Texas Christian Senior
Has good size and speed combo, and able to run with receivers downfield. Has a good feel for zone coverage and playing in space. Able to peel off his man and make stops in run support. Does a good job keeping things in front of him, and does his best work in off coverage. Flashes occasional ball skills, able to break up some deep throws. Is able to cut a back's legs or trip up ballcarrier in the open field and knows his assignments.
Doesn't have great hips or burst out of his breaks. USually not in a position to make a play. Needs to polish up his footwork and backpedal and it limits him being able to be in position to make plays. Has too much contact when running with receivers downfield, and needs to do a better job turning and locating the ball in the air. Limited in run support, as he doesn't do a good job breaking down or wrapping up.
Teague is a nice matchup corner with good size, decent speed, and shows fairly good awareness. But despite his size, he's not really that effective in press coverage. And he's not quite polished enough to be a ballhawk in zone and off coverage. He's a guy that is rarely beaten badly, and usually in position to either challenge the throw or make the stop after the catch. But lacks the ball skills, burst, and ability to actually consistently make the play and break up the pass. He only started one year at TCU, as a senior, where he had 37 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 2 picks, and 7 breakups. As a junior, he was the fourth corner on the depth chart, but still had 22 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 2 picks, and 3 breakups. He was a transfer from Tyler JC as a sophomore.
Teague probably fits best playing in a zone-heavy Cover-2 scheme. He can compete as a nickel back potentially at the next level, but he'll have to make his way early on special teams. His size and matchup potential is intriguing. And if he can polish up his footwork and technique, then he can fill in as a No. 3 corner down the road. In that way, his potential is like a poor man's Kelvin Hayden. He's good enough to compete in a man-heavy scheme, but probably not to a level where you'd want him to be anything more than a No. 4 guy and doesn't have the skillset to match up against quality receivers at the next level and be trusted as a nickel there. If he can play on special teams, he has a shot to develop down the road. He's probably a guy that is going to contribute more on defense to his second team after his rookie contract than he does with his first. There is some potential that he could be moved to safety because of his skill in zone coverage. He'd need to bulk up and improve as a tackler. But he does possess enough tools there to think that he could make an OK reserve and dime safety.
Teague can push for time in Atlanta. But he's a player that similar to Chevis Jackson. And at least early on, he's not going to be any better than Jackson. He would have a shot at landing the fifth corner spot for the Falcons as a rookie if he can perform on special teams, but he's probably not going to move up much beyond that. He could push guys like Franks and Owens for reserve spots, but doesn't really offer any upside. So unless the Falcons move him to safety down the road or he shines on special teams, he doesn't have the tools to think he's a long-term guy.
Teague can get looks in the sixth or seventh round for zone-heavy teams looking for a developmental nickel corner and depth.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Man Coverage: 2.5
Zone Coverage: 3.5
Ball Skills: 2.5
Scouting reports of the cornerbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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