PROS: Has good size and speed and can run with receivers. Does a nice job in run support and doesn't shy from contact. Physical and will deliver a hit off the edge. Does a nice job breaking down and wrapping up the ballcarrier. Does his best work when he's allowed to keep things in front of him. Shows decent ball skills and hips.
CONS: Needs to polish up his footwork and comes out high out of his backpedal. Needs to be more explosive out of his breaks. Doesn't always break down well in space and will take some poor angles at times vs. teh run. Doesn't always play the ball in the air.
OVERVIEW: He's a big corner that at this point is better in run support than coverage, and might be moved to safety at the next level. Because of this you can draw comparisons to Marlin Jackson. A three-year starter that had a nice junior year (4 picks), but probably should have stayed for another year. His uncle, Chuckie Miller, played one season with the Colts in 1988. His godfather is Mark Carrier the safety, who played for the Bears, Lions, and Redskins (1990-2000).
NFL FORECAST: He can play cornerback at the next level, but he needs more polish. His ability to impact is potentially quicker at safety. He has the size and ability in run support to transition there. He'll need to get bigger to play safety, but that should only take an off-season or two to get up to over 200 or so pounds. As a corner, I think it'll probably take at least two or three years of more development for him to be a starter. He does have that potential at both positions, but I think he can impact at safety earlier, and his upside there is a bit easier to achieve. I don't think he'll be a top safety, but if he can bulk up and assuming he puts in the effort in the film room, I think he can be a good starter. As a corner, he'll fit best in a scheme that plays a lot more Cover-2, and I think a comparison to Marlin Jackson is a good one. For a Tampa-2 team, his ability to impact at cornerback would be higher than on another team that will ask him to play a lot more man coverage.
ATL FORECAST: Warren could compete in Atlanta, but his length to impact as a corner would likely take the better part of two years if not more before he can be expected to be a reliable starter. He could earn minutes early on because the team likes his toughness and size over guys like Grimes and Owens, but I think if he was forced to play early on, he wouldn't be anymore reliable a cover guy than Chris Houston was. He would be prone to give up more big plays than he makes. Eventually, he could develop some consistency, but I wouldn't expect that to happen until three years down the road at the earliest. As a safety prospect, he isn't really an improvement over DeCoud.
VALUE: Either as a corner or safety, he's at best a third round pick. But because of his limited ball skills, I would probably target him in the fourth because he's not likely to be a playmaker.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
MAN COVERAGE: 3.0
ZONE COVERAGE: 3.0
BALL SKILLS: 2.5
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