Anthony Averett

Alabama
CB

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Woodbury, NJ
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
183 lbs
30 1/4”
Hands
8 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.69
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Baltimore
Ravens
Round 4 ‧ Pick 18
40 Yard Dash
4.36
Seconds
 
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.93
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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The nephew of former college All-American and NFL Pro Bowl left tackle Bryant McKinnie didn't make an immediate impact with the Tide due to the team's depth at the position. He redshirted in 2013, and played in just one game the following year. Averett was going to compete for playing time as a sophomore, but biceps and elbow injuries before the season squashed that hope. He also suffered a broken finger before the playoff semifinal against Michigan State, allowing him to play in just six games as a special teamer. Averett finally got his shot in 2016, starting 13 games and playing in all 15 (48 tackles, three for loss, sack, eight pass breakups). He was picked on regularly but used his toughness to stick with plays. Averett was the team's defensive MVP in their national semifinal win over Washington (eight tackles, sack, forced fumble). He was a starter all 14 games of his senior season, posting 48 stops, four for loss, an interception, and eight pass breakups in 2017. Averett has the athleticism for the position, posting the top long jump mark in high school nationally as a junior (25 feet, two inches) and winning New Jersey state titles in the 55-meter dash and high jump. He got a chance at receiver before his sophomore year, but cornerback is his home for now, and in the future.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Tre'Davious White
Strengths
  • Plays with excellent reactive athleticism
  • Twitchy and sticky in man coverage with loose hips and easy feet
  • Smooth opening and sprinting
  • Has ability to stay in phase from snap to whistle
  • In position for quick tackles when he gives up completion
  • Plays with decent route recognition and will run routes for receivers at times
  • Championship high school 100M and long jump participant who is very capable of carrying long speed down the field
  • Quick to stick-and-drive on throws in front of him
  • Agile with athletic talent to recover from early setback and get back into coverage
  • Has footwork to mirror and match early release in press coverage
  • Played through sports hernia in 2016
  • Able to cover kicks and play jammer on punt return
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't have great length
  • Could use more weight on his frame and improved play strength
  • Hasn't had to play through many extended reps thanks to ravenous pass rush in front of him
  • Ball production is much too light for his athletic ability and man cover quickness
  • Has limited number of pass breakups and just one career interception
  • Tends to eyeball receiver rather than balancing between his man and the quarterback
  • Plays receivers rather than playing the ball
  • Doesn't play with desired instincts or anticipation
  • Allows windows to open too easily from zone coverage
  • Willing to tackle, but not a physical guy
Sources Tell Us

"He can run but he won't blow you away by his speed. He can cover but he won't make a lot of plays. He can tackle but he's not a tough Alabama cornerback. He's a solid starter but not great to me." -- NFC team director of college scouting

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league