Stephen Denmark

Valdosta State

Prospect Info

College
Valdosta State
Hometown
Class
FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
220 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.26
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 7 ‧ Pick 24
Go to Pick

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Denmark began his career at VSU as he ended it at Tallahassee's James S. Rickards High School -– as a receiver. He caught seven passes at 97 yards (13.9 average) and a touchdown in six games as a true freshman, then started all 11 games in 2016 (22-240-10.6, two TDs). He only played in four games in 2017, catching one pass for 11 yards. Coaches moved him to defensive back as a senior, which paid off with second-team All-Gulf South Conference honors and notice from NFL scouts. He posted 55 tackles, eight for loss, three interceptions, and nine pass breakups as a full-time starter.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
Overview
Raw, receiver turned cornerback project with elite physical traits and athletic tools, but a complete lack of coverage fundamentals that shows up time and again on tape. The traits will have defensive back coaches day-dreaming of his potential as a physical press-and-trail cornerback if they can get the footwork and feel for the position squared away. Denmark is nowhere near ready and will need to be re-built from the ground up. His range, length and toughness in run support could allow for a move to safety at some point.
Strengths
  • Elite size and athletic testing; ran two 4.46-second 40-yard dashes with a vertical of 43.5 inches and a 10-foot-10 broad jump at his pro day
  • Size and length can be intimidating
  • Halts route schedule when he can body receivers
  • Smooth hips to bend with routes from trail
  • Big recovery gear
  • Former receiver with length and ball skills to win jump balls
  • Comes downhill with aggressive demeanor as tackler
  • Wide net open-field tackler
  • Consistent to close and wrap as finisher
  • Hustles from backside away from the ball
Weaknesses
  • The tape can be rough
  • Upright in press with narrow base
  • Will need time to learn fundamentals from scratch
  • Indecisive footwork and jam technique from press
  • Hasn't learned to mirror and impede the release
  • Too easy to tilt off-balance with fakes
  • Excessive false steps no matter coverage technique
  • Unbalanced and bumpy in his transitions
  • Lacks confidence to play with eye-balance from off coverage
Sources Tell Us

"His size and workout numbers are the rarest I've ever seen at cornerback and I've been doing this for a long time. The tape is rough, but just the chance to work with that potential to see what happens is worth a sixth(-round pick), I would think." -- National scout with AFC team
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