Isn’t real rangy either when asked to close sideline-to-sideline. Will see his angles outpaced in space and isn’t a solid open field tackler. Doesn’t take consistent angles and struggles to get into ball carriers routinely. Does a nice job in coverage sitting down into his drop and staying compact with his footwork in his back-pedal. Is a bit tight trying to get out of his breaks and click and close and he will start to pop upright.
However, doesn’t waste much motion just lacks a burst out of his breaks. Looks balance when asked to re-direct and keeps feet under him. However, isn’t real rangy, lacks an initial burst and/or closing speed and doesn’t have the range to get over the top in the NFL from the deep half.
Routinely is forced to play the ball and despite his willingness to throw his body around and disengage ball from man, he isn’t a guy who will be able to hold up in space in the NFL. Displays “plus” instincts when asked to read and react in zone. Routinely get early jumps on the football. which allows him to create turnovers.
Displays good ball skills and will jump throws under him. However, doesn’t have the ability to turn and run down the field. Consistently allows receivers to quickly get behind him and doesn’t possess the straight-line speed to make up for any kind of a false step.
Impression: He lacks great speed and isn’t real physical, which is never a good combo. Will give himself a chance because of his instincts and solid footwork. However, he’s a guy you can’t trust in space and won’t be effective inside the box in the NFL. An overachieving free agent to me."
Has surprising ball production and is the type of player you root for.
However, he is an average athlete with marginal burst and range and isn't a box banger.
Lacks standout traits for the pro game and would have to excel on special teams to stick."
Son of a coach who understands the game and reads the field well; not all that big, but is a decent athlete with 4.5 type speed; also not overly physical, but is a solid wrap-up tackler who had 68 tackles last fall;
Doesn’t make many plays in the backfield, though, and needs to be more aggressive when the ball is in the air; did have two picks last fall, but broke up just two others."