CB Trent McDuffie, Washington*

5’11” – 195 lbs.

Background:

Started eleven games as a true freshman, finishing with 45 tackles, one interception, and two breakups. Intercepted another pass over Washington’s four games in 2020, then recorded 35 tackles and six breakups this past year before declaring for the draft.

Positives:

Comes with two years of starting experience for a well-regarded program; played opposite another top cornerback prospect and teams still largely avoided him. Listed size is pretty solid for an outside corner. Was asked to play both man and zone, frequently bailing from press-man looks but also lining up further off the ball. Has very quick feet and impressive coordination; fluid movement skills overall. Balance and footwork with his backpedal look good. Gets good depth with his shuffle to keep the play in front of him. Patient and relaxed when processing from off coverage; overall football IQ looks very good, recognizing when he needs to break off of a higher route and drive on the underneath throw. Easy transition from shuffling or backpedaling to driving on a spot. Uses his arms well to pin receivers to the boundary down the sidelines. Looks physical when attacking blocks in the run/screen games.

Negatives:

Needs to measure in at his listed size at the Combine to avoid questions about whether he’s big enough to stay on the boundary; didn’t see him working out of the slot during the games reviewed, and he was lined up exclusively on the left side of the defense, so might need to adjust his footwork a little bit at the next level. Lined up in a lot of press looks but wasn’t asked to jam too many receivers at the line. Would have liked to see him squeeze routes at the stem a little bit more. Didn’t get his hands on too many balls at Washington, although it looked like he might have been coached to play conservatively. Can be a bit of a missile in run support, coming in too hot and leading to missed arm tackles.

Summary:

Looks like a prospect who made the right decision to declare, as he looks polished both mentally and technically. A little bit of a difficult evaluation in that he wasn’t really asked to play too many different techniques; didn’t see too many snaps where he was using his arms at the line, backpedaling, or flipping his hips and running with receivers down the sidelines. Probably appeals most to a more conservative, zone-heavy defensive scheme, and could sneak into the first round with a good pre-draft process.

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