C.J. Byrd, FS, Georgia

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C.J. Byrd, FS, Georgia

Postby Pudge » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:40 pm

C.J. Byrd
6-2/195 Georgia
4.57 Senior

Pros: Has good speed and is quick to come up and defend the run. Does a nice job in pursuit, able to cut guys legs. Does a decent job playing in centerfield in coverage.

Cons: Has a tall, thin frame and is undersized as a tackler. Misses too many stops in the open field, and struggles at the point of attack when ballcarriers come right at him. He hits too much and can tackle a bit too high at times. Will take some poor angles as well. Can be a step late in coverage and lacks playmaking ability there.

Overview: A guy destined to play special teams at the next level. Only real asset is his speed.

NFL Forecast: If he can excel on special teams early on, he'll stick in the NFL. At best, he'll be an OK backup safety, probably working best in a Cover-2 scheme. If he can get bigger and stronger, that'll be his best chance at sticking on defense. But he's not a playmaker, and is just a guy. He'd be a liability both vs. the run and pass at the next level if he ever really got extended playing time.

ATL Forecast: He might be an OK option as a backup safety for the Falcons, but unless he was a really a great special teams player, his impact in Atlanta would be minimal. Not a threat to even really challenge for a starting spot down the road.

Value: Don't draft him, but he'd be worth an invite to camp.
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