Played receiver and defensive back as a Georgia prep. Redshirted in 2010 before starting all 13 games at cornerback in '11, recording 47 tackles, six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions with 3.5 tackles for loss. Tied the OSU school record for pass breakups after posting 63-17-2 with two tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked kick in 11 starts in '12. Missed the UAB game with a shoulder injury. Was the only defensive player in the country to score three different ways -- recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone vs. Miami, blocked a punt in the end zone against Indiana and returned an interception 41 yards against Nebraska. Was arrested in July '13 after an altercation with a bouncer in a Bloomington, Ind. bar. Was originally charged with a Class A misdemeanor battery which was lowered to Class B disorderly conduct and was ultimately dismissed after video evidence was discovered. Was still suspended for the '13 season opener vs. Buffalo by coach Urban Meyer. Started 11 of 12 games played and logged 70-13-3 with two tackles for loss. Scored touchdowns on a blocked punt against Northwestern and a 63-yard interception return vs. Illinois. Did not play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson with a bone bruise in his knee.
Good size. Has thin ankles and large hands. Quick-twitch athlete with prototypical speed. Can mirror off the line and shadow slot receivers. Has 38 1/2-inch vertical. Terrific balance. Loose-hipped, quick-footed and agile (4.04-second three-cone drill). Smooth transition and change of direction. Flips his hips and has ample speed to carry receivers downfield. Plants and drives in a blink. Quick-handed to play the pocket. Excellent ball production. Shows recovery speed. Physical and aggressive. Feisty, willing tackler -- does not hesitate to sacrifice his body. Displays good zone awareness and has experience in off-man. Dangerous as a blitzer and kick-block rusher. Worked as a gunner.
Inconsistent performance as a junior. Can be boxed out by tall receivers and outmuscled for "50-50" balls. Could stand to improve jam strength in order to hem/re-route receivers bigger receivers. Gets wired to blocks. Durability could be an issue given his physical playing style. Could stand to iron out his pedal. Gets caught peeking lets receivers behind him and is vulnerable to double moves. Misses some 1-on-1 tackles in space. Character should be looked into.
Urgent, confident, competitive athlete with an intriguing combination of speed, suddenness, ball skills and tackling ability. Has broad appeal given his scheme versatility, and should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor. Has a ceiling as a No. 2.