M.J. Stewart

North Carolina
CB

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina
Hometown
Class
Arlington, VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
200 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.72
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Round 2 ‧ Pick 21
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.19
Seconds
 
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Stewart has been a starting cornerback for UNC the past two seasons, but his physicality and tackling ability may gain him time at nickel or safety at the next level. He was ranked both as a top-40 corner and safety nationally coming out of Virginia Beach after earning first-team All-Washington D.C. Metro notice. He played in 12 games as a key reserve his true freshman season, contributing 26 tackles, two interceptions, and four pass breakups. Stewart was voted second-team All-ACC by league media in 2015, tying for the conference lead with 18 passes defended (four picks, 14 deflections). He also had 62 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and a forced fumble on the year. Stewart again received all-conference notice as a junior, receiving honorable mention accolades from ACC media with 66 stops, 11 pass deflections, and two forced fumbles. He was again honorable mention All-ACC in 2017 with 45 tackles, five for loss, two sacks, and 12 pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Micah Hyde
Overview
Stewart is well-built and very physical in both his coverage and his run support. He's athletic enough to handle man coverage duties from a variety of techniques whether playing outside or inside and he has the instincts, ball skills and toughness to transition to safety if need be. Stewart can be deployed in a variety of positions in the secondary which should lend itself to early playing time for him with a starter's role in his future.
Strengths
  • Good build and overall toughness
  • Has had success in off-man and press-man
  • Rarely takes a bad loss against press release
  • Opens hips and connects with hands to the receiver
  • Can cover inside or outside
  • Makes it a point to drape himself over slot targets as early in the route as possible
  • Can counter move tight ends with physicality
  • Pattern reader with 41 passes defensed in three years
  • Can transition forward from bail or pedal without many false steps
  • Sinks into chests of boundary targets and gets head around to find the ball
  • Instinctive and cautious not to bite on double moves
  • Has early acceleration to recover
  • Maintains contain responsibilities against run
  • Roughneck by nature with "see it, hit it" attitude
  • Strike and wrap tackler
Weaknesses
  • Will get caught flat-footed while sitting on routes before break points
  • Hips are just average when flipping to run
  • Has decent recovery burst, but has trouble catching up with real gassers who get by him
  • Lack of long speed could prevent him from staying outside full-time
  • Will wait for the throw rather than shade from zone
  • Has no interceptions over last two seasons
  • Slow to transition from hand usage to footwork as route progresses and will default to some mauling
Sources Tell Us

"I'm writing him as a safety. Defenses are so varied now that I think it will really just depend from team to team how they want to use him." --

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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