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  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 198LBS. Weight


The 2008 first-team All-Big East free safety showed nice versatility playing cornerback after senior star Mike Mickens went down with a knee injury. Underwood played only sparingly in three years (including a redshirt season) at Ohio State, then had his scholarship revoked due to missed meetings and academic issues. But in his only year playing for the Bearcats, Underwood proved to be a playmaker, recording 60 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, three interceptions, six pass deflections and two forced fumbles. His brother, E.J., played briefly in the NFL after playing at Ohio State and Pikeville College.



Strengths: Tall, versatile defensive back with long arms who has played cornerback, nickel and free safety. ... Has good range in coverage. ... Drives on the ball and reads the quarterback's eyes to break up passes. ... Has the hands to intercept tipped balls or poor throws. ... Capable of a big return after an interception. ... Despite his wiry frame, Underwood gets a solid jam at the line of scrimmage and is willing to sell out to prevent big plays. ... Will knock the ball loose by getting his hand on the ball or lowering his shoulder. ... Has the speed and aggressiveness to blitz effectively from the edge. ... Good gunner on special teams, hustles and breaks down to secure open-field tackles. Weaknesses: Thin build. ... Some teams may consider him a safety-corner "tweener." ... Looks like a safety -- tall and slow -- in his backpedal. ... Is a grab-and-drag tackler, not overly physical. ... Must prove he has the strength to bring down NFL backs and win fights with stronger receivers on the outside. ... Has the length to wrap, but often chooses to use his shoulder. ... Freelances, leaving open spaces in zone coverage for quarterbacks. ... Teams will likely closely consider his transfer from Ohio State.
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.