Justin Woodall, SS, Alabama

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Justin Woodall, SS, Alabama

Postby Pudge » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:18 pm

Alabama Senior4
40: 4.64

PROS: Has good size and speed. Shows good closing burst and will deliver hit to ballcarrier. Does a nice job coming up to defend the run. Can make the stop in the open field. Doesn't give up the deep pass when working in deep coverage. Shows ability to match up in man coverage against the tight end.
CONS: Doesn't have great ball skills or awareness in deep coverage to make play. Doesn't have ideal range there in coverage. Lacks hips to match up in coverage against wideouts. Doesn't always wrap up the ball carrier. Will take some poor angles to the ball when coming up to defend the run.
OVERVIEW: Woodall does his best work defending the run, but showed some improvement this past year in coverage, not giving up as many big plays. He played alongisde Rashad Johnson as a junior at strong safety, and beside Mark Barron as a senior, both of whom's ability in coverage masked some of his issues. Most of the plays made against Alabama down the field as a junior were made against him rather than Johnson. In his two years as a starter, he combined for 92 tackles, 7 picks, and 13 pass breakups.
NFL FORECAST: Woodall is good enough in coverage to not be a liability there. He won't give up the big plays a lot, but doesn't have the ball skills to be a playmaker there. He is best defending the run, but can be inconsistent there as well. He can be a starter on the next level, but not a good one. He's probably at least two years from really being able to contribute as a reliable starter. Honestly he might fit better on a bad team where his ability against the run can be a bigger impact. I don't think he'll be a liability, but I think he'll probably give up more plays than he makes. But down the road, he should start to develop a bit more consistency that he can be a bit more reliable starter.
ATL FORECAST: Woodall can compete for a reserve role in Atlanta, and probably could fill in behind Moore for years to come. But he's not really a threat to be a starter. If he can contribute right away on special teams, then he'll make a good backup. If not, then his value to the team isn't that high.
VALUE: Woodall should go off the board in the fourth or fifth round because he doesn't have great upside to be a starter, but can be effective in that role down the road.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 3.5
RANGE: 3.0
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