Jessie Bates

Wake Forest
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Prospect Info

College
Wake Forest
Hometown
Class
Fort Wayne, IN
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
200 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.84
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 2 ‧ Pick 22
40 Yard Dash
4.5
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.78
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.26
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.34
Seconds
 
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Bates was a three-star recruit and two-time first-team all-state pick from Fort Wayne Indiana. He redshirted his first year at Wake to add strength, and then made a big impact in 2016. Bates was a consensus Freshman All-American and the ACC media's runner-up conference defensive rookie of the year behind Clemson's Dexter Lawrence. He made 100 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and finished among national leaders with five interceptions -- returning two for touchdowns. Bates was an honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2017, posting 79 stops, six for loss, one interception and five pass breakups. He started 11 games for the season, missing two with an injury. Despite playing just two years with the Demon Deacons, Bates decided to declare for early entry in the 2018 NFL Draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2-3
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Versatile safety option with the athletic ability to handle man coverage responsibilities in space and the instincts and ball skills to post ball production in zone coverage. Bates is more than willing as a hitter, but can get himself in trouble as an open-field tackler due to inconsistent pursuit angles and technique. Bates plays with energy and aggressiveness and is likely to fill a stat sheet with production thanks to his versatility and play traits. He should contribute early on defense and special teams and has a chance to become a good NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Impressive fluidity for a safety with smooth hips and sudden feet
  • Quick in coverage transitions
  • Can line up over top of slots
  • Has pattern recognition to shade the breaks
  • Instinctive
  • Processes quarterback at same speed quarterback is processing field
  • Instant trigger to the throw
  • No stall at the top on his plant-and-drive
  • Sprints to potential pass target after recognizing play-action
  • Excellent route balance from zone
  • High school outfielder and hooper with plus ball tracking and ball skills
  • Can take it away and take it to the house
  • Volume tackler who is drawn to the football
  • Runs the alley and finishes with force
  • Has versatility to be utilized in a variety of coverages and alignments
Weaknesses
  • Has just two years of game experience
  • Needs more meat on his bones
  • Plays bigger than his frame raising durability concerns
  • Needs to play with better discipline in deep coverage responsibilities
  • Sniffs around on misdirection and will allow routes to get beyond him
  • Doesn't have a big second gear in his closing burst
  • Angles to the ball in coverage and as a tackler need work
  • Inconsistent tackler due to leverage issues
  • Overpursues and allows runners to cut back across his face

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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