Prospect

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Chris Rucker (DB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    195 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 in.
  • College:
    Michigan St.
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 23 (188)

Pick Analysis: Rucker is tall and has good speed to play corner, but he will need to work hard to polish his game in order to make the roster.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press10.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump- -
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Rucker has enough tools to be developed into a starting NFL corner but still has a ways to go. Teams will be enticed by his height, speed and ability to play press-man coverage. Really needs to improve his play in zone coverage. Doesn't recognize routes quick enough and is susceptible to pump fakes, double moves, etc. Does a good job tracking the football but doesn't possess the ball skills to routinely come down with interceptions. Has the mentality and size to be productive in run support but needs to do a better job getting off blocks. Could be a late Day 2 selection.


Strengths

Rucker's a nice blend of size and speed for a corner. Productive during college career. Is a relatively smooth with his transitions for a high-cut athlete. Uses long arms to effectively jam at the line and has enough speed to turn and recover. Does a job of elevating and breaking up passes.

Weaknesses

Lacks awareness and instincts in coverage to stick with savvy route-runners. Can be beat off the line in press coverage at times. Takes some extra steps in and out of his breaks. Does not always come down with the catchable interception. Willing but not polished in run-support technique. Has an injury history.

Grade

4.1

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 Draft Profile - CB Chris Rucker, Michigan State

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 03:19 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Michigan State cornerback Chris Rucker.

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