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Combine Results

Grade
5.11 ?
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 182LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/8" Hands

Overview

His last name is pronounced "BLUE." Alabama native who played defensive back, running back and kick returner in high school. Was a non-qualifier and went to Northeast Mississippi Community College -- appeared in eight games in 2010, recording 20 tackles, four pass breakups and zero interceptions with one forced fumble. Had 11 combined kick returns for 223 yards (20.3 average) and one touchdown. Appeared in 10 games in '11 and posted 24-8-1 with one tackle for loss and one sack. Returned his interception for a 58-yard touchdown. Also returned kickoffs and punts, combining for 33-693-2 (21.0). Finally arrived on the Alabama campus in '12 and started all 14 games at cornerback for the national champions, recording 40-7-2 with 6.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Scored on a 57-yard fumble return against Western Carolina. Was hampered most of '13 by a turf toe injury he suffered prior to the season, which forced him to miss two games. Started 11 contests at cornerback and totaled 20-3-1 with one tackle for loss. Did not work out at the NFL Scouting Combine (right turf toe).

Analysis

Strengths

Moves fluidly and pedals smoothly. Has short-area quickness to mirror off the line. Good read-and-react skills. Aware in zone. Has special-teams experience as a jammer. Dependable character. Has a professional approach to the game. Competitive and tough -- plays hurt and does not shy away from a challenge.

Weaknesses

Has been dinged up and durability is an issue. Size is just adequate -- could stand to bulk up and improve functional strength. Has short arms and very small hands. Disadvantaged vs. bigger, stronger receivers. Not explosive. Gives ground at the break point. Loses phase. Minimal ball production. Inconsistent downfield ball reactions. Weak, shoddy tackler.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Lean, high-cut, press-bail corner with enough field speed, range and competitiveness to compete for a sub-package role. Played hurt as a senior and has desirable intangibles, though he must shore up his tackling and show effectiveness on special teams to give himself a chance.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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