As a cornerback he’s still a real work in progress and is still learning the nuances of the position. He opens up his hips initially off the line, doesn’t sit into his drop in off coverage and fails to turn and locate the football consistently. However, there is natural change of directions skills, fluidity and closing speed to his game that makes me think the guy has a chance to mature into nickel type corner in the NFL with some time.
He needs to improve his overall feel in zone coverage as well, as he doesn’t read and react real quickly at this time and needs to do a better job feeling/anticipating routes develop around him. However, because of his limited experience I think that’s something that will come with time.
He’s pesky off the in press man, lunges into receivers with no real balance/technique on his punch, but collects himself quickly, can turn and run and is tough to separate from. Has some real click and close ability once he get his feet under him and can lay a lick on contact as a wrap up guy.
But too often is upright and needs to collect himself before driving on throws. Is inconsistent as a tackler in the open field, doesn’t breakdown real well and doesn’t seem to have a great feel of angles. But again, it’s something with more time I think he could be improved.
Adds a lot of value as a special teams ace. Has been one of the most dynamic return options in the Big Ten since stepping foot on campus. Is quick, accelerates well and can routinely make a man miss. Sets up blocks well once he catches the football and has the burst to consistently outpace angles toward daylight. Doesn’t have elite top end straight-line speed, but looks like a mid 4.4 guy who plays faster because of his initial burst.
Impression: Has some character concerns and is really raw, but the skill set is there for him to mature into a contributing corner in the NFL. Plus, as he develops he can always help out on special teams."