6-0/191 Georgia Tech
Pros: Has nice size and speed. Has decent hips and shows potential in man coverage. Does a good job keeping things in front of him. Will come up and deliver hit in run support.
Cons: Lacks ideal burst out of his breaks and doesn't have great hips. Can be late reacting when working in zone. Doesn't have great ball skills.
Overview: He has potential in man coverage, which is why you are drafting him. Missed 6 games this past year due to hamstring injury which cost him a chance to play in the East-West Shrine game. But finished career with 25 starts, 5 picks, and 23 passes defended.
NFL Forecast: Could work as a nickel back immediately, but has the upside to be a starter down the road. Probably needs some time and some reﬁnement of his techniques before that happens, but could make a decent No. 2 corner at the next level. Won't ever be a star, but could be a competent corner because he can match up with bigger wideouts and won't give up too many big plays. But I don't see him being a big time playmaker. More than likely however, he's probably going to be a backup for a bigger part of his career. Likely can ﬁll a reserve role and potentially become a starter on his second contract. A big key will be how he can play on special teams since he'll be coming off the bench.
ATL Forecast: He could work in Atlanta as a backup, but probably lacks the upside to really be a starter in Atlanta. Not great in zone, which could hurt him in Atlanta. More than likely here, he would have a bigger chance to impact on special teams than on defense, at least early on. After a few years, he could push for time as a nickel back, but probably wouldn't get a lot of playing time in the ﬁrst year or two in Atlanta. Doesn't really have the ideal upside to be a starter either. He helps the Falcons depth more than anything else.
Value: He'd make a solid ﬁfth round pick for a man-heavy team, but otherwise is probably a sixth round pick.
Scouting Reports of cornerbacks in the 2009 NFL draft.
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