Avonte Maddox

Pittsburgh
CB

Prospect Info

College
Pittsburgh
Hometown
Class
Detroit, MI
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 9"
184 lbs
29 1/2”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.38
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Philadelphia
Eagles
Round 4 ‧ Pick 25
40 Yard Dash
4.39
Seconds
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
125.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.51
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.0
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
10.72
Seconds
 
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Don't be misled by Maddox's smallish frame, he's proven himself a tough-minded defender since putting on his Panther jersey for the first time. Maddox was a third-team All-ACC selection as a senior, starting 10 games (missed two with an arm injury), making 27 tackles, four for loss (all sacks), intercepting two passes, breaking up 11 others, and forcing three fumbles. He also missed three games with an arm injury in 2016, but played in 10, starting nine for the year. He recorded 49 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and led the team with three interceptions (one for a 33-yard touchdown) and eight pass breakups. Maddox was voted honorable mention All-ACC in 2015 after starting all 13 games, posting 75 tackles and a team-best three interceptions and nine pass breakups. The two-way Detroit Metro high school star (35-956, 14 TD receiving; 65-717, four TD rushing; four interceptions, two returned for scores) was an impact freshman for the Panthers in 2014, starting six of 13 games played, compiling 32 tackles and three pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Maddox is sure to get a glowing review from his coaching staff as he has been a model leader and worker during his time at Pitt. While he plays with good toughness and has good athletic traits, his ability to stay connected in coverage has been problematic. Inconsistencies in man coverage combined with a smallish frame are a concern in my opinion, but his combination of long speed and short area quickness has him rising up the board.
Strengths
  • Possesses high football and personal character
  • Beloved by coaching staff for work ethic and attitude
  • Fluid and athletic in space
  • Has outstanding twitch and short-area quickness to play the ball if he's hugged up on the route
  • Finished career with 51 passes defensed including eight interceptions
  • Team leader
  • Willing to play with pain
  • Takes tackling duties to heart
  • Solo tackler who doesn't need much help to get ball carriers and receivers to the ground
  • Handled adversity well when he struggled on the field
Weaknesses
  • Gives away too much separation in early stages of the route
  • Needs better patience from press and off coverage
  • Almost too reactive to fakes causing him to lean out of position
  • Struggles to mirror and match from man
  • Can be a step slow to diagnose and transition from bail technique
  • Way too respectful and passive against receivers considering his speed and athletic ability
  • Feet get stuck in neutral when changing direction
  • Spry but small
  • Has missed five games over the last two seasons due to injury
Sources Tell Us

"He's really shooting up the board in our building. Great tester but he shows it on tape with how athletic he is in coverage. I know our position coach thinks he can get a lot better with some work on his technique." - NFC executive

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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