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Chris Culliver (DB)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    199 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 5/8 in.
  • College:
    South Carolina
  • Conference:
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Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 16 (80)

Pick Analysis: The 49ers add an intriguing talent to their secondary with the selection of Culliver. He has a good combination of size, speed and ball skills, and will push for time in their nickel packages.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press- -
  • Broad Jump123.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.88 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.08 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle11.46 sec


Culliver has the pure cover skills to eventually develop into a starter but does not display natural instincts and is not willing or productive in run support. Is versatile enough to play corner or free safety. Has the athleticism and speed to shadow in man coverage and the hip fluidity to turn and run but lack of route anticipation allows receivers to gain separation. Has the range to play the deep half or middle in zone but can be sucked in by play-action. Really needs to improve his ability to diagnose run and be productive coming up in support. Culliver's a mid-round talent with higher upside.


Culliver's a nice combination of height and speed. Smooth, fluid athlete. Can flip his hips or mirror receivers on underneath routes. Displays a good closing burst to the football. Very comfortable with deep half responsibilities and can as a single-high safety. Ball skills are good.


Liability in run support. Doesn't want to take on blockers and takes too long to shed. Pursuit angles need work and also fails to breakdown and tackle in space at times. Tackling technique needs to be more consistent. Awareness in coverage is still a work in progress. Lacks some recovery speed when on an island.




Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Chris Culliver

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.

    Watch South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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