5’8” – 187 lbs.
Has been starting since his true freshman season, a year in which he posted 63 tackles, broke up six passes, and intercepted five balls. Followed that up with 61 tackles, twelve breakups, and four interceptions as a sophomore, then recorded 60 tackles, sixteen breakups, and five interceptions as a junior before declaring for the draft. Returned three career interceptions for touchdowns and also posted 23 career tackles for loss. Smaller than you’d like in a pro cornerback prospect, and it’s possible that he doesn’t meet some teams’ minimum requirements, even for a nickel defender.
Didn’t see him playing in the slot during the games reviewed, however. Was asked to handle your traditional array of coverage assignments on the boundary; played off-man, press-man, shuffle, and zone. Has adequate footwork to match releases at the line of scrimmage, and looks like he’s fast and fluid enough to turn and run with receivers down the sideline. Willing to get physical at the line of scrimmage. Wasn’t asked to backpedal too much but has adequate balance and footwork when doing so. When targeted downfield, does a good job of getting his head around to locate the football. On-ball production over the past three years is excellent. Ball-hawk who doesn’t have a ton of burst when planting and driving on a spot from off coverage, although he can anticipate and undercut some routes because of his pattern-recognition skills. However, can struggle to climb the ladder and defend against jump-balls.
Lacking in run support; looks soft in that phase of the game. Tends to defer to other teammates in the area and rarely demonstrates a strong motor in backside pursuit. Not a consistent form tackler; will deliver the occasional hit, but misses tackles by getting too cute and trying to rip away the football instead of hitting the ballcarrier. When defending against screens, struggles to hold the point and disengage against wide receivers; anchor and contact balance are basically what you’d expect given his size.
An undersized defensive back with adequate athleticism and the ability to anticipate and undercut patterns to break up or intercept passes, but who will probably need to slide inside at the next level and who is one of the weakest prospects in the draft when it comes to making tackles and taking on blockers. Consequently, looks like a polarizing prospect who may not come off the board until the third day.