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Ahmad Black (SS)
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Weight:
    184 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Florida
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 20 (151)

Pick Analysis: Black is an instinctive safety with the awareness and ball skills that scouts covet at the position. Though his size is a bit of a concern, his overall skills and competitive edge give him a chance to emerge as a key contributor early in his career.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.78 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.2 sec
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Overview

Black's an undersized safety prospect who should be able to contribute immediately in sub-packages and as a special teams cover guy even if he never becomes a starter. Has excellent instincts. Plays tough and is durable despite lack of size. Very capable in deep cover-2 or lining up over slots but doesn't have the size or length against physical receivers. Flies to the ball, is a sure tackler when coming up to support the run, and will make plays in the backfield when asked to blitz. Black overcame his lack of size in college and may get the chance to do so again as a mid-round pick.


Strengths

Black has outstanding instincts and awareness. Always seems to be in position and breaks quickly on the ball. Very comfortable playing the deep half. Smooth athlete who can cover slots and tight ends in man. Likes to mix it up in run support, diagnoses quickly and pursues fast but under control. Can make plays blitzing off the edge.

Weaknesses

Does not have adequate size of a starting NFL safety. Has trouble defending against taller, stronger receivers and tight ends. Not going to win too many jump ball battles and can be boxed out. Despite his willingness to support the run, can be engulfed by blockers with good feet.

Grade

6.2

 

Video Playlist

  1. Gators gaining ground?

    Published: March 15, 2011 at 06:30 p.m.

    Did Florida OT Mike Pouncey and CB Ahmad Black improve their draft stock at their pro day? Path to the Draft has the answer.

  2. 2011 combine workout: Ahmad Black

    Published: March 10, 2011 at 05:28 p.m.

    Watch Florida safety Ahmad Black perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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