Given this, he is not the greatest run defender but is good in man coverage; he is a former corner and looks comfortable running with tight ends. This coverage ability gives him value at the next level as the NFL has seen the emergence of big, athletic tight ends (Gronk!) and teams are having a tough time covering them.
With Cattouse's frame and coverage skills, he has fifth-round value and could see time early in sub packages where he can be utilized against tight ends.
Cattouse is a decent reactor but once he makes a decision he has shown the range to run down plays and make plays on the ball. Although he struggles tackling at times, he is a tough player working within the box.
Sean can have difficulties at times when tackling; even though he is a physical player he doesn't wrap and secure tackles enough. He is better playing in close and doesn't quite have the speed to cover a deep half of the field at the next level."
More of a striker in the open field than tackler and routinely slips off tackles and/or fails to get his man to the ground. Isn’t real comfortable in coverage as well. Is patient in his drop, but doesn’t look real balanced when asked to sit into his back pedal off the line.
Tends to bounce or jump backward, is routinely playing from behind when asked to turn and run, and looks really tight out of his breaks. Does a job dropping his pad level and sinking his hips when he has to change directions, but doesn’t create much of a burst and gives up consistent separation underneath.
Isn’t a guy who can hold his own in space, struggles to get back up to speed quickly, doesn’t have any kind of a second gear and is more of a drag down tackler after the completion. Doesn’t possess the same type of thump displayed inside the box as he does in space.
Impression: A big, strong safety prospect who does a decent job vs. the run game inside the box. But, isn’t nearly dynamic enough in that area of the game to over come his deficiencies elsewhere to warrant a pick."
However, he is an inconsistent player with questionable mental toughness who has some maturing still to do.
Needs to get stronger, but athletic ability, awareness and special-teams potential make him one to watch, as he could rise as a senior like former teammate Chris Conte."
Has the size to match-up physically with most TEs in man coverage, but not the fluidity to stay with wideouts; does have some issues with consistency; has a tendency to take bad angles and miss the occasional tackle going for the big hit;
Also isn’t the most instinctive safety and will also take too many false steps biting on play action and mis-direction plays; also has had some durability issues; in addition to the hamstring problem last year, missed the majority of 2010 spring ball when he broke his thumb which required surgery."