Photo of Brian Poole
Grade
4.92 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 210LBS. Weight

Overview

Although his running mate on the outside, Vernon Hargreaves, gets most of the attention, Poole is no slouch. He was a five-star recruit ranked as high as number 25 overall in the nation coming out of Brandenton Southeast in 2012. He contributed as a freshman (three tackles in 12 games), then starting six games as a nickelback the following year (32 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, three pass break-ups). Poole became a regular starter, both as a corner and nickel, in 2014, leading the Gators with four interceptions and finishing second on the team with 10 pass break-ups. Poole didn’t pick off a pass and started only six games as a senior at safety and nickel, but played every week and finished second on the team with 10 pass break-ups (along with 40 tackles, 3.5 for loss).

Analysis

Strengths

Plays with a high level of football intelligence and instincts. At his best in zone coverage. Reads quarterback and is quick to anticipate throws. Will drift beyond his zone if he believes he can help. Has 25 passes defensed over the last two seasons. Plays with solid ball skills. Willing to take chances and undercut throws to make up for his lack of size and length. Crowds receivers and contests catches. Plus route recognition and willing in run support.

Weaknesses

Short cornerback who struggles to leap and defend high throws. Instincts get him ahead, but lacks the reactive quickness needed to be his best in the red zone. Tagged with seven touchdowns allowed over last two years. Play speed is very average. Would like to see more hustle in his pursuit from backside. Willing tackler but doesn't go out of his way looking for additional action. Sluggish transition quickness leads to lunging.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

If he were taller and a stronger tackler, I could easily see a transition to safety considering his instincts and ability to read quarterbacks and route progressions. While a team could try him there, my guess is that he will have to make it as a slot corner. His speed and quickness numbers at his workout will be extremely important for him.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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