Photo of Senquez Golson
Drafted By: Steelers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 24
  • Overall 56

Combine Results

Grade
5.61 ?
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Golson is a corner who is only 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds, but what separates him is his ball skills. He played minor league baseball. The question is, how much does size matter? Golson is one of the best pure zone corners I've seen." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'9" Height
  • 29 3/4" Arm Length
  • 176LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

In 2014, unanimous first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection. Tied school record for interceptions with 10. Was a Bronko Nagurski finalist. Made 10 starts in 2013 with 41 total tackles. In 2012, played for both the football and baseball teams, making 6 starts for the football team and scoring 13 runs and stealing 5 bases for the baseball team. Selected in eighth round of 2011 Major League Baseball draft by Boston Red Sox as a center fielder.


Pro Day Results


60-yard shuttle: 11.93 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding competitor with plus ball skills. Production was off the charts in 2014. Had 9 interceptions and 16 pass deflections. Explosive through lower body. Instinctive. Can twitch and trigger to break on the ball. Can mirror in space and closes down passing windows. Plays with smooth hips and good balance. Can open hips to turn and run and has good top-end speed. Willing and effective against the run. Maintains leverage against the run and can disengage to make aggressive tackle when necessary. Has good eye discipline and can focus on his man and the quarterback at the same time.

Weaknesses

Worked primarily in zone and off-man coverage. Needs to show NFL evaluators that he can get in a receiver's pocket and stay there from press-man. Might be considered too small to play outside in the NFL. Three of his four touchdowns allowed came against receivers 6-foot-4 or taller. Smallish frame combined with aggressive tackling could lead to durability concerns.

Draft Projection

Round 3 or 4

Sources Tell Us

"He has that love of football we look for. He turned down big money as a baseball player to lock in on football, and he plays with passion and with explosive talent." -- AFC South regional scout

NFL Comparison

Brent Grimes

Bottom Line

Golson has the twitch, ball skills and instincts to be an outstanding cornerback in the NFL. Despite playing so much zone in college, there is no reason to believe he can't transition to any coverage asked of him. He's well put-together, but his lack of height could force some teams to view him as a slot-only corner. Golson has Pro Bowl potential.
-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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