Photo of Lamarcus Joyner
Grade
5.24 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'8" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 184LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Two-time first-team All-ACC pick (2012-13). 2013: First-team All-American selection after leading team in sacks (5.5) and finishing second in tackles (69). Was a Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski Award finalist. 2012: Started all 14 games at safety. 2011: Was a second-team All-ACC selection. Started all 13 games at safety. 2010: Played in all 14 games. High school: Was USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year, and joined Derrick Brooks, David Warren and Antonio Cromartie as the fourth USA Today Defensive Player of the Year to sign with Florida State.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good run instincts -- is quick to step downhill. Keenly makes subtle, pre-snap adjustments (nice anticipation and play recognition). Outstanding overall production in all facets. Good competitive playing speed -- runs as fast as he needs to. Very good football-playing demeanor -- confident and opportunistic. Played big and produced timely, game-changing plays vs. Clemson (sack, interception and forced fumbles). Times up the blitz very well and plays bigger than his size. Has contributed as a gunner and displayed good short-area burst in the return game. Exceptional work ethic and leadership traits. Respected, vocal team leader with an infectious attitude that can unite a locker room. Has been extremely durable and never missed a game despite aggressive style of play and diminutive stature.

Weaknesses

Average athlete. Tight-hipped and rounds off breaks -- not sudden. Lacks foot speed to carry receivers vertically from the slot and is seldom placed in situations where he can be distressed in downfield coverage. Lacks size and stature for press coverage. Can be out-quicked by shifty slot receivers. Marginal recovery speed and catch-up burst when he gets caught peeking. Struggles to match up with size and speed in man coverage. Makes mental mistakes too much in banjo coverage and struggles to sort out bunch sets. Does not have a body ideally built to withstand a 16-game season.

Bottom Line

A good college football player lacking ideal physical traits for the NFL game. Functioned well as a short-hole, nickel zone corner for a national championship team and was well-schemed to play the ball in front of him and turned loose to attack. Classic 'tweener who could compete in situational packages, but is vulnerable to be mismatched against. Will need to make his mark on special teams and in the return game to carve a role. Has a make-it attitude and winning mentality that could allow him to overcome his physical limitations. Compares favorably to Panthers 2009 seventh-rounder Captain Munnerlyn.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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