With the requisite size (6-foot-3 and 220 pounds) and coverage skills (four interceptions as a senior), Jean-Baptiste is inviting comparisons to Richard Sherman. And as Sherman showed in the NFC Championship Game, that length allows a bigger cornerback to make a play even the best traditionally built defender might miss out on.
NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis disagreed on where each has Jean-Baptiste ultimately playing at the next level. Davis sees Jean-Baptiste as a safety because of his ball skills, but Mayock prefers him at corner because of the expanded use of fades and back-shoulder throws that can be disrupted by the size of a Jean-Baptiste.
"More and more defenses need a guy that with his back to the quarterback has some length and an ability to find the football. I want that kid to play corner," Mayock said.
Savage split the difference, noting the team that drafts Jean-Baptiste would always have the option of moving him to safety.
Said Savage: "For these teams that are interested, they start him at corner and have the ability to slide him back into safety, so he is kind of a safe pick because if he doesn't do well at corner you have a fallback option."