, a smooth backpedal, and solid speed he isn’t the tallest (49th tallest out of the 58 DBs), fastest (20th fastest 40 time), or most explosive (middle of the pack in both the vertical and broad) player. He’s more of a mid 1st round level talent if he didn’t have the red flags yet he does and a team will need to check him thoroughly as he has multiple run ins with the law. He’s been arrested twice on marijuana possession charges, not a major negative in my eyes but the fact it happened twice makes it likely he’s a habitual user and not very smart about it (also tested positive once at Florida). He’s also been arrested and tasered by police during an altercation outside a nightclub. Yet the biggest red flag in my opinion is that at the young age of 21 he already has 4 kids (Janoris Jenkins Jr., Legend, Janorian, Paris) with 3 different mothers and his coach at North Alabama (Terry Bowden) didn’t know about them showing that he was being deceitful as recently as this year when he was supposed to be cleaning up his image. He seems to have gotten in a lot of trouble in quite a few different areas making me wonder if he’ll have the maturity to handle the big payday 1st rounders get or if it his problems will just multiply. His off the field issues will have to be sorted out internally by each team but with him being only a mid 1st on a pure talent standpoint it makes me drop him to the late 1st round as there is a lot of shadiness to him but also some Pro Bowl potential. He gets a similar grade as Jimmy Smith last year who had a worse attitude (Jenkins does appear to be a nice kid and a hard worker) but less off the field baggage. Late 1st round and my #4 CB 3/8/12.

5. Jayron Hosley Virginia Tech #20 5’10 178 Jr.

Comparison: Aquib Talib

Background: 2nd team ACC in 2011.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

59

0

1

2

12

3

0

2010

39

0

1

0

8

9

0

2009

11

1

1.5

0

2

0

0

Combine: 2nd lightest DB at the combine despite coming in 7 lbs heavier than his listed playing weight in 2011. It’s really the only major knock I have on the kid. False start in his 40. Solid (though high) in backpedal then exploded in turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Went too fast and off balance on turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Solid in turns but ran too far on throw and tried to jump catch it missing it instead on backpedalling corner route drill. Good in turns but weak on catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Dropped ball in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

178

30.88

4.47

11

 

 

 

 

35.9

 

Notes: In the ’10 Orange Bowl vs. Stanford had a great pick vs. Luck when he outran Ryan Whalen to the spot (4:32 2nd). Looks like a future star with his great anticipation and amazing ball skills. I already grade him as an early 2nd 1/4/11. Enters the 2011 season ranked #18 on my Big Board. Had hamstring injury in middle of year. Had a few penalties against him in Duke game. Beaten deep a lot in 2011 and even if not 100% it still hurts his value. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game hit WR 0 route immediately but dragged for 2 yds, on 4th and 20 with INC ending the game he made a blatant PI on 9 route for no reason as he had good coverage and WR was going for circus catch (2:12 4th). In the 2011 Michigan game he had good aggressiveness making tackle on RB on opposite side of field trailing play, tight coverage and good ball skills tipping ball out of WR’s hands on jump ball in end zone for pbu (0:30 2nd), great read on route jumping slant so quickly WR didn’t even have a chance to get pbu for diving INT-elite ball skills and instincts-said it hit ground which I disagree on (12:24 3rd), tight coverage on 9 route underthrown showing good ball skills getting INT but called for PI as he had contact due to underthrow (10:50 3rd), elite burst to ball on 6 yd hitch diving for pbu that was half a second away from being a pick (9:35 4th), good hit on RB in backfield but didn’t wrap up-teammate finished off TFL. I loved Hosley last year and I still love the kid as he’s smart, fast, and has elite ball skills. If he was taller and stronger he’d be a top 10 pick but at 5’10 176 he maxes out right now as an early 2nd rounder 1/5/12. Had a concussion and a hamstring injury in the ACC Championship Game.

Tape: 2011: Georgia Tech, Michigan 2010: Stanford

Overall: Jayron has been one of my favorite players the past two years and somehow stayed under people’s radar despite a 9 INT season in ’10 that led the nation. It’s surprising that he left school early though b/c he’s still ridiculously skinny for the NFL and could have used another year to add good weight but also b/c he wasn’t 100% this year and gave up a number of big plays. His instincts, playmaking skills, and production are elite (12 INTs the past two seasons) and his quickness and speed are underrated. He’s a guy that I think some team will get in the 2nd round and find out every team missed on him as he was injured in 2011 and is the only reason he didn’t have a great year. He’ll struggle a bit with bigger WRs and in the run game until he bulks up but I fully believe that 5 years from now he’ll be one of the bigger playmakers from this draft class. Big time sleeper who gets a late 1st round grade as my #5 CB 3/8/12.

6. Casey Hayward Vanderbilt #19 5’11 3/8 192 Sr.

Comparison: Chris Gamble

Background: 2nd team SEC in 2010 and 2011.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

62

0

7.5

0

10

7

1

2010

70

0

2

1

11

6

0

2009

58

0

8.5

0

7

2

0

2008

8

0

0

1

3

0

0

Combine: Solid in backpedal but poor turn and unbalanced in backpedal, turn and run drill. Very smooth in backpedal turns then good catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid on backpedalling corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5113

192

30.25

4.57

19

34

911

3.9

6.76

72.3

 

Notes: A very thin player who doesn’t even look to be 188 lbs. In the 2011 Cincinnati game he had a bad missed tackle looking weak trying to tackle RB Isaiah Pead high (9:10 1st), great INT on quick slant pushing through route to get inside (8:55 1st), solid low tackle in space on TE after dump off, no separation on 10 yd curl-bump and run, pancaked on good block by TE in space giving sideline for +50 yd TD run, allowed 10 yd curl but had tight coverage possibly forcing INC-looked more like a drop, great hit on RB screen hitting him hard as he caught it for pbu (15:00 4th), beat on 30 yd TD on 9 route but wrongly called out of bounds by refs saving him, no separation on 9 route having perfect inside position for easy INT on underthrown 9 route (9:25 4th), talked trash after average tackle on RB’s 8 yd run then trash talked TE and faked a punch-he’s a punk (8:10 4th), not even in the play he went up and trash talked RB again? He’s a total punk trash talking and arguing with officials about spotting the ball late in the game yet he has good height, good speed, and in a 2 INT game it’s hard to say he doesn’t have good ball skills. He looks like an NFL caliber CB but I only saw one game and none of the Cincy WRs have drafteable grades right now so the postseason is very important. Hesitatingly say late 3rd 1/16/12. Had 15 career INTs which is the most of any player at the Senior Bowl. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Very strong jam vs. WR Dwight Jones not letting him get off line and only small separation on curl-very good coverage, good initial jam then ran well with WR Juron Criner for no separation on 9 route for INC (though did have borderline PI and just not needed), good coverage again vs. Criner but gave small separation to him on curl and he took advantage with highlight reel one hander. Day 3: 1×1: Got completely turned around by a great route by WR Patrick Edwards for short out, gave huge separation vs. Edwards on out with elite quickness again-not as much Hayward as it is Edwards, very strong jam nearly pancaking RB Chris Rainey who regained balance and kind of held Casey to get separation on cross. 11×11: Beat deep on 9 route vs. Rainey who luckily dropped ball. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Good job hitting WR Marvin McNutt on slant as he tried to double catch it as it was high for pbu, no separation vs. WR Brian Quick on 10 yd curl but called for PI-not valid IMO, good cov on 18 yd post vs. McNutt as he came down with it but Casey got hand in and ripped it out for pbu (2:28 2nd), gave separation to WR Devier Posey on 20 yd post one play later for would be TD but he dropped it, gave no separation to Posey on corner route for no throw, good angle in red zone causing Posey to cutoff fade and resulting in QB throwing ball right to Casey for easy INT at end of half (0:32 2nd), good pbu on 10 yd cross vs. Posey but called fro PI-not sure I agree. He looked tall, long, instinctive, and quick with outstanding ball skills. Out of the 13 CBs at the Senior Bowl he was neck and neck with Boykins eventually winning out for the #1 spot due to his superior Game (probably #2 for the week of practices). The more I watch him the more I think he might actually be a 1st round CB when the dust settles.

Tape: 2011:Cincinnati, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Hayward is a guy that could have shocked people by how high he went if he had ran a high 4.4 40 at the Combine. Everything else was in place for him as he had been 2nd team SEC back to back years which at CB is a pretty impressive achievement (Peterson, Claiborne, Mathieu, Gilmore, Kirkpatrick, Jenkins all were on at least one of the lists as well), he had a dominant Senior Bowl week of practices outplaying most WRs, and his stats in 2011 were extremely underrated with 7 INTs, 10 PBUs, 7.5 TFL, and 62 tackles in the best conference in the nation! All he needed was to run a high 4.4 and I can guarantee you some team would have taken him in the 1st round. Yet speed was always the issue with him on film as he has elite ball skills, quickness (1st out of 58 DBs in the shuttle drill), and very good height (5’11 3/8) but lacks that pure speed to catch up to receivers when he makes a mistake. He proved the tape right by running a below average time of 4.57 and the 1st round no longer is in play yet it’s important to understand how close he is to a perfect CB as Hayward has every single thing you want in a CB (ball skills, height, experience, toughness, quickness, production) except straight line speed. Give him safety help over the top, something quite a few defenses do anyways for their CBs, and you have your perfect corner in round 2. I’ve heard him compared to Daymeion Hughes but that’s a slight to Hayward who is a much more well rounded athlete and not just an instinctual guy like Hughes was coming out of Cal. In the right system he could be a Pro Bowl CB and even though I have him rated higher than most as an early 2nd rounder he definitely could go out and prove that he deserved to be a 1st rounder no matter what the stop watches registered. One of the big sleepers in this draft who is an early 2nd rounder and my #6 CB 3/8/12.

7. Brandon Boykin Georgia #2 5’9 182 Sr.

Background: 0/13 in ’08 as backup CB. 12/13 at CB in ’09 becoming 1st SEC player to ever return 2 kickoffs 100 yds for a TD in a season. 12/13 in ’10 at CB earning Defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

55

0

11

2

9

3

0

2010

44

1

6.5

0

3

3

0

2009

54

0

2.5

0

6

3

0

2008

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Did none of the position drills or timed drills due to a broken fibula.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5090

182

31.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.5

 

Notes: Had a good int vs. Central Florida in the ’10 Liberty Bowl as he had great coverage and int a pass in the endzone saving a TD. Surprisingly declared for the 2011 draft then changed his mind. All time KR in Georgia history. In the 2011 Boise St. game showed aggressiveness against the run getting TFL on a standard hand off that he was well away from him (12:42 1st), great pbu on perfect coverage vs. WR Tyler Shoemaker forcing punt, outstanding speed on 80 yd sweep right going in motion from WR to settle into backfield as a RB (8:40 1st), good return to 45 yd line nearly breaking it for a TD but tripped up by kicker on his spin move (3:02 3rd), good 25 yd KR making numerous players miss him. In the 2011 South Carolina game he played often times almost like a safety in the back 3rd of a zone coverage, he dropped a tipped ball that came onto him very fast that would have been a pick 6 if he hung on (2:23 1st), lined up at RB on offense and showed good speed and a RB like look finding a hole and going 6 yds (13:55 2nd), nice 36 yd KR showing more strength than speed as he broke multiple tackles (6:40 2nd), nice int on tipped ball in the end zone at the end of the first half on a hail mary as it was bounced twice and then he high pointed it and took a quick knee (0:00 2nd), another nice 9 yd run on left sweep on 3rd and 18 (11:50 3rd), outstanding 58 yd KR jumping around a defender at one point and then bursting into the open field showing very quick acceleration-he doesn’t have elite speed but is quick getting to his top speed (8:20 4th).  In the 2011 Tennessee game he was beat deep by WR Zach Rogers but ball poorly thrown (4:33 3rd). In the 2011 LSU game (SEC Championship) he looked really bad trying to tackle RB Kenny Hilliard letting him go right by for +10 yd TD (12:49 3rd), beat on 4 yd out for TD by WR Odell Beckham yet negated as they said the ball touched the ground, embarrassed by Hilliard trying to tackle him again on edge and bouncing off him allowing 8 yd TD-has had a terrible game so far (3:50 3rd). 5th round as he seems to be far more KR and 3rd down back than actual DB 12/16/12. A vocal, fun personality who wants to be a sportscaster after his career is done. In the 2011 Michigan St. game he had a big hit on 0 route with offense backed up getting a safety-shaken up on play (12:10 1st), elite 92 yd PR for TD catching ball over his head as punt was a huge one then cut on dime getting hole and shot down sideline cutting back to middle of field for rest-one of the 2 or 3 best I saw all year (1:45 2nd), good TFL on sweep to his side overrunning play and coming from edge outflanking blocker, great battle through WR block to force INC on bubble screen (10:36 3rd), good speed tackling WR Keshawn Martin on end around for 1 yd gain when it looked like 5-10 yds, stiff armed to the ground by big RB-is feisty but still pretty small, poor attempt on tackle on edge vs. big RB allowing walk in TD, nice quick 14 yd run with good burst (0:55 3rd), stiff armed by Martin on WR screen on 2 pt conversion but delayed play enough for gang tackle short of end zone, caught dump off out of backfield and jumped into end zone between two defenders for 14 yd TD-great speed and quickness (6:45 4th), good cov vs. WR BJ Cunningham but allowed great catch for +20 yds, gave lots of separation vs. Martin on 12 yd out. I’ve been pretty critical of him this year as he shys away from contact in run support and often is more PR and 3rd down back than CB yet I have to admit he just had one of the better games of any player I’ve seen all year. He had an elite PR for a TD, he had numerous TFL (including one for a safety), he had solid coverage on Michigan St.’s late round WRs, he had a +10 yd run, and then he capped it off with the game winning TD catch. As purely a CB I have him as a 5th-6th rounder but adding in his NFL caliber PR and 3rd down back skills (very underrated as I’d give him a drafteable grade if he solely was a 3rd down back) he moves into the late 3rd round 1/19/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Good jam and quickness giving only small separation on curl vs. WR Patrick Edwards helping cause INC-was high throw too though, great coverage vs. curl by Edwards getting hand on it but somehow still being caught, outstanding coverage getting jam then right in hip pocket of WR Joe Adams for INC on 9 route, good coverage on RB Chris Rainey’s curl route for contested completion. 11×11: Very good TFL coming up from off corner or almost safety (no WR to his side) and taking on RB Vick Ballard head on-knocked back a bit but held his own. Day 3: 1×1: Small separation vs. WR Dwight Jones on curl then ball thrown late giving him chance to show great burst to ball for pbu getting hand in there with textbook form, in hip pocket of WR Jeff Fuller who had to push off to get separation on out and still didn’t catch ball. 11×11: No separation vs. Adams on post corner for INC. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Gave separation on corner route by WR Marvin McNutt for would be 15 yd TD but overthrown, no real separation vs. WR Gerrell Robinson but QB scrambled and threw ball behind WR for 25 yd gain. Out of the 13 CBs at the Senior Bowl he was neck and neck with Casey Hayward for 1st barely losing out due to his mediocre (more like non eventful) game. He was the best player in practice that week showing elite quickness to go along with very good instincts and speed. I still question his toughness against the run (as seen in the LSU game) and think he might have a little diva in him but he was clearly the superior athlete when compared to Alfonzo Dennard and Janoris Jenkins who both are considered first rounders AND who have no PR/KR/3rd down back value either. His stock is on the rise. Broke his fibula in the Senior Bowl game so couldn’t workout at the Combine and at his Pro Day he benched 16 reps, solid for a CB, but did nothing else as he’s still healing.

Tape: 2011:South Carolina,Boise St.,Tennessee, LSU,Michigan St., Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Boykin is another example of the positives in scouting numerous games throughout the year on a player as he had an atrocious game against LSU in the SEC Championship Game looking like Mike Jenkins against the Giants a few years back making business decisions in the run game. Yet he followed that up with one of the best games I saw all year against a top notch team like Michigan St. where he had a PR for a TD, multiple TFLs (including a safety!), had good coverage throughout on 2 drafteable WRs (Martin, Cunningham), and had the would be game winning TD catch as the 3rd down back. His lack of size scares me (5’9), breaking his fibula at the Senior Bowl definitely didn’t help matters, yet his cover skills grew on me as he showed better quickness, technique, burst, and instincts that I had given him credit for. His ability to at least be a career nickel back was all I needed to jump on board as I already thought he was extremely underrated as a 3rd down back and is one of the best KR/PR guys in the country. As a rookie a team should expect him to be a capable #3 CB, be an electrifying KR and PR and hopefully they’ll be smart enough to use him 3-5 times a game on reverses, RB screens, and draws. Eventually I do think he has starting potential as a CB but to keep him fresh for his other duties a team might be better served leaving him as a career nickel back. He’ll be a fan favorite and a probable Pro Bowl special teamer. Early 2nd round as my #7 CB 3/8/12.

8. Josh Robinson Central Florida 5’9 ¾ 195 Jr.

Comparison: Stanford Routt

Background: Freshman All American. 1st team ConferenceUSA in 2011.

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

48

0

0

1

15

2

1

2010

59

0

0.5

0

13

2

0

2009

68

0

1

0

8

6

1

Combine: Looked very fast in his 40. 3 year starter, 36 starts, 10 career INTs, played press and off coverage. Ran an unofficial 4.29 in his 2nd 40. Ended with the fastest official 40 at this year’s combine (4.33). Low and fast in backpedal but stumbled in turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Did backpedal slowly but smoothly and didn’t see much explosion on turn but made easy catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Very smooth in backpedal and solid catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Dropped 2 balls in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5096

195

31.5

4.33

15

35

1101

3.97

6.55

85.1

 

Notes: Ended the year with the 3rd most PBUs in the entire country with 15. This comes a year after he had 13 for a grand total of 28 PBUs the past 2 years which is the most of any player the past two years combined. Is a smaller guy but has a fearlessness to his tackling style that shows he is extremely competitive and won’t be avoiding his run support duties. Has a nice 2009 highlight getting beat deep by WR Malcolm Williams ofTexas on a post but leaping out to get pbu and knock ball out of his hands to avoid a TD. Showed his elite speed tracking down a runner on the sidelines coming from out of nowhere and just blazing past everyone. Had a great game in 2010 against AJ Green helping contain him to 8 catches for 77 yds and shadowed him all over the field being a big reason why they held the Bulldogs to only 6 pts and won the game. In 2010 he was a full time PR for them averaging 15.2 yards! He was only a part time PR in 2011 and his average decreased to 7.3 yards but his speed makes him lethal back there and as a PR, KR, or both I expect he will make a contribution in the special teams for his NFL team.

Tape: YouTube Clips

Overall: Unfortunately Josh is one of those guys where my amateur status hurts me as I can’t find any full game film on youtube yet so I have to rely solely on stats, his combine drills, and his highlight reels. They are impressive, especially the clip of him catching the Houston player down the sidelines, yet his stats are arguably even more exciting and make me think this kid is legit and not just a workout warrior. He has more pass breakups than any other player in the country the past two years and has 10 career INTs despite skipping his senior season. I understand that many will just throw out all of his stats due to him playing in a weaker conference but when a kid leads the nation in anything it’s worth noticing. Robinson also shows far superior balance and hips compared to a guy like Fabian Washington who came out of Nebraska and ran an elite 40 time. I know Josh was burned at times in his career and he will have an adjustment period due to playing in an inferior conference but just a year ago his team basically shut down the reigning SEC East Champs who had Aaron Murray, AJ Green, Cordy Glenn, and others yet only scored 6 points against Central Florida’s D. A big reason was the speedy CB who no one knew about named Josh Robinson. Without more film I can’t give him any higher of a grade than I’m giving him but he has Pro Bowl potential with not just elite speed (4.33 40-1st among 58 DBs), but elite explosion (11’1 broad-1st), and quickness (3.97 shuttle-3rd, 6.55 3 cone-1st) to go along with elite production (28 PBUs the past two years-1st in the country), and very good hips. He’s a classic boom/bust and after watching more tape I might change my opinion but right now I have him as a mid 2nd rounder and my #8 CB 3/8/12.

9. Chase Minnifield Virginia #13 5’10 183 Sr.

Background: Redshirted in ’07. 12/12 at CB in ’10 earning 1st team ACC. 11/11 at CB in ’11 earning 1st team ACC.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

50

1.5

7

0

8

3

1

2010

48

0.5

3

0

4

6

0

2009

28

0

2

0

2

2

0

2008

25

0

0

0

4

2

0

Combine: Never saw him in any drills. Showed very poor strength with only 7 reps at the combine which is even worse since this was the one drill he could have been working on the past 3 months while sidelined with a knee injury.         

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

183

31.5

 

7

 

 

 

 

27.9

 

Notes: Son of former Cleveland Brown Frank Minnifield (Pro Bowl CB in the 80’s). In the 2010 Florida St. game he played the cover 2 perfectly getting good depth and jumping for corner route nearly getting INT (10:46 1st), borderline PI but very good job jumping inside of WR on post to get pbu in end zone saving 20 yd TD (8:45 1st), great instincts and burst going around WR block to get 3 yd TFL on WR screen, lacks great size or strength but appears to be aggressive so shouldn’t be too soft of a corner. In the 2010 Miami game he gave up a 40 yd post to WR Laron Byrd (14:30 1st), juked in space by RB Lamar Miller for YAC, he gave no sep on post vs. WR Travis Benjamin and played underthrown ball well to make a very nice INT despite getting run into by his own guy as he caught it (11:59 2nd), again gave no separation on route to Travis in back of end zone and showed elite ball skills high pointing it and having the body control to get one foot down in back of end zone before falling out of bounds-great play (0:59 3rd), bit on double move of Benjamin’s and blatantly held for PI-somehow not called. In the 2011 North Carolina game allowed 18 yd TD by WR Jeremy Boyd on corner route (12:56 2nd), big separation by WR Dwight Jones on 10 yd curl yet had very sure and quick tackle on him (1:00 3rd). In the 2011Auburn game he didn’t play due to knee surgery getting floating cartilage out. I think it’s pretty shady of him as he played all season with it and his recovery time is 2 weeks so he could have played and been ready for the postseason activities-red flag as it shows his selfishness. INC 1/16/12.

Tape: 2011:Auburn,North Carolina 2010:Florida St.,Miami

Overall: Chase is a difficult player to grade because the majority of his game film I watched was of the 2010 season, he skipped his team’s bowl game, and he missed all of the postseason activities (Senior Bowl, Combine) due to his minor knee scope. He’s a long, thin CB with good speed and elite ball skills that at worst should be a very capable nickel back who brings major playmaking abilities to a team. He has the potential to start for an NFL team down the road but I think it’s hardly guaranteed as he came in a bit short at the combine (50th out of 58 DBs in height) and the knock on him has always been that he’s more of a Cover 2 type CB as he lacks elite speed and has somewhat tight hips. I think he eventually will develop into a starter as his frame can hold a little more weight, he has an innate understanding of reading a WRs routes, and his ball skills are elite. I put a lot more emphasis on ball skills than other scouts as in today’s NFL almost no team can shutdown an opposing offense and a defense’s best bet is to make them pay when they make a mistake. Minnifield will do this for a team as he has 13 career INTs, his father is a former Pro Bowl CB, and I think he will put the time in to develop. Due to his knee scope procedure he’s likely to fall in the draft and could end up as one of the biggest steals. 2nd round as my #9 CB 3/10/12.

10. Alfonzo Dennard Nebraska #15 5’10 204 Sr.

Comparison: Slower Vontae Davis

Background: 2011 Big 12 DPOY.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

31

0

0

0

6

0

0

2010

31

0

0

1

7

4

1

2009

30

0

6

0

8

0

0

2008

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Has a super thick lower body like Prince Amukamara. Solid in backpedal, turn and run drill. Solid with nice jump catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay hips then double caught ball on flat route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

204

30

4.55

 

37

1001

 

 

52

 

Notes: Very physical CB who isn’t as talented but was every bit as productive as Amukamara in ’10. Is constantly holding and pushing WRs after 5 yards so his “blanket” coverage won’t translate to the NFL like his counterpart but he still has very good talent. Had a great TFL on 4th and goal (0:05 3rd) showing his quality run support. Due to his weight and questionable speed I think he might make a better FS than CB at the next level. A bulky guy who doesn’t seem to have anything better than 4.5 speed to me. Enters the 2011 season ranked #33 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Wisconsin game allowed separation vs. WR Jared Abredaris on 18 yd out (5:15 1st), good coverage on 4 yd out by WR Nick Toon allowing completion but hitting him immediately (6:50 2nd), beat on out and up vs. Toon but luckily poorly thrown. In the 2011 Ohio St. game he had a strong, fierce throw down tackle of WR in flat for 3 yds (4:25 1st), allowed 35 yd post to WR Chris Fields who got it even with safety help (12:45 3rd). In the 2011 Iowa game he shadowed WR Marvin McNutt throughout the game and shut him down allowing a 31 yd over the shoulder circus catch on a 9 route (5:15 4th) and being called for a PI later in the 4th Q. He did allow some separation a few other times with the QB missing the throws but the majority of McNutt’s poor afternoon was due to coverage not gameplan or QB play. In the 2011 South Carolina game he was beat on post by WR Alshon Jeffrey but ball just overthrown, followed Jeffrey everywhere around field, beat bad on post by Jeffrey having to catch him right near the goal line for 79 yd play (8:25 2nd), separation on hitch by Jeffrey then missed tackle near sideline allowing YAC, not really his fault but technically he was guarding Jeffrey on jump ball at end of half that he caught then was his fault not able to tackle him at 3 yd line allowing dive into end zone for 51 yd TD to end half (0:05 2nd), ejected from game along with Jeffrey for fighting-was 80% Dennard and I don’t think Jeffrey should have been ejected as Dennard started it, continued it, and was the only one to throw punches (2:15 3rd). He lacks top end speed and though I like his physicality and toughness I continue to think he’s at risk for being a walking pass interference call as it’s a lot tighter called in the pros than college. Early 2nd 1/20/12. Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1: Beat by McNutt on 9 route squatting on short route, missed tackle on very short hitch vs. WR Devier Posey, ran right into WR Marvin Jones for blatant PI. Day 2: 1×1: Looked small vs. Jones in press and got blown by for separation on +20 yd 9 route, too off vs. slant by McNutt for easy reception-good burst too ball though, first great coverage of the week by him as he pressed then ran with WR TJ Graham and bodied him when he tried dig route for INC-great physicality. Day 3:  Good strength taking hit on run block drill by Graham and responding well shedding him easily, superior strength and just battled through vs. Posey on drill. 7×7: Gave some separation vs. WR Brian Quick on 9 route but ball underthrown allowing good pbu on jump ball-again it shows what he is as I question his deep speed but love everything else about his game. Missed 2011 Senior Bowl Game due to tight hamstring. Out of the 13 CBs he was #6 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley, Jenkins) which might not seem that disappointing but he was considered a 1st round talent coming into the event and to be outplayed by 5 other CBs was very disappointing. It doesn’t surprise me that much as I had a 2nd round grade on him going into this season and never was sold on him as an elite prospect like many scouts pegged him as. He lacks the pure speed to stay with wide receivers and, though I like his physicality and toughness, I do often see him committing pass interference and wondered if his style will mesh well in the NFL. 2nd round 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011:Wisconsin,Ohio St.,Penn St.,Iowa,South Carolina, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Dennard has been a highly rated guy that I’ve been skeptical of the past few years. He’s strong, tough, and extremely physical but his style seems too physical to me and is likely to cause him to collect an inordinate amount of pass interference penalties. He also seems to have only mediocre speed and probably was helped by having an elite set of defenders around him the past few years (Suh, Crick, David, Amukamara). Yet the worst issue for him is that he isn’t much of a playmaker which is what I prefer in the position. In only 1 of his 3 years as a starter did he have even 1 INT for the season going pickless in ’09 and ’11. The Nebraska coaches of course say ’11 was due to teams avoiding him but the tape and his pbu total don’t confirm this as he had 6, 7, and 8 pbus on the season the past 3 years which paints the picture of a similar amount of passes going his way each year. Also his poor game against Alshon Jeffrey, his average game against Nick Toon, and his mediocre Senior Bowl all make the Nebraska coaches theory seem hollow. His lack of playmaking skills wouldn’t be so bad if his size/speed ratio were better but out of 58 DBs at the combine he was the 9th shortest in height, 4th shortest in arm length, was middle of the pack in 40 and broad, and in the bottom third in the quickness drills. His stats and combine performance make him look like a mid to late round CB yet his film was very solid and if given safety help and allowed to play bump and run coverage he should be a solid matchup against most WRs. Unfortunately he somehow has a 1st round grade by a lot of people so he’s one of the more overrated players going into the draft and settles in as a late 2nd rounder and my #10 CB 3/6/12.

11. Jamell Fleming Oklahoma #32 5’10 5/8 206 Sr.

Comparison: Nate Clements

Background: 1st team Big 12 in 2011.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

60

0

4

2

10

2

0

2010

71

1

8.5

0

14

5

1

2009

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: He looks jacked for a CB and definitely could move to S if CB doesn’t work out. Very long strides in his 40-arguably the longest all day though he doesn’t seem to play that way. 2nd out of 58 DBs in bench press, 3rd in shuttle, and 7th in 3 cone showing a great combination of strength and quickness. Somewhat tight in backpedal, turn and run drill. Very high but fast in turns then basket caught ball on backpedalling corner route drill. High but solid in turns on backpedalling corner route drill. Good explosion but somewhat slow in T step drill. Solid explosion on flat route drill. Dropped low and away ball in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5105

206

31.25

4.53

23

34

1005

3.97

6.71

88.7

 

Notes: Had 5 ints in regular season and 1 in Bowl game during the 2010 season. In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn had a nice TFL on Jordan Todman hitting him hard when he blitzed and avoided the TE (9:53 1st), great pick 6 on tipped ball (9:50 3rd), and pushed WR out of bounds for incompletion on heady play (7:20 3rd). Best CB on the team in ’10 and already a 5th rounder to me 1/14/11. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he had great coverage on slant vs. WR Justin Blackmon for pbu getting hand in there with perfect technique and throwing him down afterwards showing strength, beat on 20 yd corner route but was more zone with safety helping him, beat on next play for 10 yd curl-both by Blackmon, good TFL on WR screen blowing through block for strong tackle-definitely a cover 2 candidate as he is a strong tackler, got into it with Blackmon during and after play on 9 route that was PI-mouthed with him afterwards. In the 2011 Texas game he didn’t break down and let RB Fozzie Whittaker an 18 yd run right by him, great TFL on RB Malcolm Brown showing strength and good technique unlike early in the game, good TFL on WR screen again showing good strength and tackling ability in open space vs. WR Jaxon Shipley, allowed 8 yd curl to WR Mike Davis but when fighting for extra yards he stripped him and returned it 55 yds for TD-numerous plays in this game showed off his great strength (11:30 4th). In the 2011 Florida St. game he had no separation vs. WR but with ball going out of bounds he angled WR forcing him out to get PI call when he didn’t need to, allowed WR Bert Reid to win jump ball on 3rd and 28 then didn’t react well to it as he was unprepared for catch and unable to stop him from finishing the 56 yd TD catch and run to tie the game (9:35 4th). Was 1st team All Big 12 in 2010 and ’11. Was defensive MVP of the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. In the 2011 Iowa game he had a nice INT after tough bump and run on WR Marvin McNutt returning it 15 yds (11:00 1st), really shut down McNutt in first half, gave lots of separation on 10 yd curl and 10 yds of YAC to McNutt on curl route, no separation vs. McNutt’s shallow cross for pbu showing textbook coverage (8:40 4th), strong hit on WR dump off over the middle jarring ball loose for INC. He had another very good game against a top WR and is quickly vaulting up my draft board. He probably doesn’t have the speed to play pure man without help over the top but he would be a great zone corner and would be very capable of playing man against possession type WRs or TEs. He’s becoming one of the more underrated players in this draft and I will be watching his postseason very intently. 3rd-4th round 12/31/11. Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1: Slipped on out vs. Devier Posey but did show burst to ball, way too far off on short out vs. WR Brian Quick. Day 2: 1×1: Good press vs. WR TJ Graham but allowed contested catch on quick cut, beat on 9 route vs. WR Marvin Jones but underthrew for pbu that actually should have been INT as it hit him in the stomach. Day 3: Dominated WR Marvin McNutt on run block drill pushing easily through him and showing superior strength. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, gave way too much cushion to WR Joe Adams on 5 yd hitch turned into 10 yds on YAC, tighter cov on 20 yd cul in middle of field but had quick tackle getting FF on Adams (13:50 1st), small separation vs. WR Juron Criner but ball thrown poorly for INC, called for illegal contact AND gave plenty of separation on 20 yd in vs. Adams who then got 10 yds of YAC, gave 6 yd hitch to WR Jeff Fuller but was 3rd and 11 and made strong tackle in space forcing 4th down, not much separation on 9 route vs. WR Dwight Jones and had good ball skills seeing underthrown duck to get easy INT (4:05 4th). He had one of the most underrated weeks of any player at the Senior Bowl outplaying both Janoris Jenkins and Alfonzo Dennard who were considered 1st rounders coming into the event. He showed his strength, length, and ball skills that I knew he had but surprised me a bit by how athletic he looked. I had a 3rd-4th round grade on him going into the event and even that was a bit high compared to other scouts yet now that is far too low as he looks like a legit 2nd rounder now to me. Out of the 13 CBs he was #3 (Hayward, Boykin) 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011:Florida St.,Texas,Oklahoma St.,Iowa, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Fleming has been an underrated player to me for quite awhile as he’s strong, tough, instinctive, and faster than he’s given credit for. At worst he’ll be moved to FS where his hard hitting and experience at a big time program should make him a capable starter but his best fit would be at CB in a cover 2 or zone oriented scheme. He has a nice combination of strength (2nd among 58 DBs with 23 reps) and quickness (3rd in shuttle and 7th in 3 cone) which is a blend rarely seen and would be perfect for a zone scheme that asked a CB to support the run and play bump and run in his zone area. He lacks elite top end speed and has good but not elite balls skills as he at times drops a pass he should intercept but those are his only real weaknesses. He isn’t being talked about a lot right now and is graded by many as a mid rounder (4th-5th round area) but I think that will change as he had an oustanding Senior Bowl and combine and comes from a top program so shouldn’t be overlooked anymore. He’s a sleeper right now and looks like a future starting CB who has a small chance of becoming a Pro Bowler if put in the right scheme. Late 2nd round and my #11 CB 3/6/12.

12. Dwight Bentley Louisiana-Lafayette #5 5’10 182 Sr.

Comparison: Buster Skrine

Background: 1st team Sun Belt in 2011.

Stats: Sun Belt

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

71

0

5

2

6

3

2

2010

58

0.5

3

0

6

1

0

2009

58

1

2.5

1

5

3

1

2008

45

0

2.5

0

3

0

0

Combine: High but solid in backpedal, turn and run drill. Great speed on flat route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

182

30.25

4.43

13

31.5

906

4.5

6.99

40.4

 

Notes: Has dreadlocks. Has 2 pick sixes on the year. In the 2011 San Diego St. game he showed great hustle getting TFL of 10 yds not letting up when his teammates had the RB in a gang tackle and finishing him off after he slipped away, solid ankle tackle in space vs. RB Ronnie Hillman-not the strongest guy though as he went right for a leg and not a punishing hit, very nice TFL flying up and diving for ankles of Hillman for -3 yds, reads QBs eyes very well, allowed 6 yd hitch on 3rd and 6 but tackled quickly-showed a little punkness standing over WR trying to start something, allowed 15 yd curl, beat on 15 yd post but WR dropped it, helped down ball at 1 yd line as gunner, punk again knocking ball out of TEs hands after play, great TFL on CB blitz showing speed off the edge to catch RB on off tackle going away from him and strength as he took Hillman down hard, no separation on TE’s 12 yd cross but completed it with great catch. 7th round 1/21/12. 1st team Sun Belt in 2011. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Big separation on dig route vs. WR Jeff Fuller but he dropped it and Bentley showed great quickness and awareness diving for INT on deflection, great coverage on Fuller’s stop and go route but couldn’t find ball in air and just pushed him OOB for dumb PI-maybe a dumb player and definitely got nervous about getting beat, play of the day so far sensing the post and jumping route by WR Marvin Jones for pbu-quick, instinctive, and a great burst, easily handled 9 route vs. Fuller but again hit him for no reason for would be illegal contact penalty? 11×11: Very tight cov vs. WR Juron Criner for tough catch on sideline curl, huge separation on 9 route vs. WR Patrick Edwards for walk in TD if ball accurate. Day 3: 1×1: No separation vs. Chris Rainey on slant but major PI-he has been holding all week which is very big red flag, great initial coverage on stop and go 9 route vs. WR Patrick Edwards doing as good as anyone has all day in staying with him but eventually beat on pure speed with it only being INC due to hammy injury for Pat, great coverage on press vs. WR Joe Adams giving small separation but playing good technique and near him the entire time-would have had to be tight throw and was INC. 11×11: Good coverage on Adams but still allowed tough catch and throw on dig route in traffic. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Got start in game, blocked hard by WR TJ Graham and retaliated with a cheap punch at end of play (13:40 1st), great burst to WR in flat baiting QB to throw it and really showing a nice burst to ball-not thrown (9:50 1st), almost made a spectacular play on short out jumping it and diving for it nearly getting his hands on the low ball but it hit ground first-great burst and ball skills (6:55 2nd), gave plenty of separation vs. WR Devier Posey on 20 yd post and gave YAC. He’s difficult to grade on his Senior Bowl performance because he showed elite quickness, burst, and ball skills but constantly was sitting on routes and/or roughing up WRs for blatant pass interference. He also showed his punk attitude again throwing a punch in the game (somehow missed by officials and announcers) and taking a few cheap shots in practice. I’m not nearly the fan of his that others are but the talent is there as he’s one of the faster, quicker CBs in this draft and would be great at playing slot receivers. Out of the 13 CBs he was #4 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming) and a 3rd rounder with red flags 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011:San Diego St., Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Bentley has been one of the fastest risers in this draft process as he’s gone from a late round small school kid to a guy I have a 3rd round grade on and probably am a bit lower than most on my ranking due to issues I have with his attitude and penchant for holding. He really made a lot of money this offseason at the Senior Bowl showing elite quickness, burst, and playmaking skills during one on one drills. It didn’t carry over completely to the combine where he surprirsingly was very bad in the quickness drills (in the bottom 3rd in the shuttle?) yet he looked solid in the position drills and ran a good 40 so it was solid enough. He looks like a guy who can play the slot from day 1 and should be at worst a very solid #3 CB during his career but I do have major concerns with the fact that he threw a punch in the Senior Bowl and showed himself to be a bit out of control 2 other times in their bowl game. It could just be feistiness but I noticed it in the Senior Bowl practices as well and I think this kid will have major issues with the refs on Sunday both for personal foul penalties and pass interference. He also isn’t the biggest CB and his lack of size (5’10 182 with only 13 reps) might make him a career slot CB. Overall I like him a lot but won’t move him any higher than the 3rd round and my #12 CB due to his shortcomings 3/8/12.

13. Omar Bolden Arizona St. #3 5’10 3/8 202 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

ACL

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

52

0

3

1

7

3

1

2009

4

0

0

0

1

1

0

2008

49

0

1

0

7

2

0

2007

33

0

0

0

6

1

1

Combine: Never worked out b/c of ACL injury. Impressed with his 24 reps as he couldn’t do anything else due to his knee injury so it was good to see him focus on getting stronger, unlike Chase Minnifield who only could do 7 reps despite being out the past 4 months.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

5103

202

 

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: 9/13 in ’07 as a CB. 12/12 in ’08 as a CB. 2/4 in ’09 as a CB until knee injury ended his year. Unanimous 1st team Pac 12 in ’10 as a CB and 2nd team Pac-12 as a return specialist. Captain of team in 2010. Had 97 yd KR for a TD against Wisconsin showing very good speed. Had a great 65 yd INT return for a TD vs. USC getting a deflected pass on the sideline and just blowing by everyone (13:30 4th). He looks like he has high 4.3 type speed. Returned for his senior year to help his team make it to the Rose Bowl. Tore left ACL in spring practice in 2011 and missed the entire year. It’s his second major knee injury and I’ve always been of the opinion that skill players never fully come back from those injuries, let alone two of them. Practiced with the team late in the year but wasn’t healthy enough to come back. It sounds like Bolden will be 100% by the time minicamps roll around. Called a class act by the coaches before and after the injury staying on the sideline and trying to motivate his teammates.

Tape: 2011: None b/c he tore ACL in spring practice 2010:Wisconsin, USC

Overall: Bolden is another of the many CBs in this draft class that comes with red flags and will drop in the draft but could be looked at down the road as a steal. Some might say that his red flag being an ACL injury shouldn’t be as big as a red flag such as character but I would disagree with that assessment as CB, WR, and RB are three positions that even the slightest drop in athleticism makes a huge difference and often times those players never fully regained their past speed or quickness. The good news for teams is that Bolden’s injury occurred about a full year ago so his rookie NFL season will be about 18 months since the injury and he should be as close to 100% by then as he ever will get. Also Bolden showed legit speed as a CB so if he did lose 1/100th of second in his 40 time he still would probably have NFL caliber speed. He’s similar to Coryell Judie in ranking and circumstance as they both had early 2nd round grades but now drop to the 3rd round due to their injuries. Judie has superior ball skills while Bolden has more experience and might have been a bit faster pre-injury to Judie. Bolden slightly wins out but both are roll of the dice types with starting potential but who could just as easily be stuck in the trainers room early in their career and never heard from again. 3rd round as my #13 CB 3/10/12.

14. Coryell Judie Texas A&M #5 5’11 ¾ 194 Sr.

Comparison: Darius Butler

Background: Was a JUCO All American in 2009 before transferring to Texas A&M. Redshirted in ’09 after getting injured in fall camp. 10/13 at CB earning 2nd team Big 12 in 2010.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

22

1

1

1

5

0

0

2010

57

0

2

0

4

4

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Didn’t lift because of a wrist injury. Had false start in 40 and should have been a 2nd b/c was rolling into it but got a great 40 time (4.48). Didn’t play a lot of football in HS. Very nice sliding catch in multi catch drill. No drops in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5116

194

30.25

4.48

 

37

1006

4.25

7.33

67.4

 

Notes: In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU had a great opening kickoff return of 69 yds (15:00 1st), good coverage on 13 yd slant by Tolliver on 3rd and 8 (8:35 4th), set Cotton Bowl record with 192 return yards, had arguably the best defensive play of the bowl season with a great one handed leaping extended int in cover 2 vs. WR Rueben Randle (8:03 1st), average coverage on 13 yd slant vs. Tolliver (6:09 2nd). In the 2011 SMU game he had good coverage and a great pbu on back shoulder throw that he ruined by raking the WR’s hands (6:50 3rd). Never was thrown at all game except for his one pbu. In the 2011 Arkansas game allowed no separation vs. WR Cobi Hamilton’s 9 route even being pushed to create any kind of separation (11:15 1st), good corner blitz for a sack (7:15 1st), beat on 20 yd out vs. Jarius Wright on 3rd and 15 (6:45 1st), perfect coverage on WR Joe Adams and should have had pick as he caught it but was hit by his own man at the same time (10:30 2nd), step for step on Hamilton’s 9 route yet ball underthrown and he held as they came back for it (10:20 2nd), good pbu on Hamilton curl route (3:25 4th).

Tape: 2011: SMU, Oklahoma St. (sat out), Arkansas, Idaho, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa St., Kansas St., Texas, Northwestern 2010: LSU (Cotton Bowl)

Overall: Judie is the classic boom bust player who had an early 2nd round grade going into the season and could have moved up into the late 1st yet suffered through one injury after another causing teams to not have a good feel for him as a player. He’s even more of a gamble because he was a JUCO kid up until last year so teams really are going off of 1 years worth of film and his combine performance. In 2010 he looked very impressive with 4 INTs including arguably the play of the year in the Cotton Bowl when he one handed the ball behind his head. He has legit ball skills as well as legit size at nearly 6’0 194 making the case that Judie has 1st round measurable. This is backed up by his 4.48 40, which ranked him 8th among the 58 DBs, as well as his explosion drills (10’6 broad, ’37 vertical) which both ranked him 6th. He’s a smooth, natural athlete that should easily be able to stay at CB but has the size to play safety if a team preferred. Yet a team will have to be willing to gamble with Judie as he flashed 1st round talent but also has a long history of injuries a medical staff will have to sort through. He redshirted in 2009 after coming over from the JUCO ranks because of an injury he suffered in fall camp, he played in all 13 games in the 2010 season but had shoulder surgery after the season, he missed nearly half of the 2011 games due to a hamstring injury this year, and then he missed the Senior Bowl due to a broken wrist. Any player with 3 career shoulder injuries will have major red flags for a team to sort through yet if a team is willing to gamble they could find themselves with a 1st round talent at CB who has the size, speed, playmaking skills, and overall talent to start at CB in the NFL. 3rd round as my #14 CB 3/10/12.

15. Keith Tandy West Virginia #8 5’10 202 Sr.

Comparison: Daymeion (Dante) Hughes

Background: First team All Big East in 2010 and 2011. Has great ball skills with 13 career INTS.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

64

0

2

0

9

4

0

2010

57

0

2

1

11

6

0

2009

61

0

4

0

4

3

0

2008

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Very aggressive in run support who I saw numerous times vs. NC State in the ’10 Champs Bowl fighting hard through blocks and making tackles on RBs or WR screens. In the 2011 LSU game had good coverage on WR Odell Beckham with pbu that should have been int on quick slant with ball bobbling around for multiple seconds (12:50 1st), allowed 8 yd hitch but tackled WR Reuben Randle quick and hard, aggressive on RB drop off in the flat but hit RB Spencer Ware up high barely knocking him out of bounds, outstanding instincts and ball skills for pbu on Randle who was open causing him to have to run around WR and get hand in (10:56 2nd), bit on play action giving Beckham an easy 52 yd TD (7:04 2nd), got tangled up with Reuben early in route and called for pass int but rescinded as ball not in air and just a good physical jam, solid hit on RB forcing him inside on pitch right forcing punt (2:05 2nd), beat by Randle for 10 yd TD but dropped by him, hit Ware hard low but didn’t wrap up along 4 more yards in the flat, great cut by backup RB Michael Ford caused him to miss tackle in open space badly and allow the final 7 yds for a 15 yd TD (10:01 4th), good pbu on 2 pt conversion. In the 2011 Clemson game he had great coverage on 20 yd pass between CB and S forcing throw away, good break on 6 yd slant but still allowed it to WR DeAndre Hopkins-hit him immediately, good break again on ball nearly getting diving INT or pbu but just missing for 9 yd come back vs. Hopkins (5:30 1st), good job getting through WR screen to lay nice hit on WR for 3 yds (9:07 3rd), great leaping INT on 12 yd out leaving his WR on shallow route dropping to middle route showing long arms and good hands (12:45 4th), had big tackle from safety spot coming up to RB, lifting him in the air, and planting him wrestling style on his back showing great strength and aggressiveness in garbage time (2:55 4th). He once again impressed me and continues to be one of the more underrated prospects heading into the postseason as Rob Rang has had him in the high 100’s low 200’s all year. 3rd round 1/12/12. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had good burst to ball on 5 yd hitch vs. WR Thomas Mayo getting pbu as ball was thrown a bit late-good hit kept WR on ground for a few extra seconds (9:02 3rd), allowed good separation vs. WR AJ Jenkins on 10 yd curl but OOB b/c of bad throw, no separation on 9 route vs. Jenkins, separation on 10 yd curl vs. WR BJ Cunningham but ball overthrown for INC, great recognition of route and burst to ball cutting in front of WR LaRony Byrd for pbu and near INT (9:20 4th), no separation on double move 9 route vs. Byrd, gave separation vs. WR Lance Lewis on 14 yd curl. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like the best of the 11 CBs at #1. Continues to impress me with his instincts, burst, and playmaking skills. Early 4th round 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011: LSU, Clemson, East-West Shrine Game

Overall: If Mike Mayock is a sucker for boundary corners and rates them too high then I’m a sucker for smaller, slower instinctive corners and possibly rate them too high. I would argue that I don’t rate them too high as most of the time they settle in as a team’s #3 or #4 CB and come into schemes (nickel and dime) where there is a lot of speed on the field so they aren’t usually as isolated in situations that exploits their  lack of size/speed. Whether it’s Daymeion Hughes, Javier Arenas, Alterraun Verner, Jairon Byrd, or Terrell Thomas the smaller, instinctive CB usually works out for teams in the middle rounds and carves a nice career out for themselves. Tandy is the latest example of this as everyone is discounting him into the late rounds b/c he isn’t big (5’10) or fast (probably a 4.5 guy) yet he has 13 career ints (10 the past 2 years), is very physical in the run game, and seems to play well against “more talented” players. He’s another guy who I’m going a little against the grain on this one but I feel very confident that in 5 years Keith will be in the NFL and a contributor in some team’s secondary. My final thought is that Tandy is taller, faster, and has more career ints (13 vs. 6) than Leonard Johnson yet everyone loves Leonard and hates Keith. I don’t get that at all as they both are smaller and slower than you want but at least Tandy shows elite instincts and ball skills to counterbalance that. Tandy is an early 4th rounder and my #15 CB 3/7/12.

16. Josh Norman Coastal Carolina #31 6’0 ¼ 197 Sr.

Stats: Big South

Combine: Super long arms (32 ¼) and legs. Called very talkative (borderline cocky) at the East-West Shrine Game. I worry about his lack of quickness as he was in the bottom half of the 58 DBs on both quickness drills.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

6002

197

32.75

4.66

14

33

1004

4.23

7.09

66.9

 

Notes: Well put together CB with NFL type body who has dreads coming out of helmet. Considered the star of the practices leading up to the game getting physical with the wideouts and really shining. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got start at CB, very strong hit coming up basically from S spot to hit TE hard (8:35 2nd), beat by WR Dale Moss on double move as he aggressively attacked the feint but showed superior speed closing the separation and overthrown ball caused INC-was beat though if throw had been on target, made first man miss on PR but clobbered by second man, beat by WR Jarius Wright on 40 yd double move-2nd time beat on doubles.  In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the best of the 11 CBs at #2.  A very athletic, physical CB who I just didn’t see enough of in the game due put him ahead of Tandy despite probably everyone else doing so. 4th round 1/27/12. Had at least 5 INT in 3 days of practice at East-West Shrine game. Late addition to game b/c Alfonzo Dennard had tweak of hamstring. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Gave huge separation vs. WR Juron Criner on 10 yd curl giving YAC as well-got turned around badly, gave separation to Criner for 10 yd out on 3rd and 8, gave no separation vs. WR Joe Adams on route in red zone forcing no throw, good dive for slant that was behind WR nearly getting weird pick. He showed good strength and has a great frame yet he lacked the quickness and speed I was expecting of him from his East-West Shrine Game stardom. I still like him but he doesn’t look like a top 100 pick like many are making him out to be. Out of the 13 CBs he was #8 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley, Jenkins, Dennard, Johnson). Late 4th round 2/15/12. Couldn’t find stats anywhere for the Big South Conference.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl

Overall: Norman burst onto the scene with a spectacular week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game as he had +5 INTs the first few days and really got into it with the WRs. His star has faded a bit since then looking mediocre and a tad slow at the Senior Bowl Game and putting up a mixed bag of numbers at the combine. I still like him but he clearly is a scheme specific player as he shows mediocre quickness and poor deep speed. That was even evident at the East-West Shrine Game when he was beat deep twice on double moves. If put in the right scheme though he works perfectly as he’s tall (6’0 ¼), long armed (32.75), and has good explosion (10’4 broad). He can really pressure WRs at the line of scrimmage and get a top notch jam on while having enough overall athleticisim to stay with them if he has help over the top. He’s basically a rich man’s Ryan Steed as he’s faster, quicker, and taller. In off coverage type defenses I wouldn’t even draft him but for a team that helps their CBs with their safeties and plays press coverage he would make a great mid round pick. 4th round and my #16 CB 3/8/12.

17. Coty Sensabaugh Clemson #15 5’11 ¼ 189 Sr.

Comparison: More athletic Alan Ball

Background: Cousin of Gerald Sensabaugh.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

48

0

1

0

13

1

0

2010

31

0

1

0

1

1

0

2009

13

0

0

0

1

1

0

2008

5

0

0

0

1

1

0

Combine: Was a press CB in college. Had a very good 40 time (4.42). Good backpedal but a bit tight in turn in backpedal, turn and run drill-one of the better backpedals though. Solid backpedal and comfortable catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid but jerky in backpedal but made very nice catch over his head showing good hands and ball skills on backpedalling corner route drill. Great extended hands catch on flat route drill. No drops in multi catch drill. One of the more underrated workouts as he was 4th out of 58 DBs in the 40, 9th in the vertical, 10th in the shuttle, and 3rd in the 3 cone.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5112

189

31

4.42

15

37

1002

4.06

6.6

81.6

 

Notes: In the 2011 Florida St. game had a very good tackle 2 yds short of 1st forcing punt on TE Nick O’Leary’s short out (6:11 1st), allowed 30 yd 9 route TD to WR Rashad Green losing by 1-2 steps (15:00 4th), missed tackle on WR Kenny Shaw on short hitch allowing YAC and 1st, beat for 9 yd TD by Shaw on quick slant, great pbu on near int with perfect coverage over the middle for 12 yds vs. Shaw (2:00 4th). In the 2011 South Carolina game he gave no separation vs. WR Alshon Jeffrey for pbu on post for +30 yds in end zone-great coverage (11:30 1st), no separation vs. Jeffrey on 9 route for INC as ball overthrown, no separation again vs. Jeffrey on 9 route for INC-crowd wanted PI but replays show Jeffrey actually was the one grabbing jersey and pushing off not Coty (1:58 3rd), beat by half a step for 18 yd TD by Jeffrey on post (5:22 4th). The late TD marred a bit the outstanding game he had but nonetheless it showed his quickness and cover skills which are NFL caliber for sure.

Tape: 2011:Florida St.,South Carolina,North Carolina,West Virginia

Overall: Coty has been a guy that has intrigued me the past two years due to his bloodlines (cousin of Gerald Sensabaugh), his long, lean frame, and because his speed and quickness were so evident on film. Surprisingly he’s done very little with the elite size/speed combo he has (similar to his cousin I might add who is more physical specimen than playmaker) and settles in as a mid rounder with huge potential. He’s probably one of the 5 or 6 most talented CBs in this class but with his career high in INTs for a season at only 1, him never forcing a fumble, and only having 2 career TFLs it’s hard to put him too high on a draft board. He has starting CB talent but most likely he’ll be one of the many fast, tall guys who just hang around a team for a few years, never make a player, and are replaced. 4th round as my #17 CB 3/8/12.

18. Justin Bethel Presbyterian #26 5’11 5/8 200 Sr.

Stats: Couldn’t find any official ones due to his small school status

Combine: Looked ripped and definitely has the ability to play safety-might be the first option. Very solid staying low and turning quick in backpedal, turn and run drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5115

200

32.38

4.58

19

39.5

1011

4.3

6.79

88.9

 

Notes: In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had good break on ball hitting WR just as he caught 6 yd slant forcing very tough catch and near pbu, poor tackle on big WR Greg Childs getting his helmet nearly ripped off and looking weak on 0 route tackle allowing 6 yds. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the middle ones of the 11 CBs at #7 (Tandy, Norman, Brown, Prater, Davis, McLeod). Free Agent 1/27/12. Blew away the combine measuring out as the #1 CB or the #4 S in the overall grade. Is arguably the #1 non PR/KR special teamer in this draft with 9 career blocked kicks due to his elite wingspan and timing.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Bethel is a raw, small school project who has elite athleticism and looked good in position drills at the Combine so he’ll be drafted by a team. The question is whether they play him at CB or FS and I haven’t decided on that myself either though am leaving him at CB for now. He has a full, ripped frame and great strength (19 reps) so could definitely make the move yet his position drills and his number in the 3 cone (6.79 for 12th out of 58 DBs) gives me pause and I would try him first at CB. He has extremely long arms, elite explosion (39.5 vertical was 1st among 58 DBs and his 10’11 broad was 2nd), and smooth hips so he has starting caliber talent but a team will have to be patient with him as the jump from Presbyterian to the NFL is a huge one. He’s similar to Ron Brooks in that his grade is higher than many might expect because he fits so well as a backup player and should come in and immediately contribute to a team. His size/speed ratio is elite so he should be a great special teams player on KR and PR coverage and he could become a Pro Bowl special teamer with his long arms (76 ¾ wing span) and knack for blocking kicks (9 blocked kicks in college and 4 or 5 as a senior in HS). Justin will be an elite special teams player from day 1, has the versatility to be a FS or CB, and has elite talent in terms of size/speed numbers. Most will scoff that I rate him this highly but no one lower on this list will likely be as impactful as him their rookie year (mainly due to special teams) and no one lower on this list is as physically talented. Justin is raw but he has 1st round measurable and while a team waits for him to develop he’ll be an elite special teamer. Not a bad middle round pick if you ask me. Late 4th round and my #18 CB 3/9/12.

19. Richard Crawford SMU #6 5’11 191 Sr.

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

47

0

2.5

1

13

2

0

2010

59

0

2

1

8

4

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Day:

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3Cone

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Notes: Played two years at Saddleback Community College in California before transferring to SMU. 1st team C-USA in 2011. In the 2011 Pittsburgh game he allowed 8 yd hitch but quick tackle and showed a very nice burst to ball on off coverage, good diving fair catch of punt-good hands, beat on 9 route after absolutely no rush (6 sec at least) for 44 yd gain, quick tackle on 5 yd hitch, great break on ball nearly getting diving INT on miscom with WR-expected hitch instead of go, no separation on 9 route vs. WR Devin Street having inside and top position nearly getting diving fingertips INT (4:50 4th). He’s a raw, smaller school player who is very noticeable with his top notch burst to the ball to go along with an NFL frame. 6th round who probably will go way up or down due to postseason success/failure 1/21/12. In the 2011 NFLPA Game he looked athletic and tough in the running game. Had a good week of practice. Had tight cov getting pbu on curl route vs. WR who eventually caught it but was out of bounds by then (2:07 3rd).

Tape: 2011:Texas A&M,Pittsburgh, NFLPA Game

Overall: Richard is a guy who isn’t on anyone’s radar to my knowledge and very possibly will go undrafted yet I watched him in two games and an All-Star Game this year and continued to think that he had an elite burst for a guy as tall and long as he was. His numbers support this as he had 13 PBUs which was 2nd in C-USA behind only one guy….Josh Robinson who currently is skyrocketing up draft boards. I’m not saying Richard is in the same category as Josh but their production is eerily similar (2 INT and 15 PBU vs. 2 INT and 13 PBU). Most likely he won’t be drafted and I’ll be praising the team that signs him off the street but I’m not going to change my rating of him just because no one else is talking about him as Richard Crawford has NFL talent with good height, weight, arm length, burst, ball skills, and production. Early 5th round and my #19 CB 3/8/12.

20. Donnie Fletcher Boston College #4 6’0 ¼ 201 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

35

0

0

0

5

2

0

2010

56

0

2.5

0

3

5

0

2009

51

0

0.5

0

1

1

0

2008

36

0

0.5

0

2

3

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Well built CB who has an NFL look to him. Had 5 ints in the 2010 season. Started all 13 games that year after 3/13 in ’09 and 4/14 in ’08 as a true freshman. In the ’10 Fight Hunger Bowl vs. Nevada had a nice pbu against Rishard Matthews on 1 route (8:02 3rd). In the 2011 Miami game he allowed no separation vs. WR Tommy Streeter on 10 yd in but was a little too aggressive with pbu for PI, good speed catching up to RB Lamar Miller on 79 yd TD run but was on other side of field so just hit him as he went into end zone, no separation vs. Streeter for pbu on 20 yd post, quick tackle on 7 yd out, no separation vs. Streeter for 30 yds on 9 route for INC, perfect coverage on 9 route vs. WR Travis Benjamin with no sep and having inside position getting INT (8:07 4th). Absolutely dominated Tommy Streeter giving another good performance in a game I’ve scouted. 3rd round 1/16/12. Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1: Beat easily on short in by WR Brian Quick but ball dropped, bad coverage on post vs. WR Gerell Robinson giving huge separation, had hips turned by WR TJ Graham allowing open post. Day 2: 1×1: Very good press coverage vs. Quick on curl as he was in hip pocket and dove for would be INT when WR slipped but INC, gave separation vs. Robinson on out-solid burst though. Day 3: Good battle and eventually got around WR Marvin Jones’ block. Day 3: Great strength and technique staying low on run block drill vs. Robinson winning battle easily and semi pancaking him, good quick shed of Graham on drill-him, Dennard, Johnson and Fleming looked best.  In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Slow to react to quick slant by WR AJ Jenkins but INC, good job trailing WR reverse across field as was his guy and made tackle after 6 yds on Chris Rainey, okay cov on INC vs. WR Juron Criner’s slant but ball poorly thrown, poor dual tackle with LB on WR Joe Adams allowing him to break it on 8 yd curl and get major YAC, beat by Criner on 10 yd fade for would be TD but ball overthrown, gave separation to Criner on post but ball batted down by LB possibly saving a TD pass against him again, good instincts coming off man to cut Jenkins post for possible INT but ball tipped by LB, no separation vs. WR Jeff Fuller and had nice break on back shoulder throw but missed allowing +20 yd comp if Fuller hadn’t dropped it, gave separation on 18 yd curl vs. Criner, gave 8 yd out to Criner on next play-threw him on ground after OOB for would be penalty in real game, 5 yd out by Criner 3 plays later, solid tackle for 6 yds vs. 0 route of Adams who showed great quickness-many would have missed him in open space, had Adams caught fo TFL on another 0 route yet somehow missed tackle allowing 8 yds YAC on 3rd and 4, beat on 20 yd post for TD vs. Criner-picked on all drive. He was one of the most disappointing performers at the Senior Bowl as I had him rated higher than most scouts coming into the week and he was one of the few who I missed on. He looked slow both in his burst and in his long speed and clearly struggled playing off. He’ll be better in man but in any scheme he proved that he won’t be able to hold up on an island and will need safety help. He showed good strength against the run and was competitive as he improved throughout the week but it’s still a red flag for him. Out of the 13 CBs he was near the bottom at #9 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley, Jenkins, Dennard, Johnson, Norman). 5th round 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011:Florida St.,Miami

Overall: Donnie is a guy that I’ve loved the past two years as he’s a tall, physical, instinctive CB who lacks top end speed and therefore will need to be in a zone scheme or a bump and run scheme with safety help over the top. He lost a lot of money at the Senior Bowl as I had a 3rd round grade on him going into the event but he just couldn’t keep up with the speedy WRs and seemed uncomfortable in off coverage. It carried over to the game as he was beat repeatedly by Juron Criner who exploited his weaknesses. Yet in the game I saw some of his instincts as he left his man on one play to nearly INT a ball going to another WR and he was good at staying the hip pocket of slower possession receivers. Donnie has good ball skills (7 INTs the past 2 years), good height (6’0 ¼), good size (201), and good instincts making me think he’s one of those guys who will probably get lost in the draft because he wasn’t invited to the Combine and he struggled at the Senior Bowl yet who will in the end be a capable #3 CB for some team and possibly a starter down the road. 5th round and my #20 CB 3/7/12.

21. Shaun Prater Iowa #28 5’10 190 Sr.

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

51

1

1

4

3

1

1

2010

68

0

0.5

0

6

4

1

2009

42

0

0

0

8

2

0

2008

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: It doesn’t appear that he worked out but I can’t find any reason why not.

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Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

190

30.75

 

14

 

 

 

 

29.6

 

Notes: 1st team Big 10 in 2010 and 2011. Has a nice, compact body but is a bit wider than most CBs so doesn’t fit the profile perfectly. His quickness and speed are nothing more than average. Didn’t notice him much in the ’10 Insight Bowl but did have good coverage on a 20 yd sideline come back (2:50 3rd), had pass interference against TJ Moe (4:28 4th), and had good coverage on Moe’s 11 yd out on 4th and 6 that barely was incomplete sealing the win (2:18 4th). 7th round right now but is returning in ’11. In the 2011 Michigan St. game he got off WR block to make tackle on WR screen, great job getting hit hard by WR yet still getting off block to make tough TFL on RB in flat (4:13 3rd), beat by RB Edwin Baker to outside showing inferior speed. Looks like a tough, aggressive Iowa coached CB with limited athleticism who will be a special teams and backup CB early on with the chance to become a nickel corner down the road. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he was part of the Iowa D that contained OU’s high scoring offense to 34 pts-even more impressive as Iowa rarely did anything on O. He had a good tackle of RB despite a blatant face mask by RB showing his toughness, had a good PR showing elusiveness for +10 yd return, good coverage on WR Kenny Stills getting pbu on comeback near sideline. 6th round 1/21/12. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he got start at CB, had no separation vs. WR Laron Byrd’s post, comfortable in slot leaving his WR on out to help on post-very intelligent, gave separation vs. WR Thomas Mayo on 15 yd out, good burst to slant getting pbu that had weird bounce for INT-called for PI which isn’t valid, no separation vs. Mayo on short out for INC on goal line, looked slow losing ground on 9 route vs. WR Tim Benford-no throw, no separation vs. Byrd on 9 route. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the better ones of the 11 CBs at #4 (Tandy, Norman, Brown). 6th round 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011:Michigan St.,Nebraska,Oklahoma, East-West Shrine Game

Overall: Prater had a pretty good career at Iowa. He was 1st team Big Ten in back to back seasons and was a playmaker for his team combining the past two years for 119 tackles, 4 FF, 5 INTs, and 2 defensive TDs. He isn’t the fastest guy out there which raised a red flag with me when he didn’t participate at the combine (couldn’t find any explanation) but I already know his 40 time and agility drills will be in the realm of Charles Brown and they’ll have similar roles in the NFL. Yet Prater gets the edge because he also has PR skills, has longer arms, looks a little bit faster on film, and was coached by Kirk Ferentz meaning he’ll be fundamentally sound and ready to play as a rookie. Prater will face a steep road to ever be a starting CB in the NFL but I think he also should be able to carve a niche out as a #3 CB, good special teamer, and consistent backup that NFL teams desperately need with the plethora of WRs out there. 5th round and my #21 CB 3/8/12.

22. Ron Brooks LSU #13 5’10 190 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

30

3.5

6.5

2

6

2

2

2010

33

2

6

1

3

1

1

2009

9

0

0

0

1

0

0

2008

18

0

0

2

0

0

0

Combine: Had the 2nd fastest 40 time among the 58 DBs at the combine with a blistering 4.37 which really helps his cause as his lack of production can be easily explained by stating that the past two years he’s had Patrick Peterson (top 5 pick), Morris Claiborne (future top 10 pick), and Tyrann Mathieu (Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore this year) ahead of him. That’s a legit excuse and if he can prove himself athletic he should get drafted as a late rounder at least. Rigid and tight hipped in backpedal, turn and run drill.

HGT

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Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

190

30.63

4.37

12

38

1000

 

 

54.8

 

Notes: In the 2011 Ole Miss game he had a pick 6 on horribly thrown pass after only 30 seconds into the game! Had sack, FF, and fumble recovery on blitz as they essentially lined him up at DE (5:50 1st). In the 2011Arkansas game he had a nice hustle play blitzing with run going the other way yet catching RB after 8 yds. He was the team’s #4 CB so it’s hard to give him a drafteable grade yet he made the most of his opportunity when Tyrann Mathieu was suspended looking like an elite player. The majority of his plays came from his blitzes off the edge though so it’s unlikely those skills translate too well. He’s worth a look but nothing more than a camp invite 1/16/12.

Tape: 2011: Oregon, Mississippi St., Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama 1, Alabama 2

Overall: Brooks is one of those players that a diehard college football fan will not understand why he gets drafted so highly. He was the #4 CB on his team and will surely get drafted ahead of a number of starters and probably ahead of a few guys who were 1st or 2nd team all conference. Yet in the NFL, after you get past the starters you get into specific roles and Brooks appears to be a perfect role playing reserve. He has the pure speed to that teams love yet isn’t very quick and is tight in the hips so he doesn’t appear to me to have any starting potential. Yet in certain matchups against pure speed guys like Darrius Heyward-Bey, Torrey Smith, and others he could be matched up on them as he has the deep speed to stay with them on 9 routes and those receivers lack the quickness themselves to take advantage of his poor hips. Smaller, quicker WRs are the ones that will eat him alive and keep him on the bench as a career nickel back yet in that type of limited role I think he will shine. He played the role his whole career at LSU and showed not just solid ball skills in limited action (3 INTs, 10 PBUs) but a flair for the big play (3 career pick sixes) and more importantly, the big hit (5.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL and 3 FF the past two years). He might be the best blitzing CB in this draft and while that is a skill often not needed in CBs, it’s also a skill that can be accentuated by certain defensive systems (Rob and Rex Ryan or Bill Belichick would love this guy). When Tyrann Mathieu was suspended Brooks was given additional playing time for a few weeks and really impressed getting defensive TDs, sacks, forced fumbles, and making huge hits. His stats show that this wasn’t a fluke and I think he will continue his hard hitting, big play abilities for an NFL team as their nickel CB. He passes up more acclaimed CBs but those also appear likely to be career nickel CBs and I think Brooks is more suited for that job. 5th round and my #22 CB 3/9/12.

23. Charles Brown North Carolina #12 5’9 202 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

52

0

6

0

6

2

0

2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

66

0

3

2

9

3

0

2008

26

0

0

0

2

1

0

2007

59

1

5

0

4

2

1

Combine: Good backpedal but turned tightly and high in backpedal, turn and run drill. Messed up and had to re-do backpedal, turn, and corner route drill. Average speed and dropped ball on flat route drill. Dropped ball in multi catch drill. Is very short (2nd shortest out of 58 DBs) and he accentuates it with short arms (2nd shortest out of 58 DBs).

HGT

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Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5090

202

28.88

4.63

18

35.5

906

4.06

6.94

56.7

 

Notes: Tony Pauline calls him the best CB in the nation. Had 1 FF, 1 recovered fumble, 1 int vs. Conneticut while playing lockdown coverage and being very strong against the run. Missed all of 2010 along with Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin for receiving improper benefits from agents. He’s the only one who returned which can be seen as showing character but really is more based on the fact that the other two guys were top 2 rounders and he wouldn’t have been. Is their backup PR. In the 2011 Virginia game had a solid play hitting WR on screen for a TFL avoiding WR block (13:30 1st), poor job in matchup zone as he went into someone else’s area leaving his zone open for a shallow cross for a 1st down on 3rd and 4 (10:20 1st), good hit and chop of the hands on WR helping break up pass (8:23 1st), nice hit and aggressiveness against 0 route coming up quick from off coverage to hit him hard and low (2:45 2nd). In the 2011 Louisville game had a nice pbu jumping comeback vs. WR Michaelee Harris (13:45 1st), weak hit on WR in potential knockout hit moment and didn’t wrap up showing poor technique, good pbu on fade knocking ball out of WR’s hands when he caught it jumping over his back-play didn’t count as LB offsides. In the 2011 Georgia Tech game he had a great TFL from 10 yds off on off coverage showing good speed as well as strength tackling the RB hard (10:55 1st), allowed 10 yd curl vs. WR Stephen Hill but tackled immediately, bit terribly on play action fake allowing easy 59 yd TD to Hill (8:02 2nd), good run support taking on FB on option then bouncing off him to tackle RB (3:53 2nd), good initial hit on Hill’s 0 route but eventually had tackle broken allowing another few yards, again bit terribly on play action allowing easy +50 yd TD again if not for WR dropping easiest catch ever. In the 2011 Clemson game he had a good run support play, beat on 10 yd curl by WR DeAndre Hopkins, had good pbu on quick slant by WR Sammy Watkins forcing punt (7:50 1st), allowed 15 yd curl to Watkins but solid coverage, couldn’t tackle Hopkins on short hitch allowing YAC for 1st on 3rd down, easily beat on 9 route by WR Martavis Bryant for 30 yd TD (7:50 2nd), fumbled on KR for huge turnover that started the avalanche causing the blowout (10:00 3rd), beat on 9 route vs. Bryant but ball poorly thrown (8:50 3rd). In the 2011 Missouri game he had a strong hit on TE 25 yds downfield after he caught it, couldn’t get off WR block on WR screen. He again showed toughness but didn’t make any plays and allowed a few passes against him. 5th round 12/26/11. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had good coverage and an even better break to ball for pbu on 10 yd curl vs. WR Jarius Wright (6:50 1st), solid as always against run getting off WR block and making cut tackle on RB near sideline, allowed separation vs. Wright on 8 yd hitch and missed tackle allowing small YAC-came back and helped on tackle but still got juked, beat by Wright on 9 route but ball underthrown allowing his S to get INT. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the better ones of the 11 CBs at #3 (Tandy, Norman). Late 5th round 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011:Virginia,Louisville,Georgia Tech,Clemson,Missouri, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Unfortunately he’s similar in build to Leonard Johnson in that they both are short, short armed, and slow who are tough, physical, and have great heart. I like Brown a little more than Johnson because he’s a bit stronger and is a superior playmaker as seen by his 8 career INTs yet neither appear to likely be future starters in the NFL. Brown potentially could be down the road if he played in a cover two scheme but even in that system he likely would be preferred as a #3 CB. He’ll make his living as a special teamer, #3 CB, and possibly could move to FS as he has good ball skills and at 202 lbs wouldn’t be a liability against the run. A team will have to figure out what to do with him in the scheme they play but he has enough versatility that as a nickel CB, dime CB, or FS there should be a place for him. Late 5th round and my #23 CB 3/8/12.

24. Cliff Harris Oregon #13 5’11 1/8 175 Jr.

Comparison: Poor man’s Asante Samuel

Background: Ranked #136 in ESPN 150 for ’09. 2/8 in ’09 when the coaches took his redshirt off 6 games into the year due to injuries. Only 7/13 in ’10 often being a nickel back yet still made his impact felt with a nation leading 23 passes defensed and 17 pbus. Also set single season records at Oregon for punt return TDs (4), yards (546), and average (18.8). 2nd team All American in 2010. Only played in 6 games in 2011.

Stats: Pac-10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

9

0

0.5

0

5

1

0

2010

33

0

1

0

17

6

1

2009

19

0

0

0

8

1

0

Combine: Looked solid in backpedal then stumbled in backpedal, turn and run drill. Much better and looked quick in backpedal, turn and run drill. Stumbled in backpedal again on turns on backpedalling corner route drill. Very good explosion on flat route drill. Double catch twice in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5111

175

30.13

4.68

 

36

909

4.07

6.81

52.9

 

Notes: Led the country in 2010 with 23 pbu to go along with a Pac-10 leading 6 interceptions. In the ’10 BCS Championship Game vs. Auburn had a nice int when Newton threw off target to a double teamed WR (8:45 1st), had a Ty Law/Asante Samuel type pick of Newton as he left his man and dove for an overthrown ball making a spectacular pick that replay officials didn’t approve of (12:12 2nd), had solid hit on RB on off tackle showing toughness (7:40 3rd), and had a big fumble recovery to give Oregon another chance to tie (4:54 4th). He is a future star who already looks like an early 2nd to me due to his instincts and playmaking abilities 1/9/11. Enters the 2011 season ranked #21 on my Big Board. Word is that he hasn’t been practicing well since the season opening suspension, played only sparingly. In the 2011 Arizona St. game he gave a way too easy 26 yd TD on fade vs. WR Mike Willie who is 6’4 and just caught it above his head (4:18 1st), good INT on 9 route vs. Willie that he had well covered and helped by the fact WR fell down-fumbled on int return (1:01 2nd). Great article at oregonlive.com of how Harris let his team down when he missed the USC game and the young CBs were killed by Woods and Lee. Missed the UCLA game (Pac-12 championship) as well. The kid has had traffic tickets (+100 mph), rumors of poor practice habits, and now gone MIA late in the season. He seems like a bad dude or at best very irresponsible and immature. Mid to late 1st talent wise but drops to 3rd round for now due to attitude 1/16/12. Ended up playing in only 27 games atOregon with more than half not even being starts.

Tape: 2011:Arizona St. 2010:Auburn

Overall: I only scouted him in 2 games in his career as he missed pretty much all of Oregon’s high profile games this year (LSU, Stanford, USC, Wisconsin) and as a sophomore in 2010 I expected I would have plenty more opportunities to watch him. Unfortunately I was wrong as he gets the trophy for being the #1 dumbass of the 2012 draft. The biggest problem I have with him is that he had so many chances to redeem himself and didn’t raising a bigger red flag for that then any specific incident. He got into it with Coach Kelly (who is widely regarded as not a disciplinarian and easy to get along with), he came back from his 1st suspension and played poorly, he went MIA later in the year forcing Kelly to eventually dismiss him, he entered the 2012 Draft instead of going to a lower level school ala Janoris Jenkins, he didn’t go to the NFLPA All Star game which allowed junior losing a chance to show scouts he could still play, and he looked slow and not nearly as quick at the combine as he did in the 2010 season showing scouts he didn’t stay in shape when he was away from the team. It all points to the fact that the kid hasn’t learned anything, still wants the easy way out, and doesn’t deserve a team’s trust. I put that he reminds me of Asante Samuel as he does, when in shape and with his head right, yet he also reminds me a lot of RB Maurice Clarett with his terrible combine performance, bad attitude, and huge ego despite only having one good year of play. Harris looked very good in 2010 but he only started 7 of the 13 games that season as Oregon usually used him as a nickel CB because of his poor size (165 lbs) and tackling ability. The fact that he had that little success and he instantly became uncoachable makes it likely that there are only two scenarios for him: He doesn’t try hard and is out of the NFL in 2 years or he’s a natural talent and becomes successful then becoming an arrogant SOB you can’t control. I want no part of either so I have him as a late 5th rounder and my #24 CB but would probably tell a GM I work for to take him off our draft board 3/7/12.

25. Trevin Wade Arizona #24 5’10 3/8 192 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

52

0

1

1

13

2

0

2010

47

0

1.5

0

3

1

1

2009

71

0

1

1

9

5

1

2008

12

0

0

0

3

4

0

Combine: Solid in backpedal, turn and run drill. A bit raw in backpedal but good explosion and highpointed ball on backpedalling corner route drill. A bit raw again but you could tell he wasn’t tight in backpedal just raw on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid on flat route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5103

192

30.75

4.59

18

34.5

908

4

6.87

64.8

 

Notes: 2nd team Pac 12 in 2009 and 2011. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he had funny play as he allowed 8 yd curl vs. WR Kevin Hardy then forgot to touch him as he was on ground-NFL rule, gave separation on 12 yd out vs. WR Lance Lewis, gave separation to Lewis on 10 yd curl. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the worse ones of the 11 CBs at #8 (Tandy, Norman, Brown, Prater, Davis, McLeod, Bethel). Free Agent 1/27/12. Seems to be a well liked, well spoken kid. His earlier career stats are elite so I definitely was too harsh on the kid especially considering he ended his career with a solid senior year earning 2nd team Pac 12 with 13 pbu! 6th round 3/8/12.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game

Overall:  This was not how Trevin Wade’s collegiate career was supposed to end. After bursting onto the college football scene with 9 INTs his first two years in ’08-’09 Wade looked destined to be a future high round pick. Unfortunately the picks slowed down (3 INTs his final 2 years), his lack of run support became more apparent (his career high for a season is 1.5 TFL!). He turned it around a bit as a senior but never recaptured the playmaking magic as his earlier career INTs turned into PBUs (13 as a senior). I like him as he seems like a very grounded, good kid who has a nice blend of playmaking skills, smooth hips, and experience but he’s a later round kid to me. 6th round as my #25 CB 3/8/12.

26. Dequan Menzie Alabama #24 5’10 ¾ 202 Sr.

Background: JUCO star atCopiah-LincolnCommunity College inMississippi. 4 star by Rivals.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

41

1.5

4

0

11

1

1

2010

33

2

5

0

4

0

0

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Had the 4th slowest 40 time out of the 58 DBs at the combine. Considering his lack of speed was evident on film and a red flag already, it makes the 40 time that much worse. Also was in the bottom quarter in the vertical, broad, and didn’t do the quickness drills (shuttle, 3 cone). You could argue he was the least athletic CB at the combine. Never saw him in any drills.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5106

202

30

4.74

 

33

908

 

 

35.5

 

Notes: Good tackler and cover corner who tore his Achilles during the spring of 2010 yet was able to come back to still play that year. A full year after the injury he could be dramatically improved in 2011. Impressed me in the Bama spring game with his tackling ability. In the 2011 Penn St. game he was beat on the first play on a post but WR couldn’t catch it (14:50 1st), allowed 14 yd out on 3rd and 8 (14:08 1st), good hit on RB’s inside run coming pretty far inside to make the tackle showing his aggressiveness (11:27 1st), perfect coverage on fade route cutting it off then diving for incompletion to try and get a pick (5:00 2nd), poor coverage on wide open 12 yd curl vs. WR Derek Moye (13:30 3rd), good coverage on WR and great reaction to QB-WR miscommunication diving for an almost int on the mix up (10:25 3rd), and good coverage but a great catch by Moye one handing it and jumping high over Menzie for the 25 yd catch (4:00 3rd). Had a nice pick 6 on a tipped ball in the 2011 Arkansas game. In the 2011 Florida game he had a really dumb PF running into the PR before the ball even got there negating a running into the kicker penalty for the 1st down. In the 2011 LSU game #2 he allowed 9 yd slant to WR Odell Beckham, good job fighting through WR block on bubble screen to get no gain tackle on Beckham. He had a boring game, which is good for a CB, and keeps his grade as a future #3 CB for a team.  4th round 1/9/12. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Solid coverage vs. TE Brad Smelley allowing small separation and a completion after an elite diving catch, slipped a bit and gave separation vs. Smelley on in route. Day 3: 1×1: Gave way too much cushion on TE Ladarius Green for easy cross, looked slower than WR Juron Criner (not a speedster at all himself) giving post though did recover somewhat to get his hands in there for a tough catch. 11×11: Looked slower than RB Lennon Creer on run play. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Gave no separation on post by WR Devier Posey for INT by S, looked small trying to tackle WR Gerrell Robinson near the end zone as he ran right through his arm tackle, again looked small getting the worst of tackle with RB Isaiah Pead-who is only 200 lbs by the way. I’ve said much of the year that Menzie just doesn’t look like a starting CB to me and I was proven right as he was one of the worst CBs at the game and struggled all week. Before I thought he would be a career nickel back and I still think he could become that but the 4th round grade I had on him now looks way too high and, though he probably will still be drafted high (Alabama pedigree carries a lot of weight these days), I now have him as a 5th-6th rounder. Out of the 13 CBs he was near the bottom at #11 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley, Jenkins, Dennard, Johnson,Norman, Fletcher, Jackson) 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011: Spring practice,Penn St.,Auburn,Florida, LSU 1, LSU 2, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall:  Menzie is another player who has lost a lot of money this postseason as I never saw him as a future starting CB in the NFL but still had him in the 4th round range due to his solid toughness, experience, and instincts. Yet the future I saw for him as a career nickel CB now looks in jeopardy as he looked slow, weak, and small at the Senior Bowl getting picked on all week and then was arguably the least athletic CB at the combine a few weeks later. What’s worse is that he’s a low ceilinged, experienced player so, unlike Asa Jackson who was just as bad as he was at the Senior Bowl, you can’t make the excuse that Menzie wasn’t ready for this level of competition or that he has top level physical skills as a project type and will eventually improve. He’s slow, small, and weak who doesn’t appear to likely get much better than he already is and had the advantage the past two years to be coached by Nick Saban and play on the most talented defense in the country. Even his production seems slightly dubious when put under a microscope as he only had 1 INT in 2 seasons at Alabama despite having two of the best safeties in the country playing behind him and a pass rush that made his job tremendously easier. I was pretty high on the kid at the end of this season but after his Senior Bowl struggles, his terrible Combine performance, and a closer look at his collegiate production I have to ask: How high would this kid be drafted if he was coming out of Vanderbilt instead of Alabama? There’s a chance he wouldn’t even be drafted which is why I have a 6th round grade on him as my #26 CB 3/8/12.

27. Leonard Johnson Iowa St. #23 5’9 7/8 196 Sr.

Background: 2nd team Big 12 in 2011.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

71

0

2

1

8

1

0

2010

64

0

2.5

0

7

1

0

2009

64

0

2.5

3

7

2

0

2008

41

0

1

2

4

2

0

Combine: Had a terrible combine measuring the shortest arms (by far) of any of the 58 DBs while also being the 7th shortest in height, 11th slowest in the 40, and being only a little above average in the quickness drills (17th and 22nd). False start in his 40. Extremely thick in his lower body. Average in backpedal, turn and run drill. Solid hips but maybe the worst ball skills of any CB with it going over his head badly on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay in turns but a very good catch over his head on backpedalling corner route drill.  Solid in turn but again poor ball skills in wheel route drill-has dropped more balls than anyone else I’ve seen today. Okay in T step drill. Average on flat route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5097

196

28.75

4.71

15

32

1000

4.15

6.96

46.8

 

Notes: A somewhat undersized, physical player who plays off coverage a lot and shows good instincts and break to the ball making him a great fit in a zone scheme. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he went against WR Justin Blackmon much of the game and didn’t back down talking smack and being physical throughout. Allowed 4 yd hitch plus 3 yds YAC looking much smaller than him making the tackle, very solid instincts attacking the WR screen and getting off Blackmon’s attempted block, missed tackle on Blackmon’s 0 route allowing 7 yds, allowed 28 yd TD as Blackmon jumped around him on fade and then walked into end zone-poor adjusting to ball in air by Leonard (5:30 2nd), very tight coverage on quick slant vs. Blackmon for pbu but called for PI, fumble recovery, good coverage on quick slant for INC, great coverage on short hitch vs. Blackmon that would have been pbu or INT anyways but was tipped at LOS causing him to dive for ball for INT (12:51 4th), great coverage but beat by perfect throw on +20 yd out (10:50 4th), allowed 4 yd hitch to Blackmon and tackled him immediately, step for step with Blackmon on 9 route for INC. Had the game of his life vs. Blackmon playing him tight and physical throughout. His average measurables make him somewhat scheme specific as I do think he is a zone CB but everything I saw today makes me think he will develop into a solid starting CB down the road. 3rd round 11/19/11. In the 2011 Rutgers game he got off WR block quickly and raced toward sidelines but showed only above average speed as RB got to sideline and turned it up for nice gain-he came from far away so it was a tough play but elite speed makes it (7:00 1st), gave good separation on 8 yd curl vs. WR Mohammed Sanu then allowed 4 YAC due to missing tackle, no separation on 9 route vs. WR Brandon Coleman and played ball best getting pbu and near INT-probably should have been INT as it hit him in the chest on jump ball (1:20 1st), gave good separation on 20 yd curl vs. Sanu, no separation getting pbu on fade route but his lack of size was noticeable (Coleman is 6’6)-didn’t hurt him then but in pros it will be a factor for sure, good awareness on short zone and backing up and jumping for ball on intermediate throw nearly getting pbu, solid burst missing hit on TE by inches when in middle zone, solid tackle on 0 route for 2 yds, solid tackle on RB in the box. He wasn’t nearly as impressive in this game as he was vs. Oklahoma St. but he continued to show good strength, aggressiveness, and ball skills. I do worry about his lack of height and lack of elite speed but in a cover 2 scheme he will be a quality CB. 4th 1/2/12. Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1: Blown by vs. WR Marvin Jones showing very inferior speed on post for TD, gave separation on in vs. WR Gerell Robinson. Day 2: 1×1 Way too off on Jones allowing easy quick hitch, good cov vs. WR Devier Posey but still allowed curl. 11×11: Good burst to ball vs. WR Brian Quick for INC-more drop than pbu but did get his hands in there late. Day 3: Superior strength and great aggressiveness thumping Posey on run block drill but didn’t get around him-maybe content to just beat him up, aggressive again this time vs. Jones but held up a bit until could shed him. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Poor job unable to get off block of WR Jeff Fuller on WR reverse at him, no separation vs. WR AJ Jenkins on short out showing very good quickness, looked stronger than WR Joe Adams when being run blocked by him, gave plenty of separation on 18 yd in vs. WR Juron Criner but poor throw and LB undercut it for INC, poor play giving 7 yd hitch to Adams then coming up hard to make tackle and missing it as he turned outside instead of inside giving up +20 YAC, gave separation on short out to the faster Jenkins on 4th and 4 but ball thrown behind WR and right to him for would be pick but bounced off his chest for INC, gave big separation on scramble drill vs. Jenkins for 26 yds on 4th and 12. He had a very poor weak at the Senior Bowl accentuated by Mike Mayock stupidly arguing that he was one of the 4 best CBs in the draft (ahead of Dre Kirkpatrick before the week started?). He looked small, slow, and surprisingly not that strong which is probably the weirdest part as I thought I had spotted the first two attributes but assumed his very good strength and toughness could maybe mask some of it. I never was obsessed with him like others were as I had a 4th round grade on him but even that seems to high to me and I’m downgrading him to 5th round status. Out of the 13 CBs he was #7 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley, Jenkins, Dennard).

Tape: 2011:OklahomaSt.,Texas A&M,Rutgers, Senior Bowl Practices and Game

Overall: Leonard is a severely undersized, slow player that looks like a career #3 or #4 CB for a team as he will need to be protected schematically otherwise he can be picked on both by bigger WRs and faster WRs. His size/speed ratio is atrocious with by far the smallest arms out of the 58 DBs, the 6th slowest 40 time among the 52 DBs who ran, and the 5th worst vertical jump of the 49 DBs who jumped. It’s not hard to argue that he showed himself to be the least athletic DB at the combine and it’s exacerbated b/c he also isn’t a playmaker. He only has 2 INTs the past 2 years and I scouted the ball bouncing off his chest numerous times this season showing a ridiculously slow reaction time that I doubt can be fixed. He has elite toughness which should make him a good special teams player and has a few games (2011 Oklahoma St.) where he played well so he still is drafteable but to me he’s nothing more than a late round, career backup type and I will laugh if Mayock keeps him as one of his top 5 CBs. 6th round and my #27 CB 3/6/12. 

28. Asa Jackson Cal Poly #2 5’10 191 Sr.

Combine: Good thickness in his upper body again shows me he can be a safety. Bad backpedal (very raw) in backpedal, turn and run drill. Good in turns and then a very nice catch showing big, strong hands on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid in turns and okay catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Very explosive in wheel route drill. Solid in T step drill. Okay on flat route drill. Loved his hands in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5100

191

29.13

4.49

19

34.5

910

4.03

6.97

64.3

 

Notes: : 2nd team FCS All American in 2011. Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1: Beat bad by WR TJ Graham on quick hit-might have missed tackle in real game, very poor coverage looking slow and not instinctive giving post to WR Marvin McNutt. Day 2: 1×1: Beat by Graham on slant getting hips turned, very good cov vs. McNutt but WR came back to ball and barely made catch otherwise would have been pbu or INT-still though was no separation. Day 3: Great aggressiveness and strength in run block drill blowing through WR Brian Quick despite being smaller-I think the kid’s best bet is at safety. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Good speed getting out to WR in his area catching up quickly to WR Dwight Jones, unable to get off run block of Jones, separation vs. Jones on 8 yd out but made strong tackle in space for no YAC-very good tackler and might be a better S than CB, gave 8 yd curl vs. WR Jeff Fuller (actually came off slot WR to help) but was 3rd and 14 and helped not give YAC. Officially moving him to safety after watching him at the Senior Bowl as he has a lot of talent with his size and strength but just isn’t fast or quick enough to play CB. He struggled a lot at the Senior Bowl but was noticeably superior to the bottom 3 CBs (Menzie, Lynn, Steed) as he showed a very good size/speed combo but looked too raw to really use it correctly. I like him as a late round guy but still out of the 13 CBs he was #10 so he will need a lot of time and patience before playing. 7th round 2/15/12.

Tape: 2011: Senior Bowl

Overall: After the combine I moved him back to CB, though FS is definitely an option, as he ran a 4.49 40 and I noticed good explosion in all of the drills. He has a well put together body and big, strong hands making him a great later round project type for a team as he struggled but showed legit NFL talent at the Senior Bowl. I was impressed with him then and the combine reiterated it to me as his 40 was very good, his quickness drills were good, his reps were elite, and he showed very impressive ball skills. He’s very raw in his backpedal and technique but I think he’d be a good later round guy to stash for a year on your roster and hope he develops. He has starting caliber tools but due to his rawness a team should be happy with him developing into a nickel CB by year 2. 6th round and my #28 CB 3/9/12.

29. Mike Harris Florida St. #1 5’10 3/8 188 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

58

1

6

0

9

1

0

2010

41

0

0

2

5

4

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Okay in backpedal, turn and run drill. A bit tight on turns but good extended hands catch on backpedalling corner route drill. A bit slow and tight on turn in wheel route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5103

188

 

4.68

 

36

909

4.07

6.81

 

 

Notes: Starred at El Camino Community College then transferred to Florida St. after a somewhat controversial switch from Alabama at the last minute. In the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs South Carolina had a great int on a deep ball (6:02 1st) that showed his impressive hands as he was running full stride and the ball was low and behind him. Coaches are saying he will be a good one. In the 2011 FSU Spring Game he had a very nice hit on a short catch as the WR had to jump to catch it (14:55 1st). In the 2011 Clemson game had a solid hit on QB Taj Boyd’s designed run, good defense on end around knocking WR Sammy Watkins out of bounds for 2 yds, allowed 50 yd 9 route to WR DeAndre Hopkins having good coverage but ball well thrown (2:51 1st), beat by Hopkins on 34 yd 9 route by 2 steps (14:00 2nd), beat by Watkins on 9 route but recovered nicely on underthrown ball for pbu (14:46 4th), beat on 9 route for 62 yd TD by Watkins as he couldn’t tackle him with most being YAC (13:10 4th). In the 2011 Florida game he had an easy INT as it was thrown into quadruple coverage yet showed great speed returning it +50 yds nearly for a TD, had a good pbu on curl with a nice break on the ball (0:17 3rd). In the 2011Oklahoma game he had a big hit on TFL coming up on WR screen to hit him just as he caught the ball.

Tape: 2011: Spring Game, Clemson,Boston College,Florida,Oklahoma, Notre Dame

Overall: Harris is a solid player who had a good 2 years at Florida St. but always looked inferior to their two starters (Rhodes, Reid) and is likely to be a career nickel back in the NFL. He had a horrible game against Clemson getting beat 4 times in the game and showing the inferior speed that he again showed at the Combine (4.68). Yet in a nickel or dime package with speed in other spots on the field he should be solid as he has good athleticism and ball skills (14 PBUs and 5 INTs the past two years). He doesn’t have starting potential but as a late round nickel back I think he could succeed. Late 6th round and my #29 CB 3/10/12.

30. Terrence Frederick Texas A&M #7 5’10 1/8 187 Sr.

Background: Honorable mention Big 12 in 2011.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

54

4

9

0

13

1

0

2010

57

1

8

1

9

1

0

2009

61

0

3

0

5

2

0

2008

33

1

2

1

3

0

0

Combine: Terrible (one of the worst) in backpedal, turn and run drill going very high and all over the place on the turn. A bit out of control but very fast in turns then a nice jumping catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Okay in T step drill. Weak in backpedal but very good explosion when turned on flat route drill-makes sense as he’s very good when the ball is in front of him. Dropped ball in multi catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5101

187

31.13

4.54

16

35

1001

4.03

6.59

72.1

 

Notes: In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU had average coverage on 42 yd TD post to Terrance Tolliver looking slower than him (1:52 1st), below average coverage on 3 yd TD fade to Tolliver as it was an average fade that was close to him allowing a play to be made yet Tolliver’s big body shielded him very well (1:31 2nd). Best cover corner on team in ’09 and ’10. In the 2011 SMU game had perfect coverage on WR Darius Johnson with pbu that resulted in int for his safety (12:45 1st), solid sack on blitz from the corner starting outside then jumping inside when QB stepped up in the pocket (10:06 1st), and was beat deep on post yet WR bobbled ball and he almost had a lucky int with it dropping just off his hands (7:36 3rd). High School teammate of Trent Hunter who got him a scholarship by convincing the coaches he was good. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game had a great TFL on RB screen that he read perfectly by shooting past OL (12:15 1st), nice strip/rake of WR’s hands on short route causing incompletion (10:22 1st), big hit on WR Josh Cooper after he bobbled ball causing incompletion (8:46 2nd), no separation on 9 route and pbu vs. Hubert Anyiam (9:30 3rd), good shoe string recovery tackle on RB Joseph Randle after he was juked bad in the flat (4:45 3rd), tight coverage vs. Blackmon for inc (14:12 4th), good job fighting off WR blocker to hit Blackmon out of bounds at the 1 saving TD (7:15 4th), and good coverage vs. Blackmon on quick slant forcing punt and potential Aggies victory (1:55 4th). With Coryell Judie out it does surprise me that they didn’t have Frederick defend Blackmon making me wonder if the coaches really trust him after his Cotton Bowl fiasco vs. LSU. In the 2011 Arkansas game missed tackle in space vs. Ronnie Wingo (6:37 1st), 10 yd curl vs. Jarius Wright (9:23 3rd), and great CB blitz for sack getting to him quick (2:01 3rd). He’s very easy to scout as he’s tall, strong, and physical but doesn’t have the hips or straight line speed to play man coverage so in a zone scheme he’s a 6th rounder in a man scheme he’s a Free Agent. 6th round 1/21/12.

Tape: 2011: SMU, Oklahoma St., Arkansas, Idaho, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa St., Kansas St., Texas, Northwestern 2010: LSU (Cotton Bowl)

Overall: Terrence keeps the same grade I had of him when the season ended as he’s tall, strong, and physical who shows a scout glimpses of starting potential when the play is in front of him and he can work downhill towards it. He has a terrible backpedal (arguably the worst CB in the combine drills), tight hips, and below average long speed causing him numerous problems in coverage as seen throughout the 2011 season when he was beat in zone due to the fact that the coaches couldn’t trust him in man. In a cover 2 scheme I still think he has the athleticism and hitting ability to make it as a #3 or #4 CB but he’ll never be a starter and will flame out quickly if drafted by a man scheme. He has NFL athleticism but seems really raw for a player who played 4 years in a top 4 conference. Career backup as late 6th round and my #30 CB 3/6/12.

31. Jonte Green New Mexico St. 5’10 5/8 184 Sr.

Stats: WAC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

70

0

2.5

1

14

2

0

2010

73

0

1

0

8

0

0

2009

74

0

0.5

0

8

0

0

2008

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: WAC 2nd team in 2011. In the 2011 NFLPA Game he had a good pbu and was very physical with his WR, great diving INT cutting under WR on dig route (0:10 3rd), no separation on 9 route vs. Lavasier Tuinei for pbu (12:30 4th), tight cov on 9 route on sideline but gave up +30 yarder due to spectacular throw and catch. Looked like the best CB on either team, even better than Richard Crawford who is a sleeper in my view 3/5/12.

Tape: 2011: NFLPA Game

Overall: Jonte is ending an otherwise invisible career on a good note with a very solid senior season in which he had 2 INTs (the first two of his career) and 14 PBUs (2nd in the WAC-9th nationally) and then went to the NFLPA game and played very well all week in practice and the game. He’s a very low level sleeper who is very likely to not get drafted but I was impressed by how he had blanket coverage against every WR all game long in the All-Star Game. Richard Crawford also was in that game and Green looked superior even to him so I’m willing to go out on a limb and give him a drafteable grade. Despite looking better in the one event he finishes lower to Crawford who was 1st team in a better conference and who I watched more of. 7th round as my #31 CB 3/9/12.

32. Corey White Samford  #3 5’11 ½ 206 Sr.

Combine: Ran 40 track style with high leg kick which definitely isn’t football style. Good backpedal and solid turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Good in backpedal and great highpointing of ball on backpedalling corner route drill. Solid in backpedal again and nearly got one handed catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Good in wheel route drill. Solid in turn and good on highpoint catch in wheel route drill. Solid on flat route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

5114

206

31.63

4.55

15

37.5

1006

4.22

6.72

88.2

 

Notes: Corey White was the last of the DBs to perform each drill and seemed to catch my eye quite a bit as he had a smoothness to him that was very surprising for a +200 lb guy. I became even more intrigued when I ran the full numbers as he ranked #5 as a S or #2 as a CB depending on where you place him. Very intrigued at this time 3/1/12.

Tape: None except the combine

Overall: Corey is another player that I would do a lot more research on if I could get my hands on his tapes but due to my amateur status I have to “go blind” a bit on this one. His combine was absolutely incredibly in that he was one of the three best safeties in the position drills if you grade him that way but even if you grade him as a CB he showed smooth hips, good ball skills, and very solid numbers in the quickness drills (middle of the pack in the shuttle but 9th out of 58 DBs in the 3 cone). I can only go by the combine so I’m limiting his grade to a 7th rounder but I suspect he would have moved higher if I had seen his film as he’s tall, quick, explosive (37.5 vertical was 5th, 10’6 broad was 6th), and showed good ball skills. He’ll be raw but as a late round pick he’s a great choice as he has starting caliber athleticism and the versatility to play CB or FS. 7th round and my #32 CB 3/10/12.

33. Emanuel Davis East Carolina #38 5’11 190 Sr.

Stats: ConferenceUSA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

62

1.5

4

1

7

1

0

2010

54

0

3

1

9

2

0

2009

69

0

4

1

12

2

1

2008

45

0

2.5

1

8

4

1

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the ’10 Military Bowl vs. Maryland had an int on the first play from scrimmage (14:52 1st) when the QB threw into triple coverage. Has 2 int returns for TD in his career. In the 2011 East-West Shrine Game he smacked WR Devon Wylie hard on run support showing good strength, gave 6 yd hitch vs. WR Dale Moss who plowed into him for another 4 yds YAC, gave tight cov on 13 yd slant vs. Moss but still completed on tough catch, no separation vs. WR Tyler Shoemaker on 9 route. In the 2011 East-West Shrine game he looked like one of the middle ones of the 11 CBs at #5 (Tandy, Norman, Brown, Prater). 7th round 1/27/12.

Tape: 2011: East-West Shrine Game 2010:Maryland

Overall: I noticed Emanuel on both games I scouted his team in and with 9 career INTs (2 pick 6s) and 36 career pbus he has the stats to prove he’s a legit ball hawk. He only gets a late round grade because of his small school status, his average physical skills, and the fact that you could argue his best two years were actually his freshman and sophomore years but he has NFL talent. An intriguing late round possibility who I give a 7th round grade as my #33 CB 3/8/12.

34. Antwaun Reed Pittsbrugh #22 5’9 ¾ 188 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

30

0

2

0

7

0

0

2010

40

0

0

1

6

1

0

2009

13

0

0

0

1

1

0

2008

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: Looked slow in his 40 both eyeball and official time (4.63). Low in backpedal and okay on turn in backpedal, turn and run drill. Very smooth in backpedal and solid extended hands catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Very impressed again in his backpedal and okay catch on backpedalling corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5096

188

30

4.63

14

36.5

1004

4.2

 

50.4

 

Notes: In the 2011 West Virginia game he had a very good pbu and near INT on WR screen that he read perfectly jumping the route (10:20 2nd), beat on post route for 64 yd TD by WR Stedman Bailey (7:41 2nd), no separation allowed on 9 route INC vs. WR Ivan McCartney (0:15 3rd). 2nd team Big East in 2011. In the 2011 SMU game I never noticed him.

Tape: 2011:West Virginia, SMU

Overall: I noticed him in the West Virginia game as he allowed one big play but otherwise was pretty solid against arguably the best WR corp in the nation. He followed it up with a mixed bag at the combine with a poor 40 (4.63) and measuring in just under 5’10 but showing some of the smoothest hips of any DB in the position drills and being in the top quarter of DBs in the explosion drills (vertical and broad). His stats are underwhelming so it’s likely he has stone hands,  as 1 INT the past two years is pretty poor, but he was 2nd team Big East, has very good change of direction skills, and is explosive so there are things to like. Late round backup type who is a 7th rounder and my #34 CB.

35. Greg McCoy TCU 5’10 180 Sr.

Stats: Mountain West

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

32

0

0

0

7

2

0

2010

30

0

0

0

6

2

0

2009

22

0

0

0

4

2

0

2008

8

0

0

0

0

1

0

2007

1-RS

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Barely played in ’08 as a redshirt freshman (8 tackles, 1 int) and was the team’s 3rd CB in ’09 (15 tackles, 2 ints) yet made plays at times for the team and appears to have a great future as he is long limbed and very fast with a reported 4.32 40 in spring practice in ’09. Will be starting in 2010 for Gary Patterson and should move up the draft charts. In the 2011 Baylor game showed good speed on 73 yd KR (12:35 1st), another great return this time for 68 yds (2:55 1st), good coverage on WR Lanear Sampson but lost jump ball and fell down going for it allowing 64 yd 9 route TD (8:50 3rd), gave up 43 yd TD on 9 route that he had good coverage on but then lost it trying to track ball that was perfectly thrown (6:11 3rd). In the ’10 Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin allowed a 13 yd curl and then missed tackle on Jared Abrederris (4:13 1st), very good pbu on 41 yd 9 route attempt vs Nick Toon (8:01 3rd). In the 2011 Louisiana Tech game he had no separation on 9 route for INC, no sep vs. WR Quinton Patton but allowed back shoulder throw, solid KR to 33 yd line, no separation and jumped barely missing ball by inches for pbu with it then going to WR for 15 yds, separation on 11 yd out, read post perfectly by Patton taking inside position for easy INT returning it 20 yds (1:27 2nd), no separation vs. Patton on 9 route, good pbu on back shoulder throw with no separation on 9 route, no separation vs. Patton on post for INC. Honorable mention Mountain West in 2011.

Tape: 2011:Baylor,Wisconsin,Louisiana Tech

Overall: McCoy is a guy who seems 99% sure to not be drafted and was beat deep twice in the Baylor game for long TDs yet I I’ve seen him make some plays in his time at CB and he’s a very good KR making me think he’s worth a late round grade as a team’s #4 or #5 CB and KR. His stats the past 3 years (7 INTs and 17 PBUs) show his playmaking skills yet due to his lack of size or speed he’ll for sure be a career nickel or dime back. He should do this job decently but his main value is as a KR where he was 4th nationally this season with a 31.6 yd kickoff average and was solid as a PR as well. He only made honorable mention as a CB for the MWC in 2011 but was 1st team as a KR/PR and I think that trend will continue in the pros as he should be an okay backup CB but will make the team more due to his special teams talent. 7th round and my #35 CB 3/9/12.

36. Ryan Steed Furman #4 5’10 ½ 195 Sr.

Combine: Had a bad 40 time (4.68) which also shows on film. Raw in backpedal and basket caught ball that he easily could have jumped to catch on backpedalling corner route drill. Did drill wrong but second time had okay hips and very nice long arms highpointing it. Extra steps and dropped ball on flat route drill. No drops and had two nice snags in multi catch drill-love his big hands and long arms but nothing else about it.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

 

5104

195

32.63

4.68

12

34

1001

4.22

6.94

61.7

 

Notes: FCS All American in 2011.  Skinny, long armed CB who works well in press coverage. Senior Bowl: Day 2: 1×1: Good press but beat on quick move by WR Joe Adams for separation on inside route but ball thrown behind and right into his hands yet he dropped it, good jam on Adams who ran poor route but again showed inferior speed eventually allowing separation on 9 route by him, separation allowed vs. TE Ladarius Green on out route-semi push off. In the 2011 Senior Bowl Game: Great jam vs. WR Gerrell Robinson taking him forever to get off line and ruining red zone pass play, poor cov vs. WR TJ Graham giving wide open out but not thrown, gave 5 yd hitch to Robinson but dropped it, large separation on post vs. Robinson but no throw, plenty of separation vs. Graham on same post route one play later for 20 yds plus YAC-just looks slow and tight hipped though did have strong tackle at end of play, run blocked well by WR Devier Posey for a long time, looks like a safety to me. Kept him at CB because his long arms and strength would make him a good press corner in a cover 2 scheme. Definitely is scheme specific though as he can’t be on an island due to his lack of quickness or straight speed. Out of the 13 CBs at the Senior Bowl he was the worst at #13 (Hayward, Boykin, Fleming, Bentley, Jenkins, Dennard , Johnson,Norman, Fletcher,Jackson, Menzie, Lynn). Late round project type.

Tape: 2011: Senior Bowl

Overall: He was helped and hurt tremendously at the Senior Bowl and Combine as being allowed to attend gave him more spotlight than if he had played at Furman for 100 years yet it also showed his weaknesses. He has two good things going for him: long arms and big, heavy hands. Everything else from his 40 (bad) to his quickness drills (mediocre), to his Senior Bowl one on ones (bad), to his Combine drills (bad) all showed a raw, mediocre talent. Yet I’m keeping him with a drafteable grade as he has a good frame and could bulk up a bit becoming an extremely physical, long armed press CB who has safety help over the top at all times. Other than that specific scheme he will fail miserably in the NFL but I could see a team taking him late with that specific role in mind. 7th round and my #36 CB 3/7/12.

37. Robert Golden Arizona #1 5’11 200 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2011

69

0

2

1

5

1

1

2010

60

0

2.5

1

12

1

0

2009

41

0

0

0

1

2

1

2008

13

0

1

1

0

0

0

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

1 yr %

HGT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Redshirted in ’07. 0/13 in ’08. 13/13 at SS in ’09. CB in ’10. In the 2011 UCLA game he had solid speed forcing QB on read option out of bounds for short gain, had big hit on scat back in flat for TFL forcing FG as he had a very strong low hit (7:24 2nd), good coverage on deep post for pbu. Widely regarded as the inferior CB on the team as Trevin Wade was across from him the past two years. Played SS in ’09 due to Wade and Cason being the CBs that year but CB is his most natural position.

Tape: 2011: UCLA

Overall: Robert has been around for quite a while yet never impressed me too much as he only had 2 INTs the past two years and was more of a run stopping CB than anything special against the pass. Due to his ability to stop the run, played SS as a sophomore, I could see him fitting well in a cover 2 scheme that requires their CBs to be efficient tacklers but otherwise he offers very little in my opinion. He’s a scheme specific late rounder who I am not a fan of as I don’t think he has the speed or quickness to handle most NFL WRs. 7th round as my #37 CB 3/9/12.

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