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2013 Cornerback Rankings

April 22, 2013

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Cornerback

Prototype in the NFL: Darrelle Revis

Best In Class

Best Frame: Xavier Rhodes                             Best Quickness: Desmond Trufant

Best Run Stopper: Dee Milliner                        Best Long Speed: Steve Williams

Best Ball Skills: Tyrann Mathieu                    Best Instincts: Tyrann Mathieu

Best Hips: Desmond Trufant                            Best Technician: Blidi Wreh-Wilson

1. Dee Milliner Alabama #26 5’11 7/8 201 Jr.

Comparison: Less athletic Darrelle Revis

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

54

1.5

4

1

20

2

0

2011

27

0

1

0

9

3

1

2010

55

0

4

1

7

1

0

Combine: Good height (5’11 7/8), great weight (201), good arm length (’32), and he had an elite 40 (4.37). Was only above average in explosion drills and was below average in quickness drills (4.32 shuttle) which makes sense as he was strong and physical but never looked incredibly quick. Working on backpedal this offseason. Deion said he’s an extremely confident kid, “I like his swagger.” Average in turn and run drill. Did drill wrong and was sloppy in backpedal, also had double catch in hip drill. Dropped ball in hip drill. Great change of direction skills in drill. Good in W drill but dropped easy ball-2nd drop of day plus a double catch. Perfect in team catch drill. Has a very country boy vibe in him.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5117

201

32

 

4.37

 

36

1002

4.32

6.95

Notes: #16 in ESPN 150 for ’10. In the 2011 Penn St. had good coverage on a quick slant hitting WR immediately as ball got there (10:22 3rd), was beat on a 9 route vs. WR Derek Moye but safety laid a hit to break it up (10:13 3rd), no separation vs. Moye on 9 route that was underthrown for incompletion (3:34 3rd), beat on 9 route by WR Shawney Kersey in garbage time to set ball on 1 yd line (2:30 4th), and a good hit on scrambling QB on 2 pt conversion-it was successful but he made him pay for it (1:53 4th). In the 2011 Auburn game he was nickel CB and had outside WR yet left him to get under easy INT on overthrown ball to another WR. The more impressive thing was his return as he picked it almost like a punt at the 35 yd line and just zoomed through players diving from the 3 yd line to get pick 6 on the pylon (14:45 4th). In the 2012 Michigan game he had good cov for PBU on slant vs. WR Devin Gardner, had another PBU a few plays later on quick slant vs. WR Roy Roundtree-looks extremely quick, beat on 9 route by Gardner but ball overthrown for INC, very physical with WR shoving him blatantly OOB on 9 route then ran under it for easy INT and long return-atrocious no call (2:20 1st), perfect coverage getting PBU on sideline route vs. WR Jerald Robinson-dominant all night, had another PBU on a route this time a 9 route vs. Gardner-no separation, broke it up on way down in his hands, slipped on 9 route cov vs. Gardner allowing 44 yd TD-already was slightly beat. In the 2012 Missouri game he had a nice hit on option to RB for FF-O recovered, perfect cov on 9 route getting PBU that was INT for S. In the 2012 Tennessee game he missed tackle on RB Marlin Lane for +30 yds on dump off, good read seeing corner throw and leaving man for PBU in end zone, no separation vs. TE Mychal Rivera on sideline route forcing punt, had PBU on throw behind WR-hit him in the chest so easily could have been INT. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had good run D with no gain tackle on outside. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he was in and out throughout with injuries, had batted ball at LOS on CB blitz-very instinctive. In the 2012 LSU game he took a beating on the tackle of RB Jeremy Hill-full head of steam, good speed on CB blitz getting sack (hacked at ball trying for FF) as QB rolled other way and never saw him, elite TFL immediately shooting past blocking WR for 4 yd loss on pitch to his side, couldn’t bring down RB Spencer Ware in space. In the 2012 Arkansas game he bit on WR pass but showed good speed getting to RB in time to lay a hit on him as he caught ball for PBU, great hands catching tipped ball just before it hit ground and returning it +45 yds-almost a TD as broke numerous tackles but fell at the 3 yd line (call overturned on replay as barely touched ground). In the 2012 Ole Miss game he almost had an INT on a diving attempt against a curl-has great ball skills and burst to the ball, cleaned up after teammate for sack on CB blitz, easy INT on curl route as QB threw it right to him as he scrambled, almost had another INT as had perfect cov on 9 route but dropped it when he and his S collided, great PBU on slant getting hand in late to knock it away-elite ball skills. In the 2012 Tennessee game he showed very good speed catching TE Mychal Rivera from behind to save TD on 42 yd gainer-outran FS Robert Lester, batted ball at LOS getting good pressure on blitz up middle. 1st team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he had tight cov on TE Tyler Eifert on back to back INCs along sidelines-jump balls, allowed +15 yd back shoulder throw, perfect cov on 9 route for PBU-teammate had INT on deflection, tight cov on Eifert for INC on corner route. They picked on him early but he held up and overall had a good game. Mid to late 1st who isn’t elite but keeps a high grade due to his toughness and frame. He might be a better FS than CB as he matched up very well with Eifert. In the 2012 Georgia game he had tight cov but allowed 12 yd in on 3rd and 10 to WR Malcolm Mitchell, perfect cov on fade for PBU, he was one of the few DBs to be able to hang on and finish tackles on RB Todd Gurley, great diving attempt at INT off deflection-barely touched ground.

Overall: Milliner is very close to a perfect prospect. He was a Blue Chip prospect coming out of HS (#16 in the nation per ESPN), he started and was productive as a true freshman, he was 1st team SEC and 1st team All American as a true junior, and he had a very good Combine running a 4.37 40. The only thing missing is elite hands (he dropped 2 balls in drills and numerous balls on film) and elite quickness but even with those issues he’s a top CB prospect in any draft. He likely will go in the Top 5 of this draft due to the lack of talent around him as the drop off from him to the #2 CB (Rhodes) is huge and I suspect some team in the Top 5 will fall in love with him. My favorite thing about his is his strength as he beats up wideouts during the game and really plays them tough. In run support he’s elite as well with great size (6’0 200) and aggressiveness you rarely see in a CB. He also has no off the field issues, played through injury in 2012 (had a torn labrum but only missed 1 game), and is a player that when he loses speed in his 30’s could very well move to safety due to his size. An elite talent that almost gets a Top 5 grade despite average hands and quickness and is far and away my #1 CB with a Top 10 grade 3/30/13.

2. Xavier Rhodes Florida St. #20 6’1 ½ 210 Jr.

Comparison: Jimmy Smith without the character issues

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

39

0

2

1

7

3

0

2011

43

0

1.5

0

4

1

0

2010

54

2

 

 

 

4

0

Combine: He’s a size/speed guy and it showed with good height (6’1 ¾), great arm length (33 ¾), great speed for that size (4.43), and elite explosiveness (40.5 vert, 11’0 broad). Overall he worked out like a Top 10 pick. Incredibly long strides in 40.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6014

210

33.75

 

4.43

14

40.5

1100

 

 

Notes: ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in ’10 as he led the ACC with 15 passes defended. Had an easy int on a long pass when he had perfect position (7:58 2nd). Freshman All American in 2010. Is a tall, powerful CB who is a multi-dimensional player already with 54 tackles and 2 sacks in 2010. A future top 15 pick 8/28/11. Enters the 2011 season ranked #14 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Clemson game he was beat on 9 route by WR Martavis Bryant that was inc but called on a borderline pass int call (9:18 1st), good job flying to the football getting WR Sammy Watkins down short of 1st to force 3rd down otherwise would have been another 5yds at least as LB missed tackle, allowed separation on 8 yd hitch vs. WR DeAndre Hopkins, great coverage on cross vs. WR Jaron Brown for inc (7:50 3rd). Barely noticed him in the 2011 Clemson game as he wasn’t thrown against very often. In the 2011 Oklahoma game good separation vs. WR Kenny Stills on 14 yd out, beat by Stills on 40 yd 9 route, great hit on FB Trey Millard getting best of goal line run block,  no separation vs. Stills on 9 route with safety getting INT. In the 2012 Wake Forest game he had perfect cov on 9 route with no separation then good job finding ball and jumping high to get PBU-no chance, elite vertical and long arms on PBU with ball overthrown yet almost coming up with it-tight cov on WR too in case ball hadn’t been overthrown. Listed as the #16 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #17 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Florida game he had perfect cov vs. WR Andre Davis then became the WR with nice diving INT-great technique and ball skills, didn’t have the speed to get to the sideline before QB BJ Daniels for 3 yd TD run. 1st team ACC in 2012. In the 2012 Florida game he was beat on quick slant for 9 yds, very nice diving PBU on hitch-elite length. In the 2012 Northern Illinois game he allowed 7 yd hitch, got away with blatant PI on WR Martel Moore, perfect cov on 9 route-following Moore all over the field, dumb PI as had perfect cov and then held him late, perfect cov on 9 route for INC-has shut him down. He was dominant all game and shutdown their top guy. He lacks the pure 4.3 speed you want in a 1st round corner and appears to be more of a low 4.5 type guy but in the right scheme he could be dominant with his ball skills and elite size. Mid 1st 1/2/13.

Overall: Xavier is a player that has popped off the film from Day 1 and while he never took that final step to becoming a superstar there is still too much to like in the kid to be that disappointed. At 6’1 ½ 210 with nearly ’34 arms he’s a huge CB and one that would excel in a Seattle type press scheme with safety help over the top. With 4.43 40 speed and elite explosion (40.5 vert-1st among 60 DBs at the Combine) he also has the rare athleticism that would allow him to play man coverage and gives a team the versatility to play press man or press drop back zone coverage. Rhodes also has very good ball skills and isn’t just a physical freak but shows a nuanced feel for technique knowing at all times how much ground he can cover with his elite length. I like Rhodes a lot yet in 2011 I had a mid 1st round grade on him and 2 years later he has the same grade as he never improved his quickness or his strength which both were and still are question marks. With his size and ball skills part of me wants to move him to FS as he has the size for it and would give the defensive coordinator great versatility as when a team went to 3 wideouts he could stay in his base defense and just move Rhodes down to cover one of the wideouts. Yet for 3 straight seasons he played CB at FloridaState and did it well so I’m leaving him here despite my concerns that he will be exploited by the smaller, quicker wideouts in the NFL. Rhodes reminds me of Jimmy Smith with elite size/speed yet without Smith’s attitude or marijuana issues. He never took his game to the next level to become a Top 5 pick but he has the talent to do that later on and at worst he’ll be a very solid CB or FS for an NFL team with his size allowing him to move to FS possibly later in his career ala Charles Woodson. Top 15 as my #2 CB 4/17/13.

3. Tyrann Mathieu LSU #7 5’8 ¾ 186 Jr.

Comparison: Antoine Winfield/Ed Reed

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

76

1.5

7.5

6

9

2

0

2010

57

4.5

8.5

5

7

2

0

Combine: A better 40 than I expected (4.50) but only had 4 reps on the bench (poor work ethic) and below average in the vert and broad. Also he was the 3rd shortest of the 60 DBs (5’8 ¾). Good in turn and run drill. Deion said he has the hands of a WR and “this kid is going to be a baller in the league immediately.” Elite ball skills in hip drill both times-highpoint and just looked fluid doing it. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5086

186

31.13

 

4.5

4

34

909

4.14

6.87

Notes: True freshman in ’10 who played a lot. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M had a very good sack and FF showing elite speed and quickness to beat RT Jake Matthews to corner and duck under his arms (0:20 1st), good hit on special teams as he was the first player down and hit him at the 20 yard line (12:03 3rd), great pbu on 19 yd out vs. WR Uzoma Nwachukwu who got no separation (10:40 3rd), very good coverage on 4 yd TD fade with great throw and catch by Tannehill to Kenric McNeal (10:06 4th), elite ball skills and quickness on a diving int vs. Ryan Swopes 5 yd out (5:37 4th), and hit on TE and great ball skills again as he FF and somehow caught the ball as it fell from the TE’s hands-returned for a TD but personal foul took it back (3:02 4th).  Looks like a future star who I already would grade out as a 4th rounder 1/21/11. Took the coveted #7 (was #14) as well as the PR duties from Patrick Peterson for the 2011 season. Also is the gunner on the PR unit showing elite special teams versatility. In the 2011 Oregon game showed good speed in open field closing quickly on RB in the flat and throwing him out of bounds short of the first down (14:29 1st), good run support avoiding WR block to take down RB Kenjon Barner for TFL (6:22 1st), allowed 7 yd slant vs. Lavasier Tuinei but did tackle him hard and quickly (1:10 1st), first down on PR hitting RB Kenjon Barner for FF and picking it up on a good bounce to walk into the end zone on one of the weirder plays I’ve ever seen (14:47 2nd), talked big noise to Barner on the next PR showing his smack talking abilities (12:57 2nd), caused false start as he sped up to the line as a blitzer (7:20 2nd), jumped a route nearly getting a pick 6 on a RB in the flat (13:59 4th), blew past LT Weems on blitz for 3 sec hit on QB nearly ruining a big screen play (12:23 4th), and nice diving pbu on open 10 yd WR when he was playing off zone (6:23 4th). In back to back games in Cowboys stadium he has looked like by far the best defensive player for either team. He moves into the 1st round after this great performance 9/3/11. In the 2011 Mississippi St. game he got into it with a WR blocking him for offsetting personal fouls (1:40 1st), pancaked the WR blocking him and then made a nice tackle in open space against the RB (10:50 2nd), and good TFL on WR screen taking him down quickly on low hit (1:56 4th). They never attacked him all night going after Claiborn and others as he is really getting shutdown corner type respect. After watching him dominate for a 3rd straight game and see his great tackling skills to go along with his great coverage skills, instincts, and special teams ability I am moving him up as my #1 CB in the entire country 9/20/11. In the 2011 Kentucky game he had a sack where he forced the fumble then got up and somehow had enough time to pick it up himself and run it in for a TD. Already broke the LSU career forced fumble record of 8 and he is only halfway through his sophomore season! Has just incredibly strong hands that give him the ability to steal balls and hold onto ints without having a full grasp of the ball. In the 2011 West Virginia game had a nice blitz off the edge beating LT for would be 3 sec sack but quick RB screen already thrown (13:42 1st), was leading the trash talking against the WV WRs in pregame warmups showing a lot-maybe too much cockiness, tackled WR short of 1st on 3rd and 11 and stripped receiver of ball when he fought for more yards in a crazy play that just seems ordinary as he does it so much now (9:01 1st), downed ball at 1 yd line as the gunner on special teams, missed tackle in flat on comeback route vs. WR Stedman Bailey (9:50 2nd), bobbled PR but picked it up for +15 yd return (3:37 2nd), blew past blocker to tackle WR Tavon Austin but missed him allowing him out of bounds with clock running down (1:00 2nd), blitzed off edge and timed jump perfectly batting ball up in the air then catching it and running it 15 yds to the 1 yd line to setup a TD to end the half to completely change momentum and start the blowout (0:38 2nd), batted ball down on Hail Mary to end the half (0:00 2nd), beat for 72 yd post by Austin who showed elite speed to outrun him and safety for would be TD if the other safety didn’t force him to cut (2:30 3rd), and nice diving pbu on 10 yd out on 3rd and 4 near the end of a meaningless game showing his competitiveness as they were up by 26-reversed for completion (1:50 4th). In the 2011 Florida game he had a few big hits and good run supports in 1st half with the best being a diving tackle on QB Trey Burton after avoiding WR block on read option for short gain which he ended by smack talking (0:45 2nd), amazing int in end zone on 47 yd 9 route attempt vs. WR Andre Debose who didn’t have any separation essentially making it a jump ball which he dominated (12:10 4th). He has officially moved up to #2 on my Big Board only behind Andrew Luck as he is the greatest CB I have ever graded, at this point slightly ahead of Champ Bailey who I graded about a decade ago 10/05/11. In the 2011 Ole Miss game got called for PF on late hit out of bounds on KR coverage. He plays the game with a lot of mouth and is constantly on the edge with it sometimes coming back to bite his team. Came back the very next play with an aggressive pbu showing how it didn’t affect him at all. In the 2011 Arkansas game he had a 92 yd PR for a TD finally showing the elite PR ability the coaches said he had but that he had yet to display in a game. Also had a huge FF on RB Dennis Johnson who outweighed him by at least 30 lbs as it set up a late TD drive to give them a 21-14 lead at halftime after being down 14-0, had another great strip this time of the TE with it bouncing up in the air and right into his hands to start his return of about 15 yds-they were already up 24 though by this point (3:36 4th). Nicknamed Honey Badger. Suspended for the Auburn game in 2011 for a positive drug test along with Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon. Got burned twice deep by Da’Rick Rogers of Tennessee. In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he had a 62 yd PR for a TD helping to bring them back from 10-0 down (5:50 2nd), recovered fumble of Murray’s setting up TD and 14-10 lead, had a +40 yd PR in 3rd Q that was actually more impressive as he juked or broke the arm tackles of at least 6 guys. Listed as the #20 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #44 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season.

Overall: While most scouts agree with Mike Mayock’s assessment of Mathieu as a slot cornerback who is a 3rd-4th round guy I have a VERY different opinion of the man known as the Honey Badger. On 10/5/11 I wrote, “he is the greatest CB I have ever graded, at this point slightly ahead of Champ Bailey who I graded about a decade ago.” While I have to take into account his suspension and dismissal from the LSU program that kept him from playing in 2012 I also can’t forget how special I thought he was in 2011. From everything I’ve read about Mathieu’s attempt to comeback to football I take it that he learned his lesson, is less cocky of a person, and has cut marijuana out of his life. I think he is a player that could have some issues off the field down the road yet I sincerely believe they will not be drug related. On the field he’s short (5’8 ¾) and has only average long speed (4.50) yet he has the best instincts of any DB I’ve ever graded (he’s a CB but the player I’m most reminded of when watching him is Ed Reed), has the best ball skills of any DB I’ve ever graded, has a knack for causing fumbles due to his incredibly strong hands that remind me of Charles Tillman in some ways, is a demon on special teams as a gunner (aspect of his that no one is talking about), is an electric punt returner (5th in nation in PR average in 2011, 2nd in nation with 2 TDs), is a hard hitter who is aggressive in run support and as a blitzer (where he compares to Antoine Winfield in my eyes), and is loved by his coaches and teammates. This last part is important as a team isn’t drafting a selfish jerk that no one liked but is drafting a guy everyone loved but had to discipline due to his drug issues. Those appear to be resolved and while it still hurts his draft grade it will be dropping him from the Top 10 grade I had on him before the dismissal and puts him as a Top 20 grade which is far higher than I’ve seen him on any other scouts board. Top 20 as my #3 CB 3/30/13.

4. Desmond Trufant Washington #6 5’11 5/8 190 Sr.

Comparison: Jenoris Jenkins mixed with Patrick Robinson

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-great cov and PBU vs. Aaron Mellette, mugged Markus Wheaton. 11×11-tight cov on Aaron Dobson’s curl but complete. He was the best CB on day 1. Day 2: No separation vs. Chris Harper for INC, beat off line by Harper yet recovered decently, tight cov vs. Alec Lemon on curl for INC, beat deep by Wheaton being too aggressive with jam at LOS. Day 4: Very impressive recovery on curl vs. Dobson for PBU-initially looked beat, tight cov on slant vs. Dobson but was snatched for tough catch, beat slightly by nice route of Wheaton but recovered well for PBU on poor throw-beat on good one (great feet, hips, and confidence). In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at CB, had a tackle at end of +80 yd KR-facemask but still showed hustle, aggressive first the run, gave 10 yd cross to Conner Vernon but ball skipped to WR for INC.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

36

1

4.5

1

8

1

0

2011

64

0.5

0.5

2

14

2

0

2010

48

0.5

1.5

0

4

1

0

2009

47

0

2

0

6

2

0

Combine: Had the 2nd best shuttle (3.85) on what was an incredible time. He also had an elite 40 (4.38) so the Combine treated him well. High in backpedal but very fast in turn and run drill. 2nd time he was quick footed but I really hate his technique in turn and run drill. All over the place in hips drill. High backpedal but elite burst in backpedal and run to sideline drill.   

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5115

190

31.25

 

4.38

16

37.5

1005

3.85

 

Notes: In the 2011 Stanford game he dropped an easy INT on fade miscommunication showing very poor hands (7:22 1st), showed good speed chasing on 70 yd TD by RB Stepfan Taylor as he was gaining on him but had started too far from play, easily tackled WR Chris Owusu on 0 route for 1 yd, beat by Whalen for 10 yds on quick slant, plenty of separation vs. Owusu for 10 yd curl on 3rd and 4, good job getting off OL block but showed poor strength slapping at RB in trailing position allowing easy TD run to his side (9:20 4th). The kid has NFL athleticism and wasn’t bad in the game but I was disappointed with the easy dropped INT and his lack of shutdown ability against a very average WR corp 11/23/11. In the 2012 Stanford game he had a solid game ending with a great play on sideline for INT on overthrown ball to secure victory-was 4th down so could have just batted it down but still great ball skills. In the 2012 Cal game he had perfect cov vs. WR Chris Harper but amazing catch allowed +20 yds gainer-one handed back shoulder catch, good instincts sniffing out WR screen and slipping WR block to almost get INT on deflected ball-would have had easy tackle if caught, good cov yet again gave up an amazing catch this time on a back shoulder fade diving catch-neither his fault. In the 2012 Boise St. game he allowed 15 yd comeback to WR Matt Miller, great athleticism on PBU jumping high on underthrown post to bat it away like a volleyballer, didn’t make tackle on WR screen but disrupted it by getting past blocker to ruin play, beat on +10 yd curl late in game to set up game winning FG. In the 2012 Oregon game he had nice PBU on 1st play of game showing good burst and ball skills, easily blocked by WR on long QB run-didn’t show good effort or strength, great PBU on slant with it being INT by teammate, quick tackle on 6 yd hitch, strong TFL on 0 route in front of him, gave up 34 yd TD to WR Josh Huff on comeback and then YAC with him being stiff armed near goal line, perfect cov on 9 route vs. D’Anthony Thomas for INC-incredibly quick footed, very physical on 0 route in front of him for 3 yd tackle. This was the best game I’ve seen of him as he still looked weak and lacked physicality but he was fast, had great ball skills, and looked elite in coverage.

Overall: Desmond Trufant scares me. He has all the talent in the world and has the ability to become one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL but he still scares me. With very good height (5’11 5/8), good weight (190), elite straight line speed (4.38), and elite short area quickness (3.85 shuttle) he has everything you want in a CB and at the Senior Bowl he was the best CB there showing not just talent but a cockiness to him that coaches and scouts loved. Yet in 4 years as a starter he only picked off 6 passes, he ended his senior year with fewer tackles than any of his 3 previous years, and his career can best be described by one word: inconsistent. In the 2012 Oregon game he was spectacular and it should come as no surprise as they were the #2 team in the country that week and it was the biggest game of the year for the Huskies. In other games though he wasn’t nearly as good and often times it was against the less talented teams that he laid an egg. In a lot of ways he reminds me of Janoris Jenkins as he’s quick footed, feisty, and has the agility and hips to play man to man coverage all day long against even the best athletes. Yet in other ways he reminds me of Patrick Robinson when he came out of Florida State as both are immensely talented prospects that never really dominated the collegiate level and were drafted off upside. Trufant’s upside is as a true #1 CB with All-Pro potential yet why was he only honorable mention Pac-12 as a junior when he has that kind of talent? While everyone is loving Trufant’s offseason (dominated the Senior Bowl and had a great Combine) I still remember the countless games the past few seasons when Trufant either was invisible or disappointed. I see the potential of him being a Pro Bowl caliber, lock down CB but I also see him as being a risky pick. As a boom/bust pick with great upside he’s a late 1st rounder as my #4 CB 4/20/13.

5. Darius Slay Mississippi St. #9 5’11 7/8 192 Sr.

Comparison: Chris Gamble

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

40

0

1

0

6

5

1

2011

24

0

1

1

4

1

1

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: He had a spectacular 40 (4.36) to go with good size (5’11 7/8 192) but was only above average in the explosion drills and below average in the quickness drills. Very good hips then a great leaping catch in hips drill-outstanding. Very good hips and explosion in backpedal and run to sideline drill. Very good hands in team catch drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5117

192

32.25

 

4.36

14

35.5

1004

4.21

6.9

Notes: JUCO All American. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had a very strong tackle on RB Dennis Johnson-stopped him in his tracks (4:08 2nd), good jam and turn cov on 9 route for INC, good cov on WR Cobi Hamilton but 20 yds given up on back shoulder sideline catch, great jam on Cobi causing him to break off route and pick off pass-good jam, great awareness, and good ball skills (12:45 4th). 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Northwestern game he was quiet as with Banks out they attacked the #3 CB regularly. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he looked tall and long with a very NFL look, very good PBU as was covering sideline receiver and broke off to play like safety to knock ball away on post saving TD-great ball skills and instincts, great cov on back shoulder throw getting hand on ball for PBU-WR almost caught it on bounce but OOB. In the 2012 Alabama game he had good strength at POA on WR screen forcing 2 yd loss, great cov on WR Amari Cooper for PBU on deep out-should have been INT but bobbled and dropped. In the 2012 Auburn game he had a nice pick on post in end zone with great cov vs. WR Emory Blake-returned it 30 yds too.

Overall: Darius has been one of the fastest risers up draft boards this spring and it’s pretty easy to pinpoint when it occurred. At the Combine he ran a 4.36 40 which at basically 6’0 190 is rare straight line speed for a guy his size. Add to that 2 seasons of good tape (I thought he was underrated all of 2012) that showed strength, ball skills, and instincts and you have yourself a fast riser. My one concern is that he isn’t the quickest player and while I love his hands I question whether he can play tight man coverage in a backpedal and think his best bet will be in a press zone style. Overall though I really like Darius as he’s big, strong, fast, and has good ball skills. If he had better quickness and hips I’d have a mid 1st grade on him but as such he’s still a late 1st rounder as my #5 CB 4/17/13.

6. Jamar Taylor Boise St. #5 5’10 5/8 192 Sr.

Comparison: Brandon Flowers

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-tight cov and PBU vs. Aaron Mellette, huge cushion vs. Marquise Goodwin allowed easy slant. He was the 3rd best CB on day 1. Day 2: No separation vs. Markus Wheaton with PBU, jammed Goodwin well at LOS for no route, no separation (late contact downfield though) on double move vs. Denard Robinson, beat by pure speed vs. Wheaton on 9 route for should be TD-surprised me how much slower he was than Wheaton, had illegal contact but still read out and up well and perfect cov, beat by Wheaton on quick turnaround-just not as quick or straight line fast as he is. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he didn’t play.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

51

2.5

3.5

3

9

4

0

2011

27

0.5

2

0

6

2

1

2010

29

1

2.5

3

2

0

0

2009

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

19

0

1

0

1

1

0

Combine: Very short arms (30 ¾) but a great 40 (4.39) and great shuttle (4.06). False start in 40. Good in hips drill. Good hips and then a great burst in backpedal and run to sideline drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5105

192

30.75

 

4.39

22

35

1007

4.06

6.82

Notes: In the 2011 Georgia game had a very nice tackle in flat on RB Isaiah Crowell attacking him and showing perfect form (0:13 2nd), nice job on blitz avoiding LT Cordy Glenn’s cutblock for 5 sec sack (8:01 3rd), blown by vs. WR Malcolm Mitchell for 51 yd TD showing inferior speed to the burner (10:18 4th). In the 2012 Michigan St. game he was beat on 15 yd slant but when WR bobbled it he came up with it for weird INT (6:32 1st), perfect cov on 9 route for PBU and almost extended hands INT-he played the ball better than the WR, tight cov on sideline route for INC. In the 2012 BYU game he had a nice TFL on an outside run at him, had INT in red zone-thrown to no one but caught it, good speed on blitz getting to QB on scramble away from him for sack and FF-TO, good tackle on power RB-borderline horse collar tackle but still showed good strength on run at him. In the 2012 Nevada game he had big hit on sack going unblocked up middle from CB spot (1:37 2nd), was avoided most of the game and when thrown at I didn’t see one completed-did have tight cov on 9 route but called for PI (bad call). Top 4 round CB at minimum-really want to see him in drills 12/10/12. 1st Team Mountain West in 2012. In the 2012 Washington game he read the back shoulder throw better than WR did on sideline route making a very nice INT with great body control (11:30 2nd), strong tackle on 0 route for very short gain, elite diving PBU on short out for TO on 4th and 5, beat on short curl but had diving PBU out of nowhere-impressive recovery. He impressed me again and looks like a 2nd round caliber player with the chance to be a late 1st if he runs well 12/22/12.

Overall: A physical, feisty CB with decent size, good long speed (timed a 4.39 but doesn’t play that fast), and good ball skills. Jamar is a future #2 CB who has no holes in his game but is a bit of a one year wonder as only in his senior season did he have a large impact. My favorite thing about him is his toughness as whether it’s jamming a WR at the line of scrimmage or coming up to support the run (6 career FF is elite for a CB) he is a very physical player. I love the kid’s personality but he was beat deep too often (again he doesn’t play like a 4.39 guy), has very short arms (30 ¾), and only looked like a top level prospect for 1 season. Due to these factors he barely doesn’t make the 1st round but he’s still a guy I really like and think he’ll be a quality #2 CB for a team for a long time. Early 2nd round as my #6 CB 4/20/13.

7. Johnthan Banks Mississippi St. #13 6’2 185 Sr.

Comparison: Slower Morris Claiborne

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

63

0

2

1

7

4

0

2011

71

3

8

3

9

5

1

2010

54

1

1.5

1

7

3

0

2009

33

0

0

0

3

4

2

Combine: Had the longest arms of any of the 60 DBs (33.88)! Had a terrible 40 though (4.61) which really surprised me. He is rail thin and could easily add 20 lbs over time. Beat for 57 yd TD vs. Alabama. Started FS as a freshman. Double caught one but perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6020

185

33.88

 

4.61

10

34

1005

4.27

6.97

Notes: In the 2011 LSU game had a great strip of TE Mitch Joseph and then an even more impressive int on the bobbled ball before it touched the ground-overturned as the TE for a split second had his knee down (9:50 1st), good pbu on WR Reuben Randle allowing no separation on 6 yd curl on 3rd and 4 to force punt (11:50 3rd), good catch on int that was horribly thrown right to him but still had to make the adjustment off the WR and make a semi-tough hands catch over his head (10:10 4th). A highly underrated CB who was avoided by LSU much of the game and clearly outplayed WR Reuben Randle in coverage. A definite sleeper 9/19/11. In the 2011 Wake Forest game he had solid tackle for loss on CB blitz showing aggressiveness though he did get knocked hard on tackle-smaller guy but at least he isn’t afraid, blocked the entire time by WR on 14 yd TD run right at him-he’s a great cover guy and aggressive against the run but is pretty weak, good recovery and +10 yd return of blocked FG (13:11 2nd), beat for a step or two on 9 route with safety help but thrown out of bounds, okay getting off WR block this time for 5 yd tackle, missed QB in kill zone on CB blitz going unblocked, lots of separation on 12 yd curl, separation on 11 yd out but dropped by WR, great TFL coming from other side of field on shallow cross hitting him immediately for -1 yd (4:12 4th). He allowed a few plays late in the game when they were playing off coverage but overall was rarely tested and looked tall and fast. I did notice a lack of strength on him that could be a factor in the NFL but I still really like the kid. 3rd round 1/4/12. In the 2012 Auburn game he had a pick on an overthrown ball then had a nice return for a pick 6 if not for stepping out of bounds barely 20 yds earlier-has good height and speed but his rail thin frame still worries me (6:46 2nd), outstanding INT a few plays later this time on overthrown ball that forced him to jump high for the ball and get extended hands catch-great ball skills but also great instincts as he read QBs eyes and broke off his man on 9 route to undercut out route in front of him (2:36 2nd). Listed as the #53 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #39 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he got off WR block for solid hit on QB Johnny Manziel at goal line to save TD, strong tackle on big WR on dump off, they blitzed him off edge a lot-mildly effective. In the 2012 Alabama game he was beat by WR Kenny Bell by 3 yds on post for 57 yd TD-hit WR in stride, tweaked knee week before and didn’t look 100% on that play. In the 2012 Arkansas game he didn’t show a great burst on 5 yd out in zone vs. WR Cobi Hamilton, +20 yd PR making first man miss then spinning away from another tackler-not bad. 1st team SEC in 2012. Jim Thorpe Award winner in 2012. In the 2012 Northwestern game he went out in 1st half with knee laceration and didn’t return.

Overall: For a 4 year starter who has 16 career INTs and is the reigning Jim Thorpe award winner Johnthan is a pretty difficult player to grade. Going into the Combine I had one major issue with him: strength. At 6’2 185 he’s rail thin and in college he had struggles with bigger WRs or in run support which means he will need to gain weight or else he will be a liability in this regard. Yet at the Combine he raised another red flag by running a 4.61 40. I never had a Top 10 or mid 1st round grade on him like others did (highest he got was #39 on my Big Board midway through 2012 season) and I’m not as high on Combine numbers as others are so it’s not changing my grade on him tremendously yet it does add doubt about whether he’s really an elite player. To me he’s similar to Morris Claiborne in that they both are thin, long armed cornerbacks with elite ball skills yet lack great speed. That being said even Claiborne ran a 4.50 40 so Johnthan is more of a poor man’s Claiborne. With 16 career INTs and 4 years as a starter in the SEC there is only so much a 40 can hurt the player and I still expect him to be a good #2 CB for a team. I never bought into him as a lock down type player so his Combine isn’t as shocking for me. 2nd round as my #7 CB 3/30/13.

8. Blidi Wreh-Wilson Connecticut #5 6’0 ¾ 195 Sr.

Comparison: Brandon Carr

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-tight cov vs. Markus Wheaton-completed, blown by vs. Marquise Goodwin on 9 route. Day 2: Held blatantly yet still allowed tight catch vs. Alec Lemon, turned around by Denard Robinson for easy comp, beat on 9 route by Aaron Melette for TD on 9 route. Day 4: Beat off LOS by Robinson yet covered post corner well for PBU at end-got his head around with nice ball skills, beat easily by Goodwin on slant, turned around by Goodwin on curl. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at CB, gave 6 yd hitch to Tavarres King-good burst from off cov though, juked by King on 0 route for +12 yds, tight cov on Russell Shephard for PBU, perfect cov on Tavarres King for PBU-last two PBUs by him couldn’t have been better covered, tight cov and near PBU but Conner Vernon got 15 yd out barely.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

46

0

0

0

9

1

0

2011

37

0.5

2

0

7

2

0

2010

57

0

1

0

5

4

2

2009

40

0

0

0

6

1

0

Combine: Not fast (4.53) and short arms (’32) for his height (6’0 ¾) both hurting his value as a physical, press CB. Very good in turn and run drill. Tripped the 2nd time in turn and run drill. Good in out and up drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6006

195

32

 

4.53

14

36

1008

4.12

6.97

Notes: In the 2012 Pittsburgh game he had good cov vs. WR Devin Street for PBU on short hitch-forced punt. In the 2012 Syracuse game he played a lot of press man island cov. In the 2012 Louisville game he had solid tackle on dump off in front of him, perfect cov for PBU on comeback, beat on slant-WR had a step, diving PBU-near INT on play where he was more a safety than a CB, jumped route for easy INT but just dropped it-great instincts though leaving his man on sideline route to jump inside route in front of him (route recognition), good toughness submarining pulling OG to ruin run play, gave a step to WR on 9 route but OOB for INC-good cov overall and liked his technique, perfect cov on 9 route for PBU, perfect cov on 9 route but poor ball skills barely trying for INT despite being in position on overthrow, perfect cov on fade and this time did go for INT getting it due to his perfect position.

Overall: Blidi is a tall, press CB with great hips for his size and the quickness and burst to be a starting CB. If he had better hands and had a little bit better deep speed he’d be a mid 1st rounder as the kid can play and was one of the best CBs in the nation last year. His teammate Dwayne Gratz was picked on regularly due to Blidi’s dominance as his combination of size, technique, and quickness is rare and screams #1 CB. Yet there have been too many times I’ve seen him drop easy INTs or not even go for the ball (seeks the bat down and not the catch) and combine that with his below average deep speed (4.53 40) and there’s no way you can argue he’s a 1st rounder. As such he’s an extremely talented player with two red flags (deep speed, ball skills) but ones that you can work around and still allow him to be a very good #2 CB. One of the better CBs in this draft and very close to being a top level prospect. 2nd round as my #8 CB 4/21/13.

9. David Amerson North Carolina St. #1 6’1 205 Jr.

Comparison: Chris Cook with better ball skills

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

61

0

1

0

12

5

1

2011

59

0

1.5

0

5

13

2

2010

57

0

0.5

1

0

0

0

Combine: Tall (6’1) with long arms (32.63) and a very good 40 (4.44) makes him a unique physical talent. He has Top 10 measurables with his vert and broad being above average. He had a terrible Tennessee and Miami game. Had a 4.38 40 unofficial. Tall and tight in turn and run drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6010

205

32.63

 

4.44

15

35.5

1007

 

 

 

Notes: A tall, lanky kid with long arms and elite ball skills. Was boundary corner in 2010 and moved to field corner in 2011. Led the country in INTs in 2011 with 13-more than 63 teams have! Most ints in a season in ACC history, broke Dre Bly’s record. In the 2011 Louisville game he had a spectacular INT on post route he was being shielded by WR on as he jumped and caught the ball in front of the face of the WR then returned it +50 yds for the TD-a spectacular INT and an equally spectacular return (6:40 3rd), nice INT on last play of the game winning the hail mary jump ball again showing his great height, long arms, and elite ball skills (0:41 4th). He has the makings of a future star and 1st round pick 12/27/11. Listed as the #7 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had special teams tackle and FF-recovered by UT, beat by WR Cordarrelle Patterson for 41 yd TD on 9 route-open but also perfect throw, he was beat on 72 yd 9 route for TD by WR Zach Rogers-again it was perfectly thrown but this one wasn’t that close as he was 5 yds way (1:16 1st), showed extremely inferior speed vs. Patterson on 67 yd end around as he had the angle on cut back near the end (wasn’t his fault for start of play) yet still couldn’t close on him for the tackle-clearly has speed issues and looks like more of an elite zone corner who needs safety help (0:43 1st), allowed 7 yd curl in off cov with huge cushion, allowed 15 yd slant to WR Justin Hunter-all of this is occurring in off cov which with his frame doesn’t make sense for them to run, great TFL racing up from off cov spot to flip over RB on very hard tackle (9:01 3rd), gave 10 yd slant to Rogers-low ball that was tough to defend. In the 2012 Miami game he had good cov but allowed 13 yd TD to WR tiptoeing on sideline with perfect pass, beat for 24 yd TD by WR Philip Dorsett-not bad cov but beat for 2 TD in about a 3 minute span, terrible play being offsides on FG attempt giving the offense a first down which resulted in a TD. He’s just having a horrible 2012 season and drops out of the 1st round range 9/29/12. Listed as the #86 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. 2nd team ACC in 2012. In the 2012 Vanderbilt game he had a tackle on the opening kickoff, battled through WR block to almost get TFL on screen but slowed play down, good hit for TFL on end around to him, played off cov the entire game.

Overall: Amerson is my choice for the most difficult player in this draft to grade. In 2011 he led the nation in interceptions with 13 and began the 2012 season as the #7 player on my board and a likely Top 10 choice. Yet he was burned repeatedly in 2012 (was picked apart in the Tennessee and Miami games) and often times didn’t look quick or fast on film. I know some will see his 4.44 40 and say that everything is fine but both Cordarrelle Patterson and Zach Rogers blew past him in the season opener and Miami actively targeted him all game long with speed appearing to be the issue each time. For a player of his size (6’1 205) it shocked me how rarely he was allowed to play press coverage so possibly the issues were simply that he had to play off and in the NFL when he’s given free reign to press he will become a dominant player. It’s anyone’s guess as going into 2012 he was a Top 10 grade and by the end he was a 3rd-4th round grade. If a team feels it was a down year for him or it was an issue with scheme then he could be taken in the late 1st but if they feel he gambled too much in 2012 and doesn’t play as fast as his 40 time suggests then he’s a scheme specific (cover 2 scheme only-needs safety help) CB with a 3rd-4th round grade. It’s a huge risk either way but I feel like his upside is too high to put him any lower than late 2nd round as my #9 CB 3/30/13.

10. DJ Hayden Houston #2 5’11 1/8 191 Sr.

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

61

0

1.5

1

8

4

2

2011

66

1

8

5

11

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Hurt so didn’t work out

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5111

191

 

 

4.40

 

33.5

1000

 

 

 

Notes: A junior college transfer who has NFL potential per coaches. In the 2011 Penn St. game he had a strong hit as QB threw on blind side CB blitz, very good TFL showing speed to get around FB on off tackle run to hit RB for 3 yd loss (13:20 2nd), WR Derek Moye had a step on 9 route but he had strong tackle contributing to pbu-looked more like a drop, elite burst on 5 yd curl by Moye getting pbu that should have been pick 6 but he dropped it (2:20 2nd), great CB blitz again getting there from a long way away getting FF as QB threw but they recovered (3:10 3rd). He looked amazing in this game being the best defender on either side of the ball as he has an elite burst to the ball and was very physical throughout. 4th round 1/3/12. Nearly died in November when he tore a major vein during a practice. In the 2012 UCLA game he allowed hitch but had strong tackle, good cov on back shoulder fade in end zone for INC, great instincts reading back shoulder again and reacting to it but dropped easy INT, gives effort but undersized in run game, good ball skills seeing underthrown ball and reacting well to it for INT, good job punching ball out for FF when tackling WR from behind,

Overall: DJ is a playmaker. With +120 tackles, 6 INT, 6 FF, and 3 defensive TDs the past 2 seasons he has made plays all over the field. His game film is outstanding but with his small school status it surprised me when I saw how high he was on most draft boards. The former sleeper is unknown no more and could possibly go as high as the 2nd round come April. He’s a player with good quickness and hips who can play man coverage but also has the instincts to play zone. His only issue, other than the lower level of competition, is his run stopping ability as he’s 191 lbs but plays more like he’s in the 170’s. He gives good effort but has a lack of strength that worries me and early in his career it likely will keep him from starting. Give him a few seasons though and a team likely will have a tall, fast, instinctive starting CB. Early 3rd round as my #10 CB 4/8/13.

11. Steve Williams Cal #1 5’8 7/8 181 Jr.

Comparison: Josh Robinson

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

79

0

7

1

11

3

0

2011

45

0

1

1

11

2

0

2010

26

1

1

1

4

1

0

Combine: Very good 40 (4.42) but looked very small. His unofficial was 4.25 and looked more like that than the 4.42-he smoked it. In simulcast with Marquise Goodwin he looked like a 4.30. Jeff Tedford said he’s a great athlete and could be a steal. Very good in turn and run drill. Maybe the best in turn and run drill in 2nd group. Very poor ball skills in out and up drill. Dropped 2 in team catch drill and had poor hands throughout.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5087

181

30.5

 

4.42

12

40.5

1008

4.1

6.89

Notes: . In the 2011 USC game was beat on 32 yd fade having good coverage on WR Marquise Lee but perfect throw (13:13 1st), perfect coverage on 9 route vs. Lee with pbu in end zone (0:05 1st). In the 2011 Stanford game he missed tackle on 0 route in space allowing 13 yds, blocked easily by WR 15 yds downfield allowing easy TD run right by him, jumped route in flat when WR fell down on slick field and had pick 6 vs. Luck returning it +40 yds-block in back negated pick 6 but not INT (6:44 1st), beat on 9 route but thrown out of bounds, beat on fade for 15 yd TD but WR dropped perfect pass. In the 2012 Washington St. game he showed great speed getting to overthrown 9 route for INT in back of end zone, beat on 9 route by WR Marquess Wilson but had good attempted strip on way down, gave up 7 yd slant, played off cov much of the game and when in press he just shadowed and never attempted to really press the WR, nice PBU on slant vs. Wilson, elite PBU on post having enough speed to race around WR to bat it down, beat by Wilson on back shoulder throw, great PBU on slant in end zone vs. Wilson, had chance at blow up of WR and made weak tackle instead-not physical at all. He lost a few but won most battles with Marquess Wilson and overall looked extremely fast and athletic. He’s a smaller CB but I liked what I saw from him.

Overall: Steve was one of the more underrated CBs in this draft yet that flew out the window when he ran an unofficial 4.25 40. The NFL screwed him over by adjusting it to an official 4.42 but on simulcast he was neck and neck with Marquise Goodwin who ran a 4.27 so at worst he showed he had low 4.3 speed. That’s a valuable attribute to have and should get Williams drafted in the late 2nd-early 4th round range yet he isn’t just a speed guy as he had 22 PBUs and 5 INTs the past two seasons and last year had 79 tackles which is more than any other CB in 2012 that I could find in my CB rankings. He’s undersized and isn’t that physical but he’s a legit 4.3 burner and always finds himself around the action. With good quickness he could play either inside or outside for a team but I think he’d be best on the outside against speedier receivers like Steve Smith, Kendall Wright, or DeSean Jackson where his great long speed would be of the most value to him. I like Steve as a prospect and have him as an early 3rd rounder as my #11 CB 4/13/13.

12. Robert Alford Southeastern Louisiana 5’10 1/8 188 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Tight cov on Quinton Patton and strong tackle at end but still held on for 9 route TD-better catch vs. tight cov, too much cushion on short out vs. Patton-quick to tackle though, tight cov on slant vs. Patton but caught. Day 2: Too much cushion giving hitch to Tavarres King, slow coming up on quick slant by Patton vs. cushion, very good cov on Cobi Hamilton’s curl for INC, good cov on 9 route vs. Russell Shephard but did hold near end. Day 3: Held all the time but had a solid day. I’m not nearly as high on him as others are yet he looked like a late round guy with potential and great size/burst ratio. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he had +80 yd KR to start gain yet caught from behind by Desmond Trufant, not physical looking getting stiff armed by Marquise Goodwin for 9 yds on 0 route, decent burst but strong hit and near PBU on hitch vs. Markus Wheaton, tight cov for PBU on quick slant by Chris Harper, poor run support going unblocked with run at him and missing Kenjon Barner in space, perfect cov on 15 yd out vs. Harper for PBU, gave 10 yd curl to Denard Robinson but had tight cov and hit him immediately.

Combine: Had an elite vertical (40-5th among 60 DBs), broad (11’00-4th), and 40 (4.39)! Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5101

188

32

 

4.39

17

40

1100

4.23

6.89

Notes: 5th year senior. 1st team Southland Conference in 2012 (2nd team in 2011). Never scouted him until the Senior Bowl. He piqued my interest so much though that I watched some clips of him and the thing that intrigued me the most other than his pure athleticism was his ball skills as he has a true nose for the football. He had a diving one handed INT, an INT off a curl where he shrugged off the wideout’s tackle, a 9 route INT where he raced past WR on overthrow for extended hands catch, etc. He has elite ball skills. Had 7 PBU and 5 INTs in 2011 with 7 PBU and 4 INTs in 2012 as of 11/15/12.

Overall: Usually I’m a big college/big conference type of scout as the success rate on smaller school guys is far worse than the top 4 conference guys yet Alford really intrigues me. At 5’10 188 he has decent size and early on in the Senior Bowl I wasn’t wowed by him but as each day progressed I noticed that every wideout either couldn’t get open or had to make a tough catch in traffic when going against him as he was in the hip pocket of everyone. Then he followed it up with an elite Combine where he was in the Top 10 (among 60 DBs) in the 40 (4th), vertical (6th), broad (4th), and bench press (9th). Alford is a CB with great straight line speed, great ball skills, and a very noticeable burst to the ball that has the makings of a future starting CB once he gains some experience in the NFL as a backup. He also brings punt return skills to the table and appears to be improving every year which bodes well for an NFL team as it insinuates that he has a good work ethic. His only negatives are that he will be a 24 year old rookie, he has mediocre lateral quickness, and his level of competition. I have no major worries about any of those issues but it does drop him out of consideration for the 2nd round. Early 3rd round as one of the best small school prospects in this drat and as my #12 CB 4/18/13.

13. BW Webb William and Mary 5’10 ¼ 184 Sr. 

Comparison: Dwight Bentley

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Perfect cov on post vs. Terrance Williams for PBU, tight cov on 9 route vs. Tavarres King for INC, beat by Terrance on deep in (hold too), #1 CB on Day 1. Day 2: Solid cov vs. Connor Vernon on double move for INC, good jam of Williams but then beat deep-has 4.5 type speed. Day 3: Continued his strong play in the goal line drill. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he backed up at CB, missed tackle on Denard Robinson on 0 route for YAC, 30 yd PR showing good speed and quickness.

Combine: Had one of the most underrated Combines at any position with the best shuttle (3.84-1st among 60 DBs), best vertical (40 ½), and 3rd best broad (11’00). Average 40 though (4.51). Solid in turn and run drill. Even better the 2nd time. Good in hips drill. Good but not explosive in out and up drill. Very quick with nice burst in backpedal and run to sideline drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5102

184

30.25

 

4.51

14

40.5

1100

3.84

6.82

Notes: 1st team All Conference each of past 3 seasons and ends with 9 conference awards to his name including 2012 Special Teams POY as a punt returner.

Overall: With the proliferation of slot receivers and spread out offenses BW Webb is a great case test to determine just how important a slot CB is to an NFL team. With only mediocre height (5’10 ¼), below average weight (184), and below average deep speed (4.51) he likely will never be a starting outside CB but with elite explosion and quickness (1st in vertical jump and shuttle among 60 DBs) he has all the makings of an outstanding slot CB. I love the kid as he has a chip on his shoulder to go with incredibly quick feet and very good ball skills yet I do question just how high I can rank the kid considering he projects as a career #3 CB. With the slot being a specialty position all it’s own now in the NFL I consider it paramount for teams to have a CB with the quickness to play the spot so he’s higher on my board than most have him. 3rd round as my #13 CB who has the makings of a great slot CB 4/20/13.

14. Tharold Simon LSU #24 6’2 202 Jr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

45

0

0

0

9

4

0

2011

42

0

2.5

1

10

2

0

2010

8

0

0

0

3

1

0

Combine: Slightly above average numbers throughout. Ran the hips drill wrong then caught the ball on the ground-very poorly done.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

202

32.75

 

4.51

9

34

1008

 

 

 

Notes: Ranked #91 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. True freshman who played a lot in ’10. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M had poor coverage on 10 yd slant vs. WR Brandal Jackson (8:05 2nd), easy int as WR ran wrong route giving him an uncontested easy catch (4:07 2nd), good hit on 7 yd hitch vs. Brandal Jackson (1:01 2nd), and good coverage on Jeff Fuller 9 route forcing him out of bounds and was step for step with him (13:30 4th). Switched from #26 to #24 for the 2011 season. In the 2011 Oregon game had a good pbu swinging around the WR to break up the play (10:33 1st), easy TFL on WR screen that was thrown too high forcing WR to jump for it (5:10 1st), allowed 7 yd catch but WR dropped the slant partially b/c of his hit (0:50 1st), and had a great int on a deep jump ball that he had an inside angle on but that was still difficult as the WR played DB pretty well (13:57 2nd). In the 2011 Mississippi St. game had perfect coverage with ball hitting him in the chest yet unable to hold on for some reason for pbu (5:09 1st), great coverage on WR Chris Smith who still held on to short slant and actually dragged Simon 3 yds for the first down on 3rd and 18! (7:08 2nd). In the 2011 Arkansas game he had a great pbu on 9 route vs. WR Cobi Hamilton (9:38 4th) and was very tough to pass against the entire game which surprised me a bit as I thought Arkansas’ 4 WRs would take advantage of him. He is looking more and more like a legit NFL CB 11/26/11. In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he was beat a few times in the 1st half but had a great pbu on post vs. WR Malcolm Mitchell going stride for stride and batting perfectly thrown ball away (0:59 2nd), no separation vs. Mitchell on 9 route having perfect coverage and winning jump ball INT (8:10 3rd). Listed as the #66 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Washington game he was beat slightly but got hand in at catch to get PBU, overall he was very good not allowing any major completions 9/11/12. In the 2012 Auburn game he was beat on 9 route for +50 yd but ball dropped by WR Coates, had easy INT on last play when he threw up the hail mary. Listed as the #69 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Arkansas game he got stiff armed by RB Dennis Johnson and fell hard getting knocked out of game early in 1st Q, came back in to get easy INT on 9 route that was underthrown-had to jump for it so I guess not that easy but well underthrown and WR was 5 yds past him not adjusting to ball, took brunt of hit at end of run by Johnson-again!, tight cov on WR Cobi Hamilton yet allowed tough 15 yd slant. In the 2012 Clemson game he had impressive PBU on curl yanking ball out of WR’s hand, beat for +20 yd back shoulder throw vs. WR DeAndre Hopkins despite hold which was called, has very long arms, beat by him for 12 yd TD-tight cov, beat on curl by Hopkins but dropped. He left early for the 2013 NFL Draft which I think is a mistake as right now he’s a 3rd-4th round type guy who doesn’t appear to have the potential to develop into a team’s #1 CB 1/21/13.

Overall: At 6’2 202 Tharold is a big CB with 3 years of experience in the SEC and should be a solid pro. He lacks the pure athleticism to ever develop into a team’s #1 CB and therefore it surprised me that he left school early yet he’s improved 3 straight seasons and I’m very confident that he’ll be a solid CB for some team early in his career and eventually develop into a capable #2 CB. He’s not the sexiest of players as he lacks great speed, big hits, or elite playmaking skills like his former teammates in the LSU secondary but Tharold shouldn’t be underrated. He has the size to press a WR at the line of scrimmage, is physical in his play, and has a team oriented attitude that will allow him to fit in well at the next level. I have a late 3rd round grade on him as my #14 CB but think he will drop on draft day and be a steal for some team 4/13/13.

15. Will Davis Utah State #17 5’11 ¼ 186 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-struggled vs. Aaron Dobson. Day 2: Easily beat by Dobson then when underthrown he didn’t find ball in air, easily beat by Marquise Goodwin, good initial jam then showed lack of quickness vs. Markus Wheaton allowing easy slant, beat badly on double move vs. Denard Robinson for TD on 9 route. Day 4: Beat slightly but overall handled Aaron Mellette’s no route very well, beat slightly by Alex Lemon on double move but poorly thrown ball, 11×11-beat by Aaron Mellette on 9 route for +40 yd gain. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he had a great break to a ball for PBU on Russell Shephard, good hands catching deflected pass for INT and taking it +30 yds back on return.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

64

0

4.5

0

17

5

1

2011

35

0

3.5

0

6

0

0

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: He looked quick on film and it showed as he was 3rd among 60 DBs in the shuttle (4.02) and 1st in the 3 cone (6.52). Juco 2 years. Good in hip drill and highpointed ball showing good ball skills and hands. Great catch on tough ball away but dropped another tough ball in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5112

186

31.5

 

4.51

16

35.5

1007

4.02

6.52

Notes: Considered their shutdown corner. He doesn’t look 6’0 but more like 5’10. In the 2012 Toledo game he attacked WR on high tackle-aggressive but not the best technique, leads nation in passes defended, had tight cov on out for INC, good speed on blitz off corner but missed in kill zone allowing throw away. In the 2012 Louisiana Tech game he had perfect cov on 9 route vs. Quinton Patton for INC, Patton has gotten into it with him on run plays, missed tackle in open space on RB, tight cov on flea flicker but called for PI, tight cov again on 9 route (not Patton) but called for PI again-dumb as he was in his hip pocket then grabbed at the end, tight cov on curl for INC, perfect cov on 9 route (not Patton) for PBU, played on an island all game long, good INT on poor throw by Colby Cameron-1st INT by Cameron all year, slight separation vs. Patton on 9 route for +30 yds, 5 yd out vs. Patton, great cov for diving PBU on 9 route vs. Patton-great ball skills, 10 yd turn around vs. Patton, perfect cov on 9 route running it for Patton for INC, 8 yd out vs. non-Patton WR, 5 yd out to Patton, 10 yd out to Patton. He was busy all game and gave up his share of yardage but overall had a very good game and had a number of PBUs and an INT.

Overall: Davis is a confident, athletic CB that was the team’s shutdown corner all year long and really rose to the challenge of playing on an island game in and game out. He’s very quick and explosive with his backpedal and hips being NFL caliber yet lacks top deep end speed which makes me think he’ll be a press man CB in the NFL but will need help over the top against the deep speed wideouts as he won’t be able to stay with them downfield. I like him though as he has a well rounded game that makes him able to play in any scheme and his senior year gave him the confidence to battle with wideouts that most college players don’t have yet. He’s a very underrated player that I think could surprise some people by how quickly he sees the field as a rookie. Late 3rd round as my #15 CB 4/21/13.

16. Jordan Poyer Oregon St. #14 5’11 7/8 191 Sr.

Comparison: Less athletic but slightly bigger Kyle Wilson

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-tight cov then blatant hold vs. Markus Wheaton, beat inside vs. Aaron Dobson but recovered for PBU. He was the 2nd best CB on day 1. Day 2: Tight cov on curl vs. Marquise Goodwin but great throw for comp, surprisingly gave slight separation on curl vs. Aaron Melette, great instincts and quickness breaking on Goodwin’s out for near diving INT-amazing break out of pedal. 11×11-great instincts falling back for near jumping INT on deeper out. Day 4: Blatant hold on Chris Harper, solid cov vs. Denard Robinson but allowed sliding catch, good jam on Denard but beat inside on slant. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he had perfect cov on 9 route vs. Cobi Hamilton for PBU-should have been INT, easy tackle on 0 route vs. Hamilton, tight cov barely missing PBU and allowing 9 yd out to Terrance Williams, great burst to ball for PBU on Hamilton’s slant which turned into deflected INT for teammate.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

50

2

5

1

7

7

1

2011

57

0

0.5

0

12

4

1

2010

34

1

1.5

1

4

2

1

2009

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Ran a time (4.54) that fit what he showed on tape. Had the 2nd worst vertical (30.5) of any of the 60 DBs and overall had a poor Combine. He looked incredibly nervous for his 40.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5117

191

31.75

 

4.54

8

30.5

910

4.18

6.87

Notes: In the 2011 Wisconsin game was stride for stride with Nick Toon on post with great pbu (11:00 1st). Former walk on. In the 2012 Utah game he was beat for a +30 yd out and up on first play of game, impressive run stuffing skills stacking WR in slot and then dive tackling WR on end around when he came his side (5:46 3rd), doesn’t have quick twitch and might be better at FS, got into it with WR after the play. In the 2012 Arkansas St. game he hit RB hard on dump off for FF. 1st team Pac-12 and All American in 2012. In the 2012 Texas game he was impressive avoiding WR crack block then getting away from OL block for tackle on screen-good strength and tenacity, beat on 9 route by WR Mike Davis for TD but overthrown, very impressive tackle in open space on scrambling QB jump tackling him and then flipping him around viciously-he seems like a safety to me, huge hit on RB on dump off. I love the kid as a zone corner or as a FS with FS being my first choice due to his lack of speed. He looks like a mid to high 4.5 type guy but I still am intrigued. 5th round 1/16/13.

Overall: Poyer is the classic player that will be better in college than the pros. In 2012 he was an All-American and anyone who watched him play will vouch for him as he’s tough, physical, and makes every play that he can get his hands on. He has great ball skills to go with good technique, good route awareness (often see him running the route for the WR), and is one of the better run stuffing CBs in this draft class. Yet he has below average arm length, isn’t that quick, and has poor deep speed which all makes him either a scheme specific CB (cover 2) or forces him to move to FS. For now I’m leaving him at CB as I think in the right scheme that probably is his best fit but moving him to FS would allow more teams to be interested in him and probably would be where his best value is. Either way the consensus All-American is little more than a mid round pick due to his very mediocre athleticism. He’s so smart and savvy I think he’ll overcome it but I don’t think Poyer projects as a starter at the next level despite how good his tape was this year. Early 4th round as my #16 CB 4/21/13.

17. Johnny Adams Michigan St. #5 5’10 ¼ 185 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

35

1

3

0

7

3

0

2011

51

3

4

0

6

3

1

2010

50

0

2

1

7

3

0

2009

RS

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008

21

0

2

0

4

2

1

Combine: Started 40 games. 1st team Big 10 in 2012. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5102

185

 

 

4.48

16

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Michigan game he had perfect coverage and a pbu on 15 yd out (4:13 1st), very good coverage on quick slant to WR Roy Roundtree but couldn’t tackle him allowing 23 yds of YAC for the TD to get them back in the game (9:50 4th), very tight coverage again this time on 10 yd cross vs. WR Jeremy Gallon barely allowing completion as there was no room, impressive speed on 3 sec sack off the edge on 4th and 1 when they used play action to try a shot at the end zone (6:20 4th), beat bad on 10 yd out by Gallon and had poor missed tackle allowing +20 YAC (4:35 4th), beat on 9 route by Gallon but ball underthrown allowing him to look like he had perfect coverage and get pbu (4:05 4th). For a guy that was beat twice for big gains due to poor tackling I still like him a lot as he is tall, quick, and fast. He clearly has the coaches trust going one on one on islands much of the game vs. Michigan’s very good group of WRs and I think he is a future top 5 round prospect 10/21/11. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had a great TFL off the edge showing strength most CBs don’t have to stay off an attempted block-could be a great blitzer at next level, right next to WR but held his arm for PI and TD on 37yd pass-too aggressive, elite speed closing gap on QB Everett Golston on broken play for TFL-it surprised me how fast he looked there, good cov with PBU but again too aggressive for PI-in position but reacted poorly, stiff armed to ground by RB Cierre Wood at end of +20 yd run. In the 2012 Boise St. game he had good speed on corner blitz with a big hit on QB right after he threw, beat on release by WR Matt Miller for 40 yd gain-caught back up to him showing superior speed but beat at line and couldn’t locate ball in time, 6 yd TFL on CB blitz getting to RB at handoff. He missed TCU game (bowl) due to turf toe.

Overall: Johnny is another player who flashed early round talent at times in his career yet never put it all together. With 11 career INTs and 2 seasons of +50 tackles he was definitely a productive player but ended his career with some injuries and was just too inconsistent from game to game. While he settles out as a mid round guy there is still a lot to like about him as he’s experienced, is a great blitzer, is a hard worker, and has decent ball skills. He is a little too aggressive at times in coverage though so I expect PIs to be called regularly on him and he just too often was beat in college despite being one of the more talented players on the field. I expect him to be an underachieving, inconsistent #3 CB for some team but one who has starter talent so can’t be dropped any lower than where I have him at. 4th round as my #17 CB 4/8/13.

18. Brandon McGee Miami #21 5’11 193 Sr.

Comparison: Less athletic Stanford Routt

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

54

1

4

0

7

2

0

2011

38

1

2.5

0

2

1

0

2010

15

0

0

0

2

0

0

2009

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Very thin despite being 193. Very quick in turn and run drill. Dove head first for ball in drill-great effort. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5110

193

 

 

4.4

14

33.5

911

4.18

6.71

Notes: #62 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Maryland game was stride for stride on 9 route with Kenny Dorsey showing perfect technique for incompletion (8:20 3rd) and beat on 9 route to Dorsey for 52 yd catch to setup game winner for them (3:22 4th). In the 2012 North Carolina St. game he had stripped FF on WR trying to move the pile for a first down, had PBU on possible TD pass but hung in air and should have been INT, beat on +50 yd 9 route letting WR get wide open. In the 2012 Florida State game he looked small and was easily run at-though is feisty so at least he has competitiveness, great speed as a gunner getting down so quick on punt he forced a muff, missed tackle in open field vs. QB EJ Manuel, great discipline seeing naked bootleg and sacking QB-FF but bounced right back to Manuel so didn’t count statistically, great work as a gunner again this time forcing fair catch-elite deep speed, he was their boundary corner and showed good tenacity and elite deep speed. I didn’t like his instincts though and with only 3 INTs in his 2 seasons as a starter he’s hardly a ballhawk.

Overall: McGee has all the physical skills to be a starting CB in the NFL. At 5’11 193 he has a good frame, with 4.40 speed (plays even faster really) he has good long speed, and with a 4.18 shuttle he has solid quickness. Yet in 2 seasons as a starter at Miami all of those skills amounted to very little. He reminds me a little of Stanford Routt in that he’s a great physical specimen but lacks the ball skills and instincts to do anything with that athleticism. I like McGee as a mid round guy as a team could stash him away as their #4 CB, get solid time out of him, and try and hope he’s a late bloomer and his playmaking abilities come later in life. They rarely do though and I’ve always been an advocate of the Nick Saban/Jimmy Johnson school of thought that your DBs all need ball skills so he’s hardly my favorite player. Yet due to his potential to develop into a starter down the road I can’t push him farther down than the 4th round as my #18 CB 4/13/13.

19. Rod Sweeting Georgia Tech #6 6’0 181 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

58

1

6

0

7

1

0

2011

56

0

3

2

10

3

1

2010

38

0

1

0

7

1

0

2009

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: A great 40 (4.42) really helped his stock but I always questioned his quickness and he didn’t even participate in those drills which is a red flag for sure. Good in hips drill- a little tight but pretty good overall. Dropped 1 in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5112

189

31.25

 

4.42

11

37

1004

 

 

Notes: Big CB who I noticed multiple times in the ’10 Independence Bowl vs. Air Force as he filled the run very well. Against Air Force the run support is about all you can scout but he looked tall, strong, and fast and might be a prospect in the future 12/27/10. In the 2011 Utah game he had great coverage and pbu on +40 yd post hitting ball with perfect technique (12:38 1st). He never again was thrown at showing that Utah is a run oriented team and they respected his coverage. In the 2011 North Carolina game had perfect coverage on 9 route vs. Jheranie Boyd for inc (4:50 1st), great run recognition getting off WR block for -3 TFL on quality RB Giovanni Bernard (14:00 2nd), allowed quick slant for 5 yds vs. WR Dwight Jones but couldn’t tackle him before he made 7 1/2 on 3rd and 8-barely forcing punt, very nice hit vs. Jones on shallow cross decleating him-stupidly called a personal foul (8:40 3rd), missed tackle on Jones 8 yd out with fellow defender cleaning up, had a game changing int playing zone and going away from short receiver to step in front of Jones as middle receiver (12:00 4th). In the 2011 Virginia game he had a huge pick 6 bringing life to his team down 14-0 before then-stepped in front of WR on 12 yd out (8:27 2nd). Listed as the #99 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 USC game he flipped WR Robert Woods on high pass, jumped out route for +10 yd return-took deeper WR then dropped back to get shallow route as was in zone, perfect cov on slant to WR Nelson Agholar for INC-INT if ball not overthrown, 54th collegiate game-school record, in hip pocket on curl for PBU. He played a great game and I continue to think he’s a sleeper as he’s tall, fast (at least in a straight line), and instinctive. He is a bit stiff so he might be more of a zone guy than a man guy but I see a mid round guy. 5th round 1/1/13. In the 2012 Florida St. game he was beat on 20 yd out but WR dropped it-got his hand on WR’s arm but more drop than PBU, overall he had a quiet game as they ran mainly and stayed away from him when they passed-allowed a few short passes.

Overall: Rod is a player that I’ve liked for awhile now. He recently has gained some fame from NFL brass due to a very good week at the East-West Shrine game and an underrated Combine yet he’s been on my radar since 2010 and a mid round guy since 2012. My two issues with him though are ball skills and quickness as at 5’11 ¼ 189 he’s a bigger CB with good straight line speed (4.42) yet he’s a bit tight in the hips, only had 1 INT as a senior, and is at his best when the play is in front of him. He has good instincts and is physical so I think he’s a perfect fit in a zone, cover 2 type scheme but due to his lack of scheme versatility and only 5 career INTs he settles out as a late 4th rounder and my #19 CB 4/13/13.

20. Khalid Wooten Nevada #2 5’11 210 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

53

1

2

1

14

2

1

2011

73

0

1

3

5

4

0

2010

16

0

0

1

1

2

1

2009

15

0

1

0

0

2

0

Combine: Solid in turn and run drill. Average in backpedal and run to sideline drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5110

210

32.75

 

4.53

17

33.5

909

4.18

6.95

Notes: In the ’10 Fight Hunger Bowl vs. BC had a great leaping int where he basically just stole the ball from the WR to seal the game (2:10 4th). Ended ’10 with 2 ints and looked very athletic for a young player. In the 2011 Southern Miss game he had a solid PR catching it cleanly on windy day and juking a few people for 3 yd return, good tackle in open space on 0 route for 2 yds, got the worst of collision with RB who pancaked him-even worse as he is a scat back type, allowed 12 yd slant, walloped on KR falling forward and then hit in the head for fumble that was a TO, quick tackle on WR slant but dragged a bit before tackling him showing lack of size/strength, no separation on 9 route vs. WR Domonique Sullivan, beat for 5 yd slant being shielded from ball by Sullivan-tight coverage though, tight coverage getting hand on quick slant by Sullivan for pbu, missed tackle on RB Tracy Lampley in space in flat. In the 2012 Boise St. game he was the PR, missed tackle on 0 route for YAC, bigger corner who didn’t lose ground to WR Matt Miller despite size (6’3 215), strong hit on QB on scramble and then again on WR throw to QB, missed tackle going for hit on sideline-didn’t use hands at all, miscom with S for 52 yd TD on wide open 9 route-he came up for 0 route fake, perfect cov on curl vs. Miller but he still came up with it-almost PBU/INT and just a great catch, great PBU against Miller this time having great cov and not allowing spectacular catch-battle all night, tight cov on cross for INC. In the 2012 Arizona game he had good cov on sideline route but allowed back shoulder, perfect cov on 9 route for PBU. 7th in the nation in punt return average.

Overall: Wooten is a player that has intrigued me for 3 straight seasons as he’s always been a bigger CB with good ball skills and decent athleticism. When he came into the Combine though he measured in at 5’11 210 which shocked me (I had him at around 190) and makes me think he’s one of the more underrated players in this draft as a guy with that size who has shown the ability to play CB but also has the size to play FS should be very much in demand. He has a similar style of play to Xavier Rhodes just with far less athleticism and a little less length yet while Rhodes is sure to go in the 1st there is a chance Wooten doesn’t even get drafted as the is no buzz on him at this point. He could end up being a huge steal as he made plays in college for 4 straight seasons (2 or more INTS each year, 5 career FF) on defense and was actually one of the better punt returners in the nation in 2012. I like Wooten a lot in a press zone scheme or as a nickel CB that could also be a backup FS for a team. He has great versatility and the more this is used by a team the higher the return will be on Wooten. Huge sleeper as a late 4th round and my #20 CB 4/17/13.

21. Nickell Robey USC #21 5’7 ¼ 169 Jr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

52

0

0.5

1

4

1

1

2011

63

2

3.5

0

9

2

1

2010

48

0

1.5

1

4

4

1

Combine: His 40 (4.53) was poor for his size (169 lbs)-nickel back.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5072

169

29.75

 

4.53

10

37.5

1007

4.09

6.74

Notes: Ranked #149 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. In the 2011 Notre Dame game he was matched up vs. WR Michael Floyd and did very well albeit with safety help over the top the entire game, had a great break on the ball and elite ball skills getting contested ball on quick slant for an outstanding INT (6:45 4th). In the 2012 Stanford game he had perfect cov on 9 route vs. WR Ty Montgomery then got PBU when became jump ball, is PR as well, had PI covering TE Zach Ertz in end zone. In the 2011 UCLA game he had a big hit on 0 route-served up to him but laid a hit too, missed tackle trying to strip RB Johnathan Franklin allowing 1st on 3rd and 13, good cov on 9 route but did faceguard for PBU. 2nd team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he was beat by WR TJ Jones on 10 yd slant, 20 yd slant vs. Jones. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he missed easy tackle on dump off allowing +10 YAC for TD.

Overall: Robey is an interesting diachotomy. On one hand you have a true junior who was a highly regarded recruit out of HS that started 3 straight seasons at a powerhouse school in a top 4 conference and was productive. On the other hand you have a 5’7 170 lb CB with mediocre speed who only has 3 INTs the past two seasons and lacks the size to ever be more than a slot CB. I don’t know why Robey left early as with his dimensions he’s a career role player yet as a #3 CB that specializes in playing the slot he’s actually a great fit as he’s quicker than fast, has good instincts, a great burst to the ball, and is fearless in his play despite his small stature. I have to downgrade him due to the fact that he’ll never be a starter but I actually like Robey as a specialized #3 CB that will excel against slot receivers. Late 4th round as my #21 CB 4/13/13.

22. Greg Reid Florida State 5’8 190 Sr. 

Comparison: Terrell Buckley

Stats: ACC (’09-’11)

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

32

0

1

0

5

2

0

2010

65

0

3

3

14

3

0

2009

23

0

0

0

6

2

1

Combine: Didn’t work out due to injury.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5080

190

29.75

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

Notes: Was dominant in All American practices. Not the high profile player and lacks elite speed or size but has incredible quickness and anticipation. #15 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Had a great hit on Jacory Harris that caused a 31 yard int for a TD in the 38-34 loss in ’09. Intercepted a Max Hall pass and returned it 64 yards for a TD in their 54-28 win over BYU. Dropped an easy interception in their 28-21 loss to Boston College that probably would have changed the outcome yet overall played another very good game. Father was just released from prison before their ’10 bowl game. In the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs South Carolina had a great hit that FF (12:20 1st), a great strip FF on the great Ashlon Jeffrey (9:09 3rd), good pass defense vs. Jeffrey again (6:26 3rd), jumped a route almost picking off a WR screen (2:06 3rd), had a great pass breakup on 4th and 14 to end the game and earned Player of the Game honors. In the 2011 FSU Spring Game he put on a clinic with 5 tackles (1 being a big hit on Bert Reid-3:20 1st), 1 FF (big hit on WR in the flat-5:40 4th), 1 pbu, and 1 pick six for good measure when he jumped a route right before the end of the half (1:20 2nd). Enters the 2011 season ranked #30 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Clemson game he missed tackle on WR Sammy Watkins’s 0 route allowing 20 yds down the sideline (9:10 1st). Almost never noticed him which is a good thing as it showed he was being avoided but he rarely was put on Watkins probably due to the fact the coaching staff knows he couldn’t keep WR Kenny Stills in front of him vs. OU and would have even a harder time vs. Watkins. He’s an elite CB due to his ball skills, PR skills, and tackling ability but he is very scheme specific as he will have to be in a zone, cover 2 type. In the 2011 Florida game he was step for step with WR Andre Debose on 9 route for pbu (14:55 1st), easy INT in flat on horrible decision by QB, had a nice diving INT on another horrible throw and decision (12:58 2nd). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he avoided WR block to tackle WR Ryan Broyles on screen pass but hurt himself limping off the field as he twisted the ankle badly (13:43 1st), allowed 8 yd slant to WR Kenny Stills but showed great burst to ball, beat on 9 route then allowed to catchup on late throw but beat again by Stills this time on jump ball as he had great coverage and was all over him but his lack of height cost him the 38 yd TD which eventually was the game winner (7:01 4th). In the 2011 Notre Dame game he was never matched up against WR Michael Floyd with Rhodes getting the duty then Mike Harris when Rhodes was injured. This continues a pattern that started vs. Clemson when he never matched up against WR Sammy Watkins and is clearly an indication the coaching staff doesn’t trust him against the top wideouts. Transferred to Valdosta State in the offseason prior to the 2012 season (pulled over for tinted windows and found to have suspended license, less than 1 oz of marijuana, and paraphanelia) due to the most recent incident being his 3rd offense and then tore his ACL on a PR in a scrimmage. Listed as the #51 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season.

Overall: Reid has had a similar career path as Tyrann Mathieu as in 2010 he was on top of the world coming off a great season that won him acclaim as one of the top ballhawks in the nation. In 2011 he had a down year showing a lack of speed that combined with his poor size (5’8 190) dropped his draft stock considerably and then he followed it up with an off the field incident in the spring of 2011, a x-fer from Florida State, and then an ACL tear in scrimmage causing him to miss the entire 2012 season. Now he’s a huge question mark as he has great ball skills and instincts but average speed, is terribly undersized, and now has new question marks related to his marijuana use and how he’s recovering from his ACL tear. I still like the kid as at one point he was a late 1st/early 2nd rounder on my board due to his elite ball skills and instincts and while he likely lacks the size to ever be a starting outside CB he should find a home as a #3 CB and a slot specialist. Combine that with his punt return skills and the fact that he has likely been humbled over the past year and I’m quite comfortable giving him a late 4th round grade as my #22 CB 4/20/13.

23. Logan Ryan Rutgers #11 5’11 1/9 191 Jr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

94

0

5

0

17

4

0

2011

67

0.5

5.5

2

13

3

1

2010

9

0

1

0

1

0

0

Combine: Had a poor 40 (4.56), vert (32.5), and broad (9’8) yet a very good shuttle (4.06) making me think he’s a quicker than fast guy destined for the slot.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5111

191

31.38

 

4.56

14

32.5

908

4.06

6.69

Notes: In the 2011 Iowa St. game he had a great game containing the Iowa St. receivers all day including a great pbu on a fade on 4th and 10 in the end zone for a TO and an INT as he jumped the slant route showing great recognition making the catch easy as he timed it so well (2:45 4th). 1st team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he had perfect cov on 9 route for PBU on WR Corey Fuller, big hit on RB just as he caught dump off in flat, outstanding job getting around WR block to rip down WR as the ball came for INC-is extremely physical, offsides on blitz off edge-also didn’t show great speed as it took him about 8 yds to catch QB Logan Thomas from behind on scramble, perfect cov on fade to WR Marcus Davis for PBU and almost INT in OT.

Overall: Logan is a good sized, physical CB without good long speed but with great short area quickness. With his elite abilities as a run stopper (94 tackles in 2012 is rare for a CB-most of any CB in this draft class) as well as his elite quickness he fits perfectly as a slot CB. Yet when watching film of him his lack of speed or burst is apparent and I don’t see him ever developing into a starting CB on the outside. Also he will fit best as a slot CB yet will need to have help deep as if he faces a Victor Cruz type slot receiver he won’t be able to stay with him for long if a vertical pattern is run. Overall I like Ryan as he’s tough, productive, and quick yet his lack of speed or burst is a huge red flag and as such he’s lower on my board than on others. 5th round as my #23 CB 4/17/13.

24. Leon McFadden San Diego St. #2 5’9 5/8 193 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Mugged Conner Vernon (PI) yet tight cov on curl for INC, beat by a step vs. Cobi Hamilton on 9 route but ball slightly underthrown and recovered for PBU, mugged Hamilton (not PI) for INC on 9 route-threw off timing, #2 CB on Day 1.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

61

0

2

1

12

3

2

2011

46

0

3

0

13

2

0

2010

55

1

7

0

12

2

0

2009

26

1

1

0

0

1

0

Combine: Dad a former league baseball player. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5095

193

32.38

 

4.54

10

34.5

911

4.27

6.81

Notes: 3x 1st Team All Conference. In the 2011 Louisiana Lafayette game he had perfect coverage on 9 route with great timing jumping up and getting pbu (8:37 3rd), no separation on 20 yd curl for INC and punt. In the 2012 BYU game he hit WR on WR screen as he caught it for PBU-good break to ball, from Inglewood, perfect cov on 9 route for INC, tight cov on hitch with great technique for PBU-extended correct hand to deflect it and jumped route after reading it.

Overall: Leon is an undersized, quicker than fast CB with great instincts and 4 years of experience, albeit at a lower level of competition. He projects as a mid to late round CB who should be able to develop into a capable nickel CB early on and has an outside chance to be a team’s #2 CB down the road though I doubt he develops into that. His game film impressed me with his burst to the ball and instincts though so I’m probably a bit higher on him than most. 5th round as my #24 CB 4/12/13.

25. Travis Howard Ohio State #7 6’0 ½ 200 Sr.

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

39

0

0

0

4

4

0

2011

41

0

0.5

2

5

2

0

2010

13

1

1

0

2

2

1

2009

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6004

200

 

 

4.59

7

33

1001

4.14

6.75

Notes: In the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas gave up a 17 yd TD to Joe Adams on a perfectly thrown fade from Mallett (9:46 1st), and had a good coverage on back shoulder 21 yd 9 route as was perfect throw by Mallett (0:06 2nd). Changed from #18 to #7 in 2011. In the 2011 Nebraska game had a bad missed tackle on 3rd and 9 short of sticks allowing 1st (10:21 2nd), very nice hit on QB Taylor Martinez in open field (0:45 2nd), blown past by WR Quincy Enunwa for 36 yd TD as he had centerfield coverage (1:50 3rd). In the 2012 Wisconsin game he was beat bad on double move by WR Jared Abbrederis but overthrown, beat by Jared on curl for 13, hurt after short gain tackle on out. Had 2 INT in the 2012 opener. In the 2012 Central Florida game he showed good speed closing on RB in flat and sure hands holding him by ankle when it looked like he’d slip away, had dumb PI on underthrown ball not even going for it and instead blocking him out like a b-ball player, elite hands getting INT on deflected ball that went by him fast-few players make that play (3:25 2nd), great cov for PBU on 3 yd slant in end zone. A top flight playmaker who I want to see more of 9/13/12. In the 2012 Michigan game he had a very strong tackle in open space going low to flip WR on his head, hit QB hard in open space but didn’t wrap up allowing 67 yd TD. 

Overall: Howard is a tall, strong CB with 2 years of good game film that just lacks the athleticism to take his game to the next level. He’s 1/10th of a second too slow to be a starter in the NFL yet even with his mediocre speed it surprises me how little interest he’s been shown by the NFL. He wasn’t invited to the Combine and appears headed to a late round or undrafted free agent fate despite the fact that he was a consistent contributor in the Big 10 the past two seasons and has an NFL frame. I like him as a mid round guy who likely will be a #3 CB but who has an outside shot to develop into a #2 CB due to his great frame and solid quickness. 5th round as my #25 CB and surprisingly is being underrated by GMs 4/13/13.

26. Kayvon Webster South Florida #6 5’10 ½ 195 Sr.

Comparison: Less talented but just as soft Mike Jenkins

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

82

2

4

3

6

0

0

2011

49

0

1

1

7

2

0

2010

29

0

1

0

0

0

0

2009

30

0

2.5

0

2

1

0

Combine: Great 40 both naked eye and on time (4.41) with average explosiveness. Good in turn and run drill. Very athletic in hips drill-impressed me more and more as the day went on. Explosive in out and up drill. Good in backpedal and run to sideline drill. Dropped 1 in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5104

195

32.5

 

4.41

14

35

1005

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Notre Dame game he picked up a fumble at the one yard line and returned it 99 yards for the score (11:03 1st), and had a great pbu in end zone timing the slant perfectly to hit the WR and rake the arms (12:14 2nd). In the 2012 FSU game he showed good speed getting to FB Lonnie Pryor across field but missed tackle in space, barely made tackle in space on end around-poor tackler and not aggressive, very good job getting through OL block to make no gain tackle on screen in front of him, has a very NFL look to him, has poor instincts but legit 4.4 speed, is an incredibly timid tackler, good PBU on quick slant but called for PI-borderline call, good ball skills dropping back in zone to deflect ball over his head, good TFL on perfectly called CB blitz running straight into run play for easy play.

Overall: Kayvon is a difficult player to grade as at 5’10 ½ 195 he has good size and with a 4.41 40, ’35 vertical, and 10’5 broad jump he has very good athleticism with elite straighline speed. It all adds up to NFL caliber talent and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he eventually developed into a starting CB down the road yet it also wouldn’t surprise me if he never was heard from again as his play was inconsistent throughout his career and he at times looked scared on film. This is a huge red flag as there were a number of Antonio Cromartie tackling plays on film where it was obvious that he wanted no part of a major collision with the ball carrier. That won’t cut it in the NFL and while he has good size and great speed he has very poor instincts, poor ball skills (2 INTs the past 3 years COMBINED!), and lacks toughness. He’s worth a shot in the mid to late rounds as the tools are there to develop him into a starter but don’t expect this guy to be consistent or tough b/c he’s shown the past 4 years that he’s the exact opposite of that. Late 5th round as my #26 CB 4/20/13.

27. Marc Anthony Cal 5’11 3/8 196 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Gave separation on slant vs. Cobi Hamilton yet had an elite break for PBU, #3 CB on Day 1. Day 2: Had PI on double move vs. Terrance Williams and gave high point catch on deep ball later in route, slight separation vs. Tavarris King on curl. Day 3: He had some good moments in the goal line drill but went against Conner Vernon so not as impressive in that regard. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he got start at CB, perfect cov on 9 route vs. Marquise Goodwin, physical and solid cov vs. Markus Wheaton for INC on curl, beat on comeback by Wheaton, gave 10 yd out vs. Goodwin but strong hit as he caught ball, small separation vs. Chris Harper on comeback for +10 yds-getting thrown at more than anyone else, Wheaton beat him well on 10 yd out.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

53

0

7

1

3

2

1

2011

37

0

5

0

12

1

0

2010

47

0

0.5

0

6

2

0

2009

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Terrible 40 time (4.63), false started twice. Perfect in team catch drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5113

196

32.13

 

4.63

12

35

910

4.07

6.74

Notes: In the 2011 Stanford game he had a dumb play covering WR perfectly on 9 route but then holding him blatantly when ball is underthrown (3:02 2nd). In the 2011 Arizona St. game he was in zone and moved up to cover the flat then read QBs eyes and stepped back to get easy INT on curl route behind him (4:40 2nd). In the 2012 Oregon game he got off block on edge getting trailing dive tackle on RB on inside cut, good speed on blitz from slot but missed in kill zone-juked, good cov but beat on diving catch for 10 yd TD vs. WR Josh Huff, big hit on out by RB De’Anthony Thomas. He missed the 2012 Washington game with an injury.

Overall: Anthony is a good sized CB with 3 years as a starter in the Pac-12 that projects as a late round guy due to mediocre ball skills and a mixed bag of athleticism. The mixed bag is strange as a guy that runs a 4.63 40 (terrible for a CB) shouldn’t then be mediocre in the explosion drills and above average in the quickness drills but that is exactly what he was. At the Senior Bowl and at Cal it always appeared that the other team was openly targeting him and while he got his share of PBUs he rarely made an offense pay by getting turnovers. That is my biggest issue with him and as such he’s lower on my board than others as an early 6th rounder who is my #27 CB 4/18/13.

28. Branden Smith Georgia #1 5’10 5/8 172 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

25

0

0

0

9

0

0

2011

24

0

0

0

1

2

0

2010

17

0

0

0

4

2

0

2009

14

0.5

0

0

2

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5105

172

 

 

4.38

 

34

1008

4.11

6.86

 

Notes: #30 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Was dominant in All American practices. In4 the 2011 Boise St. game had a big hit on short hitch to WR right in front of him (10:34 2nd), easy int on jumpball in middle of field way showing great instincts to leave his WR to defend TE corner route (5:33 2nd), poor tackle on toss left at him getting juked out of position and finally stiff armed by RB Doug Martin allowing 7 yd TD (11:04 3rd), face mask on RB trying to pull him down. In the 2011 Tennessee game he lined up at WR getting end around showing speed for 15 yds (13:00 1st), good 3 yd carry having to make a spin move in the backfield just to get that (9:56 1st), solid job getting off WR cut block on a WR in motion screen to dive at WR knocking him down saving at least 5 yds (12:40 2nd), big hit on 12 yd out but ball was still caught for 1st on 4th and 10 (8:53 2nd). In the 2011 South Carolina game allowed 34 yd TD to WR Alshon Jeffrey but actually had pretty good coverage (6:45 2nd). Listed as the #87 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Tennessee game he was beat for 54 yd TD by WR Cordarelle Patterson but he dropped it-perfectly thrown. Listed as the #92 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he didn’t start, good PBU on comeback on scramble drill getting hand in to knock it out forcing punt, Ogletree gets credit for safety but he showed great instincts and speed shooting around WR block on outside run to help on safety, no gain tackle on 0 route-big hit. In the 2012 Nebraska game he flew right by WR on 0 route-going too fast, good diving tackle on edge forcing short gain by RB.

Overall: Branden a year ago looked poised to break out as a legit mid round performer as in 2011 he flashed regularly on film and was a dual threat player along with Brandon Boykin. Yet in 2012 he disappeared as he lost his starting job on D to a Soph and lost his dual threat job on offense with Georgia adding two highly touted RBs. At 172 lbs he projects as a career slot receiver and in the role I like him as he has good speed (4.38), instincts, and some playmaking skills. He never became the player I thought he could be but he still is a good candidate to become a nickel corner. Early 6th round as my #28 CB 4/8/13.

29. Nigel Malone Kansas St. #24 5’10 ¼ 184 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

51

0

0

1

9

5

0

2011

58

0

0

0

10

7

1

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5102

184

 

 

4.47

8

38

1007

4.47

7.06

Notes: JUCO x-fer who started immediately at KSU in 2011 and had 3 ints after 4 games. In the 2011 OU game he had two interceptions of Landry Jones one being a curl route he covered perfectly and jumped the route while the other was an underthrown route that the WR fell down on. In the 2011 Baylor game he showed good speed almost getting to batted ball for int (13:20 3rd). 2nd team All American in 2011. In the 2012 Texas Tech game he allowed 13 yd curl, beat for 32 yd TD on post, looks tight in backpedal, tight cov but never looked back for ball allowing 27 yd jump ball, beat by WR Eric Ward for 12 yd curl-gave physical cov. In the 2012 West Virginia game he had good jump on come back fro PBU. 2nd team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Oregon game (Fiesta Bowl) he was invisible.

Overall: With 12 INTs the past 2 seasons, a 4.47 40 at his Pro Day, and a 2nd team All American in 2011 and a 2nd team Big 12 in 2012 to his credit you would think Malone would be getting a little more love than he currently is. Yet the CB position is just as much about quickness and dexterity as it is about hands and long speed. While he has the latter two in abundance he suffers in the first two as he has tight hips, put up very poor times in the “quickness drills,” and often was beat in 2012. He’s an instinctive playmaker with great hands who I would love to have as a nickel or dime CB but he doesn’t project as anything more than that as he is just too tight in his backpedal and lacks the quickness to be able to play in the slot. A scheme fit CB who has a clear set of positives and negatives that a coach will have to game plan around for him to be effective. Early 6th round as my #29 CB, I likely have a higher grade than most as I value productivity 4/13/13.

30. Demontre Hurst Oklahoma #6 5’9 1/8 189 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

59

0

1

0

9

0

0

2011

55

0

4

1

11

1

1

2010

50

0

4

3

11

1

0

2009

14

1

1

0

2

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5091

189

 

 

4.51

11

37

1000

4.26

7.16

 

Notes: Tall, thin CB who is a liability against the run and will need to bulk up. In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn had good coverage on 12 yd in (1:41 2nd), and good pbu that was almost pick 6 as he had stepped in front of WR (12:51 3rd). Future prospect 1/14/11. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he took awhile to catch QB from behind on scramble-didn’t look fast, strong hit on short out for limited yards-closed fast, good cov on deep in for PBU. In the 2011 Baylor game he gave no separation on 9 route vs. Kendall Wright. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he had good coverage on WR Tracy Moore’s crossing route for pbu but could have been INT and he never even attempted it batting it down with 1 hand, great coverage vs. WR Josh Cooper for pbu that almost was INT, solid tackle of end around by WR Justin Blackmon for 2 yds. In the 2011 Texas game he had a great INT on curl that was poorly thrown reacting well and going full speed as he caught it near sideline to get easy pick 6 to blow game open 27-3 (3:10 2nd), beat on 20 yd post by WR Jaxon Shipley, beat by Shipley on post but ball thrown behind so he was able to get nice pbu on 4th down to end the game (6:40 4th), beat badly-confused on play maybe-for 3 yd TD to Shipley late in garbage time. In the 2012 Texas game he had big hit on RB coming to his side-step below decleater, dropped deflected ball that went right into his hands. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he was beat by WR TJ Jones on comeback but was dropped, good cov vs. TE Tyler Eifert getting hands in on low ball for PBU, beat on 50 yd catch by multiple steps, good tackle in space on QB Everett Golson saving TD. In the 2012 Texas A&M game (Cotton Bowl) he had strong grip on ankle tackle of dump off to RB for punt, beat on 9 route for +30 yds, strong tackle on TFL when QB cut scramble backside, beat by WR on 9 route for 34 yd TD. He has a lot of talents but deep speed isn’t one of them and looks like a future nickel CB. 5th round 1/9/13.

Overall: Hurst is an undersized player with average deep speed and poor hands who lacks the ball skills to make an impact but has enough talent that he should be an adequate nickel CB for a few seasons. The biggest issue I have is with his 2 career INTs despite being a full time starter for 3 straight seasons in a pass happy league like the Big 12. He has only adequate hands but the biggest reason for the low INT total is the fact that he doesn’t even attempt to make a play on the ball in most situations and goes for the bat down 95% of the time. Combine that lack of playmaking ability with below average size and poor deep speed and you have yourself a career nickel cornerback and not a great one at that. Early 6th round as my #30 CB 4/8/13.

31. Mike Edwards Hawaii 5’9 189 Jr.

Stats: MWC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

43

0

5

1

15

2

0

2011

43

0

1.5

0

11

1

0

2009

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Mountain West Special Teams POY in 2012. Poor 40 (4.56) especially for his size (5’9 189). Ripped upper body. Good hips in hip drill but poor ball skills body catching ball. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5090

189

31.63

 

4.56

14

36

1004

4.18

6.94

Notes: Surprisingly came out of school early. Didn’t play in 2010 due to injury. Had a crazy red mohawk during the season. Named the team MVP in 2012.

Overall: Edwards is a quicker than fast CB with great special teams skills that projects as a slot CB as well as a punt returner and kick returner. With 26 PBUs but only 3 INTs the past two seasons he clearly lacks great ball skills but truth be told I’ve never scouted a game of Edwards and can only guess. His Combine numbers and highlights though suggest he’ll make a bigger impact on special teams than on defense where he maxes out as a #3 CB due to poor size and speed. 6th round as my #31 CB 4/22/13.

32. Prentiss Waggner Tennessee #23 6’1 5/8 189 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

48

0

2

1

4

2

0

2011

48

2

3

1

7

2

0

2010

57

0

2

0

4

5

3

2009

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6015

189

 

 

4.75

13

32

904

4.71

7.28

Notes: In the 2011 Georgia game he had a good hit and quick tackle on 0 route (13:26 1st), big hit on RB Isaiah Crowell getting FF that went out of bounds (10:30 1st), tight coverage on WR Marlon Brown’s in route (14:17 2nd), hit TE short of 1st but he plowed through to make it anyways, had a great jumping extended hands int but dropped it when WR played defensive back and hit him (14:53 4th). In the 2012 North Carolina St. game he had nice jam at LOS on outside WR then read QB’s eyes and left him to jump route on inside WR (quick out) to get INT and return it +30 yds-would be 70 yd pick 6 but strangely fell down in open field, still it was an incredibly instinctive play and one that only NFL caliber player make (1:24 1st), perfect cov but mistimed jump on 38 yd catch as didn’t track ball well, good cov but gave TD on scramble drill (5 yds). In the 2012 Florida game he had a good burst to ball on 0 route for INC, beat on 23 yd TD on out by TE Jordan Reed. In the 2012 Alabama game he gave YAC to WR Amari Cooper on hitch due to quick spin, very good cov on WR Kevin Norwood’s cross for PBU-almost INT, had good cov vs. Cooper but he highpointed it and got YAC for 53 yd catch and run on 9 route-he fell down trying to make play on ball. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had good cov on sideline route for INC-slight contact for could be PI but valid no call.

Overall: Wagner is another player whom I liked on film yet really hurt himself with a terrible Pro Day. Despite great height (6’1 5/8) and good strength (13 reps) it is hard to defend Waggner as draftable after running a 4.75 40 and posting atrocious numbers in the quickness drills (4.71 shuttle, 7.28 3 cone). I liked him on film due to his size, toughness, and instincts (9 INTs the past 3 seasons) yet he clearly will have to be in a zone scheme and likely will be available as a free agent after the draft as numbers like his are unheard of for NFL CBs. I still am keeping a draftable grade on him due to the film study I did as he flashed on film but I’d be shocked at this point if he was drafted. Early 7th round as my #32 CB 4/12/13.

33. John Flanders Tulsa 5’10 175 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

30

0

2

0

3

0

0

RS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

46

1

2.5

1

5

2

1

2009

24

0

1

0

0

0

0

2008

37

0

0

0

5

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5092

175

 

 

4.45

13

27.5

1001

4.34

7.08

Notes: In the ’10 Hawaii Bowl vs. Hawaii he had an int for a TD on a 54 yd return, a big hit breaking up a pass, and later another int on a deep pass jump ball situation that was overturned. Has long legs, nice speed, and is very aggressive. Missed all of the 2011 season due to being academically ineligible but is returning in 2012 to unite with his younger brother, a RB, who will be a freshman. In the 2012 Iowa St. game he was beat on back shoulder throw, strong hit on 9 route.

Overall: Flanders is a talented CB from a small conference that flashed in 2010, missed the 2011 season due to academics, and didn’t look as good in 2012. I like his frame, strength, and long speed though so I think he’s still worth a late round selection despite the fact that I know he won’t be drafted. His ceiling is only as a #2 CB so he’s not a high upside project but if given time he could become a solid starter. 7th round as my #33 CB 4/8/13.

34. Josh Johnson Purdue #28 5’9 3/8 199 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

65

1

3

3

16

3

1

2011

63

0

3.5

0

9

2

0

2010

53

1

1

3

6

1

0

2009

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Short guy (5’9 3/8) with very short arms (30.38). Mayock thinks he’ll be a slot guy. Very agile in hip drill-low in turns. Very short legs. Good in W drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5093

199

30.38

 

4.65

16

35

906

4.25

6.99

Notes: In the 2011 Illinois game he was beat on quick slant by WR AJ Jenkins allowing good separation, had a big hit on RB dumpoff in the flat decleating him with hit in his back (1:26 2nd), solid coverage on 10 yd slant to Jenkins forcing extended hands catch. 3rd team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he gave 5 yds on 0 route, has an NFL look-a tad too thick in legs, took hit on RB on outside run-appeared to gladly due it (tough), avoided cut block to get 0 route OOBs shy of 1st. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had tight cov (PI called actually) yet still allowed jump ball catch to TE Tyler Eifert, great diving PBU on curl, allowed 10 yd curl, looks small on field both in the pass and run game, good job getting around Eifert for PBU on shallow cross.

Overall: An experienced, undersized CB who at best projects as a slot CB but had a bad enough Combine and mediocre enough film that I’m unsure he’ll even work well in that role. With 4.65 speed (not fast on tape either) and at only 5’9 he has the measurables of an undraftable player. He does have decent quickness and good instincts but even with them he has a pretty low upside. I like him as a feisty, experienced player who can battle for a team’s #4 CB spot but he’ll never start and even as a nickel CB the scheme will have to protect him or he’ll be eaten alive. 7th round as my #34 CB 4/12/13.

35. Sheldon Price UCLA #22 6’2 190 Sr. 

Comparison: Mike Rumph

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

37

0

0.5

0

5

4

0

2011

47

0

1

2

7

1

0

2010

26

0

1

0

7

0

0

2009

48

0

0

0

2

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6020

190

 

 

4.46

6

38

1003

4.40

7.10

Notes: In the 2011 Arizona game he wasn’t 100% with a sprained knee suffered a few weeks ago, had perfect coverage on 9 route vs. WR Juron Criner giving no separation (13:53 1st), perfect coverage again on 9 route by WR Dan Buckner but beat on jump ball for 22 yd gain (13:02 1st), fell down allowing wide open 2 yd fade to Criner for TD. In the 2011 Oregon game (Pac-12 Championship) he had perfect coverage on post vs. WR Josh Huff setting up an easy INT but mistimed jump and it went just off his outstretched hands (5:20 2nd). Is a long, rangy player who has extremely long arms but doesn’t necessarily look the part of a CB. In the 2012 Rice game he had an easy INT on a miscom with QB/WR, poor cov on +20 yd reception clearly PI yet still allowing catch to WR Jordan Taylor, beat again by Taylor for 20 yd post. In the 2012 USC game he was too physical with WR Marquise Lee for PI on slant, 8 yd out by WR Nelson Agholar, has a big and long frame but is a long strider-reminds me of Mike Rumph, is very tight in the hips and change of direction routes will be very successful against him, is good in bump and run due to his physical nature, PI on too much contact on fade, easily beat on 15 yd out and +15 yd slant by Lee as just too fast, PI on curl route, 15 yd slant by Lee for TD-well behind him, great burst off the edge for blocked FG to seal win. He was whupped all game long by Lee but he did have a great special teams play and has elite size/length. I just have my doubts he can play CB or S as he’s very tight and not very quick. Late round or FA 12/8/12. In the 2012 Stanford game he was beat for +30 yd TD-barely missed PBU with his arms. In the 2012 Baylor game he wasn’t noticeable as they attacked other spots.

Overall: Sheldon at 6’2 190 and with 4.4 straight line speed has his place in the NFL yet he has tight hips and isn’t quick so if not put in the right system he will be easily taken advantage of. He would work well in a press and drop zone scheme that allows him to use his big frame to muscle WRs at the line of scrimmage and then play everything in front of him. He cannot play man coverage and lacks the instincts or playmaking skills to convert to FS so he’s a one dimensional player that gets a late round grade due to his elite frame. 7th round as my #35 CB 4/14/13.

36. Brodrick Brown Oklahoma St. #19 5’8 185 Sr.

Comparison: Much less athletic Alfonzo Dennard

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

62

1

3

0

2

0

0

2011

68

0

4

0

15

5

0

2010

77

0

2

1

8

2

0

2009

7

0

0

0

1

0

0

Notes: Nicknamed bulldog as he is very competitive. Last year in the 2010 OU game he had one of the best INTs I’ve ever seen catching the ball in the air out of bounds and throwing it to a defender in bounds. In the Texas A&M game he had perfect coverage and pbu vs. WR Jeff Fuller’s 5 yd hitch (12:45 2nd), lots of separation on 10 yd curl by Fuller (7:30 2nd), allowed 8 yd curl but immediately tackled (11:15 3rd), great diving int on 10 yd curl by Fuller that he read perfectly (3:13 3rd), no separation vs. Fuller’s 9 route for inc (1:44 3rd), a bit of separation on Fuller’s 10 yd curl (6:30 4th), lucky he got away with pass int as he held fuller on 30 yd jump ball (5:03 4th), way too easy 4 yd out for TD by Fuller (2:21 4th), and a great pbu on 10 yd curl vs. Fuller with defender intercepting tipped ball for game over play (1:33 4th). He outplayed Jeff Fuller, something Patrick Peterson couldn’t do, and even with Fuller’s hamstring issues that is a great accomplishment. Just as I was getting onto him as a 2nd rounder I watch him not just play poorly but get picked on by Iowa St. as he allowed a 33 yd TD on jump ball, numerous short catches, and was clearly the guy they went after as they often avoided teammate Justin Gilbert. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he was beat by half step on 9 route vs. WR Kenny Stills but ball barely overthrown for INC, no separation vs. WR Jaz Reynolds on 9 route and had inside position on jump ball thrown a little inside for INT in end zone (6:58 1st), allowed 15 yd in to Reynolds but he dropped the ball a bit behind him-only a half step ahead, way too much cushion vs. Stills on 11 yd curl, good pbu on slant vs. WR Kameel Jackson. In the 2012 West Virginia game he was beat for would be 75 yd TD off post but overthrown, beat on 8 yd out-all game vs. WR Stedman Bailey, 8 yd comeback, 15 yd cross, 37 yd TD on post-was abused for 4 catches on this one drive, 15 yd comeback. He was beat all 1st half by Bailey and finally was moved off of him. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he allowed 9-11 97 yds vs. Justin Brown, good PBU on 12 yd hitch-called for PI, PBU on slant-clear PI, PBU on slant but more due to poor throw to inside than anything he did, PI yet still allowed 12 yd curl, 0-1 vs. other WRs, strong hit on WR going up for high ball, allowed 1-2 12 yds vs. Kenny Still. He has the extremely thick body ala Prince Amukamara that Deion Sanders intelligently pointed out isn’t seen on CBs too much. He also lacks deep speed and short area quickness making me think he’ll be a good 3rd CB who is good against possession WRs due to his physicality but a guy who is overhyped and nothing more than a late round guy 11/26/12.

Overall: Brown is a player who has great strength, great competitiveness, and has had pretty solid tape for 3 seasons in the Big 12. Yet when breaking down his talent it’s obvious he was an overachiever and one who doesn’t translate well to the NFL. He’s short (5’8), lacks deep speed, lacks quickness, and has below average hands (lots of PBUs and few INTs) which all adds up to a player not capable of making the next step to the NFL. Due to his productivity (3 seasons of +62 tackles, 2nd in nation in 2011 with 18 PBUs) and game film he gets a late round grade to me but if he’s to make it he will most likely due it as a career #3 CB and as a dominant special teamer. 7th round as my #36 CB 3/30/13.

37. Kip Edwards Missouri #1 6’0 ¾ 193 Sr.

Stats: Big 12 (’09-’11) SEC (’12)

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

46

0

6

0

5

2

0

2011

55

0

0.5

2

3

1

0

2010

36

1

5

0

6

1

0

2009

20

0

0

0

2

1

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6006

193

 

 

4.56

15

33.5

1002

4.21

6.88

Notes: In the 2012 Alabama game he was the last man to beat by RB Eddie Lacy in open field and he showed a lack of aggressiveness to come up and meet him and then poor speed when Lacy cut diagonally to end zone on 77 yd run, very nice job getting off WR block to make TFL on WR screen. In the 2012 South Carolina game he went for the strip on PR Ace Sanders causing a missed tackle that allowed a 50 yd PR, quick tackle on RB Marcus Lattimore in flat on dump off.

Overall: Is a bigger CB with a nice frame and decent athleticism for his frame. He has an NFL look and played regularly for 4 years at Missouri yet never took his game to the next level and I never saw the burst, instincts, or aggressiveness I wanted to see from him. He has a great frame at nearly 6’1 though so he’s worth a shot as a late round project but one I don’t expect to ever hear from again. 7th round as my #37 CB 4/12/13.

38. Terry Hawthorne Illinois #1 5’11 ¾ 195 Sr. 

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

44

1

4

0

6

1

0

2011

60

0

5

1

8

3

1

2010

28

0

3.5

0

3

1

0

2009

30

0

00

0

5

1

1

Combine: Average in turn and run drill. Tight, especially for his size, in hip drill. Double caught in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5116

195

31.25

 

4.44

13

35.5

908

 

 

Notes: In the East-West Shrine game he had a great INT on fade route against a much bigger TE-great ball skills and good vertical, coaches raved about him all week. In the 2012 OhioState game he had blown cov allowing wide open 15 yd curl, called for PF throwing QB OOB-bad call though.

Overall: Hawthorne is a tall CB with good weight and very good straight line speed (4.44). He lacks quickness and is built very tight for a CB though so I’m not extremely interested in him as I don’t see him developing into a starter despite his good size/speed ratio. He is physical though so a move to FS could occur but most likely he’ll be a career backup and never heard from again. 7th round as my #38 CB 4/22/13.

39. Jemarlous Moten Louisiana Lafayette #2 5’11 175 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

64

0

3.5

1

8

4

0

2011

80

0

1

0

7

3

2

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day: Just atrocious numbers across the board with everything pointing to him not being worth a draft pick.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5091

165

 

 

4.65

7

29.5

905

4.34

7.18

 

Notes: 2012 1st team Sun Belt. In the 2012 East Carolina game he showed elite speed tracking down WR on busted cov-not his fault just gave him a chance to show off speed, beat after long scramble by QB on deep cross but WR dropped it, good toughness throwing himself at WR in open field-took the worst of it and hurt but went after him, had jumping near INT for would be pick 6 on gadget RB pass-went right through his hands but was a jumping leap attempt, they avoided him most of the day but took a deep shot on a post against him and he had perfect cov for leaping INT with 10 yd return (11:45 4th), great instincts and burst leaving his WR deep to undercut shorter route for PBU and near INT-dropped an easy one. He looked outstanding as he had an NFL body (albeit one that is undersized), I noticed his elite speed immediately, he showed great ball skills (though average hands), and his aggressiveness and toughness in tackling impressed me. 3rd round 12/22/12.

Overall: Jemarlous was a player that really impressed me on film and got a 3rd round grade from me after his bowl game. Yet his measurables were just awful at his pro day as there are no CBs weighing 165 lbs let alone ones who run a 4.65 and have a 7.18 3 cone. The numbers were so bad that I wondered if he was hurt and just tried to tough it out. Needless to say it drops his stock dramatically and even I question whether the man I graded out as a 3rd rounder is even worth a late round draft choice. He barely gets a draftable grade but I’m no longer a believer. Late 7th round as my #39 CB 4/8/13.

40. Allen Chapman Kansas St. #3 5’10 ¾ 184 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

57

0

2

0

5

5

1

2011

49

0

0

1

4

1

1

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5106

184

 

 

4.50

8

34

908

4.44

7.18

Notes: JUCO x-fer. In the 2011 Baylor game he was burned bad on 34 yd TD post by Kendall Wright who had 5 steps on him at least (12:30 3rd). In the 2012 West Virginia he had a good break to ball for PBU on out for TO on 4th and 4.  In the 2012 Texas Tech game he had a good burst to ball on 12 yd out for PBU and near INT. In the 2012 Oregon game (Fiesta Bowl) he had tight cov on post by WR Josh Huff for INC, strong tackle in open space on RB Kenjon Barner.

Overall: Allen likely won’t be drafted as he’s a former JUCO player with mediocre size and athleticism yet I saw enough flashes on film in 2012 for me to give him a late round grade as an instinctive player who could develop into a decent #3 CB for a team. No starting potential though and even with his good 2012 he still only barely is draftable. Late 7th round as my #40 CB 4/13/13.

41. Jerrell Gavins Boise St. #4 5’7 ¾ 170 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

31

0

1

0

4

2

0

2011

11

0

0

0

3

3

0

2010

30

0.5

1.5

0

3

1

0

2009

31

0

1.5

0

4

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: In the 2011 Georgia game he showed very good speed on CB Brandon Boykin’s 80 yd TD run being the only guy on either team that stayed anywhere near him, had perfect coverage on 9 route vs. WR Tavarres King actually intercepting it on great jump catch but dropping it when he hit the ground and WR played DB (6:40 1st), no separation vs. WR Malcolm Mitchell on 9 route playing it perfectly to keep inside position for the int (4:20 2nd), no separation vs. WR Rantavious Wooten’s 9 route cutting him off perfectly and being the only one with any chance at the catch (6:21 3rd), covered gunner on PR and had nice hit on man when he came back to the ball freeing his teammate for a big gain, good coverage on Mitchell’s 6 yd hitch tackling him hard immediately on catch (11:14 4th), good hit on King going up for high ball undercutting him and making him land painfully for inc/turnover on 4th and 1 to end the game (2:34 4th). He was the gem of this game as I never had heard of him and later looked to find him not ranked on any publications so this guy is a big time sleeper. He is a tough, physical CB with very good speed and reactions as he was tested deep numerous times and every time dominated the WR. He easily could have had two ints and was superior to all of the GA WRs the entire game. Big time sleeper who I rate as a 4th rounder right now but need more than one game to verify that ranking. Had a serious knee injury in practice before game 4 and will miss the rest of the year. Hasn’t redshirted before so is eligible. Dropping him to 5th round due to size 1/16/12. Returning for 2012 season. In the 2012 BYU game he didn’t make any plays but he looked quick and was very good rotating in his zone coverage-very instinctive. In the 2012 Nevada game he looked smaller than ever and noticeably struggled to bring ball carriers down in the open field-always dove at their feet. In the 2012 Michigan St. game he had good cov on the sideline but called PI due to not getting head turned around in time-borderline PI, solid hit on inside run-crashed box. In the 2012 Washington game he missed tackle in open field allowing +15 yds more, struggled to get WR Kasen Williams (215 lbs) to the ground allowing 3 yds YAC.

Overall: The player who was the best defender for either team in the 2011 season opener vs. Georgia unfortunately appears to lack any NFL future. At 5’8 170 he’s simply too tiny to be able to consistently bring ball carriers to the ground and this deficiency was noticeable in a few games in 2012. While he is tough, instinctive, and has great ball skills I’m 99% sure he won’t be drafted and will be lucky to even get a camp invite due to his lack of size. Hopefully he’s given a chance as I do think there is a spot for him as a slot cornerback in nickel packages but at this point I don’t think anyone really agrees with me. Late 7th round as my #41 CB 3/30/13.

 

Free Agents

Dustin Harris Texas A&M #22 Sr. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU had poor coverage on 6 yd hitch where he also missed the tackle as he overran the play and didn’t break down in space (3:15 1st). In the 2012 South Carolina St. game he set an SEC record for punt return yardage. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had fumble right by him and would be TD return or at least TO but missed it and they recovered-huge miss! In the 2012 Louisiana Tech game he picked up blocked extra point and showed his speed with a +80 yd return for 2 pts, very good tackle for short gain on 0 route vs. quick WR Quinton Patton, got stupid PF on late push-acting by offensive player but still dumb to do it. In the 2012 Oklahoma game (Cotton Bowl) he had a nice jumping hands catch INT on poor decision on out, tight cov on jump ball for PBU in end zone.

Terrence Brown Stanford #6 5’11 ¼ 176 Jr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

66

0

3

0

9

1

0

2011

43

0

1

1

5

1

0

2010

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

5112

176

 

 

4.59

7

36.5

1002

4.27

6.95

 

Notes: In the 2011 Oregon game he showed elite speed and tackling ability running down D’Anthony Thomas for  no gain on WR screen that initially looked like it had some yards (5:15 1st), missed WR Josh Huff in open field allowing 59 yd TD as he got juked bad (13:30 3rd). In the 2011 Washington game he totally whiffed on only an okay juke in space by WR on 0 route showing poor tackling skills, beat on quick slant but had solid coverage. In the 2012 USC game was close on slant by WR Marquise Lee for INC-poor throw more than PBU though, bad cov vs. Lee on 9 route for PI, had big hit on Lee and Woods in a 3 play span-very physical, had PI vs. WR Robert Woods on route he had covered but got too physical at the end, good tackle in box on RB Stepfan Taylor, very physical on Woods jamming him at line causing him to stop causing INT by S, good leaping INT in cover 2 scheme with WR past him down sideline. In the 2012 Oregon game he had a great diving PBU on curl forcing punt. In the 2012 UCLA game he had a strong tackle for a short gain on dump off in flat, 3rd on team in tackles so he gets involved in the run game. In the 2012 Wisconsin game (Rose Bowl) he had very strong hit on RB on dump off in flat.

Overall: Another play who left school early for no valid reason, Terrence wasn’t invited to the Combine, wasn’t eligible to play in All-Star games, and had mediocre tape in 2012. I didn’t like his tackling skills and hate the fact that he only had 2 career INTs despite starting in the pass happy Pac-12 for 2 full seasons. He does have some explosiveness to him but he isn’t draftable in my opinion. Free Agent 4/12/13.

Aaron Hester UCLA #21 6’1 5/8 198 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

44

0

2

1

7

1

0

2011

57

0

2

0

7

1

0

2010

26

0

2

0

4

3

0

2009

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Struggled in ball reaction skills. Was penalized a lot due to the physical style Jim Mora wanted. Relation to Devin Hester. Sloppy in hip drill. Perfect in team catch drill.   

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6015

198

32.5

 

4.62

 

29

904

4.33

7.26

Notes: In the 2011 Arizona game he allowed 8 yd out by WR Juron Criner playing way too off, beat on 7 yd TD never looking back on fade vs. Criner as he caught it basically on his back (14:27 2nd), beat easily by WR Dan Buckner on 15 yd in with lots of separation (12:52 2nd), Criner blew by him for 24 yd TD on 9 route not even close (3:20 2nd), pass INT on route that he was way too physical on. In the 2011 USC game he had perfect cov on post by WR Nelson Agholar for PBU-perfectly timed jump to bat ball away. In the 2012 Baylor game he was beat bad by WR Terrance Williams on 9 route for +50 yds, PI in red zone blatantly pushing WR OOBs.

Overall: A tall (6’1 5/8), physical CB who lacks the straight line speed (4.62), quickness (4.33 shuttle and 7.26 3 cone are terrible for a CB), and ball reaction skills to be effective in the NFL. He’s a free agent as he’s experienced and might work in a press and drop zone scheme but even as a free agent I’m not really too interested in him due to his obvious limitations. Free Agent 4/13/13.

Michael Carter Minnesota #23 5’11 185 Sr. Minnesota had one of the best pass defenses in 2012. Has an NFL look to him with his frame and quickness. In the 2012 Texas Tech game he had perfect cov on a post and then had a tough diving INT when WR fell down-good adjustment to ball in the air (9:45 4th), jumped out and triple caught INT for his 2nd of the game-really impressed me with his instincts and ball skills. An interesting sleeper who I’ve never heard anything about. Free Agent 4/12/13.

Xavier Brewer Clemson #29 Sr. In the 2011 Florida St. game had a great pbu going around WR on short pass over the middle (12:23 4th). In the 2012 LSU game he had offsides on CB blitz on 3rd and long-dumb, one play later had TFL on inside run on same CB blitz, strong tackle on 0 route by RB Spencer Ware for TFL. In the East-West Shrine game he was beat on scramble drill for +15 yd out by Anthony Amos, looks athletic, took a big hit by Christine Michael but popped up immediately and talked smack. Free Agent 4/12/13.

Josh Evans Florida #24 Sr. In the 2011 Tennessee game had a dirty hit on WR out of bounds and unprotected for an easy flag (8:05 1st), pass int on tight coverage that was illegal when he went for the pbu (3:15 2nd), nice job reading QB’s eyes and floating towards an area to make a jumping int of QB Tyler Bray (14:47 3rd). In the 2012 South Carolina game he made a few plays that got me to notice him but nothing game altering. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he talked shit non-stop (punk). Free Agent 4/22/13.

Terrence Alston Utah St. #5 5’9 176 Sr. In the 2012 Utah game he had a PBU on short out showing good burst and ball skills, later nearly had a diving INT on underthrown ball but hit the turf-again good ball skills. In the 2012 Toledo game he had borderline horse collar tackle on outside run by RB, considered the #2 CB on team behind Will Davis. Free Agent 4/22/13.

Corey Broomfield Mississippi St. #25 Sr. In the 2011 LSU game he had a good tackle on WR screen fighting through the other WR’s block (13:26 2nd), allowed 31 yd post to WR Reuben Randle who got inside position but no real separation (5:40 2nd), big hit on short out to RB flipping him over as he hit him low (4:33 2nd), beat bad on 19 yd TD by Randle behind him 3 yds (12:00 4th). Free Agent 4/22/13.

George Baker South Florida #21 5’10 180 Sr. An undersized CB who isn’t incredibly fast and definitely is small but had a great PBU in end zone on deep post and then another PBU against 6’6 WR Brandon Coleman on +30 yd jump ball. A feisty guy who has good ball skills. Late round at best but intriguing 9/13/12. Free Agent 4/22/13.

 

Camp Invite

J.T. Floyd Michigan #8 Sr. In the 2011 Notre Dame game had a near one handed int showing solid ball skills (14:16 2nd), good coverage on 25 yd underthrown jump ball but an even better catch by WR Michael Floyd (9:00 2nd), double catch int thrown right at him as he had undercut Floyd’s route leaving his man to go to the far man near the end zone (5:35 2nd), beat on 9 route so had to hold Floyd for pass interference (1:00 4th). In the 2011 Ohio St. game he was beat all day long by WR Devier Posey though the stats won’t show it as their QB really struggled. His worst was with less than 2 minutes to go being beat by +3 yds on 9 route for would be game winning TD but overthrown (1:44 4th). In the 2012 Alabama game he allowed 19 yd post to WR Kenny Bell. In the 2012 Ohio St. game he was beat bad for 51 yds on post. In the 2012 Iowa game he had a big hit on ball carrier-helmet to helmet but not called, that caused FF. In the 2012 South Carolina game he was beat for 56 yd TD on post by WR Damiere Byrd.

Cody Davis Texas Tech #16 6’2 200 Sr. 2nd team Big 12 in 2012. 48 consecutive starts at S. Tall white guy who doesn’t look NFL caliber. In the 2012 Minnesota game he was bowled over by RB-bounced off him, had trouble getting down RB again this time corralled him after 3 yds YAC, strong hit on RB on run up middle. He didn’t look NFL caliber but due to his experience I’ll put him as a camp invite 12/29/12.

Jeremy Reeves Iowa St. #5 5’7 166 Sr. He definitely doesn’t have NFL measurables. In the 2012 Tulsa game he showed great quickness and instincts breaking on out immediately as WR cut to undercut it for pick 6 (7:50 1st), quick on dump off for TFL-small but made a sure tackle there, looks bigger than 166.

Don Jones Arkansas St. #5 6’1 208 Sr. In the 2012 Kent St. game he had a huge hit on hitch along sidelines almost decleating the guy, got into it with pushing a WR after the whistle and WR flagged twice for losing his cool and head butting him-an instigator, strong hit on wrapped up WR-terrible flag for launching. He’s a nickel player in the Sun Belt so despite me liking him can’t be more than a fringe camp invite 1/7/13.

 

Undraftable

Marsalis Teague Tennessee #10 Sr. In the 2011 Florida game he had perfect coverage and pbu on 11 yd fade vs. WR Deonte Thompson (1:23 1st), weak tackle going too high on Thompson but eventually wrestling him down well short of the sticks to force FG (12:30 2nd). In the 2011 Georgia game he had a good tackle on WR Tavarres King short of sticks forcing punt (14:21 1st), gave slight separation to King on post but overthrown, gave good separation vs. King on post but again overthrown, beat by WR Malcolm Mitchell for 65 yd catch and run on post giving lots of separation (5:50 3rd). In the 2012 Florida game he missed a tackle along the sidelines (showed poor speed getting there too) allowing 80 yd TD run by QB Trey Burton, poor speed and tackling again this time on short dump off on 3rd and long allowing 75 yd TD-looks way too slow, undraftable 10/13/12.

Devin Smith Wisconsin #10 5’11 190 Sr. In the 2012 Minnesota game he had a nice PBU on slant against bigger WR getting his arm in at the right time, elite INT timing his jump perfectly and hitting/jumping over TE on 15 yd out-elite ball skills and timing (9:52 3rd). 3rd team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Stanford game (Rose Bowl) he had bracket cov on TE Zach Ertz and blown by for 43 yd gain, allowed easy out-overthrown for INC but still he had poor cov, dropped extended hands INT on overthrow. He was slower and obviously smaller than Ertz. Undraftable 1/3/13. 

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