Isn’t real comfortable in off coverage at this stage and just looks really mechanical with his footwork. Is not a real fluid athlete and just plays tight from the waist down. More of a physical, straight-line guy who would be better served to play in the predominantly zone-scheme where he can play with his back to the sideline, read the quarterback and use his natural size/range to go get the football. However, because of his baseball background and at wide receiver, he has never really given his full attention to football and it really shows in his overall technique/development at this stage.
Impression: More of an athlete than football player at this stage and simply looks too stiff to hold his own in man coverage at the next level. More of a developmental guy with some upside."
Positive: Developing cornerback with terrific size and upside potential. Displays solid footwork in reverse and shows a terrific burst of closing speed. Has an aggressive nature to his game, collapses from the outside to defend the run, and is a solid open field tackler. Has solid hands.
Negative: Very quick to leave his backpedal. Shows hesitation in his game. Gets turned around, which hurts his ability to make plays on the ball.
Analysis: Since moving from wide receiver, Torrence has shown terrific progress the past two years. He has the size and the ability to develop into a second cornerback in the NFL and should see immediate action in dime packages as a rookie."
Negatives: Not incredibly fast, ran a 4.63 at the combine and does not look much faster on film... Some scouts may question his dedication, has taken a serious interest in professional baseball... Never had outstanding production at Ohio State, only recorded four career interceptions... Looks a little stiff in the hips, especially when running with receivers at the break, is prone to giving up too much cushion... Gets too high in the backpedal and at the break, needs to work on staying low and keeping his feet under him... Not a great man defender, press technique is not polished, will get beat deep."
Torrence excels in zone coverage where he can sit back in his backpedal and read the quarterback. He obviously has very good hands for a cornerback and good size. A willing tackler who isn't afraid of contact. Excellent at making plays on the ball and adjusting his body quickly to get a hand up for a deflection.
Due to his inexperience, he is still learning the nuances of man coverage. A bit stiff in his lower body when transitioning with his hips. Torrence has great natural instincts to see and adjust what the route is going to be, he just needs to continue his development with a patient coaching staff that is willing to teach him the fundamentals.
Adequate speed, good ball skills and his natural athleticism will be enough to get Torrence draft consideration.
Devon Torrence currently projects as a late round -- sixth to seventh round -- selection in the 2011 NFL Draft."
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