Minnifield is a savvy and polished corner who may not electrify a defense at the next level but projects to be serviceable as a starting corner and a stalwart in both defending the pass and run. Minnifield clearly understands how to play to his strengths. While it can seem at times like he has a "just don't get beat deep" mentality, he is an effective player who will fill in run support and also cover in both man and zone. Expect him to be taken in the second round and contribute early.
Minnifield has good instincts and reacts to the ball well. He keeps his eyes on the quarterback and can react and drive toward the receiver. He is effective in man and zone. His ability to plant and drive using his quickness makes up for being somewhat out of position in his pedal. He is a good ball player and can support in run defense.
Minnifield can get in trouble at times because of a backpedal that can get out of control. His technique is strong in all other areas, but he can struggle when working backward with his eyes toward the receiver. He has a slight hitch in transition when turning his hips. He has always been a willing tackler but has never been punished and shied away from contact a bit in 2011.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
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).
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.
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.
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.