Photo of Cre'von LeBlanc
Grade
4.99 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 194LBS. Weight

Overview

D'Joun Smith played on the other side of the field from LeBlanc in 2014, and was picked in the early third round by Indianapolis -- despite his talent, he was often challenged by opposing quarterbacks. Why? Because LeBlanc was just as tough to throw against. Former FAU head coach Carl Pelini said LeBlanc was recruited specifically for his versatility as a cover man/run stopper/blitzer. Given the production the FAU Defensive MVP and second team All-Conference USA corner put up despite being "the man" as a senior (four interceptions, seven pass break-ups), it won't be surprising if the Owls find one of their corners picked in the third round for the second straight year.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
Vertical: 34 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches
Short shuttle: 4.16 seconds
3-cone: 6.91 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Stocky, muscular build. Plays with exceptionally strong hands clutching and challenging receivers from press. Allowed just 34.5 percent completion rate in 2015. Impressive mirror and match footwork to stick to his targets and stay in position to make plays on the ball. Aggressive in coverage and competes hard at the top of the route against physical receivers. Quick twitch athlete with explosive hips to leap and defend 50/50 throws. Has kick return ability.

Weaknesses

Too small to play outside. Doesn't have desired recovery speed if beaten over the top. Lack of top-end speed and length could create substantial issues defending deep throws. Can be forced out of the way in run support by big­-bodied receivers with good arm extension. Relies too heavily on grabbing and holding when routes stem.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

Hard not to love his competitiveness and ability to match a receiver's footwork off the line of scrimmage, but those qualities might not be enough for teams who push short cornerbacks down their draft boards. LeBlanc might need to run a fast 40-yard dash in order to give him a chance to hear his name called on Day 3 of the draft as a slot corner and kick returner.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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