Photo of Maurice Canady
Drafted By: Ravens

Combine Results

Grade
5.3 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.09 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Canady has the size, speed, and awareness to play in zone or man schemes. The Ravens got good value here as he should strengthen their depth at CB entering the season. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

There's a lot to like about Virginia's next cornerback prospect: He's tall (listed at 6-foot-2), has long arms to knock away passes from receivers (18 pass breakups in 2014-2015), and flashes hands to snatch low or high errant passes (three interceptions as a junior). He also has returned punts for scores during his career, including one for a 74-yard score against William and Mary this fall. If scouts believe Canady can wrap up ball carriers and get them to the ground, he'll move up draft boards like former tall Cavs corners Ras-I Dowling and Chris Cook did before him.

Analysis

Strengths

Above average height for the position. Has experience playing from slot and outside. Light on his feet. Relatively smooth hip turn and foot quickness to mirror and match the receiver. Plays with desired balance and body control for lateral change of direction. Good short area ball reaction. More disciplined in his play this season after giving up too many big plays in 2014. Instinctive and shows tendency recognition that comes from film study and retention of coaching. Leary of double moves. Processes quickly. Plays with adequate transitional quickness to react to what is eyes are seeing.

Weaknesses

Scouts concerned about ability to carry long speed. Torched for six touchdowns in 2014. Opens out of backpedal extremely early for fear of being beaten over the top. Ball production (passes defensed and interceptions) plummeted in 2015 showing fear of playing tight. No interceptions this season. Played so far off receivers that challenging throws became impossible. Tall, tight backpedal. Doesn’t have juice to quickly close separation when asked to turn and run. Unable to find ball frequently when beaten over the top. Lightweight. Pushed around in the red zone by bigger targets. Ankle­-biter as tackler with inconsistent effort and desire. Passed up opportunities to stick his nose in.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"He's soft. He has talent, but I have serious doubts about whether or not he's physically tough enough and mentally tough enough. Teams would runs screens at him because they knew he might not challenge the play. At least he was a playmaker in 2014." ­-- AFC scout in charge of ACC

NFL Comparison

Tye Smith

Bottom Line

Canady has the size and athleticism to be an NFL cornerback, but it is hard to ignore the disparity in touchdowns allowed (10) versus interceptions (three) over the last two seasons. Canady's long speed and toughness are going to be heavily scrutinized during the draft process, but he has enough talent to be an NFL backup.
-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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