CB AARON COLVIN, OKLAHOMA

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6’0” – 192 lbs. – 4.55e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 34 – 3.0 – 0.0, 1 FF, 3 PD
2011: 84 – 4.5 – 0.5, 2 FR, 6 PD
2012: 61 – 2.5 – 2.0, 11 PD, 4 INT
2013: 55 – 5.0 – 1.0, 1 FR, 3 PD, 1 INT

OVERVIEW:

Started one game at cornerback over fourteen appearances as a true freshman, also contributing on special teams. Started at strong safety over his twelve games played in 2011, leading the team in tackles. Shifted back to cornerback in 2012, starting all thirteen games and being named to the All-Big 12 First Team, recognition he received again in 2013 despite missing two games due to injury.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate having been a decorated three-year starter at a major college program.
•    Previous starting experience at strong safety in 2011 strengthens conversion possibility.
•    Possesses above-average height for a cornerback prospect, with a muscular physique.
•    Has been asked to backpedal at Oklahoma, looks pretty polished; also played shuffle.
•    Had solid timing and soft hands in 2012, intercepting four passes and deflecting eleven.
•    Capable of taking on blocks in run support, willing tackler with sound fundamentals.
•    Looks strong enough to press receivers at the line, although he didn’t do it too often.
•    Has been asked to blitz from the slot, with decent results; recorded 3.5 sacks in school.

NEGATIVES:

•    Against top competition, would generally play pretty well but get burned a few times.
•    Awareness in zone coverage is unimpressive, lots of miscommunications with safeties.
•    Top-end speed and agility are adequate but has struggled against true deep threats.
•    Physicality downfield may ultimately get flagged for pass interference in today’s NFL.
•    Probably not an effective slot option in the pros, an outside corner or possibly safety.

SUMMARY:

Physically, Aaron Colvin appears well-suited to playing on the outside at the pro level; he complements his size with a well-rounded skillset which includes adequate movement skills, familiarity with different types of coverage, effective timing, and a willingness to support the run; the fact that he also started at strong safety in 2011 will enhance his value for teams seeking a versatile defensive back reserve. However, Colvin’s generally-strong play is often offset by being victimized on important plays a few times over the course of a game; for example, against West Virginia last year, he intercepted a pass and almost got his hands on another, but was burned for three touchdowns deep touchdowns as well. Against Baylor in 2013, miscommunications with his safety resulted in another three touchdowns. That inconsistency makes him a developmental reserve on the outside at this point rather than someone teams can feel comfortable giving a starting role. His struggles in zone coverage will also concern teams which are considering him as a possible safety conversion candidate.

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