Photo of Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Drafted By: Saints
  • Round 2
  • Pick 26
  • Overall 58

Combine Results

Grade
5.36 ?
  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 13 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 41.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"At 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds, he is today's NFL corner. He's a lot like Richard Sherman in that he's a converted wide receiver, but he has the size of Brandon Browner. I think (New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator) Rob Ryan is going to turn him into a future All-Pro." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Was a wide receiver/safety as a Miami prep. Following high school, he spent one year at North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy, catching 36 passes for 580 yards. He attended Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College for one year, but did not see any football action. Redshirted as a receiver with Nebraska in 2010. Began the '11 season as a wide receiver before being converted to cornerback early in the campaign. Went on to play in nine games (including one start at right cornerback) and had nine tackles, one pass breakup and one interception. Saw action in 14 games in '12 (five starts at left cornerback) and registered 24-9-2. Had a 48-yard interception return for a score against Minnesota. Was Nebraska's top cover cornerback in '13, starting all 13 games and registering 41-12-4 with three tackles for loss and one sack. Had an interception in each of his first four games, including a 43-yard score against Southern Miss.

Analysis

Strengths

Physically impressive on the hoof -- looks every bit the part with outstanding size and length to mix it up with bigger receivers. Good balance and body control. Jumps routes. Has good hands to intercept and can highpoint throws. Flashes functional strength to reroute receivers, discard blocks and tackle ball carriers. Very productive on the ball in limited time as a starter -- 22 pass PBUs and seven INTs in 19 starts at Nebraska. Works to get better and made strides as a senior. Explosion was on display at the combine, where he posted a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump (best among defensive backs) and 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump.

Weaknesses

Has relatively small hands. Not especially strong for his size. Stiff hips. Is not a quick-twitch athlete and struggles to mirror sudden receivers. Lacks elite top-end speed (long-strider). Green positional instincts. Picks and chooses his spots to be physical -- inconsistent run defender. Has tweener traits. Football aptitude is lacking -- could struggle to grasp and execute complex assignments. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

A converted receiver, Jean-Baptiste possesses intriguing ball skills, rare leaping ability and clear upside, though he lacks ideal speed and flexibility, is smoother than he is sudden and does not consistently play to his size. Warrants developmental consideration from teams employing press or Cover-2, and will be in demand given the league's trend toward bigger defensive backs.
-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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