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Combine Results

Grade
5.07 ?
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.11 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 197LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Played in nine games in 2014, starting six. Tied for most interceptions on team (6). Had two interceptions in Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin. Started all 14 games in 2013 and started all 12 games in 2012. Played in all 13 games in 2011, with one start. Made his first career interception and returned it for his first career TD vs. Florida Atlantic in '11. Recorded 61 tackles and four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns as a senior in high school. In same season, he rushed for 805 yards and six touchdowns, caught seven passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns, threw for a TD and returned four kicks for TDs.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.48 and 4.50 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Has adequate straight-line speed with ability to close once he decides to go. Quick-twitch athlete with ability to rise and high­point throws. At his best when locked in man-­to­-man coverage. Good route recognition from man coverage and able to make a quick break to play on the throw. Came back from suspension and performed at a higher level than expected. Not easily juked or tilted in run support.

Weaknesses

Suspended for four games in 2014 after verbal altercation with safeties coach. Allowed to play only special teams for two games upon return from suspension. Doesn't show qualities of capable high­-to­-low safety vs. the run. Willing to wait on running back to get to him. Play­action and misdirection caused great deal of confusion at times. Struggles to play with discipline as deep safety in coverage. Drag-down tackler who can be taken for long rides.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"He was an undrafted free agent without the character problems, so that tells you what we think his draft chances are." ­-- NFC area scout

Bottom Line

Undersized safety prospect with a knack for making plays on the ball when he gets to where he is supposed to go. He can be fooled by combo routes, play­action and head fakes and loses his positioning and he's not a forceful or consistent tackler. His speed, quickness and explosiveness numbers were all solid at the NFL Scouting Combine, but the altercation he had with his position coach is a lingering issue.
-Lance Zierlein
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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