For the first time in his three-year career with the Bulldogs, Broomfield failed to intercept a pass in 2011. It was understandable, however, since he played with a cast covering a broken right thumb suffered against Auburn in the second game of the year. The resilience he showed working through that injury only increased his value to scouts despite the lack of turnovers he created, and his ability to move over to the strong safety spot for his senior year again improved his draft stock for an NFL needing tough defensive backs who can handle themselves around the line as well as in coverage.
Interceptions were not a problem in Broomfield's first year with MSU (or his senior year in high school when he returned two of five interceptions for touchdowns). He picked off six passes, along with four pass break-ups), starting three times in 12 games on his way to Freshman All-SEC honors in 2009. His 64-yard "pick-six" against rival Ole Miss sealed the Egg Bowl win that season. He started all 13 games at right cornerback as a sophomore, making 52 stops, 4.5 for loss, intercepting three passes and breaking up six others. In his one-handed junior year, Broomfield was credited with 59 tackles and five pass breakups. In his senior season, Broomfield intercepted a pass and broke up three more.
Versatile, feisty defender who does not back down from any player or challenge. Has played outside, in the slot, and as a deep safety. Takes on blocks with aggression. Good foot quickness in the slot to stick with receivers off the line. Also plays the run hard on the edge, takes on tight end and linemen. Downhill players against the run when lined up deep. Secure tackler for his size, breaks down quickly and uses his wiry strength and want-to to finish off the ballcarrier. Also takes out receivers with strong cut tackles. Should be a solid zone corner, able to read the quarterback and close to the spot before receiver gets there. Very good ball skills for the position, can adjust to high or low throws well and has speed, vision, and toughness to reverse field position after the catch.
Shorter than scouts prefer at defensive back and also possesses a slight build. At a disadvantage downfield and on the line against larger receivers, even though he has length and tenacity to hold his own. Must prove trail ability and recovery speed against NFL slot receivers. Can be high and stiff in his pedal, best when moving forward.
A lack of size might knock Broomfield down some draft boards, but I wouldnt discount his ability to play in a nickel safety or slot corner capacity in the NFL. His secure tackling while playing through a broken thumb throughout 2011 (he racked up 59 stops, five for loss playing one-handed) and his excellent ball skills when both hands are intact (nine INT in 2009-2010), give scouts a clue that he has a chance to make an impact as a starting or top reserve zone corner.
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.