Was rated as one of the top cornerback prospects in the country as a Fort Lauderdale prep, helping lead his St. Thomas Aquinas squad to a state championship and the No. 3 national ranking. Enrolled at Florida in 2011 and immediately moved into the lineup at cornerback, starting 10 games and recording 22 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception with one-half tackle for loss. In September, he was arrested by university police for underage drinking. Suffered a season-ending neck injury in November against South Carolina, which required surgery. Missed most of spring practice in '12 because of the injury, but returned to the field in the fall and played in all 13 games (four starts) -- tallying 23-12-2 with one tackle for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Also returned two punts for 81 yards (40.5-yard average). Battled injuries in '13, seeing action in just seven games (four starts) and recording 11-3-0. Went 14-129-0 (9.2) on punt returns and 1-16-0 returning kickoffs. Strained the PCL in his left knee in the season's second game, forcing him to the sidelines for the next three contests. Aggravated the injury in his third game back, forcing him back off the field. In addition, he was suspended for the South Carolina game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Made it back for the season finale, seeing limited action against Florida State.
Very good size and nice body length. Transitions efficiently and shows nice plant-and-drive quickness. Flashes ball skills to break up plays. Has punt-return experience -- can elude the first tackler and gain whats blocked.
Needs to bulk up and get functionally stronger. Struggles with bigger, stronger receivers. Lacks elite top-end speed to keep pace with burners. Anticipation and route recognition are lacking. Susceptible to double moves. Tends to clutch and grab when he's beat. Inconsistent ball reactions. Poor tackler. Recorded just 34 tackles the last two seasons. Relatively inexperienced. Durability has been an issue.
Lean, athletic, finesse cornerback who is best deployed in off-man or zone coverage, and has potential to develop into a No. 2 or No. 3 corner if he regains his sophomore form. However, he lacks desirable instincts and tackling ability, and did not elevate his game in 2013 when injuries, suspension and inconsistency marred his junior season.