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Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 1
  • Pick 25
  • Overall 25

Combine Results

Grade
86.2 ?
  • 4.43 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 40.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's a long, powerful corner." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 210LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Xavier Rhodes (pronounced "ZAY-vee-er"), a redshirt junior, started all three years at Florida State, including a three-man rotation in 2011 that featured Mike Harris and Greg Reid. The Seminole is best known for his big, physical, imposing frame on the edge and willingness to press receivers in man coverage, a trait difficult to find at the college level. Rhodes was lucky to line up behind pass rushers like Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine, but they were equally as thankful to play with a defensive back who refused to give his opposition a sliver of separation. The imposing corner does have some injuries on record, including one to his hand after only three games in 2009 and a gruesome knee injury in 2011 that turned out to be a bad sprain.


As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Rhodes started all 14 games at the boundary corner position and registered 58 tackles, 3.5 of which went for a loss, including two sacks. He added 12 pass breakups, including four interceptions. Rhodes was forced to play in a three-man rotation in 2011, and his numbers show it. He still had 43 tackles, 1.5 for a loss. Along with the tackle numbers, Rhodes added four pass breakups including an interception. Finally, in 2012, Rhodes regained his full-time place on the boundary side of the formation, tallying 39 tackles, two of which went for a loss. To go along with one forced fumble, Rhodes intercepted three passes on seven pass breakups.

Analysis

Strengths

Big frame and size for the position. Press corner who likes to have a hand on his opponent at all times. Consistently gets contact or jam when pressing, remains balanced without overextending. Contact is the arm mirroring the release side. Stays with quick twitch cuts and release with equally fast movements. Flashes strength to throw receiver to the side when wanting to get in on piles. Improved against the run as the season went along. Can really lay into a hit. Turns to find the football and adjusts well if in the hip pocket of a receiver downfield.

Weaknesses

Had a knee injury in 2011. Very inconsistent on runs to the empty side, loses contain, does not react quickly enough. Misses tackles when lunging at ball carriers and when leaving his feet. Hands are by his waist at the snap instead of higher to punch more quickly. Can be disinterested when play goes to receiver he is not responsible for in man coverage; closing speed lacks urgency. Does not have experience inside as a slot corner in nickel. Performance takes a step back in zone coverage, struggles to pass off and close on receivers entering or leaving his area. Looks sluggish or tight hipped when not asked to mirror movements. Not a blitzer when path is impeded.

NFL Comparison

Brandon Browner

Bottom Line

Rhodes thrives in physical press coverage, something very few college players can put on their resume. At times his tackling technique is questionable, but Rhodes will make his living locking up boundary receivers with a balanced and strong jam followed up by enough speed to stick in their hip pocket. Just don't ask him to play in zone, because Rhodes shows tight movements when forced to pass receivers to a separate area. His game is somewhat scheme-dependent.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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