Photo of Jimmy Pruitt

Combine Results

Grade
4.99 ?
  • 4.73 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 30 3/8" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

A versatile defender who has started at corner and safety for the Spartans, Pruitt played with the first-team defense at corner as a true freshman (41 tackles, one interception, 11 pass breakups). Though not a huge hitter, Pruitt is physical enough to have handled duties in the back half as a sophomore (52 tackles). He moved back to the corner spot for his junior and senior seasons, intercepting three passes and breaking up seven others in honorable mention All-Mountain West efforts the past two years.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds
Vertical: 32 1/2 inches
Short shuttle: 4.38 seconds
3-cone: 7.03 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Has experience starting at both safety and cornerback. Very rarely burned and maintains solid feel for his man. Allowed just one touchdown over last 103 targets. Diligent against double moves and rarely bites hard on first sign of breaks by wide out. Plays with route recognition in both man and zone and will take shots to jump the route from time to time. Has 18 passes defensed over last two seasons, including six interceptions. Has adequate reactive footwork and shows little indecision when responding to his eyes.

Weaknesses

Not aggressive enough in run support to transition to full-time safety. Has short arms for a cornerback. Allows too much operating room from off-­man bail coverage and needs to squeeze routes a little tighter. Slow to find and track ball down the field. Gets to top gear quickly, but long speed appears to be average at best. Ankle-­tackler willing to sit on blocks for too long rather than attack and defeat.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Consistent three­-year starter who plays with a good head on his shoulders when it comes to coverage responsibilities. Pruitt shows a good feel for space and keying the quarterback's eyes from zone coverage and he's always around his responsibility in man coverage. However, his man coverage could be a little tighter, his speed could be better and his tackling could be more aggressive. Likely third-day option with backup potential.
-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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