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Grade
6.3 ?
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 126.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.92 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 202LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Second Team All-American. First Team All-Big 12. Jim Thorpe Award finalist. T-3rd in FBS with seven INT. Two INT return for TD 2012: Second Team All-Big 12 (returner). Started all 13 games. 2011: Started all 13 games. 2010: Played in 12 games. Did not play at Kansas State. Returned kickoff for TD vs Baylor and Oklahoma. High School: Ran for more than 1,000 yards and nine TDs and threw for almost 800 more yards as a QB during his senior season. Also participated in basketball and track. Misc: Defensive MVP of 2012 Fiesta Bowl.

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size-speed ratio and athletic ability. Fluid movement skills -- makes it look easy flipping his hips and reacting to the thrown ball. Very good transitional quickness and recovery speed. Superb feet and agility to pop out of his breaks and close on the ball -- explosively quick. Natural interceptor with very good hand-eye coordination, leaping ability and overall ball skills. Very good vision and traffic burst as a returner (6 career kickoff-return TDs).

Weaknesses

Is not as aggressive or physical supporting the run as you would expect for his size and is content letting others arrive first at the scene. Can do a better job discarding blockers -- a bit soft-tempered. Immature early with an inflated ego and spent some time in the coach's doghouse after coasting too much on his natural ability and making too many mental mistakes.

Bottom Line

A big, fast, athletic, man-cover corner capable of locking down receivers and creating big plays in the return game. Is the most physically gifted cover man in this year's draft and has the athletic talent to walk into a starting job and match up with big receivers from Day One if he continues to work at his craft after a big payday and prepares like a pro.
-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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