6’3” – 220 lbs. – 4.55e
2009: Redshirt (Fort Scott C.C.)
2011: 9 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 PD, 1 INT
2012: 24 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 QBH, 9 PD, 2 INT (1 TD)
Redshirted in 2009 at Fort Scott Community College before transferring to Nebraska as a wide receiver, where he did not play as a redshirt freshman in 2010. Converted to safety during the 2011 season, appearing in nine games and starting one. Started in five of the fourteen games he appeared in as a junior in 2012. Started, earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 2013.
• Massive for a cornerback prospect, would be one of the biggest in the entire league.
• Enjoyed a productive season in what was really only his second full season at corner.
• Manages to get his hands on quite a few passes, often works himself into the in-phase.
• Runs better than expected given his size, fairly smooth with adequate top-end speed.
• Has been asked to play both man and zone coverages during his time at Nebraska.
• Combination of size and length make him pretty effective at taking on/shedding blocks.
• May be someone who teams consider as having the potential to cover tight ends.
• Potential appears considerable given early success, lack of experience at position.
• Will be entering the draft with less than two years of starting experience under his belt.
• Not a consistent tackler, tends to swipe and comes away empty-handed too much.
• Missed tackles may cause teams to shy away from him as a potential safety convert.
• May have some trouble defending smaller, quicker receivers at the professional level.
• As a cornerback, would be restricted to the outside, not someone to play in the slot.
• More of a smooth accelerator than an explosive guy, also lacks great recovery speed.
• When he’s beat, he tends to be beat deep due to speed or by sitting on shorter routes.
Jean-Baptiste hasn’t spent much time at cornerback, having converted there early in the 2011 season, but what progress he has made thus far suggests that he may be able to remain on the outside at the pro level, or at least warrants allowing more time to develop there. He moves better than anticipated given his size, although he tends to be beat deep too often, whether because of his lack of ideal speed or because he sits on shorter routes; however, when he is in position to make a play, he displays solid ball skills. Jean-Baptiste’s tackling is another area of his game which will require work, as he comes up short too often for a big corner.