QUIN BLANDING

Virginia
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Prospect Info

College
Virginia
Hometown
Class
Virginia Beach, VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
207 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
8 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.39
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.63
Seconds
 
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Growing up, Quin heard all about how good a football player his father Kevin was; the elder Blanding played at Glenville State for former Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. Now Quin's career has reached peaks that his old man's never did, and his size, tackling prowess, and ability to close on the ball in a hurry make his NFL future bright. He was a first-team All-ACC pick and received All-American notice in each of his last two seasons. Blanding started all 13 games in 2017, being credited with 137 tackles, 3.5 for loss, four interceptions, and two pass breakups. He started all 12 of the team's games for the third straight year in 2016, ranking ninth in the FBS with 10 tackles per game (120 total, two for loss), intercepting two passes, and breaking up six others. Blanding was first-team all-conference and second-team USA Today All-American as a sophomore, racking up 115 stops, one interception, and three pass breakups. His initial campaign with the Cavaliers made him an easy Freshman All-American selection and earned him the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Award (second team all-conference), as he posted 123 tackles, 2.5 for loss, three picks, and six pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Five-star standout who stepped right into the starting lineup and had an immediate impact on the games. Blanding is a big safety who plays with good football intelligence and an unwavering commitment on each snap, but his lack of makeup speed and his coverage limitations may force him into a more limited role on the next level.
Strengths
  • Four year-starter with outstanding size
  • Never had less than 115 total tackles in any of his four seasons
  • Reads run lane development and hits his fits
  • Plays with bend and balance when scraping in box
  • Takes efficient pursuit angles and adjusts early when needed
  • Strong finishing rate for being high volume tackler
  • Insanely durable
  • Played in 98 percent of defensive snaps since he stepped on campus
  • Diligent in deep coverage staying deeper than deepest
  • Not easily manipulated by look-off glances from quarterback
  • Early to find ball when it's in flight
  • Plays downfield throws at the high point and can pluck it like a receiver
  • Decent pattern recognition and digestion of combination routes
Weaknesses
  • Hips are tight and base is narrow
  • Doesn't show much explosiveness or foot quickness in his movement
  • Transitions from backpedal can be sluggish
  • Hesitant in space
  • Will need to squeeze the seam earlier on next level
  • Can be mismatched in man coverage
  • Lacks range and burst as single-high safety
  • Plays with inconsistent instincts and some tunnel vision
  • Doesn't have expected ball production from four-year starter
  • Had issues in 2016 of misjudging ball flight and taking suspect angles
  • Allowed downhill runners to climb on top of him and bring much of the force
  • More of a volume tackler than aggressive striker
Sources Tell Us

"From what I can tell, fans and media guys are going to be surprised by where he ends up getting drafted. His size is a big plus, but he's slow and he's not a game-changer type in the box." -- NFC team personnel director

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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