Kameron Kelly

San Diego St.
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Prospect Info

College
San Diego St.
Hometown
Class
Murphy, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
204 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.34
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.66
Seconds
 
Bench Press
9
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.94
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Kelly is making the transition from safety to cornerback for his final year at San Diego State, taking over for Atlanta Falcons' fifth-round pick Damontae Kazee. Kelly made his name as an all-around offensive weapon at Wylie High School in Texas, winning his district's Player of the Year award as a dual-threat quarterback, receiver, and defensive back (seven interceptions). He played in six games as a true freshman as a reserve at the team's "Warrior" safety spot, making one tackle before undergoing leg surgery for compartment syndrome and missing the rest of the year. Kelly was the starter at the Warrior spot for 13 games in 2015, compiling 58 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions, and three pass break-ups. He was suspended for the season opener for violating team rules, but ended the season on a good note with nine tackles, one for loss, against Cincinnati in the Hawai'i Bowl. Kelly played in every game as a junior, making 38 tackles and intercepting five passes while breaking up six others. Two of his interceptions came in his only start of the year, in the Las Vegas Bowl against Houston. Kelly's play as a corner in 2017 intrigued scouts even more, as he posted 68 tackles, five for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles in a first-team All-American Athletic Conference effort.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5-6
Overview
Sources say there are teams out there who are enamored with the idea of playing Kelly at cornerback to take advantage of his length and ball skills. If he gets drafted to play corner, he will require patience as he lacks experience and movement skills to hold up against NFL route-runners. As a safety, teams like his range and ball skills to take it away and flip the field. Kelly's success could be tied to positional and scheme fit more than most.
Strengths
  • Long frame and expected to run well for his size
  • Former high school receiver with penchant for making plays on the ball
  • Has speed to range over the top as a safety
  • Finds flight of the ball early and acts as a receiver when attacking the catch
  • Opportunistic
  • Reacts instantly to deflections, underthrown and overthrown balls to take the ball away
  • Has starting experience at cornerback and safety
  • Could offer sub-package appeal
  • Plays with aggression in run support
  • Chops down running backs at the thighs
  • Productive kick cover talent with ability to compete for a gunner role on punts
Weaknesses
  • High-cut with upright, labored backpedal
  • Looked much more comfortable and natural at safety
  • Carries thin legs and a narrow base
  • Delayed in his transitions and doesn't flip hips with any smoothness
  • Grabby at the top of the route
  • Inexperienced with back to the ball
  • Average short area closing burst
  • Dig routes and seam throws will require earlier recognition and response
  • Needs to get stronger for run support
  • Gets wired to bigger blocking receivers and is slow to unhinge
  • Too many missed tackles

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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