However, possesses good closing speed once he gets his feet under him. But he routinely surrenders separation in man coverage vs. tight ends when playing near the line. Doesn't waste nearly as much motion when asked to click and close. Sits into his stance better off the snap, keeps his feet under him and cleanly can drive on throws.
Is a bit stiff hipped when asked to turn and run and doesn't get back up to speed quickly. However, displays good range/straight-line speed in space when asked to range in the deep half for the position, exhibiting good ball skills and coordination when asked to go make a play. Plays like a 4.5 guy.
Breaks down well on ball carriers in space, is patient into the tackle and wraps well. Doesn't consistently bring his feet through contact and becomes more of a catcher in the open field. However, when filling the alley downhill, reads and reacts quickly, displays good burst driving on ball carries and creates more of a pop at the point.
Is consistent as a tackler as long as he wraps. Will get himself into some trouble at times just trying to strike. Also, gets high when asked to wrap-up and will slip off bigger bodies on the edge.
Nevertheless, showcases a good feel for the run game, reads and reacts quickly, takes good angles and displays above-average range in pursuit for the position.
Impression: Still has some upside at the position, as he can tackle, displays solid range in space and above-average instincts in all areas of the game. Should be a heck of a special teams player early and looks like a guy who should fight for playing time."
Has good size and is a hard hitter who had over 100 tackles last fall; runs extremely well for a SS; was a state 100M champion in high school and reportedly has run as low as 4.35 for the 40;
Doesn’t play quite as fast and is a little stiff, but can outrun mistakes; played both CB and FS before settling in at SS, but isn’t that instinctive in coverage, although he did have three picks last season;
Has been a good blitzer in the past; also a good special teamer who has been dangerous as a KO returner."