CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan*

6’0” – 195 lbs. – 4.42
Started one of thirteen games played as a freshman, totaling 18 tackles and two interceptions. Took over a full-time starting role the following year, with 46 tackles, ten breakups, and five interceptions. Posted 37 tackles and two interceptions as a junior before declaring for the draft. Has good size and relatively long arms for a defensive back, which measured 31.75” in Indianapolis. Lined up on the left side of the Chippewas’ defense. Plays a lot of shuffle technique, with some press-man as well. Pretty light on his feet, although he wasn’t asked to backpedal during the games reviewed. Does a good job of using his length to stick with opponents in press-man, pinning them to the sidelines; can also crowd inside releases to create tough throws over the middle of the field. Has good quickness and uses his hands to provide pretty tight coverage through the route stem. Working in zone, demonstrates a pretty good feel for route combinations and play development; can break off of his original man to help on another defender or get upfield to attack screens, although his burst when planting and driving is good but not elite. Combines soft hands and the physical/athletic tools to contest passes, with good length and flexibility and explosive leaping ability, having recorded a 41.5” vertical and 10’6” broad jump at the Combine. However, needs to be quicker about getting his head around in order to locate the ball when targeted down the field. Not one of the more physical run defenders in run support; attacks blocks, but tends to struggle to disengage and put himself in position to make tackles. Too often walls himself off by trying to go around the outside shoulder of a receiver. Will wrap up opponents, but really lacks stopping power and functional strength and can often be taken for a ride by a running back with some leg drive. Generally considered a candidate to come off the board in the draft’s mid-rounds, he offers two years of starting experience as well as an impressive combination of length, flexibility, speed, and explosive leaping ability. However, in order to be a successful player at the pro level, he will have to improve his ability to defend the run, most importantly by getting stronger and improving his overall hand usage and positioning. Thus some time in a pro strength program may be necessary before he sees the field.

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