Stone Mountain, Ga., product who also ran track in high school. As a true freshman in 2010, played all 12 games at strong safety (nine starts) -- had 57 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception with 5.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Appeared in 13 games in '11, making six starts at free safety, and recorded 53-3-1 with one tackle for loss. Made 12 starts at free safety in '12 and totaled 90-1-2 with 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Missed one game with an undisclosed injury. In '13, he saw action in 13 games at free safety (12 starts) and registered 91-4-5 with one tackle for loss and a school-record five forced fumbles (tied for the most in the NCAA). Led the team in tackles and interceptions, while his 65 solo tackles ranked second in the SEC. Did not start the Wake Forest game after being ejected the previous week for a targeting infraction. Did not run shuttles or participate in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine (right hamstring).
Good size, movement and flexibility. Efficient plant and drive on throws in front of him. Shows the ability to swoop downhill and support the run. Tries for the strip (forced five fumbles as a senior). Asset in the building -- terrific character. Durable and experienced. Was a 21-year-old senior. Bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times at the combine, second-most among DBs.
Pedestrian timed speed. Average instincts and anticipation -- can be a tick late to read and react. Poor center fielder. Manipulated by QBs. Unreliable last line of defense. Inconsistent open-field tackler. Average tackle strength -- catches contact. Strong safety only.
Lean, athletic, finesse free safety with the chops to hold down a backup job in a system where he could react to plays in front of him, though he will have to demonstrate utility on special teams to stick.