CB Damon Arnette, Ohio St.

6’0” – 195 lbs.

Four-star recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas. Redshirted in 2015, then picked up 21 tackles and an interception the following year. Ended up finishing his career with thirty-eight starts, making 44 tackles, breaking up eight passes, and intercepting two as a sophomore. Finished with 40 tackles, six breakups, and an interception the next year, then ended up with 35 tackles, eight breakups, and a pick-six in his senior year. Adequately built for the outside, with solid size and bulk for the position. Lined up opposite Jeff Okudah, usually in press-man coverage on the right side of the defense, which is probably the technique he’s best-suited for at the pro level as well. Pretty physical cornerback who can play bump and run on the outside, but who also has pretty good footwork to match releases at the line of scrimmage without using his arms. Does a nice job of using his hands to feel routes developing and provide coverage through the route stem. When defending against outside releases, does a good job of using his size to pin opponents to the sideline. Able to get his head around and locate the ball in order to make plays when in-phase, although he can be a little bit physical at the catch point, which may cause him to pick up some penalties for pass interference at the next level. However, is not the twitchiest cornerback, and when he’s not using his hands, can be a little bit late to react, making him susceptible to timing-based throws. Will occasionally play a little bit further off, and looks conservative in that capacity, giving pretty generous cushions which create opportunities for teams to complete shorter passes underneath, particularly because his ability to plant and drive is just adequate; not one of the most explosive cornerbacks in this year’s class. Willing to get physical in the run game, although his awareness and positioning leave a little bit to be desired; would like to see him do a better job of locating the ball, staying square, and maintaining outside positioning. Is one of the most experienced of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft class, and has a pretty good feel for the position, particularly when he’s playing press-man or bump-and-run on the outside. Might not blow anyone away with his athletic ability but has the look of a potential number-two option and will probably get some second-day consideration as a result.

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