CB Nevelle Clark, Central Florida

6’1” – 190 lbs.

Redshirted, then appeared in ten games the following season, finishing with fourteen tackles and two breakups. Was limited to seven games the following season, five of which were starts, and finished with 25 tackles, three breakups, and one interception. Stepped into the starting lineup the following year and posted 46 tackles, thirteen breakups, and two interceptions, then followed that up with 22 tackles, eleven breakups, and two interceptions as a senior. Tall, long-limbed cornerback who should meet any team’s size requirements.

Lined up on both sides of the defense, playing both press-man and off coverage with a physical, aggressive temperament. Does a good job of using his length to disrupt routes at the line of scrimmage; because he’s a little bit lanky, contact balance can sometimes be a little bit lacking, but he recovers quickly and likes to mix things up. Didn’t run at the Combine but looks like a good athlete on tape. Very flexible, with smooth movement skills and solid speed down the sidelines or when recovering. Able to match outside releases and pin receivers to the sideline while carrying them downfield, although he can be slow to get his head around. Balance can be inconsistent and looks like he’s playing a little bit out of control at times. Pattern recognition skills are still a work in progress. Does flash some technical flaws; will turn away from rather than into receivers who break away from him. However, had enough athleticism to compensate for that at the college level and provided tight coverage when targeted. Because of his flexibility and length, was able to bat away quite a few passes, although he can struggle to catch the ball.

Does an adequate job in run support. Looks pretty quick to recognize rushing attempts and is willing to come up and get involved. Isn’t the most physical cornerback when it comes to taking on blockers, but has impressive quickness to try and work around them; can be difficult for stalkers to line up, although at times it can lead to inefficiencies in his pursuit angles. Will often defer to teammates in the area, but when he needs to step in, flashes pop on contact as a hitter.

Checks all of the boxes in terms of his physical tools, athleticism, and temperament, offering a very intriguing combination of size, length, speed, flexibility, and physicality, although he still has some inefficiencies in his game to clean up. Will probably begin his career as a reserve but has the potential to eventually develop into a starter in a physical press-man scheme.

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