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2014 Cornerback Rankings

May 7, 2014

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Cornerback

Prototype in the NFL: Richard Sherman

Best In Class

Best Frame: Keith McGill                  Best Quickness: Jason Verrett

Best Run Stopper: Kyle Fuller         Best Long Speed: Justin Gilbert

Best Ball Skills: Justin Gilbert           Best Instincts: Jason Verrett

Best Hips: Phillip Gaines                   Best Technician: Darqueze Dennard

 

1. Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State 6’0 1/8 202 Sr.

Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

42

0

0

0

7

7

2

2012

63

0

2.5

1

9

0

0

2011

59

0

1

0

10

5

0

2010

18

0

0

1

1

0

0

Combine: I don’t love his tape, especially his 2012 tape, but I have to admit he made a case for being a Top 10 pick with his Combine performance. He came in tall (6’0 1/8), fast (4.37 40), strong (20 reps), quick (6.92) and with the 2nd longest arms of any DB at the Combine (’33 1/8). That arm length is shocking as his arms are slightly longer than 6’2 5/8 Stanley Jean-Baptiste and only 1/8 shorter than 6’3 3/8 Keith McGill. He was in the upper echelon in every single measurement and it’s going to make me have to go back to the film to see if I blatantly missed one of the best players in this draft as this Combine was rare! Low and fluid in turn and run timed drill-one of the better ones. His technique wasn’t sound as he was too high in backpedal and ran half speed in backpedal then corner route drill. He was quick and fluid in long backpedal then corner route drill. Elite hands just snatching a ball away from his body in a fluid motion.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6001

202

33.13

8.63

4.37

20

35.5

1006

 

6.92

Strengths: He is clearly the most athletic CB in this draft. He has great length as a 6’0 1/8 at 202 lbs with ’33 1/8 arms. It’s rare to find a CB with his speed and length. Due to this combination he clearly has the highest upside of any CB in this draft and a case can be made that he warrants a Top 10 grade. He has great ball skills (12 career INTs) and plays the position more like a WR than a CB. He has numerous kickoff returns for TDs and could be an integral part of a kicking game.
Weaknesses:
Few 1st rounders are used as kick returners so that skill of his likely won’t be utilized. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he was dominated by Kenny Stills as he allowed 7-11 79yds with the only 4 incompletions being drops by Stills. He played regularly for 4 seasons yet only had interceptions in 2 of them so the idea that he is a ballhawk is true (12 career INTs) yet untrue as well since true ballhawks don’t go an entire season without an INT and he did it twice. He is not a tough player and doesn’t seem to relish making big hits or being a part of the run defense. He only had 2 FF, 0 sacks and 3.5 career TFL with all three numbers being very poor for a 1st round caliber cornerback. His 2012 tape made me think he was similar to Patrick Robinson who was an elite athlete but had bad tape and never made anything of himself in the NFL. He’s an inconsistent player who plays without good technique and sometimes is a detriment to his team.

Overall: Gilbert is the cornerback with the most athleticism and overall upside in this draft. He also ends as my #1 CB and the next highest cornerback isn’t that close to him. Yet I’m not a fan of his as his inconsistent film, questionable toughness and poor technique make me think there is a legit chance he becomes a bust. He has Pro Bowl potential as there are few cornerbacks with his size (6’0 1/8 202 lbs), arm length (’33 1/8), ball skills (12 career INTs) and pure speed (4.37). Milliner just last year had similar characteristics, minus the ball skills which were known to be below average, yet he had an atrocious season due to athleticism that didn’t seem to translate to the field, poor technique and a lack of confidence. I don’t think Gilbert will be as bad as Milliner but I could see him struggle as well since just 2 years ago he looked like a 3rd round caliber talent. His inconsistent play will drive a coach mad but after watching his 2013 tape and his elite Combine I think he’ll be more like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie than Patrick Robinson. Both had elite athleticism but Robinson rarely played well and was a bust while Rodgers-Cromartie has been waffling between average starter and Pro Bowler. Gilbert likely will have a similar career with a lot of ups and downs but his overall body of work will still make him worth drafting in the 1st round. Mid 1st as my #1 CB that has Pro Bowl potential but will likely be a maddeningly inconsistent player 5/6/14.

2. Jason Verrett TCU 5’9 ½ 189 Sr.

Comparison: A rich man’s Kyle Wilson

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

39

1

3.5

1

14

2

0

2012

63

0

5

0

16

6

0

2011

58

0

1.5

0

4

1

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: His 6.67 3 cone was 4th best among 59 DBs and really wowed me as did his 4.38 40, ’39 vertical and 10’8 broad. He put on a show and his tape is elite so I think the 1st round is a lock now. Good in backpedal drill. Good quickness and hips in backpedal then corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5094

189

31

9.38

4.38

 

39

1008

4

6.67

Strengths: 1st team Big 12 and 2nd team All American in 2012. 1st Team Big 12 in 2013. Big 12 Co-DPOY in 2013. Considered to have good character. He’s an extremely tough cornerback that is competitive as hell and will battle wideouts all day long. In the 2012 Michigan State game he had numerous PBUs and was a sure tackler. I came away thinking he was an early 2nd rounder (1/14/13). He loves to support the run and sometimes even makes inside the box tackles which is almost unheard of for cornerbacks. He had a 1st round caliber Combine as he showed elite speed (4.38), elite explosiveness (’39 vertical and 10’8 broad) and elite quickness (6.67 3 cone). His position drills were also impressive as he showed good hips and agility in his backpedal. He has good instincts in off coverage and is scheme diverse. He had a great Baylor game in 2013 as he shutdown Antwan Goodley.
Weaknesses:
JUCO Transfer. Beat for 3 TDs by RGIII in a rough early 2011 season as he struggled to adapt to the speed. He has far more PBUs than INTs as he has good ball skills but poor hands. He sometimes is too physical and has been called for his fair share of PIs. He doesn’t play like a 4.38 40 type guy and I’ve always questioned his long speed and his size. There are few players drafted in the 1st round who measure sub 5’10. At ’31 arms he has short arms, not for his 5’9 ½ height but compared to the average cornerback.

Overall: Verett has been one of my favorite players to scout in this draft. His combination of strength, quickness and toughness make him a fun watch on any game you pick as he’s a very consistent player. He played in the pass happy Big 12 and held his own against the Baylors and Oklahoma States of the world while playing Michigan State and LSU as well. It allowed him to get a 30 PBUs and 8 INTs in a two year span, with both numbers being elite. I worry a bit about Verrett’s lack of height (5’9 ½) and weight (189 lbs) but he’s been undersized his whole career and has a knack for using his elite quickness to maneuver around bigger bodies to knock the ball away. I think his success will continue but I project him as more of a versatile #2 CB that could excel against slot receivers or outside receivers vs. the elite #1 shutdown cornerback that Justin Gilbert has a chance to be. In a bit of a surprise I ended with Verrett as my #2 CB ahead of Dennard as he’s quicker, faster and has longer arms. Dennard has superior technique, strength and height but I see him as a more polished player with a lower upside. Verrett’s quickness will allow him to play in the slot which is arguably the hardest job of any CB on the team. Due to this superior athleticism and higher upside I have him as a late 1st rounder and slightly ahead of Dennard as my #2 CB 5/6/14.

3. Darqueeze Dennard Michigan State 5’10 7/8 199 Sr.

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

62

0

3.5

2

10

4

0

2012

52

0

3.5

0

7

3

0

2011

43

0

1

0

3

3

1

2010

11

1

2

1

0

0

0

Combine: He came in shorter (5’10 7/8) as expected but had good weight to him (199) and a solid 40 (4.51) in my opinion. His long speed was his red flag and a 4.51 isn’t great but it’s hardly terrible. My bigger issue is his 30 ¼ arms which are very short for a CB expected to be in press coverage for a living. Nicknamed “country” out of High School. Lightly recruited. Beautiful backpedal being low and fluid but then a terrible spin in turn and run timed drill. He has tight hips but solid catch in backpedal then corner route drill. Somewhat tight hips and mistimed jump body catching a ball on the ground at the end of his jump in long backpedal then corner route drill. Solid in T-step drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5107

199

30.25

9

4.51

15

 

 

 

 

Strengths: 1st Team Big 10 in 2013. 1st Team All American in 2013. Jim Thorpe award winner in 2013. He’s a strong, aggressive cornerback that loved to take on the opponent’s best receiver. He shadowed their #1 all over the field at times and never was consistently beat. He has a lot of good film over the past 3 seasons and is about as experienced of a cornerback as you will find. He has no off the field issues. He’s a willing tackler as seen by his 3 straight seasons with 43 or more tackles. He has good ball skills (10 career INTs). He plays with great technique and really trusts himself. His technique is probably the most advanced I’ve ever seen from a CB. He could play man coverage on day 1 of his NFL career at a starter’s level. He was rarely thrown at and was a shutdown corner in college. He has very good strength and forces a WR to adjust his route. In the 2013 Ohio State game (Big 10 Championship) they went 1-4 against him with 2 PBU and a FF on the lone completion! It was a dominant performance in the biggest game of their season.
Weaknesses:
Lightly recruited out of HS. He lacks elite athleticism and is more of a mid round type athlete which is always scary in a 1st round prospect. He doesn’t have a high upside and projects as a #2 CB. He has good ball skills but not elite skills. He’s going to be a press corner yet has only 30 ¼ arms which are tiny. That is a strange combination. He lacks elite speed or quickness, is somewhat tight in the hips and has short arms (30 ¼). Why is he a 1st rounder again?

Overall: Dennard is a guy that you can’t help but fall in love with when you scout him. He’s tough, physical and ultra competitive as he always wants to battle against the team’s #1 WR. He shadowed the best regularly in 2013 and won pretty much every time as no one was able to consistently get away from his strong press coverage. Unfortunately he looks like he’s going to be a better college corner than a pro corner as he lacks the arm length or size to be a dominant press corner and he lacks the hips, quickness or speed to be anything but a press corner. He’s a one dimensional type player, I don’t think he’d be good in off schemes, that has a low ceiling as a #2 CB. Dennard actually has a lot of holes in his game but cornerbacks are a valued position and I have no doubt that he’ll be able to start for an NFL team from day 1. He’ll never be a dominant, shut down cornerback like he was in college but he’ll be a 10 year starter as the #2 CB. In the end I had to drop him from #1 to #3 in my CB rankings as Gilbert and Verrett are quicker, faster and have longer arms. Late 1st round as my #3 CB who is a little overrated but understandeably so as he’s so damn fun to scout 5/5/14.

4. Phillip Gaines Rice 6’0 3/8 193 Sr.

Comparison: A more polished Robert Alford

Stats: C-USA

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

36

0

4

0

9

4

0

2012

33

0

2

0

18

0

0

2011

11

1

2

0

2

0

0

2010

64

1

2

1

6

0

0

2009

31

0

1

0

3

0

0

Combine: He had one of the most underrated Combines in the group as he shocked me with a 4.38 40 to go along with great size (6’0 3/8) but mediocre arm length (31 7/8), especially for his size. His 6.62 3 cone drill was 3rd best among 59 DBs. He’s extremely light for a black guy and might be mixed. After the 1st group ran all of their times he actually had the fastest unofficial time, ahead of even Gilbert. Very low and fluid in turn and run timed drill-one of the best. Great hips and fluidity in backpedal then corner route drill. Very fluid again in long backpedal then corner route drill. One of the best in T-step drill. He DOMINATED this Combine with his measurables and his position drills.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6003

193

31.88

9.63

4.38

15

36.5

1002

4.04

6.62

Strengths: He was the preseason DPOY for C-USA. 1st Team C-USA in 2012 and 2013. He didn’t earn the honor in the end because no one threw at him (teams went 14-42 against him in 2013=33%). Teams clearly shied away from him as in the 2013 bowl game (vs. Mississippi State) they kept their star WR in the slot the whole time and only threw at him twice (2 PBU in end zone, one on a trick play he didn’t fall for and should have been intercepted). He had a Top 10 pick type Combine with an elite 40, elite explosion, elite quickness and elite hips, feet and technique in the position drills. He was the best CB at the Combine in numerous aspects. He has great technique and seems to have an understanding of routes as I noticed him recognize a route and break before the WR did. He was dominant at the East-West Shrine game. I only saw him in 3 games and at the Combine yet he was dominant in every venue. He’s a very physical CB and loves to battle with opponents.
Weaknesses:
Suspended 1 game (2013 season opener vs. Texas A&M) for violation of team rules (arrested in April, along with 3 teammates for possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana). He played against a lower level of competition and could struggle early in his career. No one is talking about him as a pick as high as I have him on my board. He has long legs and his arms are only 31 7/8 inches with a guy at 6’0 usually in the ’32 ½ range. He’s an older prospect as he played at Rice for 5 seasons. He has mediocre ball skills (4 INTs in 5 seasons).

Overall: One of the things I like about not scouting the Mike Mayock way (start with a list of guys considered good by other scouts and watch some YouTube tape on each of them) is that you can find guys like Gaines much more easily by scouting organically. No one had a grade higher than the 4th round on Gaines going into the Combine so when he aced it the needle barely moved. I had seen a few games of his during the season and came away impressed with his size, quickness and technique so when he dominated the East-West Shrine Game and then the Combine I moved him up much higher than others did. Gaines has it all as he’s a big corner at basically 6’0 ½ 195 with ’32 arms and high 4.3 speed. Combine that with his elite technique, arguably the best in this draft, and his good ball skills and you have a steal. He has a similar game to Robert Alford who was a fast riser in last year’s draft and had an underrated rookie season for the Falcons in 2013. Gaines looks to be more athletic than Alford and is more polished so I think Gaines should, but likely won’t, go higher. In the end Gaines gets an early 2nd round grade as my #4 CB as he’s one of the most underrated players in this draft who has legit Pro Bowl potential 5/5/14.

5. Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech 5’11 ¾ 190 Sr.

Comparison: A poor man’s Antoine Winfield

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

24

0

2

1

10

2

0

2012

52

0

3

1

5

2

0

2011

65

4.5

14.5

1

7

2

0

2010

32

0

3

1

0

0

0

Combine: He had a good 40 (4.49) and an elite vertical, broad and 3 cone. It was a very complete workout for a player I thought was more blue collar, lunch pail type than legit athlete. High in backpedal and then bad in turn in turn and run timed drill. Very quick feet in long backpedal then corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5116

190

32.88

9.38

4.49

12

38.5

1008

4.19

6.90

Strengths: Good ball skills, elite toughness for a player of his size, very good instincts. Won Herbie Award for Backyard Playmaker. 3rd team Big East in 2012. 2nd Team ACC in 2013. His best game of 2013 was against Alabama proving that he could step up his game when the competition level went up. He has underrated athleticism. After the Combine I went back to the film and realized that he actually is quick and explosive. Now I still don’t think he has great long speed, his 4.49 40 is nothing more than average anyway, but he could play in a man scheme and isn’t solely a zone corner. He had consistent production with 52-65 tackles 2 straight years (likely 3 but he missed nearly half of the 2013 season), 1 FF 4 straight seasons and 2 INTs 3 straight seasons. He has great technique in off coverage. It’s a surprisingly rare trait to find in corners nowadays as most teams play man with zone concepts for combo routes.
Weaknesses:
He missed 5 games in 2013 including the Sun Bowl vs. UCLA. He wasn’t fully healed so he also skipped out on his Senior Bowl invitation. Despite his 4.49 40 I still don’t trust him fully on an island against NFL wideouts. He’s a scrappy guy but isn’t the biggest at 190 lbs and I could see him having injury issues at the next level due to his physical style of play. He lacks the talent to be a #1 CB and fits best in a zone scheme which most NFL teams don’t play.

Overall: Fuller is the boundary corner for Virginia Tech and has been a productive player for them the past 3 seasons. He’s a bit like former Tech CB Brandon Flowers as he isn’t a great athlete but is tough, physical and plays his heart out. Unfortunately he isn’t nearly as strong or dominant of a run stopper as Flowers (85 tackles in his final season vs. career high of 65 by Fuller) and projects to be more of a #2 CB. His Alabama film in 2013 was impressive as he had numerous PBUs and looked athletic in one on one coverage vs. Amari Cooper. Since then he’s had an up and down ride as he missed 5 games due to injury yet had a surprisingly good showing at the Combine. I honestly have no idea where Fuller goes as I’ve heard everything from Top 20-late 2nd round but to me he looks like a future #2 CB that would excel in a zone scheme where he could play off coverage. That write up hardly gets me excited and is the reason why I might have a lower grade on him than others. 2nd round as my #5 CB who is a hard nosed player without the elite upside other cornerback prospect have in this draft 5/7/14.

6. Loucheiz Purifoy Florida 5’11 ½ 190 Jr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

24

2

3.5

1

7

2

1

2012

51

0

1

3

5

0

0

2011

27

0

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: He had a terrible bench (6 reps) and a terrible 40 (4.61). A smaller CB like him can’t be that slow. He did have a good set of explosion drills. He had two blocked punts in 2011. He’s been suspended by the team. He had a bad backpedal and then almost fell on turn in backpedal drill. He has bad technique but you saw the explosion in backpedal then corner route drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5114

190

32.75

8.5

4.61

6

35.5

1000

 

 

Strengths: He’s just a pure athlete. His Combine was poor but put the tape on at anytime the past 3 seasons and you’ll see just a natural athlete that one minute is breaking up a pass at CB, the next minute is being used at running back and then has a big play on special teams as a punt returner or a punt blocker. He will be a special teams ace and could play punt return, kick return, punt block and be a gunner on punt coverage. He has elite arm length for his size as he’s sub 6’0 but has nearly ’33 arms. He has longer arms than 6’2 5/8 218 lb Stanley Jean-Baptiste. In 2012 vs. Florida State he shutdown Rashad Greene who was their best WR that year. There have been quite a few games where I thought Purifoy was the best of Florida’s 3 cornerbacks. He might not have great long speed but he has elite quickness and that, combined with his elite arm length, make him very capable of playing on an island against most NFL receivers.
Weaknesses:
His 40 (4.61) was atrocious and makes you go back to the tape to verify he’s fast. He is but it still is worrisome. His statistics are very poor as he only has 2 INTs in 3 seasons and only has one season with 30 or more tackles. If you looked at just his Combine numbers and his statistical production you’d say he was a player unworthy of a draft pick. He was suspended for the 2013 season opener vs. Toledo. Some Florida players said the locker room was very unhealthy last year and I can’t help but wonder if Purifoy was one of the causes.

Overall: Purifoy is one of the more confusing players to scout in this draft. After the 2012 season I had a mid to late 1st round grade on him and considered Purifoy to be the #1 cornerback in the nation ahead of Justin Gilbert who was coming off a down year and well ahead of his two teammates. One year later and Purifoy’s stock is all over the place with some having 2nd round grades on him and others having mid to even late round grades. He was suspended for the season opener, didn’t play hard all the time (especially against the run where he tackle total was cut in half) and he wasn’t the all around playmaker we’d seen previously. I think all would have been forgotten with a great Combine but instead he had a terrible, Joe Hayden style one and his stock is in free fall. I still believe in the kid as there is no doubting three things: he has long arms (’32 ¾), he’s extremely quick and he’s versatile. I’m no longer sure about his long speed, after his 4.61 40 and I know he’s not the hardest worker, after his 6 reps on the bench and being in the doghouse much of the 2013 season, but I can still give Purifoy a high grade due to those three things I do know. I think he’ll end up being a good #2 or a very good #3 CB for a team as well as provide a team with added value as a punt returner, gunner and possibly even as a part time wide receiver. I still like Purifoy. I wonder if I’m alone in that regard. Late 2nd round as my #6 CB who could have a precipitous fall on draft day 5/6/14.

7. Marcus Roberson Florida 6’0 ¼ 191 Sr.

Comparison: Mike Jenkins

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

11

0

0

0

3

1

0

2012

23

1

1

1

12

2

0

2011

22

0

0.5

0

2

1

0

Combine: He surprised me with a bad 40 (4.59) but mitigated it somewhat with great explosion (’37 ½ vertical, 10’0 broad) and very good quickness (4.08 shuttle, 6.84 3 cone) for his size (6’0 ¼ 191). His arm length at ’31 is below average for that height. Deion said Roberson dominated every practice at the Under Armour All-American game. Good in backpedal drill. He was very high and not that smooth in backpedal then corner route drill. Deion hated it too.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6002

191

31

9.25

4.61

8

37.5

1000

4.08

6.84

Strengths: Elite blue chip prospect coming out of HS. #112 on ESPN 150 for 2011. Starting as a true freshman. Deion said he dominated at the Under Armour All-American practices. If you take out his 40, a big if I admit, he actually had a very good Combine as his vertical, broad, shuttle and 3 cone all were above average to elite.
Weaknesses:
His career high in tackles for a season is 23? He only has 4 INTs in 3 years? You look at his career numbers of 56 tackles, 1 sack, 17 PBUs and 4 INTs and you can’t help but think that those could be gained in one great year yet he accumulated it in 3 years and he’s still considered an early round possibility? I’ve seen numerous Florida games the past two years and considered Roberson overrated. He doesn’t play smart as he seems to get beat due to not paying attention or off play action fakes and he has his share of stupid penalties. I think him leaving after the season he had in 2013 is a good example of Roberson not being intelligent. He missed 5 games in 2013 due to injury and 3 games in 2011 due to injury.

Overall: I don’t like Marcus Roberson. I haven’t liked him for 2 years now and with his injury plagued 2013 season, surprising decision to leave early for the NFL Draft and horrible 40 time there are suddenly a lot of people in my corner. Roberson reminds me of Mike Jenkins when he came out of South Florida as a big corner with good overall athleticism that lacked the consistency, toughness or intelligence to get the most out of his talent. Jenkins did make the Pro Bowl one season but otherwise can be considered a bust as a 1st rounder and I’d say the same thing will be the case with Roberson. I honestly don’t know why people have a high grade on him at this point as his 40 was terrible, his stats the past three years have been mediocre, he’s injury prone and he rarely made any real impact for his program. He has a good frame, good explosiveness and surprising quickness for a guy his size but I don’t expect him to be anything more than Mike Jenkins is: an inconsistent borderline starter. 3rd round as my #7 CB 5/7/14.

8. Bashaud Breeland Clemson 5’11 3/8 197 Jr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

56

2

5

2

10

4

0

2012

33

1

2.5

0

3

0

0

2011

47

0

1

0

4

2

0

Combine: Overall he was really bad with a terrible 40 (4.62) and bad shuttle (4.33) yet he was above average in the broad, average in the vertical and average in the 3 cone. He has poor ball skills. Mayock thinks he will be a starter down the road. Good in turn and run timed drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5113

197

197

31.75

4.62

11

34.5

1003

4.33

7.04

Strengths: He’s a tall (5’11 3/8), long (’31 ¾ arms) corner that fits the “big corner” mold extremely well. He likes to battle with receivers as he body slammed a receiver in the Syracuse game. He was a gunner on special teams for them. He started from Day 1 at Syracuse and was a productive player all three years. He had a great game vs. Syracuse with an INT, 4 PBUs, two pancakes of offensive players (a WR and a FB) and a downed punt inside the 5 yard line.
Weaknesses:
He tested out poorly at the Combine with a terrible 40, below average quickness drills and only average explosion. His 11 reps on the bench were poor as well. He talks a little too much for my taste and I think he considers himself a star. I don’t get why he left school after only 1 good year. I don’t like when guys leave early without having at least one great year and Breeland fits that category. Again it makes me think that he’s full of himself.

Overall: Mike Mayock thinks Breeland is a future starter in the NFL and I understand where he’s coming from as he’s big, long, aggressive and has solid athleticism. His Combine was very poor but I think he plays faster than he timed and he’s helped by his good length and strength. I see Breeland as having a bit of an attitude which scares me as he lacks the athleticism to be an NFL starter unless he plays with good technique and works at his craft. I’m unsure he’ll do that as he was constantly jawing at opponents during games and he left school early despite never having a great season. That being said Breeland still projects as a good #3 or average #2 CB on a team that likes to press as he’s long, aggressive and physical. I could see some team fall in love with him and take him in the late 2nd or I could see teams be wary of his Combine numbers and have him drop to the 4th or 5th round. On my board he’s a 3rd rounder as my #8 CB who projects as a starter in a press scheme 5/6/14.

9. Aaron Colvin Oklahoma 5’11 177 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

55

1

5

0

3

1

0

2012

61

2

2.5

0

11

4

0

2011

84

0.5

4.5

0

6

0

0

2010

34

0

3

1

3

0

0

Combine: Didn’t work out due to ACL injury.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5110

177

31

9.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strengths: 2nd team Big 12 in 2013. He’s a 4 year starter at a major university in a Top 4 Conference and he made numerous All-Conference Teams. He plays with good technique and is extremely aware of his surroundings. He was a leader for their defense. He has good height and solid athleticism. He played well against Mike Evans in the 2012 bowl game (Cotton Bowl) which is important as Evans is much bigger than him but Colvin seemed to handle him well.
Weaknesses:
He had a down season in 2013 with only 3 PBU and 1 INT. He had a shoulder injury early and a toe injury later that hampered his play. He tore his ACL in the first practice at the Senior Bowl and tearing it that late (late January) means he has almost no chance to play as a rookie. He always had solid athleticism but not elite and if he doesn’t fully recover he might not be NFL caliber anymore. At 177 lbs he is very light of frame and might only be a nickel corner. He only has 5 INTs in 4 seasons of playing consistently in the 2nd most pass happy conference in the nation.

Overall: It’s a shame for Aaron as there’s no denying his ACL tear at the Senior Bowl is going to cost him millions of dollars. Thankfully he’s a long time starter with 4 years of tape so the fall won’t be drastic but he was in the 2nd round mix before this and that’s no longer an option. I like him as an investment for the future though as Colvin showed good speed and quickness, good technique and was a very experienced player. He projects as a #2 CB who can play the slot but will need to add weight as his 177 lb frame is a little worrisome. 3rd round as my #9 CB who could fall on draft day due to a torn ACL he suffered at the Senior Bowl 5/5/14.

10. Bradley Roby Ohio State 5’11 ¼ 194 Jr.

Comparison: Patrick Robinson

Stats: Big Ten

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

69

0

2

0

13

3

1

2012

62

1

2

0

17

2

1

2011

47

0

3.5

1

6

3

0

Combine: He’s an inconsistent player on film but no one has every considered him a bad athlete and there’s a reason why. His 5’11 ¼ 194 frame with ’31 ½ arms and ’10 ¼ hands was very good and combined with elite athleticism as he had a 4.39 40, ’38 ½ vertical, 10’4 broad and 4.04 shuttle.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5112

194

31.5

10.25

4.39

17

38.5

1004

4.04

 

Strengths: 1st Team Big Ten in 2012 and 2013. He’s a big (5’11 ½ 194 lbs), strong (17 reps), fast (4.39), explosive (’38 ½ vertical) and quick (4.04) corner with good ball skills (8 INTs in only 3 years). He can be a very physical player in the run and pass game. 30 PBUs, 5 INTs, 2 TDs and 131 tackles is an elite two year span.
Weaknesses:
He missed the 2013 bowl game vs. Clemson due to a bone bruise he suffered vs. Michigan State. A lot of people, myself included, thought that he could have played with his injury but he chose not too because facing Sammy Watkins would have hurt his draft stock. Suspended first 2 games in 2013 due to offseason incident (misdemeanor battery charge due to a bar incident). He has played poorly against top level talent throughout his career and his 2012 season was superior to his 2013 season. Deserved or not, he has a reputation as a me first player and didn’t seem to care too much about his team or teammates in 2013. Before the season began he told the media that this would be his last season as a Buckeye, a rare assertion especially for someone of his non 1st round draft status. He got into a Twitter battle with angry Buckeye fans who thought his bone bruise suffered on December 7th vs. Michigan State wasn’t sufficient reason for missing the bowl game on January 3rd. It ended with him stating, “It makes me ashamed to even have played for y’all.” He’s an extremely inconsistent player as there is some good film and there is some terrible film of him in 2012 and in 2013. His 2013 Wisconsin game where he allows 10 catches for +200 yards vs. Jared Abrederis is probably the single worst game film for any prospect in this draft (Johnny Football’s LSU tape in 2013 is the only other one that comes to mind).

Overall: Roby is a guy that has all the talent in the world but still doesn’t have a clue. On the field I dislike him as one minute he’s a tough guy who plays hard against the run and battles a WR at the LOS and the next minute he’s noticeably not playing hard and hurting his team. He has poor instincts and doesn’t seem to really understand any of the nuances of the game. He was eaten alive by a WR in Abrederis that I have an early 3rd round grade on so he will face far more talented players than him. Off the field I dislike him as he’s a very selfish person. From his suspension to his questionable decision to sit out his final game to his twitter proclamation before the 2013 season began that this would be his final year in college to his twitter rants against his fanbase. It all adds up to a selfish, immature person that thinks they are a superior player than they really are. It’s hard for me to grade a guy like Roby as he has starter caliber tools and I suspect he will eventually become one yet I don’t think he’ll be a good starter and there’s a legit possibility that he becomes a locker room cancer. If I was running a team Roby would be off my board completely as he isn’t worth the trouble. Since I’m just running a website and want a grade on every player then he ends with a late 3rd round as my #10 CB as he has a high ceiling but comes with so many red flags that I wouldn’t consider drafting him 5/6/14.

11. Walt Aikens Liberty 6’0 5/8 203 Sr. Senior Bowl: Day 3: A bit too physical but overall it was still good cov vs. Solomon Patton for INC-much quicker than Keith McGill the other “big corner.” He signed with Illinois but was kicked off the team due to an arrest early in his career. At the Senior Bowl I liked Aikens more than McGill due to his superior quickness and toughness yet never saw any film of his. I found tape on him and loved what I saw as he showed good hands, great instincts and a physicality that matches well with his size and frame. One thing I disliked about McGill was he was the biggest guy in the secondary but didn’t act like it. Aikens acts like it and throws his body around in the run game. He’s an intriguing prospect that I probably think too highly of. Early 4th round as my #11 CB 5/6/14.

12. Shaquille Richardson Arizona #5 6’0 1/8 194 Sr. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game allowed fade TD by Blackmon but actually had good coverage (2:55 1st), hit Blackmon incredibly hard knocking him backwards on a WR screen he read perfectly (0:54 1st). In the 2011 UCLA game he was ejected for a PF at the end of the 1st half when both benches cleared. In the 2012 Nevada game he had perfect cov on 9 route actually outrunning WR to get INT and return it +30 yds, strong hit for TFL on 0 route-he was hurt on play, big hit on QB sliding-QB hurt on play but called for helmet to helmet hit. In the 2013 Oregon game he had a spectacular INT of Marcus Mariota (1st INT in 354 pass attempts) as he jumped out of bounds to grab the ball and throw it back into play to his LB. East-West Shrine Game: He was widely considered the best cornerback at the East-West Shrine game practices. In the East-West Shrine game he had a solid INT on a late thrown out, beat badly on double move for would be TD by Allen Hurns yet safety bailed him out with pick. He dominated his Pro Day with a 4.43 40, ’38 ½ vertical, 14 reps and 6.95 3 cone. I was very surprised he wasn’t invited to the Combine and am downright shocked he doesn’t have more buzz. Richardson has had his issues with personal fouls but he’s a big, strong and athletic CB that has good experience in a Top 4 Conference. Early 4th round as my #12 CB and a big time sleeper 5/6/14.

13. Bene Benwikere San Jose State 5’10 ¾ 195 Sr.

Comparison: Dwight Bentley

Stats: Conference

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

55

1

2

0

11

5

0

2012

67

0

7.5

1

4

7

1

2011

18

0

0.5

0

3

1

0

2010

74

0

1.5

2

4

1

0

Combine: He came in short (5’10 ¾) as expected but also had some short arms (’30) and was slow (4.63 40). He recovered somewhat with an elite 40 (’40 ½), elite broad (10’2) and an elite 3 cone (6.94) with his shuttle being below average (4.38).

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5106

195

30

9.13

4.63

10

40.5

1002

4.38

6.94

Strengths: 1st team WAC in 2012. He’s a good special teamer as he had a diving blocked punt for a safety and is relatively strong for a CB so he should be good on coverage teams. He’s an extremely quick corner with good ball skills who looks like a perfect fit as a slot CB. He is extremely quick and explosive with both attributes again making him a great fit as a slot CB. He has a great backpedal and has a great burst to the ball.
Weaknesses:
He’s short (5’10 ¾), extremely slow (4.63) and he has short arms (’30) so he has no chance of ever being a starter in a man scheme. He can play the slot against the Wes Welkers but what happens when Larry Fitzgerald goes into the slot? He has no scheme diversity and little chance of ever being a starter in any scheme.

Overall: Bene is an easy player to scout as he’s a quicker than fast type athlete with solid size. He fits best as a slot CB in a man scheme or anywhere in a zone scheme as he needs to be protected over the top due to his poor long speed. He’s played FS at times but fits best as a CB due to his below average tackling skills. I like Bene as he fits his role perfectly and his quickness, ball skills and burst to the ball make him a good value pick in the middle rounds. 4th round as my #13 CB 5/6/14.

14. Andre Hal Missouri 5’10 3/8 188 Sr.

Comparison: Logan Ryan

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

49

0

6.5

0

15

3

0

2012

48

0

2

0

14

2

0

2011

21

0

0

0

1

1

0

2010

15

0

0

0

1

0

0

Combine: He was average in every drill across the board, highlighted by his 4.50 40. Solid in turn and run timed drill. Average in backpedal then corner route drill. Average in long backpedal then corner route drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5103

188

30.5

8.63

4.50

15

35.5

911

4.27

7.14

Strengths: 2nd team SEC in 2013. Solid height, good ball skills, solid strength. He’s an experienced CB that has battled quite a few NFL caliber receivers. His ball skills are probably his best attribute. He’s a very aware CB and reads routes well.
Weaknesses:
Doesn’t have great quickness or hips, rarely uses NFL technique with a backpedal and is somewhat raw. In the 2013 Texas A&M game he matched up against Mike Evans and was burned for a +50 yd TD and was more of a “battler” than “challenger.” He was beat deep for a +50 yd TD vs. Houston in their 2013 bowl game. He lacks deep speed. He has small hands, short arms and looked tiny against Evans. He has 0 sacks, 0 FF and only 8.5 TFL for his career so he’s definitely a cover corner. He’s somewhat tight in his hips, lacks elite quickness and lacks top end long speed all of which make me worry that he won’t be able to play exclusive man coverage at the next level.

Overall: He’s a smart, instinctive and physical CB that will fit best in a zone scheme. He reminds me a little of Logan Ryan who had a strong rookie season for the Patriots in 2013. He looks like a future #3 CB who will play in zone schemes or nickel coverages as he lacks the size or speed to play on an island. I like Hal as he’s smart, experienced and makes plays but there’s only so much value you can place on a future non-starter and that’s what Hal projects as. 4th round as my #14 CB who will be a very good #3 CB, especially if used in a zone scheme that hides his poor deep speed 5/6/14.

15. Keith McGill Utah 6’3 3/8 211 Sr.

Comparison: Sean Smith

Senior Bowl: He missed entire junior year with shoulder injury. Day 2: He looked extremely slow vs. Jordan Matthews. Scouts love his size and think he’s a legit CB not a S.

Stats: Conference

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2013

37

0

0.5

0

12

1

1

2012

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

12

0

0

0

1

0

0

2010

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: He came in at 6’3 3/8 as the biggest DB, let alone CB, at the Combine. He also didn’t shock anyone when he measured in with the longest arms at ’33 ¼. I honestly expected ’34 arms so I’m a little disappointed. One issue with him is his quickness, or lack thereof, which was shown by his 7.29 3 cone-2nd worst among the 59 DBs. His 40 at 4.51 is very good and made him a lot of money as it could keep him at CB. He has extremely long legs. Tight in backpedal drill. Very long legged with poor technique in backpedal then corner route drill. Below average in out then wheel route drill though his backpedal was good.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6033

211

33.25

10.25

4.51

 

39

1009

4.18

7.29

Strengths: He’s the biggest legit corner I’ve ever graded. His quickness drills weren’t bad. That is crazy as guys his size and length always struggle in those drills. He has elite explosiveness with a ’30 vertical and 10’9 broad. His 4.51 40 is elite for his weight (211). He has versatility as he could play CB, FS or SS.
Weaknesses:
He’s only played 2 seasons in major college football as in 2010 he was in Junior College. In 2011 he played 5 games at safety until a shoulder injury ended his season. In 2012 he missed the entire season rehabbing the shoulder. He only has one season in major college football under his belt as a cornerback so he’s sure to be raw as can be. He was only Honorable Mention Pac-12 in 2013. For a guy his size he should be bludgeoning receivers yet he’s not that physical. He avoids contact on run plays which again is strange to me for a guy his size.

Overall: The new fad is the “big corner” and there’s no bigger one than McGill. His tape leaves a lot to be desired as he has below average instincts, isn’t a playmaker (1 career INT, 0 career FF) and is very soft. You’d think a player his size would be constantly beating up on wideouts and would be an enforcer in the run game but he’s really just a long, lean guy running around daintily like most corners do. I understand the interest in him though as the kid potentially could become a Pro Bowler. He’s only played one full season at CB so the light probably hasn’t come on yet and he’s still a newbie when it comes to technique and anything detail oriented about the position. 3-5 years from now McGill could be one of the 10 best corners in the NFL and could be a team’s answer for the Calvin Johnsons and AJ Greens of the world. I wouldn’t hold my breath though as I just don’t like how soft he plays the game and think he’ll never be more than an average starter at best. Late 4th round as my #15 CB who has the NFL’s imagination due to his elite size but likely won’t pan out due to his soft style of play 5/6/14.

16. Rashaad Reynolds Oregon St. #16 5’9 7/8 189 Sr. In the 2012 Utah game he played off on 3rd and long and had great burst to ball for PBU on slant-close to pick 6, great burst again this time for PBU on hitch-almost pick 6 again! Combine: His 40 (4.51) was average to below average which is good for a ballhawk like himself. He didn’t seem that athletic on film so to test out average is a win for him. He actually had elite explosion numbers (’37 ½ vertical) and quickness numbers (4.00 shuttle and 6.72 3 cone) so overall he actually had a good Combine, regardless of perceptions coming into the event. He looked chiseled at his weight. A little out of control but also very flexible and nimble in backpedal then corner route drill. P: 38 career starts. He has great quickness and agility for a player with his height. He’s an all around playmaker with 6 INT, 2 FF and 2 fumble recoveries returned for TDs. In the 2013 Boise St. game he had two fumble recoveries that he returned for TDs in the 1st half. Neither were caused by him but he did show good awareness. He had a PBU vs. Matt Miller on post route, perfect cov on a slant vs. TE (ran the route better than TE did). I loved Reynolds on tape the past two years and was happy to see him have a good Combine. He’s a quick, strong player that could play as a #3 CB or as a FS. I don’t think he has the athleticism to be a full on starter as an outside corner but somehow a team should get his playmaking skills on the field. He’s a leader and tough as nails so he’d be a great locker room glue guy too. Late 4th round as my #16 CB who I rank much higher than others do because of his elite tap 5/6/14.

17. Carrington ByndomTexas #23 5’11 ¼ 177Sr. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he was beat easily on pump fake 9 route vs. WR Kenny Stills for 19 yd TD, no separation but beat for 20 yd TD by Stills on great back shoulder throw-called for pushing off, great pbu in end zone on fade knocking ball out of Stills hands (11:50 2nd), dropped deflected INT that came right into his hands, good speed on blitz up the middle from CB spot, solid coverage on 15 yd fade route for TD as throw was great and route was great as well. Ranked #122 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he had bad face mask on late tackle after he failed to bring WR down 5 yds earlier, good jump of out from Kenny Stills for pick 6 to give team spark down 34 pts (12:47 3rd). In the 2012 Texas Tech game he had a PBU on hitch-WR bobbled it first and cleaned it up, very good PBU on WR Eric Ward on short slant, good cov but Ward highpointed ball on post in middle of field, great PBU diving on slant to force FG, good PBU on well covered fade, good cov for PBU knocking ball out of Ward’s hand, went untouched for blocked FG. In the East-West Shrine game he had a good tackle on outside run at him, had PI vs. Matt Hazel on 1 yd back shoulder would be TD then gave up 1 yd slant TD one play later to Hazel-couldn’t cover his quickness. 3rd team Big 12 in 2013. He had an elite Pro Day with a 4.35 40 (that track is notoriously fast though so more like a 4.45 40 which is still very good), a ’36 vertical and a below average 7.16 3 cone. I’ve never loved the kid but he had good tape the past two years and it’s a little strange that he wasn’t invited to the Combine or has any buzz around him. Late 4th round as my #17 CB 5/6/14

18. Victor Hampton South Carolina 5’9 197 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

51

0

5

1

9

3

0

2012

40

1

3

0

6

1

0

2011

14

0

0

0

3

1

0

Combine: He was below average across the board, highlighted by his 4.69 40. Good hips and

quickness in backpedal then corner route drill. He’s very thick for a CB but again looked smooth in long backpedal then corner route drill. Suspended in 2011. Deion picked him out among all the DBs as his guy, “I think he’s going to be a dog in the NFL.”

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5090

197

31.25

9.25

4.69

20

33.5

910

4.20

7.01

Strengths: He was a blue chip prospect out of HS and made his decision publicly at the Under Armour All-American Game. 2nd Team SEC in 2013 by the media, 3rd Team SEC in 2013 by Phil Steele whom I trust more. Best CB on team per coaches 8/29/13. Very physical in his style of play and possibly could move to safety as he’s thickly built. He has elite strength for a CB and could be a very good press corner. He’s a great tackler and has laid his fair share of big hits. His hit against the Wisconsin QB in their 2013 bowl games was epic and was one of the 5 best hits all year.
Weaknesses:
Isn’t flexible and moves more like a safety than a CB. He was suspended in 2011 and got into it at times with Steve Spurrier. He can’t play man coverage unless he has help over the top so he either needs to be in a press Cover 2 or be in a zone Cover 2 with press being his best bet due to his great strength.

Overall: Victor is a physical corner that loves to lay the wood. He has elite strength for a CB, has his share of huge hits and is mediocre in coverage so there’s a legit possibility he moves to safety during his career. I don’t think he has the overall athleticism to be a starting CB in the NFL unless he’s helped schematically as he ran a 4.69 40 at the Combine and on film that appears to be about right. His best fit would be as a press corner that received help over the top. Another fit would be as an off corner in a Cover 2 scheme that accentuated his skills as a run stopper. Either way it’s his strength, tackling ability and overall physicality that a team will be drafting, not his cover skills. I like him as a team’s nickel DB who can be part safety, part corner and be moved all around. Late 4th round as my #18 CB due to concerns about his poor athleticism and character 5/6/14.

19. K’Waun Williams Pittsburgh 5’9 3/8 183 Sr. As a true freshman I noticed him in the ’10 Compass Bowl (first career start) as he laid a big hit on Kentucky QB Morgan Newton (235 lbs) and has the body of an NFL CB as a true freshman! Coaches say he is a natural CB with great quickness and hips. Future prospect for sure 1/9/11. In the 2011 West Virginia game he looked big and fast playing bump and run following WR Stedman Bailey around most of the time, had great bump knocking WR out of bounds ruining play (7:36 1st), good job getting around WR block to help on TFL of dump off pass in flat to RB forcing punt, great coverage on WR Ivan McCartney both on initial route and on comeback on scramble drill getting pbu, good jump on WR screen on 4th and 4 but slipped off tackle of Bailey yet safety cleaned up, hit TE hard and stripped him for FF on what was a huge TO (11:18 4th). He looked the part of a shutdown college CB with size, strength, speed, and length. The Mountaineers went away from him all night and he was a large reason their passing game wasn’t in sync. He looks like a future 1st rounder who already gets a late 2nd/early 3rd round grade from me 12/1/11. Listed as the #67 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he allowed +20 yd reception to WR Marcus Davis curl getting good break on ball but not quite able to get PBU, PI on 9 route as he had great cov but never looked back for ball, allowed +20 yd post to Davis again with good cov but unable to get PBU. Listed as the #70 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Connecticut game he gave hitch and YAC on quick turn upfield, very impressive TFL on 3rd and 1-shot through traffic to hit him in backfield, quick tackle on hitch-had them play off a lot. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had the biggest play of the game leaving the WR on the short out to fall back and get INT vs. TE in back of end zone (gave team ball back with 4 minutes left up 8 pts). In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had INT on deflected INT, beat by a step on zone read 9 route but overthrown for INC. In the 2013 Bowling Green game he had a perfectly timed blitz and showed good awareness to get an 8 yd TFL on an end around. He had a quiet game but I still love his size, quickness and ball skills. 3rd round 12/27/13. At one time he had an elite grade on my board but he never improved his play after his Sophomore year and his measurables show him as much smaller than I had expected (5’9 3/8 183 vs. 5’11 190. I still will go out on the limb with him and give him a mid round grade but his measurables (4.53 40 at his Pro Day) will keep him from ever being the star I thought he would become when I scouted him in 2012. Early 5th round as my #19 CB 5/6/14.

20. Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska 6’2 5/8 218 Sr. In the 2011 Ohio St. game had a personal foul hitting WR laying on ground after he allowed 10 yd curl on 3rd down for a very dumb double negative (0:40 3rd), great coverage with no separation vs. CB Corey Brown having inside route to the ball on the 9 route and getting the int to setup the win (6:31 4th). 2nd team Big 10 in 2013. In the 2013 Georgia game (bowl game) he slipped allowing a big play but otherwise provided shutdown coverage. Senior Bowl: Day 2: Beat badly by King Colter on out-poor hips and quickness. I love his arm length and weight as at 6’3 220 he has the frame of a Patrick Peterson but lacks the speed, quickness or hips of one. Maybe a safety, maybe a scheme specific CB. Day 3: He had terrible footwork in trail position and was beat handily by Robert Herron, good cov vs. Shaq Evans for INC. Combine: He came in at 6’2 5/8 218 with ’32 3/8 arms which is actually somewhat small relative to his height. WR his first two seasons and only started 5 games in 2012 so he’s been a CB only for 18 starts. 2nd Team Big Ten in 2013. He has shocking size but I don’t really know what to do with him. If you move him to safety his long arms are negated and he will be moving to a position he’s never played before (he should have good ball skills though due to his time at WR). If you leave him at CB you need to have a plan for him as he has poor quickness and isn’t very physical despite his elite size. I get why people are in love with him but I smell a bust. Early 5th round as my #20 CB who I like a lot less than other do because I think he won’t end up working out 5/6/14.

21. Jaylen Watkins Florida #14 5’11 ½ 194 Sr. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had perfect cov on 9 route for PBU-great well timed leap as was throwing to bigger WR, PBU on hitch-punt. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he was beat by WR on 19 yd TD as he didn’t adjust to ball in air-poor ball skills. Senior Bowl: Half brother to Sammy Watkins. Day 2: Way too much cushion and not great recovery speed shown on easy route vs. Ryan Grant, good PBU vs. Jordan Matthews post-sat on it and broke well. Combine: He had a 4.41 40 and a shocking 22 reps but didn’t do the explosion or quickness drills. At 5’11 ½ 194 he had quite an impressive Combine. He was always the third CB for them and I never was that impressed with his film. He looks like a good fit though as a slot CB due to his very good speed and quickness. 5th round as my #21 CB 5/6/14

22. Pierre Desir Lindenwood 6’1 198 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Pierre Desir- Day 2: Beat by Jared Abrederis on zig zag route. Solid feet in mirror drill. Day 3: Beat by Michael Campanaro on curl-fell down at the end too.

Combine: He had great height (6’1) and long arms (’33) as expected but a 4.59 40 and 4.30 shuttle are both very poor. He was elite though in his broad (11’1) and his 3 cone (6.86) so he was a mixed bag but definitely didn’t knock it out of the park. He has two young kids already. Born in Haiti. He looks very similar to Roddy Beaubois. Very high but quick in turn and run timed drill. He was good in long backpedal then corner route drill with quickness and nice ball skills.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6010

198

33

9.63

4.59

11

35

1101

4.3

6.86

Strengths: Cliff Harris Award Winner (Small College DPOY). He’s very raw but he has some elite tools for a coach to work with as he’s big (6’1), long (’33 arms), explosive (11’1 broad is incredible!) and quick (6.86 3 cone for his size is rare). He noticeably improved in his two weeks at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Weaknesses:
Born in Haiti. He has a 6 yr old and 3 yr old daughter which at his age is a red flag. He’s extremely raw as at the East-West Shrine game he continuously was being pulled aside by the coaches for pointers. He was beat constantly by Chandler Jones in the East-West Shrine Game and beat regularly in Senior Bowl practices. He is long but his arm length isn’t incredibly long and he only has an average burst on film. His level of competition was so low I don’t see how he’ll have any impact as a rookie.

Overall: Everyone who has seen Pierre for a second knows what he is: A high upside project. The question is how high do you think his upside is and how quickly do you think he will be able to at least be a #3 CB for you. I’m on the low end when answering both questions as I don’t see a great burst from him and think he’s pretty weak for his size so I don’t think his ceiling is as high as other scouts do. I also think he is raw as can be and looks more like a practice squad player as a rookie than a contributor in any role. Due to this I’m lowering on him than the scouting community as a whole is but I do think he has the chance to develop into a solid #2 starter down the road. 5th round as my #22 CB who is the classic “big corner” that is in vogue right now but is a guy that likely won’t contribute for a few years due to how raw he is 5/5/14.

23. Kenneth Acker SMU 5’11 5/8 190 Sr. In the 2011 Texas A&M game he was embarrassingly stiff armed for a few yards then thrown to the turf by RB Cyrus Gray (3:10 1st), nice hit and pbu on Gray in flat for drop down pass to force punt on 3rd and 3 (12:22 2nd), and missed Gray in the hole allowing 35 yd run showing his poor tackling as he completely whiffed (13:05 3rd). Undraftable 9/4/11. 2nd Team AAC in 2013. In the 2013 NFLPA practice he had a great INT dropping off his man’s 9 route to undercut an interior route-great awareness and quickness, well timed hit on slant for PBU, elite recovery speed racing back into a play for a PBU on a crossing route. In the 2013 NFLPA game he had a big hit on Roy Finch cutting him in half on an inside run, great eyes to the QB nearly getting diving INT when QB/WR had miscom. He looked like the best CB on either squad during practice. Late 4th round 1/20/14. He had a bad 40 (4.50-translates to 4.60 at the Combine) but otherwise was solid with a ’36 vertical and 6.94 3 cone. 5th round as my #23 CB who improved dramatically in the past 3 years and looks like a sleeper 5/6/14.

24. EJ Gaines Missouri 5’10 190 Sr. In the 2011 Arizona St. game he had poor coverage allowing a slower WR to get wide open deep on him but did show good speed catching him from behind quickly (9:20 1st), beat by WR Aaron Pflugrad on 32 yd 9 route from RB throw (4:12 3rd). 2011 1st Team Big 12. In the 2012 Arizona St. game he had a great TFL avoiding WR block and diving at RB’s legs to take him down despite a pulling OG in his way (avoided two blockers to make play)-great aggressiveness. They man him up a lot on other team’s best WR. Had 18 passes defended in 2011 (3rd in nation). In the 2012 Georgia game he had island cov vs. WR Marlon Brown getting PBU on back shoulder route-some contact but overall nice cov. In the 2012 South Carolina game he allowed a 36 yd catch to setup a TD on 9 route. In the 2012 Alabama game he had a 44 yd post against him by WR Kenny Bell. 1st Team SEC in 2013. In the 2013 bowl game vs. Oklahoma State he had a big tackle on a 0 route, easy INT thrown right to him in zone cov, strong tackle on short out in front of him, strong tackle on 0 route. Combine: He didn’t work out due to injury. Gaines has the look of a steal as he’s been a steady performer (3 seasons with at least 69 tackles and 9 career INTs) during his career. He’s been a 1st Team Big 12 and SEC due to his big hits, elite run support and aggressive play in coverage. He lacks the athleticism to probably start in the NFL (his Pro Day was below average with a 4.51 40, ’31 ½ vertical and 4.28 shuttle) but I’d love him as my #3 or #4 CB as he’d be a great locker room guy and special teamer. Late 5th round as my #24 CB 5/6/14.

 

Late Round Types:

25. Ross Cockrell Duke 6’0 191 Sr. 1st team ACC in 2012. He struggled in 2011 as Soph. In the 2012 Cincinnati game he had perfect cov on post for PBU, perfect cov on 9 route for INC-great technique, not great speed in trail on cross for +15 yds, beat again this time on +30 yd post corner. At the East-West Shrine game practices he struggled all week. The worst part though was he looked extremely stiff which is one of the hardest things to fix in a player. He did show good ball skills and when a QB made a mistake he made them pay (a number of INTs in practice). He ended the game with a spectacular diving one handed INT on a slant he jumped-best play of the game. 6th round due to elite ball skills but his stiffness really concerns me, maybe a move to safety? 2/20/14 Combine: He had the 2nd shortest arms (29 7/8) of any of the 59 DBs. It’s even more disappointing as he’s a 6’0 191 “big corner” and has the poor quickness (4.32 shuttle and 7.28 3 cone both below average with the 3 cone being the 3rd worst at the Combine). So you get the slowness of a big corner but don’t get the long arms of one. Not interested. Mayock thinks “if he gets stronger this Cockrell kid could be a good player.” Had a high backpedal, didn’t look that fast and had a terrible drop in long backpedal then corner route drill. He has T-Rex arms. 12 INT and 42 PBU in career. Solid in T-step drill. He’s such a mixed bag I don’t know what to do with him. On the positive side is that he’s 6’0, he’s experienced, he has good tape (1st Team ACC in 2013) and he has good ball skills (12 career INTs). On the negative side is that he has extremely short arms, isn’t fast (4.56 40) and is stiff. I’m expecting him to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th round but I just don’t like his overall package and think he’s a late round type. Early 6th round as my #25 CB 5/5/14.

26. Deion Belue Alabama #13 5’11 182 Sr. In the Michigan game he was beat deep on 70 yd catch and run by WR Jeremy Gallon. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had very good cov on scramble drill play forcing INC on sideline. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had easy INT on 9 route as had inside position and WR was walled off. In the 2012 Missouri game he had perfect cov on 9 route and had INT but WR ripped it away for INC. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had good cov on slant by WR Cordarrelle Patterson for INC-slight bump but not PI, perfect cov on WR Justin Hunter’s 9 route for INC and almost INT. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had good cov on WR Chad Bumphis for INC on 9 route, great cov on shallow cross for PBU, allowed WR Chris Smith a +20 yd curl-big separation, allowed Smith a 14 yd contested catch as he highpointed it over Deion. In the 2012 LSU game he barely caught RB Jeremy Hill from behind for 3 yd gain-looked almost equal in speed, bad tackle attempt bouncing off and not wrapping up FB Copeland for +25 YAC, good cov but beat on 14 yd TD by WR Jarvis Landry-perfect ball. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he had tight cov on WR TJ Jones and high pointed ball to volleyball swat it away on 4th and 5-TO, allowed Jones +10 yd back shoulder throw, hold vs. Jones. In the 2012 Georgia game he was beat on back shoulder +30 yd throw, beat on +35 yd catch and run by WR Tavarres King again-terrible at tracking the ball. CB Deion Belue #13- Their #1 CB for 2013 season. In the 2013 Virginia Tech game he was good throughout with perfect cov on all of their mediocre wideouts. In the 2013 Texas A&M game he was put on Mike Evans after the first drive and “slowed” him down. Combine: He only did the bench (11 reps) due to injury but measured in tall (5’11) yet small (183). He’s a CB with good height and solid athleticism but his upside is as a #3 CB at best and looks like a career backup. 6th round as my #26 CB 5/5/14.

27. Chris Davis Auburn 5’10 203 Sr. In the 2011 Alabama game he peaked in backfield on flea flicker allowing 41 yd TD on 9 route that he wasn’t 5 yds near, pancaked by TE Brad Smelley in open field showing poor strength, PI on 9 route vs. WR Kenny Bell, juked in backfield by RB Trent Richardson missing open shot for TFL. He had a bad game in national championship game in 2013. Senior Bowl: Day 2: Gave hitch vs. Kevin Norwood but closed quickly for tight catch, beat badly by Mike Davis on double move for easy TD, looked small vs. Norwood but stayed tight on him on 9 route and then was beat for play of the day with a great leaping catch over his head-smaller guy who could struggle with back shoulder and red zone stuff. No separation vs. Norwood on 9 route for INC, no separation on double move vs. Jordan Matthews with nice PBU, good PBU on slant vs. Solomon Patton on 7×7. Combine: Didn’t work out due to an injury. He has solid speed and is thick (203 lbs) but he has poor height and overall is just a mediocre athlete. His ball skills are my issue with him as he had 0 INTs the past three seasons and it largely negates his elite tackle totals (74 tackles in 2013, 46 in 2012 and 60 in 2011). He might make more sense as a FS but even at that position I want ball skills. Late 6th rounder as my #27 CB who will surely go higher than this but is red flagged on my board big time due to his non-existent ball skills 5/6/14.

28. Nevin Lawson Utah St. #1 5’9 ½ 190 Sr. In the 2013 Northern Illinois game he looked small. He was dominant throughout in man coverage but he will be tiny in the NFL. He struggled at the East-West Shrine game practices as he just looked inferior to a lot of the receivers at this mediocre All-Star event. At the East-West Shrine game he held John Brown but got away with it and the PBU that came with it, good cov on deep past to Bernard Reedy but missed ball allowing acrobatic TD, did get a highlight though when a fumble bounced to him and he picked it up for an easy TD. He is a very physical CB that makes the tackle every time in space, can lay a hit and will battle a WR. Scouts say he holds more than any other CB in this draft. 7th round 2/20/14. Senior Bowl: Day 2: Held all day long and still beat by Josh Huff on out, beat by Shaq Evans on deep route, very quick feet in mirror drill. Combine: He had a solid Combine with a good 40 (4.48) and good quickness drills. His explosion drills were below average and he measured in sub 5’10 (5’9 ½) but his ’31 ½ arms were very long for that height so overall it was a mixed bag but it leaned a little to the positive. 1st Team MWC in 2013. Good in backpedal drill. He had a mediocre Combine and it keep him as just a late round type guy. 7th round as my #28 CB 5/6/14.

 

Free Agents:

Brandon Dixon Northwest Missouri St. #26 6’0 195 Sr. 1st team All-MIAA (Div II) in 2013. He has a twin brother who also is a DB on the team. He is considered much better than his brother Brian. In the 2013 NFLPA Practices he looked physical but also somewhat slow (possible S?). Combine: He had by far the worst 3 cone (7.55) out of the 59 DBs. It’s surprising as he had a great 40 (4.41) but then had a poor vertical (’32 ½) and broad (9’9). A very mixed bag but basically he looked unathletic except in the 40. He looked very athletic in 40. Terrible as he was high and turned the wrong way in turn and run timed drill. He’s all over the field with terrible technique but he’s so explosive that I’m still intrigued. I like Brandon as he’s big and explosive but he’s so raw in his technique and his level of competition that he makes sense as a practice squad type or #5 CB as a rookie before he ever sees the field. Free Agent 5/5/14.

Tony Hurd Jr. Texas A&M #4 Sr. Ranked #125 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. True freshman who played sparingly in ’10. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU had a very nice special teams tackle getting down first and tripping Patrick Peterson (12:58 1st). In the 2012 Oklahoma game (Cotton Bowl) he had a big hit on WR and a number of other solid tackles-he was noticed numerous times in a big game. In the 2013 Duke game he had two big hits on short routes and then the play of the game with a pick 6 to give A&M their 1st lead of the game. A great way for the senior captain to end his career on. He really came into his own as a senior and I think he could make a niche career as a #3 CB. Free Agent 5/5/14.

Ricardo Allen Purdue #21 5’9 176 Jr. True freshman in ’10 who started all 12 games and was named Freshman All American with 73 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, and 3 ints. Had two pick 6 in ’10 (94 yards vs. Michigan and 35 yards vs. Michigan St.). Has 3 pick 6 in first two years of his career. In the 2011 Illinois game he allowed no separation on 9 route vs. WR AJ Jenkins and kept inside position on underthrown ball for easy INT (1:21 2nd), allowed 7 yd curl to Jenkins then missed tackle for 2 yds of YAC, good aggressiveness in zone coverage running up quickly to help gang tackle TE-he is small but is feisty and strong, great coverage on scramble route barely allowing 15 yd catch in middle of field as he was all over Jenkins, allowed 5 yd hitch vs. Jenkins but tackled him strongly not getting juked in space, great job in zone seeing TE on short out to come up and hit him hard causing FF yet refs called him down (2:43 4th), good job again coming up out of zone to hit WR hard and flip him after the catch (1:35 4th). He had a very solid game containing AJ Jenkins who was first in yards, yards per game, and +20 yd receptions in the nation coming into the game. He is undersized but is fast, quick, aggressive, and a playmaker. At worst he will be a good nickel CB but could be a #2 CB for a team if he can gain a little weight.49 starts. He has 4 career pick sixs (most of any draft eligible player). In the East-West Shrine game he had a two long punt returns (30 yarder was his longest), had a big hit on 0 route showing toughness, beat on 9 route but Bernard Reedy dropped it-would be TD, beat on 7 yd hitch on 4th and 5, poor angle barely tackling Tim Flanders after 15 yds, beat by Jones for 10 yd hitch. His coach thinks he’s one of the hardest workers on the team. He had a mixed East-West Shrine game excelling as a punt returner but struggling as a cover corner. 7th round 3/5/14. Combine: At 187 lbs his 40 (4.61) was atrocious as was his arm length (’30). Slow, short cornerbacks will never be in vogue in the NFL. I liked his tape but his East-West Shrine game was terrible (as a CB, as a punt returner he actually was very good) and at the Combine he looked small, slow and had short arms. I have no interest in him as a draftable player but if I could get him for free I’d take a look at him as a #4 CB and punt returner type guy. Free Agent 5/5/14.

Demetri Goodson Baylor 5’11 194 Sr. He had an okay 40 (4.52) and then an elite vertical, broad and 3 cone. Brother of Mike Goodson. He played basketball at Gonzaga for 3 years before he transferred to Baylor. He has great quickness. He’s raw as can be and I didn’t notice him too often in 2013 (26 tackles and 3 INTs) yet I love his frame, explosion and quickness. An interesting project as a free agent. Free Agetn 5/6/14.

Ciante Evans Nebraska #17 5’11 190 Sr. 2nd team Big 10 in 2013. In the 2013 Georgia game (bowl game) he provided shutdown coverage and was rarely tested. He didn’t look fast and seemed smaller than 5’11 so possibly a zone only corner. In the 2013 NFLPA Practices he had an INT off a deflection. He had a pretty poor Pro Day with a 4.59 40, 8 reps, ’32 ½ vertical and 9’10 broad. He was only saved by his elite 3 cone (6.65). I like him as a free agent who can battle for a #4 CB spot on a team and be a special teamer but that’s about it as I’ve always thought he was overrated. Free Agent 5/6/14.

Tyler Patmon Oklahoma State #26 Sr. He played 3 years at Kansas (all as a starter) and then played his final season at Oklahoma State after graduating. In the 2013 bowl game vs. Missouri he had an elite PBU timing his jump perfectly vs. 6’5 Dorial Green-Beckham for bat down on +30 yd post (essentially a jump ball), later had pick 6 overturned by PI on teammate. An intriguing talent that is definitely worth a look as a free agent at least 3/23/14.

LJ Jones Fresno St. #6 Sr. In the 2013 Boise St. game he was very physical and showed solid athleticism. He has NFL size at about 200 lbs but isn’t dominant in college so likely a free agent at best 9/21/13. Free Agent 5/6/14.

Lorenzo Doss Tulane #6 5’11 175 Sr. 1st team C-USA in 2013. In the 2013 UL-Lafayette game he got cramps and left for a bit. ULL is a running team so he wasn’t really involved (did have tight cov and a PBU that was called for a borderline PI on) but he has a good frame. Incomplete 12/21/13. Free Agent 5/6/14.

Kendall James Maine 5’10 ½ 180 Sr. He had the shortest arms (’29 ½) of any of the 59 DBs. His 40 was great as he shot out of the blocks. 1st Team All-CAA in 2013. Solid in backpedal drill. I never saw him on tape but he looked explosive at the Combine. I hated his short arms though and don’t like his competition level at Maine so he’s just a free agent 5/6/14.

John Fulton Alabama #10 Sr. #36 in ESPN 150 for ’10. Had a nice diving tip of a pass in the 2011 Bama spring game showing good athleticism. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he was beat regularly by WR Mike Evans and allowed YAC due to his strength yet had a nice PBU on 9 route on the sidelines and later had a big time play as Evans had the ball in his hands in the end zone yet he knocked it out-good ball skills. Camp invite 5/5/14.

Dexter Mcdougle Maryland #25 5’10 196 Sr. Combine: He didn’t work out due to injury. He missed most of his senior season due to a serious shoulder injury. He only had 3 career INTs but he was a prolific tackler in 2012 (71 tackles). I only scouted him via YouTube but wasn’t impressed as one of his 3 INTs came off about as flukey a play as you can get (the WR bobbled it falling out of bounds and basically dropped it in his lap). He’s a shorter, thicker CB with good strength but poor ball skills and below average athleticism. Camp invite 5/6/14.

Lavelle Westbrooks Georgia Southern 5’11 ½ 186 Sr. Senior Bowl: Day 2: Great coverage and ball skills for PBU vs. Jaulen Saunders double move, beat by Jordan Matthews on 1st move at LOS for quick loss, beat at LOS again by quickness this time it was Mike Davis who made him fall-worst beat of the day. His 4.63 40 was terrible, especially for his weight (186 lbs). Everything else was very good though as his quickness drills were average, his explosion drills were elite and his 15 rep was above average. 2nd Team All Southern Selection in 2013. He was all over the place in backpedal then corner route drill. I never saw him play but he looked bad at the Senior Bowl and at the Combine so I’m not too interested in finding Georgia Southern tape. Camp invite 5/6/14.

Deron Wilson Southern Miss #7 5’10 175 Sr. In the 2011 Houston game (CUSA Championship) he had a game changing play getting INT as he had blanketed WR Patrick Edwards on 1 yd fade getting INT as play would have brought Cougars back to only down 7 (8:42 3rd), good pbu on Edwards out-limited him tremendously and was around the action a lot. In the 2011 Nevada game he had solid low tackle on QB keeper in flat, good burst to the ball and solid hit on WR of quick hitch at the sticks on 3rd and 5 for pbu (1:16 1st), solid tackle around neck of WR after 5 yd hitch, very impressive aggression on run support going in the box and filling the hole with a good low tackle to flip the RB over (8:35 2nd). Camp invite 5/6/14.

Torin Harris USC #4 6’0 190 Sr. In the 2011 Minnesota game had a nice TFL blitzing uncontested off the edge on running play (9:15 2nd), great coverage on 17 yd jump ball vs. Da’Jon McKnight but it was caught (8:50 2nd), missed tackle of WR in open space on a short hitch allowing easy TD (8:02 4th), and game clinching int on 3rd and short to secure a 19-17 win (0:53 4th). In the 2012 Stanford game he had a nice PBU on jumpball with TE Levin Toilolo, beat on double move by TE Zach Ertz for 36 yd TD-was taken to school. In the 2012 Arizona game he went up aggressively to make tackle on screen yet missed causing +30 yd catch and run, PF on late block by WR-didn’t instigate it but did react, strong tackle around neck of big WR after hitch, good diving PBU on slant for deflection to S for INT. In the 2012 USC game he had nice tackle on scrambling QB. He never improved off his junior year (30 tackles, 1 TFL and 6 PBU) which wasn’t even that good. Camp invite 5/6/14.

Jordan Love Georgia #10 5’10 7/8 189 Sr. In the 2011 Boise St. game had a big hit on WR Tyler Shoemaker for pbu (10:30 1st), closed too fast on TE in flat missing him completely on just a slight juke allowing +10 more yds, too easy 15 yd quick slant by WR Matt Miller, bad angle on run support allowing RB to get outside him for 16 yd gain, almost a great pbu vs. WR Mitch Burroughs yet was a tad too early and held WR the entire time, allowed quick slant to Miller on clock killing 4th Q drive. He ended his career at Towson. Camp invite 5/6/14.

Chris Parks SMU #1 6’1 185 Sr. In the 2012 Fresno St. game he had good PBU on fade in end zone, good cov again on fade (arguably PI) but WR came up with lucky one handed catch for TD, likes to talk trash to WRs. He intrigued me in 2012 but I lost track of him. Barely a camp invite 5/6/14.He

Brian Dixon Northwest Missouri St. #29 6’0 195 Sr. 2nd Team All-MIAA (Div II) in 2013. He is the lesser regarded of the twin brothers as his brother was 1st team All-MIAA. In the 2013 NFLPA game he committed a dumb PI penalty on a 9 route that he was beat on (ball overthrown so only got yardage due to his obvious penalty). He didn’t impress me at all and looks to be far inferior to his brother who only is a late round type anyway. Undraftable 1/19/14.

Courtney Avery Michigan #5 Sr. True freshman who played pretty well towards the end of 2010 for them as a starter. Noticed him on film in the ’10 Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi St. as he ran up on a RB dump off and showed good strength and aggression (2:56 1st). In the 2011 Ohio St. game he had game sealing INT on tipped ball (0:40 4th). In the 2012 Alabama game he replaced injured Blake Countess and allowed 8 yd curl immediately, fell down on double move allowing 51 yd TD to WR DeAndrew White, beat by WR on deep pass but overthrown for INC. He was picked on all night undraftable 9/1/12.

Jimmy Legree South Carolina #15 Jr. In the 2011 Georgia game he made a poor play on the ball on a short in by the TE and an even worse attempt at a tackle allowing an easy 19 yd TD (12:55 4th). In the 2011 Vanderbilt game he had very nice TFL on 3rd and 3 with blitz off the edge (10:58 1st), solid no gain tackle on 0 route vs. WR Jordan Matthews. In the 2012 LSU game he gave plenty of room to WR Odell Beckham on 9 yd curl, good tight cov on short out for INC, had great play jumping slant for INT that he returned 69 yds to the 1 yd line. In the 2012 Michigan game he had easy INT on jump ball catching it like a punt, tight cov on sideline route for INC from corners S spot. In the 2013 North Carolina game he was beat bad by Quinshad Davis for 5 yd TD-whiffed on press cov. At one time I was intrigued by him but he was always the “other corner” and doesn’t look NFL caliber. Undraftable 5/6/14.

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  1. sky permalink

    I’m a big fan of Verrett after seeing him play several times. I hope he does well in the NFL. He may be something of a victim of it not being the best CB class as he’s mostly considered #2 CB and therefore may go a bit high at teams in the 20s needing CB/DB help. On the other hand, if late 20s is his spot, he may go to a team where he can slide in to a more established scheme and foundation to possibly excel in.

    I think the “big” CB trend is overvalued, do you? Yes the WRs are getting bigger but there’s only a handful of CBs over 6ft who can fluidly move and we (and GMs) have continually put stock in the bigger CBs only to see them not be able to keep up.

    Even then, most teams only do have one prototypical “big WR” littered with smaller slot guys and route-runners.

    Verrett does seem to be a gamer. He has a knack for the ball and is fearless. All unmeasurable cliches, but I’d trade him for Claiborne right now. Crazy? Haha.

    • I had a Top 5 grade on Claiborne when he came out 2 years ago but at this stage all signs point to him being a bust. He needs to gain strength so he can use his elite ’34 arms as a press corner. His lack of interceptions is the most disconcerting aspect of Claiborne’s game as he wasn’t expected to be a shutdown corner but a ballhawk type in the Asante Samuel mold. He has yet to show me anything but he still has 2-3 years left on his rookie deal and could turn his career around.
      Yes I think the Big CB phase is a little overrated right now. I’d love to have big corners when they have ball skills like Richard Sherman or the pure speed of Patrick Peterson but guys like Joe Hayden and Brent Grimes were dominant in 2013 despite poor height so it’s more about getting good corners, big or small. I really like Walt Aiken and think he’s a sleeper in this draft. The other big corners I’m not a huge fan of and some of them, Dontae Johnson for example, I moved to safety.

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