He is a physical and explosive athlete who can jam receivers and bring down running backs with ease. Fleming has played at a high level for the past four years and projects to start early at the next level as a second-round selection.
He can backpedal for an uncommonly long amount of time, even by NFL standards, which allows him to stay on top of receivers and plant, drive, and react to plays. He has the speed to catch up to receivers if beat and the ability to run down plays from the backside or provide help in zone.
He makes the play every time as a tackler, and he can drive through his hips to deliver a blow to a ball carrier. When the ball is in the air he has the body control to turn and make a play on it. He is thick for the corner position and it is apparent that he understands his role in the run game. He is a prototypical athlete for the position.
Weaknesses: Fleming is not technically sound, and it hasn't hurt him up to this point. At the next level, he will need to work on his technique when using his hands and feet to jam receivers and turn at the line of scrimmage.
He can be undisciplined in various aspects of his play, but it usually hurts him more in zone coverage than it does in man, where he is a natural cover corner."
He spent his redshirt freshman (23 tackles) and sophomore (14 tackles) seasons starring on special teams, also providing depth at corner while waiting behind Franks and the rest of the team's usual veteran depth. But his production in his first year as a starter (71 tackles, 8.5 for loss, five interceptions, 14 pass break-ups) earned him first-team All-Big 12 accolades from league coaches and turned a cornerback group people thought would be the Sooners' weakness into a strength.
Fleming's not the biggest or fastest corner, and missed spring practices in 2009 and 2011 due to academic misconduct. But as long as he plays this fall with the physicality and ball skills he displayed during his break-out 2010 campaign, NFL teams will have a tough time passing him up as a potential starter in the top half of April's draft.
Man Coverage: Though not the tallest or biggest corner, has length and physicality to get a strong piece of receivers off the line. Short-area quickness helps him stay with receiver gets inside of him at the line, has enough speed to trail and make a play on the ball or secure the tackle. Stops his feet and allows receivers to get into his body when off, making him susceptible to double-moves. Lacks elite speed to catch NFL-caliber receivers deep after a false step forward.
Zone Coverage: Should excel as a zone defender because of his closing speed to wrap receivers after the catch. Generally transitions well from pedal to arrive at the same time as the ball on out routes, though he gets lazy (staying high) in his pedal at times.
Ball Skills: Possesses strong hands and quick reaction to make the interception, whether on a tip drill or baiting the passer so he can jump a stop or slant route. Knocks away passes with strong hits as the ball arrives or with his hands as receiver tries to bring in the throw. Drops the occasional catchable throw, like most defensive backs.
Run Support: Possesses physicality to be active against the run on the outside. Attacks inside rushes if uncovered or called to blitz, goes for the big hit and ferociously hugs the ballcarrier to bring him down. Speed and uses correct angles to track down backs towards the sideline. Flashes the strength to rip off tight end and receiver blocks, though he loses some battles simply due to his average size.
Tackling: Tenacious defender, gives great effort to bring down ballcarriers of all sizes. Goes for the strip, sometimes before tackle is secured. A bit aggressive attacking plays in front of him, but changes direction quickly enough and gets right angle to get back to the ballcarrer. Lacks great strength, needs help to bring down larger receivers and backs and will need to learn how to cut down similar players at the next level.
Intangibles: Did not enroll; at Oklahoma for spring 2009 for grades (attended Oklahoma City Community College) and 2011 semesters due to what was deemed a "personal issue" by head coach Bob Stoops but reported as academic misconduct. No on-field work ethic, however, seemed to be maturing in film study before and during junior year. Missed 2010 game against Texas with a sprained ankle."
However, he doesn’t waste much movement out of his breaks and possesses a good closing burst on throws. Displays good instincts as well. Has a natural feel for the pass game, deciphers information quickly and routinely get early jumps on the football. Plays fast, displays good lateral quickness when asked to play in man near the line.
Isn’t overly physical, but does a nice job being patient, fluidly opening up his hips and getting up to speed quickly. Possesses good speed for the position, not great. However, plays fast because he can keep his pad level down when asked to turn and run, tracks the ball well vertically with the body control to adjust and get his hands on the pass. Displays good confidence vertically and does a nice job maintaining his footing when asked to look and lean.
Will at times get caught drifting backward off the line in press bail and wont keep his feet under him. Possesses the body control to catch himself quickly, but will give up inside leverage at times. Isn’t a real physical kid on the outside when asked to fend off blocks and tackle in the run game.
Displays some savvy timing up snap count and flying off the edge, but is a drag down guy only who can be handled and pushed past run plays easily. Plays exclusively on the boundary and his lack of elite make up speed might be covered up by playing in tight areas often. Wasn’t enrolled at the Unviersity during the spring of 2011 for academic issues. But was reenrolled the following June.
Impression: He’s a balanced, coordinated kid who keeps his feet under him when changing directions and can turn and run. Doesn’t give up much separation, knows how to make plays on the football and if he can improve as a tackler looks like a guy who warrants a starting job in the NFL down the line."
Character needs to be investigated after he was temporarily dismissed from OU because of academic misconduct."
Has good size and very good strength and can jam receivers at the point of attack; more quick than fast, though, but has good instincts and ball skills;
Also a very good special teamer; left the team this winter for undisclosed personal reasons believed to be an academic issue, but returned this summer; also missed spring drills in 2009 to focus on academics."