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2007 Rookie Profiles: Cornerbacks

Posted: 5/07
 

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Full Name:  Larry Anam                School:   Boston College                          

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   193            40:   4.44                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Became a full-time starter as a senior and posted 69/2/3.  Started six games at safety as a junior and registered 36 tackles.

Pos:

Athletic prospect still developing as a football player.  Effective facing the action, diagnoses plays and works to get involved.  Displays a quick break to the play and a nice move defending the throw.

Neg:

Struggles with his back to the ball.  Does not play to his 40 time.  Ducks his head and misses tackles.

Analysis:

Offering outstanding size/speed numbers and good work habits, Anam possesses the physical skills for the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Anthony Arline          School:   Baylor                                        

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   199            40:   4.48                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons.  Senior

numbers were 26/2/3 after 24/3/3 as a junior.

Pos:

Good-sized cornerback with potential in a zone system.  Diagnoses the action,

displays a solid head for the game and good hands for the pick.  Reads opponent’s

eyes, gets his head back around to locate the ball and uses his frame to box out

receivers.  Possesses a burst of closing speed.  Wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Lacks top-end speed and the ability to stay with receivers downfield.  Marginal

skills in man coverage situations.

Analysis:

Possessing the size/speed numbers to play at the next level, Arline could develop into a nickel back if he continually improves his game.

 

 

Full Name:  Travarous Bain          School:   Hampton                                    

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   182            40:   4.48                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former Miami-FL transfer who’s been an All-Conference selection the past two

seasons, totaling 19/5/6 as a senior after 28/13/1 the prior year.

Pos:

Explosive cornerback with solid ball skills.  Fluid transitioning to run with

opponents, will mix it up throughout routes and plays faster than his 40 time. 

Quickly breaks to the throw and effectively snatches the ball in the air for the interception.  Steady wrap-up tackler.

Neg:

Does not play with a physical nature.  Gets lazy with his fundamentals.  Easily

blocked from the action.

Analysis:

A talented small-school defensive back, Bain is rarely tested by opposing

quarterbacks.  Must get stronger and become more aggressive, yet has the tools

to see playing time as a rookie in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Alan Ball                    School:   Illinois                                        

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   176            40:   4.48                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who posted career totals of 62/1/11 last season after 55/1/5 as a junior.

Pos:

Tall, thin cover corner who plays heads-up football.  Effective facing the action,

works well with safeties and quickly breaks on the ball.  Reads the action, displays

 a good degree of suddenness to his game and fast up the field defending the run. 

Gives effort in all aspects of the game.

Neg:

Not strong at the point, has tackles broken and loses out in battles.  Struggles

staying with receivers out from their breaks.

Analysis:

A developing corner who’s shown a lot of promise, Ball is a late-round selection

who could be used as a nickel or dime back for a variety of defensive systems.

 

 

Full Name:  Calvin Bannister        School:   Hampton                                    

Ht:   5-7           Wt:   180            40:   4.46                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who posted 34/3/8 totals as a senior.  Career-best numbers of

27/19/3 came during his sophomore campaign.

Pos:

Diminutive cornerback with solid ball skills.  Quick pedaling in reverse, fluid

transitioning to run with opponents and displays good sense of timing.  Very

aware, reads receivers’ eyes then quickly locates the pass in the air.  Feisty and

works to make positive plays.  Solid special teams player who has blocked punts in the past.

Neg:

Undersized, loses out in battles or is beaten by large receivers.  Has a long injury

history that has kept him on the sidelines.

Analysis:

Though limited by size, Bannister is a terrific football player when on the field. 

Reminiscent of Indianapolis Colt cornerback Jason David, he has a real shot to

make an NFL roster.

 

 

Full Name:  Fred Bennett             School:   South Carolina                          

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   196            40:   4.55                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting

37/2/11.  Junior totals included 41/3/10.

Pos:

Athletic corner prospect with outstanding size/speed numbers.  Fluid turning his

hips off the line, easily runs downfield with opponents and displays an explosive

burst to the ball.  Gets vertical and contorts to defend the throw.  Gives effort supporting the run.

Neg:

Shows minimal football instincts and is not decisive.  Consistently face-guards

opponents and is slow locating the ball.  Does not play with top balance.

Analysis:

A gifted athlete who flashes ability, Bennett has yet to pull the pieces together or

show much consistency on the field.  Measurables alone make him a

developmental prospect with a high upside.

 

 

Full Name:  John Bowie                School:   Cincinnati                                  

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   187            40:   4.39                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Posted 38/2/4 as a senior, when he became a full-time starter.  Missed all but two

 games of his junior season with a shoulder injury.  Sat on the sidelines for most of

 the ‘04 campaign after tearing a ligament in his right knee.  Sprint champion in

the Big East Conference.

Pos:

Athletic prospect with outstanding size/speed numbers.  Easily runs anywhere on

the field with opponents and quickly closes to the action.  Plays to his timed speed.

Neg:

Prefers to side-shuffle and lacks overall defensive back fundamentals.  Not a

decisive player, and does a lot of face-guarding.

Analysis:

A project in the works, Bowie possesses rare speed and solid size.  Had not

played much football until this season, yet showed enough skill to be stashed on a practice squad.

 

 

Full Name:  Tyron Brackenridge  School:   Washington State                    

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   187            40:   4.73                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior College transfer who totaled 50/3/7 as a senior, earning All-Conference

recognition.  Red-shirted as a junior in ‘05 after seeing limited playing time the prior year.

Pos:

Nice-sized cover corner who works hard in all aspects of the game.  Physical, runs

 downfield with opponents and gets his head back around to make a play on the

ball.  Quickly breaks to the throw and has a burst of closing speed.

Neg:

A bit slow in his hips transitioning to run with receivers.  Struggles in man

situations against larger opponents.  Does not possess long speed.

Analysis:

Showing signs of potential after significant playing action last year, Brackenridge

offers potential backed off the line or in a zone system.  A developmental prospect

 who could be destined for the practice squad.

 

 

Full Name:  Courtney Brown        School:   Cal-Poly                                     

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   196            40:   4.65                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former receiver who started in the defensive backfield the past three years. 

All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 51/1/7.  Junior totals were 44/7/12.

Pos:

Nice-sized, instinctive cornerback with solid ball skills.  Fluid transitioning to run

with opponents, quickly reads the action and has a nice break to the ball. 

Displays good hands for the interception and has been a game changer in the past.

Neg:

Marginal playing speed and gets beaten deep.  Better facing the action and

struggles with his back to the ball.

Analysis:

Offering solid size, Brown could fit in as a dime back for a zone defense.

 

 

Full Name:  Tarell Brown              School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   190            40:   4.54                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Senior totals included 53 tackles and eight pass defenses, despite struggling

through most of the season with a foot injury.  Posted 70/1/8 as a junior.

Pos:

Explosive cornerback with the ability to shut down opponents.  Fluid transitioning

off the line, runs downfield with opponents and plays faster than his 40 time. 

Works well with safeties, locates the pass and quickly breaks to the action. 

Displays good awareness in his overall game as well as top ball skills.  Fights to get off blocks and make plays up the field.

Neg:

Very quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side shuffle down the field.  Does

not always play with his feet underneath him or with balance.

Analysis:

Steadily improving cornerback who is rarely challenged by opponents, Brown has

shown tremendous skill the past three years.  Off-the-field incidents and his foot

injury from last year will push him out of the first round, yet offers starting potential.

 

 

Full Name:  Michael Coe              School:   Alabama State                          

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   190            40:   4.63                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former Arkansas transfer who moved into the starting lineup last season at

Alabama State winning All-Conference honors.  Finished the year with 42/2/14. 

Saw sporadic action early in his college career.

Pos:

Nice-sized cover corner with good ball skills.  Jams opponents at the line of

scrimmage, physical throughout the action and works to get off blocks to make

plays.  Displays good recognition, picks up coverage assignments and positions

himself against opponents to defend the pass.  Nice timing and good hands for the interception.

Neg:

Does not show great downfield speed or a second gear.  Marginal closing burst.

Analysis:

Transferring from Arkansas in order to play under his father who is the head coach

 at Alabama State, Coe made big strides last season.  A solid special-teams

player, he offers possibilities as a nickel or dime back in either a zone system or in press coverage.

 

 

Full Name:  Marquice Cole           School:   Northwestern                            

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   185            40:   4.47                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons and an All-Conference selection as a

junior.  Senior totals included 44/2/4 after career-best totals of 46/5/10 the prior year.

Pos:

Athletic cornerback with solid size/speed numbers.  Quick-footed moving in

reverse, works well with safeties and displays good recognition on the field.

Neg:

Better athlete than football player.  Tends to tackle a little high and is not very

physical.  Quick out of his backpedal.  Does not consistently play to his timed speed.

Analysis:

Showing flashes of ability the past two seasons, Cole offers a lot of potential for

the next level.  Must fine-tune all aspects of his game and prove he is more than

just a size/speed prospect.

 

 

Full Name:  Duane Coleman         School:   Clemson                                     

Ht:   5-9.5        Wt:   199            40:   4.61                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former running back who moved to cornerback midway through his junior

campaign and was awarded All-Conference mention last season after totaling

73/1/2.  Led Clemson in rushing as a redshirt freshman with 615 yards.

Pos:

Well-built prospect who has displayed several dimensions to his game.  Physical

defensive back who gets off blocks and quickly closes to the play.  Reads the

action, is quick up the field and makes plays against the run.

Neg:

Not fluid pedaling in reverse.  Average ball skills.

Analysis:

A heady ballplayer with above-average size, Coleman is a dime

back at the next level who must produce on special teams, an area where he was effective in college.

 

 

Full Name:  AJ Davis                    School:   North Carolina State                

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   193            40:   4.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who registered 24 tackles and broke up six passes as a senior

after 53/2/9 the prior year.

Pos:

Nice-sized cornerback who played sporadically last season.  Fluid transitioning off

 the line, quickly locates the ball in the air and shows a nice move defending the

throw.  Runs with opponents on the field, works well with safeties and shows the

ability to stay with receivers out from their breaks.  Shows a burst of closing

speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness.

Neg:

Misjudges his pass defenses, loses assignments and does a lot of trailing or

catching up with opponents.  Not strong at the point and beaten out by large opponents.

Analysis:

Not meeting the high expectations placed upon him last season, Davis is a

physically gifted defensive back yet to complete his game.  Offers potential as a

nickel or dime back, yet must quickly elevate his play.

 


 

Full Name:  Jasper Faulk              School:   Southern Mississippi                 

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   186            40:   4.48                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Moved into the starting lineup as a senior and totaled 39/2/13.  Junior totals

included 40/2/6 when he started three games.  Also used to return punts.

Pos:

Developmental cornerback with an improving game.  Fluid pedaling in reverse,

displays a sense of timing and positions himself to make plays.  Stays with

opponents anywhere on the field, reads receivers’ eyes and quickly breaks to the action.

Neg:

Struggled to see playing time prior to his senior year.  Does not always win out in

battles.  Lacks top hands for the pick.

Analysis:

Possessing better-than-average size/speed numbers, Faulk made major progress

as a senior and is growing into his position.  Definite practice squad material who

also offers special-teams potential.

 

 

Full Name:  Daniel Francis           School:   LSU                                            

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   185            40:   4.46                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former reserve cornerback who started in nickel packages as a senior.  Totaled

31 tackles last season, breaking up three passes after finishing with 21 tackles

as a junior.  Top special-teams player at LSU.

Pos:

Athletic prospect who’s been marginally productive on defense.  Fluid turning to

run with opponents off the line, quickly breaks to the action and remains

disciplined with assignments.  Works hard to make positive plays and stands out on coverage units.

Neg:

Struggles with his back to the ball, does not play to his 40 time and does more

trailing receivers than actual covering.

Analysis:

A size/speed prospect, Francis never elevated his game at LSU, even when

afforded the opportunity.  Must earn his wage at the next level on special teams.

 

 

Full Name:  Joey Garcia               School:   Nevada                                      

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   182            40:   4.57                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who posted 52/6/8 as a senior, on his way to winning

All-Conference honors.  Junior totals were 72/4/14.

Pos:

Competitive zone cornerback with good ball skills.  Immediately diagnoses the

action, quickly breaks to the play and positions himself to defend the pass.  Reads

 receivers’ eyes, gets his head back around and finds the pass in the air.  Has a

nice move to the ball.  Works hard defending the run or screen plays.

Neg:

Average athlete with marginal physical skills.  Gets beaten by large receivers. 

Struggles in man coverage and gets turned.

Analysis:

A productive collegian, Garcia lacks the top size/speed numbers, yet has enough

skill to make it as a dime back in a zone coverage scheme.

 

 

Full Name:  Willie Gaston             School:   Houston                                     

Ht:   5-9.5        Wt:   194            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past three seasons who registered 61/1/12 as a senior after

62/3/4 the prior year.

Pos:

Smallish cornerback best facing the action.  Effective backed off the line of

scrimmage, fluid turning his hips and runs well with opponents.  Locates the ball

and positions himself to defend the throw.  Possesses a burst of closing speed and nicely times defenses.

Neg:

Very quick out of his backpedal.  Occasionally loses opponents.  Does not display

 great instincts.

Analysis:

Potentially a backup in a zone system, Gaston is a self-motivated prospect who

will do well as a special-teams player.

 

 

Full Name:  William Gay                School:   Louisville                                    

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   184            40:   4.67                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who also played with the first team as a freshman. 

All-Conference selection last season after totaling 60/6/13.

Pos:

Tough, feisty cornerback with marginal speed.  Displays good instincts, locates

the pass in the air and has a decisive move defending the throw.  Displays a

sense of timing and shows a burst of closing speed.  Gives effort defending the run

 and takes proper angles to the action.

Neg:

Lacks top-end speed and struggles staying downfield with opponents. 

Undersized, and is easily blocked from the action.

Analysis:

Taking his game to another level last year, Gay showed enough skill and ability to

get consideration as a zone cornerback in dime situations.

 

 

Full Name:  Corey Graham           School:   New Hampshire                         

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   195            40:   4.48                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors throughout his career.  Played

in seven games last season before breaking his leg, posting 41/2/3 on defense

while also averaging 9.3 yards on 11 punt returns with one score, and 32.3 yards

on 10 kick returns with another touchdown.  Career-best defensive numbers of 110/4/17 came as a freshman.

 

Pos:

Competitive cornerback who displays top instincts.  Possesses ball skills and

solid playing speed.  Physical, supports the run or defends screen throws. 

Instinctive and correctly diagnoses the action.  Game-changing return specialist.

Neg:

Not smooth pedaling in reverse, loses a half-step transitioning to run with

opponents, and gets beat deep on occasion.

Analysis:

Offering a good amount of upside, Graham has a real possibility to make it as an

eighth defensive back/return specialist in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Leon Hall                   School:   Michigan                                    

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   193            40:   4.45                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his

sophomore campaign.  Senior totals were 45/3/15 after 61/4/9 as a junior.

Pos:

Good-sized cornerback with outstanding ball skills.  Fluid transitioning to run with

opponents, stays with receivers out from breaks and quickly closes on the ball. 

Displays a sense of timing, reads opponents’ eyes and immediately locates the

pass.  Consistently positions himself to make a play on the ball.  Instinctive, gets

 vertical to defend the throw and flies around the action.

Neg:

Does not show top-end speed or play to his forty time.  Not a strong or

sure-handed tackler.

Analysis:

Rarely tested by opposing quarterbacks, Hall has shut down opponents the past

two years.  Struggles against speedy receivers, as was the case against Ohio

State this year yet has enough natural skills and cover abilities to quickly break into a starting line-up.

 

 

Full Name:  Marcus Hamilton       School:   Virginia                                      

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   189            40:   4.58                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection after his junior and senior

campaigns.  Numbers last season were 38/5/4 after career-best totals of 63/5/7 as a junior.

Pos:

Skilled cornerback best suited to a zone system.  Intelligent, diagnoses the

action and quickly locates the ball.  Runs downfield with receivers or stays with

opponents out from their breaks and positions himself to make a play on the pass.

  Smooth flipping his hips, quickly breaks to the action and has a burst of closing

speed.  Agile, and nicely redirects to the action.

Neg:

Prefers to side-shuffle down the field and is very quick out of his backpedal.  Does

 not possess the top-end speed.  Has tackles broken.

Analysis:

Displaying skill in college, Hamilton offers potential as a nickel or dime back in a

zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  David Heard              School:   Mississippi State                       

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   190            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 45/2/8 as a senior after 37 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Nice-sized cornerback who works best in press coverage.  Physical, works hard

and is aggressive in all aspects.

Neg:

Struggles backpedaling and possesses marginal ball skills.

Analysis:

A size/speed prospect, Heard is a backup who must make it on special-teams.

 


 

Full Name:  Chris Houston           School:   Arkansas                                   

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   185            40:   4.39                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a junior when he became a full-time starter and

posted 45/3/13.  Started nine games as a sophomore, registering 20 tackles and

breaking up eight passes.

Pos:

Feisty cornerback with a cocky attitude.  Aggressive throughout the action, fights

hard to defend throws and backs down to no one.  Jams opponents at the line of

scrimmage, is fluid turning his hips to run downfield and quickly breaks to the

throw.  Effectively positions himself to defend the throw after locating the ball in

the air.  Works well in zone coverage.

Neg:

Gets turned on occasion, does not display top instincts and is slow locating the

ball with his back to the action.  Struggles transitioning downfield and shows a bit

of hesitation to his game.  Does not display top-end speed.

Analysis:

A developing corner with good size and a solid game, Houston has the physical

style to play in press coverage as well as the abilities to be used in a zone

system.  Offers a good degree of upside, yet must complete his game before he’ll see action as a starter.

 

 

Full Name:  Daymeion Hughes     School:   California                                    Pos:     CB

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   185            40:   4.74                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past three seasons after seeing spot duty with the first team

as a freshman.  All-Conference selection as a junior and named Pac-10 Defensive

 Player of the Year last season.  Senior totals were 72/8/11 after 62/5/12 as a

junior.  Productive special-teams player who has blocked kicks in the past.

 

Pos:

Ball-hawking cornerback with outstanding instincts.  Quickly diagnoses the

action, displays outstanding anticipation and consistently keeps the action in

front of him.  Possesses top ball skills, shows a quick break to the throw and has

great hands for the pick.  Reads receivers’ eyes and quickly gets his head back

around, immediately locating the ball.  Willing run defender who quickly comes up the field.

Neg:

Lacks top playing speed, is slow transitioning off the line and struggles in man coverage.

Analysis:

A productive collegiate cornerback who consistently comes up with the big play, Hughes is a terrific football player.  The lack of playing speed limits the type of systems he can be used in, but has potential as a starter in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  David Irons                School:   Auburn                                       

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   190            40:   4.57                Year:     6S

Bio:

Junior college transfer awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. 

Senior totals were 42/2/12 after 48 tackles and 11 pass break-ups as a junior.

Pos:

Nice-sized cornerback with an improving game.  Jams opponents at the line, is

physical throughout routes and positions himself to defend the pass.  Stays with

receivers anywhere on the field, displays an explosive break to the throw and flies

around the action.  Aggressive defending the run.

Neg:

Prefers to side-shuffle down the field and is a little tight in his backpedal. 

Occasionally struggles with his back to the ball, and is better facing the action.

 

Analysis:A developing prospect who had opposing quarterbacks throwing away from him last season, Irons finished off a terrific campaign in ‘06 with an outstanding showing at the Senior Bowl.  Durability issues from the past must be checked out, yet the arrow is pointing north on Irons.

 

 

Full Name:  DeAndre Jackson      School:   Iowa State                                

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   193            40:   4.49                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past three seasons.  Totaled 26 tackles and broke up two

passes in seven games as a senior, before injuring a knee.  Junior totals were 55/5/8.

Pos:

Nice-sized cornerback who displayed terrific ball skills prior to his injury. 

Quick-footed pedaling in reverse, is fluid transitioning with opponents and stays

step-for-step with receivers laterally.  Quickly breaks to the throw and has a

burst of closing speed.  Instinctive and immediately locates the ball in the air.

Neg:

Does not consistently play to his size, and gets blocked from the action or

out-positioned by opponents.  Does not always play under better control.

Analysis:

A zone cornerback with starting possibilities, Jackson’s knee injury from last

season clouds his future.

 

 

Full Name:  Tanard Jackson        School:   Syracuse                                   

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   200            40:   4.57                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling

62/2/4.  Junior totals included 42/1/6.  Productive special-teams player.

Pos:

Good-sized cover corner who is effective facing the action.  Plays smart football,

quickly picks up assignments in zone and keeps the action in front of him.  Fluid

transitioning off the line with opponents, and quarterbacks purposely throw away

from him.  Displays a good feel for coverage, reading receiver’s eyes then getting

his head back around and positioning himself to make a play against the pass. 

Works to come up the field to defend both running and screen plays.

Neg:

Lacks top-end speed and will struggle staying downfield with fast opponents. 

Drops a lot of passes that would be ordinarily picked off.

Analysis:

An instinctive cornerback with nice size, Jackson is best suited in a zone system

or backed off the line of scrimmage.

 

 

Full Name:  Reggie Lewis             School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   204            40:   4.61                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former receiver who moved into the starting lineup on a full-time basis last year. 

Senior totals were 27/4/6 after 11/1/6 as a junior, when he started two games. 

Productive special-teams player in the past.

Pos:

Athletic cornerback still developing at the position.  Reads receiver’s eyes,

locates the ball in the air and nicely times pass defenses.  Quickly breaks to the

action and wins out in battles.

Neg:

Just average pedaling in reverse and prefers to side-shuffle.  Struggles downfield

with his back to the ball.  Does not show top-end speed.

Analysis:

A solid athlete who displayed improvement as a senior, Lewis still has a ways to

go, yet offers the size/speed numbers to get a look in camp this summer.

 

 

Full Name:  Terrel Maze               School:   San Diego State                       

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   175            40:   4.61                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter at cornerback who totaled 57/1/7 as a senior after 58/3/12 as a

 junior, when he received All-Conference consideration.

Pos:

Solid cover corner with good ball skills.  Fluid moving in reverse, quickly reads the

 action and supports the run.  Physical, will mix it up throughout the routes and

has a quick burst to the action.  Works hard and fights to get a hand in defending the pass.

Neg:

Small, loses out in battles or is easily blocked from the action.  Marginal playing speed.

Analysis:

A productive corner the past two seasons, Maze possesses average size/speed

numbers, yet could flourish as a dime back used in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  Trumaine McBride     School:   Mississippi                                 

Ht:   5-9           Wt:   185            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who registered 48 tackles and broke up nine passes as a

senior.  Junior numbers were 34/1/8 after 36/3/16 as a sophomore.

Pos:

Instinctive cornerback who works best facing the action.  Quick locating the ball,

displays a nice move to the throw and flies around the field trying to defend passes.

Neg:

Quick to leave his backpedal, struggles staying downfield with receivers and has

difficulty when his back is to the ball.  Gets lost in coverage and loses

assignments.  Does not possess top-end speed.

Analysis:

A potential dime back in zone coverage, McBride could back up in a two-deep system.

 

 

Full Name:  Marcus McCauley     School:   Fresno State                             

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   203            40:   4.50                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and previous All-Conference selection who posted 56 tackles

and broke up seven passes last season.  Junior totals were 45/1/7.  Suffered a

concussion during the second game of his senior campaign then was benched late in the year for poor play.

Pos:

Physically gifted cornerback who has previously shown the ability to shut down

opponents.  Fluid transitioning to run with receivers, diagnoses the action and has

 a quick break to the ball.  Runs with opponents laterally or stays with them down

the field.  Physical, will mix it up and voluntarily defends running or screen plays. 

Rarely challenged by opposing quarterbacks.  Terrific athlete who easily adjusts

or contorts running full speed to defend the throw.

Neg:

Did not consistently play aggressive football as a senior.  Bit on play action

passes, pump fakes and showed minimal instincts last year.  Slow getting his

head back around then positioning himself against opponents to make a play on the ball.

Analysis:

After a terrible campaign in which McCauley did not meet the expectations of NFL

scouts, he continued his poor play in the post- season.  Offers the size, speed and

 abilities to start in the NFL, yet he must quickly rebound and get his act together.

 

 

Full Name:  Stephen McCoy        School:   Texas A&M Kingsville                

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   184            40:   4.62                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior College transfer who started the past two seasons, winning All-Conference

honors.  Senior totals included 29 tackles with three passes defended after 23/7/11 as a junior.

Pos:

Instinctive cover corner with solid ball skills.  Fundamentally sound and fluid

transitioning to run with opponents.  Displays solid footwork moving in reverse,

has a burst of closing speed and stays with assignments.  Most effective facing the action.

Neg:

Lacks balance and is not aggressive.  Though sized well, not a volunteer in run

Analysis:

A small-school corner coming off a disappointing senior campaign, McCoy is a

long shot to make it out of camp this summer.

 

 

Full Name:  Brandon McDonald    School:   Memphis                                    

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   181            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who has started the past two seasons.  Led the team in

tackles as a senior when he was used at both safety and cornerback, totaling

84/4/4.  Junior numbers included 49/3/11 when he lined up at cornerback.

Pos:

Athletic defensive back best facing the action.  Fluid moving in all directions,

smooth turning his hips and displays good range on the field.  Quickly closes to

the action showing a burst of speed and gets vertical to defend the pass. 

Neg:

Not physical, shies away from contact and senior stats are misleading.  Struggles

with his back to the action.

Analysis:

A good-looking athlete, McDonald has the skills to backup in a zone system or in man-off coverage.

 

 

Full Name:  Dennis Mitchell          School:   Western Kentucky                    

Ht:   5-7           Wt:   177            40:   4.35                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter used at both cornerback, safety and as a return specialist. 

Defensive numbers last season included 31 tackles and six pass breakups. 

All-Conference selection as a junior after defensive numbers of 55/1/11, with a

16.1-yard average on 15 punt returns.

Pos:

Small, slight defensive back whose greatest value is as a return specialist. 

Breaks down well, fluid pedaling in reverse and displays a good degree of

quickness to his game.  Locates the pass in the air, gets his head back around

and has a nice move to the throw defending the ball.  Displays outstanding closing and recovery speed.

Neg:

Not aggressive nor a willing volunteer in run defense.  Occasionally blows

assignments.  Limited size creates mismatches for opponents.

Analysis:

Potentially a dime back in zone coverage, Mitchell’s ability to make it at the next level hinges on whether or not he produces returning punts and kicks this summer.

 


 

Full Name:  Tim Mixon                  School:   California                                   

Ht:   5-9           Wt:   186            40:   4.57                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Moved in with the first team on a full-time basis as a junior posting 46/3/10 while

also averaging 14.9 yards on 24 punt returns with one score.  Sophomore totals

included 28/3/6 when he averaged 11.1 yards on 25 punt returns.  Tore an ACL

last August during a preseason scrimmage and did not play football in ‘06.

Pos:

Explosive, shutdown cover corner who also impacts the game returning punts. 

Instinctive and quickly breaks to the throw.  Displays a sense of timing, shows a

burst of closing speed and works well with safeties.  Physical, collapses to the

inside defending the run and plays assignment football.

Neg:

Short and struggles with larger receivers.  Only had one year of starting

experience before his knee injury last summer.

Analysis:

A heady cornerback who possesses top ball skills, Mixon was rated as a potential

first-day selection before his injury.  Likely a late round pick, he offers potential

as a starting nickel back and punt returner if he gets back to prior health.

 

 

Full Name:  Montavis Pitts           School:   Jacksonville State                    

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   192            40:   4.56                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former Auburn transfer who posted 33 tackles and broke up three passes last

season.  Twelve-game starter as a sophomore at Auburn, when he posted 46 tackles.

Pos:

Physically gifted prospect who has made a lot of questionable decisions in past. 

Plays heads-up football, displays good awareness and consistently positions

himself to make a play on the pass.  Fluid transitioning to run with opponents,

displays a good move to the throw and effective facing the action.

Neg:

Rarely backpedals and prefers to side-shuffle in coverage.  Must improve his

tackling.  Left Auburn after being arrested on a DUI charge.

Analysis:

Showing a tremendous amount of ability early in his college career, several

off-the-field incidents have distracted Pitts and slowed his football development. 

Offers the natural abilities to play at the next level, but presents himself as

immature individual not willing to do the little things.

 

 

Full Name:  Geoffrey Pope           School:   Howard                                      

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   181            40:   4.34                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former Eastern Michigan transfer who posted 40/2/4 as a senior after 36/3/2 the

prior year.

Pos:

Athletic prospect who’s shown flashes of skill yet minimal consistency.  Sized well

 and strong at the point of attack.  Displays a good sense of timing, quickly breaks

 to the ball and adjusts to defend the throw.

Neg:

Stiff pedaling in reverse.  Struggles with his back to the ball and is slow locating

the pass in the air.  Not physical nor a volunteer in run defense.

Analysis:

Pope offers tremendous size/speed/athleticism but to date he has not

consistently transferred those skills onto the football field.

 

 

Full Name:  Darrelle Revis            School:   Pittsburgh                                 

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   204            40:   4.43                Year:     3Jr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his

sophomore campaign.  Defensive numbers last season were 39/2/4, when he also averaged 8.6 yards on 22 punt returns, with one score.  Sophomore totals were 41/4/13 with an 11.6 yard average on 28 punt returns.

 

Pos:

Well-rounded defensive back with outstanding upside.  Jams opponents at the

line, slows their release off the snap and plays strong at the point of attack.  Fast

pedaling in reverse, is fluid in transition and runs with opponents everywhere on

the field.  Displays a sense of timing, stays with receivers out from their breaks

and quickly closes to the action.  Displays soft hands for the interception. 

Impacts the games returning punts, showing both elusiveness and speed.

Neg:

Soft in the underneath coverage and occasionally gives up some easy receptions

in front of him.

Analysis:

Impacting the game at both cornerback and as a return specialist, Revis offers

terrific size/speed and ability for the next level.  A first-round choice with starting

potential who should immediately help returning punts.

 

 

Full Name:  Mike Richardson        School:   Notre Dame                               

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   191            40:   4.57                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons who totaled 55/4/5 as a senior after

66/3/7 during his junior campaign.

Pos:

Nice-sized corner who is best facing the action.  Fluid transitioning with

opponents, reads the receivers’ eyes and gets his head back around to make a

play on the ball.  Alert and works well with safeties.  Possesses a closing burst of speed.

Neg:

Struggles in man situations with his back to the ball, and will lose assignments

altogether.  Tends to side-shuffle rather than backpedal.

Analysis:

Hard-working on the field, Richardson offers possibilities as a dime back in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  Ramzee Robinson      School:   Alabama                                    

Ht:   5-9           Wt:   184            40:   4.57                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 46/2/7 as a senior after 32/2/7 the prior year.

Pos:

Undersized but hard-working cornerback who is effective facing the action.  Fluid pedaling in reverse, smooth transitioning to run with opponents and displays a closing burst.

Neg:

Struggles with large receivers or is easily blocked from the action.  Has difficulty

in man-on-man situations and is slow getting his head back around to locate the ball.  Marginal playing speed.

Analysis:

A consistent college cornerback the past three seasons, Robinson offers slight

possibilities as a dime back in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  Aaron Ross                School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   193            40:   4.55                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after becoming a full-time starter, posting

80/6/19.  Primarily a reserve cornerback and return specialist before last season.

  Junior totals were 62/9/3, when he averaged 14.7 yards on 34 punt returns.

Pos:

Athletic corner who showed tremendous progress last season.  Quick-footed in

reverse, is fluid flipping his hips and easily runs downfield with opponents. 

Displays an excellent break to the throw, out-jumps opponents defending passes

and makes a lot of athletic plays.  Effective in zone, displaying a sense of timing,

and does a fine job handling man coverage responsibilities.  Impacts the game returning punts.

Neg:

Tends to play soft coverage and gives up a lot of underneath receptions.  Shows

hesitation to his game and has trouble staying with receivers out of their breaks.

Analysis:

One of the better athletes at the cornerback position in this draft, Ross is just

hitting his stride as a football player and offers great upside.  May need time to develop his skills but has starting potential.

 

 

Full Name:  Kenny Scott              School:   Georgia Tech                            

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   179            40:   4.45                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter with totals of 50/2/10 as a senior after 56/2/5 the prior

season.  Productive special-teams player early in college.

Pos:

Tall cornerback with solid playing speed.  Diagnoses the action, displays a sense

of timing and knows where he is on the field in relation to opponents.  Quickly gets

 his head back around to locate the ball in the air, and shows a burst of speed to

the play.  Supports the run and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Prefers to side-shuffle down the field.  ites on the play-action pass.  Average

skills transitioning to run with opponents, as well as getting in position to make a play on the ball.

Analysis:

A feisty cornerback, Scott projects as a dime back who can play over the slot receiver.

 


 

 Full Name:  Antonio Smith           School:   Ohio State                                 Pos:     CB

Ht:   5-9           Wt:   190            40:   4.54                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former walk-on who was a reserve his first three seasons in the program before breaking into the starting lineup as a senior.  Numbers last season included 71/2/1.

Pos:

Instinctive, zone cornerback who made major progress last season.  Reads the action and diagnoses plays before they unfold.  Properly positions his teammates in the secondary and plays heads up football.  Constantly around the action and makes a lot of positive plays.  Quickly breaks to the throw and has a burst of closing speed.

Neg:

Stiff pedaling in reverse and not fluid turning his hips.  Lacks size and not a strong, sturdy defender.

Analysis:

After primarily playing on special-teams early at Ohio State, Smith did a terrific job last season.  Has limitations yet offers potential as a dime back. 

 

 

Full Name:  Bo Smith                    School:   Weber State                              Pos:     CB

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   193            40:   4.54                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Former Kentucky transfer named an All-Conference performer last season after

posting 44/2/4 totals.  Junior totals with the Wildcats were 63/2/5.

Pos:

Athletic corner with both size and cover skills.  Patient, diagnoses the action and flashes on the scene with a burst of speed.  Displays good awareness when the ball is in the air, positions himself against opponents and shows a nice move defending the throw.  Fluid footwork moving in all directions and smooth flipping his hips to change his angle of attack.

Neg:

Displays just average playing speed.  Only ordinary hands for the pick.

Analysis:

Showing a lot of natural skill and giving effort on the field, Smith is an aggressive cornerback with good upside.  Must focus on the little things and stay out of trouble off the field to have any chance of making an NFL roster.

 

 

Full Name:  Ryan Smith                School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   174            40:   4.74                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Former Utah transfer awarded All-Conference honors last season after posting

54/8/8.  Started six games with the Utes in ’05 and totaled 27 tackles.

Pos:

Opportunistic cornerback with excellent hands and overall ball skills.  Fluid

moving in reverse, is quick transitioning to run with opponents and has an

explosive break to the action.  Possesses a burst of closing speed, gets vertical

to defend passes and always works to get a hand in.  Picks up assignments in

zone and stays with the action.  Hard-hitting defender who supports the run.

Neg:

Prefers to side-shuffle down the field and is very quick out of his backpedal.  Does

 not display top-end speed and gets beaten deep by opponents.

Analysis:

An undersized ball-hawking cornerback who works best facing the action, Smith is a nickel back in a zone system with starting potential.

 

 

Full Name:  Ivan Stevenson        School:   McNeese State                         

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   192            40:   4.38                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who totaled 41 tackles and broke up two passes as a senior. 

Junior totals included 25 tackles.

Pos:

Physically gifted athlete with just average football skills.  Fast, displays a good

break to the ball and works well with safeties.  Fluid transitioning to run with

opponents and has a burst of recovery speed.

Neg:

Very quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side-shuffle.  Continually a

half-step late in coverage.  Does not correctly position himself to defend the pass. Suffered off-the-field problems in the past.

Analysis:

Possessing outstanding size/speed numbers, Stevenson is a developmental

prospect who must quickly translate his athletic skills onto the football field.

 

 

Full Name:  John Talley                School:   Duke                                          

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   176            40:   4.55                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons.  Posted

numbers of 42/7/8 as a senior after 50/5/8 the prior year.

Pos:

Instinctive defensive back who is effective facing the action.  Displays top

recognition, locates the ball in the air and immediately reacts to plays.  Gets

vertical to defend the pass and possesses good hands for the pick.  Runs laterally with opponents and quickly breaks to the throw.

Neg:

Not aggressive defending the run.  Possesses marginal top-end speed and gets

beaten deep by opponents.  Not fluid pedaling in reverse.

Analysis:

A productive cornerback with a good head for the game, Tally could make it as a nickel or dime back in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  James Todd               School:   Baylor                                        

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   182            40:   4.66                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Reserve cornerback whose senior totals were 25/3/3 after a 26/1/9 the prior

year.  Rotated into the starting lineup his first two seasons at Baylor.

Pos:

Nice-sized zone cover cornerback with solid ball skills.  Quick pedaling in

reverse, shows excellent recognition and instincts.  Displays a nice move to the

action, gets vertical and works to defend passes.  Makes plays up the field,

Neg:

Marginal playing speed, and struggles to stay with receivers downfield.

Analysis:

Displaying a lot of football-ability, Todd could competently be used as a dime

back/special-teams player in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Jonathan Wade         School:   Tennessee                                

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   194            40:   4.50                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling

52/4/13.  Junior totals were 32/2/7.

Pos:

Athletic corner with outstanding size/speed numbers.  Fast running downfield with

opponents, quickly breaks to the throw and has a burst to the action.  Explosive

moving up the field defending the run and plays with an aggressive style. 

Displays quickness in his overall game.

Neg:

Lacks instincts, gets lost on the field and does not recognize assignments.  Does

more hitting than wrapping up ball carriers, which leads to broken tackles.

Analysis:

A better athlete than football player at this point, Wade showed improvement as a senior, yet is still far from being the complete package.  Boom-or-bust type of prospect whose natural skills give him a good upside.

 

 

Full Name:  Terry Washington     School:   Colorado                                    

Ht:   5-9.5        Wt:   192            40:   4.68                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup as a senior, totaling

48/0/2.  Rated as the top special-teams player at Colorado last year.

Pos:

Potential zone cornerback with special-teams ability.  Fluid flipping his hips to

transition with opponents, is quick out of his break and immediately closes on the ball.  Aggressive against the run and works hard on coverage units.

Neg:

Marginal ball skills, is late in his reactions and is not strong at the point.  Has

poor speed and cannot stay with opponents downfield.

Analysis:

Displaying positive signs after moving into the starting lineup this season,

Washington could make it as a special-teams ace if he keeps improving his game.

 

 

Full Name:  Jacoby Watkins        School:   North Carolina                           

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   177            40:   4.45                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who compiled 52 tackles and broke up eight passes as a

senior.  Played in five games as a junior before breaking his right leg.  Posted 61 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore.

Pos:

Nice-sized cornerback who made a successful return from injury last year. 

Diagnoses the action, locates the ball and has a quick burst of closing speed. 

Displays a nice move to the pass and works to break-up the pass.  Defends the run and takes on large ball carriers.

Neg:

Lacks both recovery and closing speed.  Struggles staying downfield with opponents.

Analysis:

Possessing a good head for the game, Watkins looks best suited to be a nickel or dime back in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  Chaz Williams            School:   La-Monroe                                 

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   196            40:   4.77                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 67/2/5 as a senior after intercepting five passes the prior year.

Pos:

Nice-sized corner with solid cover skills.  Quickly reads the action, possesses a

burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene.  Works well with safeties and

fights to break up the throw.  Plays faster than his 40 time, staying with receivers anywhere on the field.

Neg:

Not physical defending the run, nor does he voluntarily throw his body into the

mix.  Loses out in battles.

Analysis:

A developmental prospect, Williams has shown a lot of skills and traits to be used as a nickel or dime back.

 

 

Full Name:  C.J. Wilson                School:   Baylor                                        

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   195            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons, when he was awarded All-Conference

honors.  Senior totals were 59/4/6, after 45/5/5 the prior year.

Pos:

Nice-sized defensive back who has lined up on the corner or at safety. 

Quick-footed in reverse, displays a burst of closing speed and flashes on the

scene.  Diagnoses the action and competes hard to make the play.  Displays solid sideline-to-sideline range in centerfield.

Neg:

Gathers into tackles, is not strong at the point and beaten by large receivers. 

More quick than fast, and possesses just average recovery speed.

Analysis:

A productive defensive back with above-average ball skills, Wilson nicely projects as a dime back at the next level and will get looks late in the draft.

 

 

Full Name:  Josh Wilson               School:   Maryland                                   

Ht:   5-9.5        Wt:   189            40:   4.45                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two years, receiving both All-Conference and

All-Academic honors since his junior campaign.  Senior totals were 55/1/12, with a 27.3-yard average on 31 kick returns, bringing one back 100 yards for a

touchdown.  Junior numbers were 73/1/8.

Pos:

Fast cornerback who also impacts the game returning kicks.  Displays speed in

every direction, possesses a nice move to the throw and positions himself to

defend the pass.  Plays heads-up football, reads receiver’s eyes and locates the ball in the air.  Runs step-for-step with opponents anywhere on the field and shows the ability to recover from mistakes.  Has opposing quarterbacks throwing away from him.

Neg:

Misjudges his pass defenses on occasion.  Undersized and loses out in battles. 

Very quick out of his backpedal.

Analysis:

A feisty cornerback with top athleticism and a good degree of intelligence, Wilson offers terrific upside.  May start his NFL career as a kick returner, yet has the abilities to develop into a starting cornerback.

 

 

Full Name:  Eric Wright                School:   UNLV                                          

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   192            40:   4.43                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

All-Conference selection last year, posting 29/1/8, after missing two games with a knee injury.  Began his college career at USC, moving into the starting lineup as a freshman.  Eventually dismissed from the Trojan program.

Pos:

Explosive defensive back who flashes the skill to shut down opponents. 

Quick-footed in reverse, is fluid transitioning to run with opponents and has a

burst of speed.  Flashes on the scene showing a terrific move to the ball then

getting his hand up to knock away passes.  Runs with opponents downfield.  Experienced returning kicks.

Neg:

Does not show a lot of consistency or productivity in his play.  Loses focus and concentration.  Likes to gamble and will get beaten.

Analysis:

Possessing good ball skills, speed and upside potential, Wright offers a lot of

possibilities for the future.  Should have stayed in college another season and will need time to develop his game.

 

 

Full Name:  T.J. Wright                School:   Ohio                                           

Ht:   5-9.5        Wt:   170            40:   4.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection last season after registering

50/3/16.  Junior totals were 49/3/6.

Pos:

Undersized corner who is best facing the action.  Plays faster than his 40 time,

runs downfield with opponents and displays a burst of closing speed.  Quickly

locates the ball, has a nice move to the throw and constantly defends passes.

Neg:

Prefers to side-shuffle rather than backpedal.  Does a lot of face guarding in

man-to-man coverage situations.

Analysis:

A smallish, thin defender, Wright possesses solid ball skills and could be used in

dime packages at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Usama Young            School:   Kent State                                

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   194            40:   4.51                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter, awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 60/2/6.

Pos:

A nice-sized cornerback with solid ball skills.  Displays solid footwork in reverse,

loses nothing transitioning to run with opponents and covers a good amount of

area on the field.  Quickly reads receivers’ eyes, then gets his head back around to locate the ball.  Nicely positions himself against defenders and gets vertical to knock away the pass.  Tough and willing to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Not strong and struggles bringing ball handlers down on initial contact.  Very

quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side-shuffle.  Better facing the

quarterback and struggles with his back to the ball.

Analysis:

A consistent player in college, Young will get late-round consideration as a nickel or dime back who plays backed off the line of scrimmage.

 


 

 

 

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