Photo of Derek Pegues
Grade
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  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 199LBS. Weight

Overview

One of the few players in recent memory to be named all-SEC at two different positions. As a first-year starter at cornerback in 2006, Pegues made second-team All-SEC with four interceptions. He made the first team as a free safety as a junior and a senior, picking off seven passes and breaking up 13 others over those two seasons. Like 2008 prospect Jonathan Hefney of Tennessee (who went undrafted), Pegues still needs to prove he can excel in one area in the NFL. His return skills also intrigue scouts -- he has averaged 10 yards per punt return (with two touchdowns) and 22.3 yards on kickoffs during his career.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Centerfielder who reads the quarterback and anticipates receiver's routes well. ... Undercuts routes over the middle. ... Excellent hands on interceptions or pass breakups, and reverses the field with good running instincts. ... Willing to take on blocks when down by the line of scrimmage and can get off to make plays on the ball. ... Holds up bigger running backs and keeps his feet moving to stop forward progress. ... Catches punts easily when in position, and can make the first defender miss and get the corner. ... Tough running through traffic. Negatives: Short with adequate bulk and strength. ... Not an explosive tackler or a fierce hitter, more of a catch-and-drag guy. ... Looks like a corner, and might be tried there in a zone system. ... Will struggle in downfield coverage against larger receivers, despite a good vertical leap, and he won't win many jump balls. ... Not much of a threat to blitz. ... Does not get to every punt and makes questionable decisions when fielding punts. ... Ball security is an issue. ... Will dance instead of getting upfield.
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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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