However, he does display good overall fluidity when asked to turn and run and does a nice job keeping his feet under him out of his transition. Allows his pad level to get a bit high, which takes away from his ability to get back up to full speed, but he does have the kind of second gear to track the football and make up for a false step. But initially he will allow receivers to get behind him and is forced to play from behind.
Looks a lot more comfortable in off-man. Does a nice job sitting into his drop, keeping his legs under him and doesn't waste much motion when asked to click and close. Gets up to speed quickly, but lacks consistent positioning, at times plays too far off and will allow some easy completions underneath. Needs to do a better job keeping his pad level down when asked to transition out of his breaks.
Again, gets too high which causes him to struggle maintaining his balance through the play. Can get a bit leggy trying to regain his footing when trying to get out of his breaks laterally and will give up some separation. Isn't a real impressive tackler, doesn't routinely keep his head up and hit what he sees. Takes good angles but is more of a drag down guy.
Impression: The size/speed and fluidity is all there, but he needs to clean up his pad level in and out of his breaks. Should be able to do so with better NFL coaching and has the ability to start if he wants it bad enough."
Man Coverage: His best asset, as he uses his size, speed and length to adeptly handle outside responsibilities in man coverage. Good backpedal and quick feet to wait until his man makes a move inside or outside. Runs with any receiver down the sideline and maintains contact to prevent separation. Tight coverage forces quarterbacks to often go in another direction or take a sack. Good ball skills; times his jumps well if quarterbacks test him deep and looks to return the ball as far as possible after making a pick.
Zone Coverage: Plays a lot of man coverage but shows promise as a productive NFL zone corner. Solid tackler who can plant and drive to stop receivers after the catch and support the run when playing off the line. Stays cognizant of the quarterback in the end zone, will come off his man to make a play on the ball. Must prove he has the discipline to come off receivers leaving his area so quarterbacks don't throw behind him into the vacated area.
Closing/Recovery: Closes on the ball very well whether it is in the air or he's bringing down receivers to prevent yards after catch. Is sometimes turned around by double moves or outside-in head fakes, but recovers quickly to get back into the play. Time his jumps well when going up for the ball. Needs to tighten up his steps when transitioning forward from his pedal.
Run Support: Looks the part of a physical corner who will get the job done in run support. Flashes the ability to stay low and square to wrap up elusive ballcarriers in the flat. Gets outside angle on receiver to force plays inside, and can rip off blocks with his long arms, but must have more consistent urgency to get to the ball. Will stand around piles instead of inserting himself.
Tackling: Effective as a wrap and cut tackler against receivers and running backs. Generally gets the thighs of ballcarriers on cut tackles to bring him them down. Willing to lower a shoulder to hit a back, even if it's a bit late. Impressive chasing to the opposite side of the field, using his speed and the angle to track them down before they reach the end zone. Also capable of chasing down running backs from behind if they get outside him to the sideline.
Intangibles: Coaches have no issues with his work ethic. Has gained bulk in the weight room during his time at NMSU. Did not play football until his junior year of high school, focused on baseball before that. Hasn't missed a game in his Aggies career."
Positive: Athletic cornerback with good size and ball skills. Fluid pedaling in reverse, quick flipping his hips, and smooth in all his movements. Plays heads-up football, shows a burst of closing speed, and effectively positions himself against opponents to defend the throw. Fast up the field to defend the run and aggressive with opponents throughout routes. Displays the ability to drive to the ball out of his plant.
Negative: Does not take proper angles to the action in run defense. Loses a half step out of his transition turning to run with opponents. Slow reacting at times.
Analysis: House is a talented player who has been productive on the college level. He comes with a great amount of upside and has starting potential in the NFL if he is able to fine-tune his game and consistently do the little things well."
Negatives: Needs to do a better job of reading receivers' eyes and turning his head when the ball is in the air, can be too slow to locate the ball... Sometimes plays the ball with his wrong hand and opens up in the wrong direction making him vulnerable to giving up the big play if he misses the ball... Vertical leap appears to be lacking, does not jump very well in jump ball situations... A little overaggressive at times, especially in run defense, tackles too high and will miss tackles in open space from lowering helmet and lunging... Needs to polish up footwork, takes big steps at times and allows too much separation out of cuts, will be especially susceptible to double moves in the NFL... Instincts appear average at best, uses athleticism to get in position, but needs to work on keying in on his reads, especially in man coverage."
Weaknesses: Adequate route-recognition skills but can be slow to locate the ball. Needs to read receiver and recognize run quicker when asked to line up in press coverage. Is vulnerable to better double moves from elite receivers. Tends to give too much separation coming out of breaks and is missing elite recovery speed. While big hitter, sometimes attacks too high and will have trouble with elite sized WRs and RBs.
Projection: 5th round. May improve with showing at Senior Bowl."
House has continued to be a very productive member and a leader of the entire Aggies defense. As a sophomore he tallied 40 tackles and added two more interceptions to his ever growing total. As a junior, House finally got some recognition for his stellar play and was named to a variety of all-conference teams. Leading the conference in passes defended and interceptions is a good way to get some accolades. House picked off three passes and ended up scoring two touchdowns…one off of a pick and the other resulting from a fumble recovery.
New Mexico State's defense has had a very tough time creating turnovers and House has the team's only interception through eight games in the 2010 season. That is a total of ten interceptions during his career and he should have a few more by the time his college days are over. House has been invited to the Senior Bowl and he should surprise quite a few people who stopped paying attention to NMSU long ago. If he does as well as expected, House could easily be a second round selection by April."
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