He is a heady prospect who plays to his strengths and understands footwork and technique while working in man, although he is not the natural type of athlete who can run freely with any receiver. Blanton has third-round value as a backup option as an outside corner or possibly even at the nickel spot.
He can recognize routes and jump them quickly in zone, and use his long arms to recover and make plays on the ball in man. Despite small inconsistencies in his technique he can rely on his size and length to make plays.
He has a tendency to widen his feet and lose ground, which could prove costly at the next level. He also lacks elite corner speed to be put on an island in man coverage against better NFL receivers."
However, he isn’t the quickest off the line and really struggles with his lateral quickness at times, allowing receivers to free themselves off the line. He does get a bit leggy and gives up initial separation down the field. He possesses good straight-line speed for his size, but isn’t a real gifted self-starter and needs a couple steps to get up to speed.
In press bail, he will sit into his drop initially and will stay somewhat compact/balanced with his footwork in his drop. Gets good enough depth, but again will pop upright and get leggy out of his breaks in space.
The same flaws show up in zone coverage, as he bends over at the waist when he plays with his back to the sideline despite having a solid feel of routes developing around him. He will too often take additional steps in order to collect himself before getting out of his breaks and closing on the ball.
For his size, he exhibits good enough fluidity but he just wastes too many steps trying to breakdown and close when asked to play in space. Is a solid wrap-up guy, but I would like to see him take more pride in defeating blocks on the edge for his size; he gets hung up too quickly.
Impression: Is a nice sized kid with some press man skills and upside. Is a bit scheme limited, but he’s a good size/speed athlete who can re-route off the ball. Has some starting upside, but as of now looks like a draftable reserve who needs to play on the outside."
Has man-coverage limitations, as he pedals upright and shows just average transitional quickness.
That said, he is a solid zone defender with good ball reactions and hands to intercept.
Supports the run quickly and is a solid tackler.
Smart, tough, coachable player praised for his character and consistent energy who should appeal to predominantly zone teams and could be versatile enough to transition to safety if need be."
Good leaper who has high jumped over 6-6; decent tackler who can get into the backfield had 52 stops last fall including 7 for loss; also had 2 picks and broke up 5 other passes;
Not overly athletic, though, and lacks elite recovery speed."