DB J.T. Woods, Baylor

6’2” – 195 lbs. – 4.36

Started five games in 2019 and took over a full-time starting job the following year, with escalating production and good on-ball production the last two. Tall, lanky defensive back whose track background carries over to his on-field play, with plenty of range to offer. Typically played well off the line of scrimmage. Shows sound fundamentals in terms of balance/footwork when backpedaling into high zones. Should be fast enough to work in Cover-1 at the pro level, but usually had another high safety dropping in college. Looks really fast driving on a spot, with the ability to come up and make tackles underneath or in the run game, or to get into position as a help defender on deeper throws. Length gives him an impressive tackling radius and allows him to make plays on the ball in coverage. Could p otentially play closer to the line of scrimmage as well, but is still learning to protect his frame from blocks and sift through traffic to get to the ball. Would like to see  him play with a more conservative temperament in coverage; can get caught peeking into the backfield and let opposing receivers get behind him when shaded over the slot. Ability to process route combinations isn’t there yet; could be exploited if he plays too early at the next level. Didn’t see him do a lot of work in straight-up man coverage, but has the tools to potentially do that. A nice high-upside defensive back in need of a little bit more seasoning.

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