Photo of Aqib Talib
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 131.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 202LBS. Weight


It was no surprise Talib left school early for the pros. Few collegiate corners have his mix of size, athleticism and explosiveness. The All-American made 13 interceptions and broke up 43 other passes during his three years at Lawrence. He even played a bit of receiver the past two, and opponents clearly game-planned for him. There's no reason to think his new team won't try him as a punt and/or kickoff returner, even though he only attempted a handful in college. At least until he proves too valuable a cover man to leave on special teams.



Positives: Prototypical size and athleticism. ... Excellent plant-and-drive, often reading the quarterback for the chance to pounce. ... Very good ball skills, able to deflect passes at the last moment. ... Uses his size and above average leaping ability to get to balls at the highest point. ... Very willing to support the run. ... Attempts to wrap up in the open field, even if not always successful. ... Appears to be a maturing young man with a bright future. Negatives: Does not have great catch-up speed, which was evident on multiple touchdowns allowed over his career. ... May struggle a bit against quicker slot receivers until his technique is refined. ... Will gamble too much at times to make the pick. ... Susceptible to the double-move. ... Could be more physical at his size, and is probably better suited to a zone scheme. ... Suspended two games in 2007 for violating team rules.
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.