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Grade
73.5 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.71 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 208LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Blanton has been a reliable, if not flashy, corner for Notre Dame throughout his career. He is the type of athlete who could get an NFL team through a game at the position but has work to do to qualify as a starter at this point. He is a heady prospect who plays to his strengths and understands footwork and technique while working in man, although he is not the natural type of athlete who can run freely with any receiver. Blanton has third-round value as a backup option as an outside corner or possibly even at the nickel spot.

Analysis

Strengths

Blanton can cover in both man and zone and provide support in run defense. He has a ton of experience playing nickel in the slot and should be able to provide depth there at the next level. He can recognize routes and jump them quickly in zone, and use his long arms to recover and make plays on the ball in man. Despite small inconsistencies in his technique he can rely on his size and length to make plays.

Weaknesses

Blanton has struggled in his back pedal and in his technique at the top of routes, though he can stick his foot in the ground after recognizing action to redirect himself when off-line. He has a tendency to widen his feet and lose ground, which could prove costly at the next level. He also lacks elite corner speed to be put on an island in man coverage against better NFL receivers.
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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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