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Drafted By: Patriots

Combine Results

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  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"(At Georgia Tech's pro day) he ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.52 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical and a 10-2 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.25 and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. He had a very good workout." -- Gil Brandt

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Prepped in Georgia, where he was the Class AA Defensive Player of the Year. Also ran track. Began 2009 fall camp as a running back before switching to defensive back and recording 10 tackles, no pass breakups and no interceptions while playing in all 14 games. Redshirted in 2010 because of poor grades. Appeared in all 13 games with two starts (Clemson, Utah) in 2011 and managed 50 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions with four tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble. Took over the punt returner job for the last five contests, returning three punts for 31 yards (10.3-yard average). Led the team in interceptions in 2012, logging 86 tackles, six pass breakups and four interceptions with three tackles for loss while making all 14 starts, the first five games at CB and the last nine at safety. In 2013, had team-leading 88 tackles and eight pass breakups along with two interceptions, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 starts. Played in 54 career games to tie the school record and saw action at every position in the secondary. Had nine career kickoff returns for 204 yards (22.7-yard average). Strained a back muscle bench pressing at the combine and did not do drills.



Has large hands and is strong for his size. Sacrifices his body and supports the run willingly; he likes contact. Takes good angles and understands run-game fits. Quietly confident. Mentally and physically tough. Good short-area zone awareness; reacting to throws in front of him is a strength. Tough and durable, will play hurt. Highly respected. Hardworking and accountable. Experienced four-year starter.


Lacks ideal height and has short arms. Frame is nearly maxed out. Stiff hips. Gives up some ground and allows separation in man coverage vs. quickness. Easily mismatched by size vs. tight ends. Average range -- lacks desirable length and fluidity to patrol the back end. Hands are iffy.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

Strong, tough, durable, downhill box safety whose hip tightness is limiting, but he brings desirable grit, physicality and competitiveness and could latch on as a situational nickel-safety and special-teams player.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.