Devon Torrence, CB, Ohio State

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Devon Torrence, CB, Ohio State

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:32 pm

Ohio State Senior
40: 4.53


Does a good job in off coverage able to keep things in front of him. Shows ball skills and can jump the quick out. Gets in position against the fade route and will locate and challenge ball in the air. Quick to come up and defend the run on the edge, able to break up a quick screen. Shows good burst downhill to close on ballcarrier and will break down to make stop in open field.


Doesn't have great hips and gets turned around a bit in coverage. Needs to polish up his footwork, coming high out of his backpedal. Doesn't have great burst out his breaks. Isn't consistently able to get off blocks out on the edge. Won't always take great angles to the ball in space and will tackle high at times.


Torrence has good enough size and speed combo to compete at the next level. He has nice ball skills and works well when he can keep things in front of him. But lacks the ideal hips and burst to match up in man coverage. He's a nickel corner at best. A two-year starter at Ohio State, combining for 87 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 1 sack, 4 picks, 10 PBUs, and 1 defensive touchdown. Caught 4 passes as a freshman wide receiver. Played minor league baseball for 3 summers as outfielder with Houston Astros, after being a 16th round pick in 2007. But batted just .150 in 206 at bats, so I don't think baseball is going to be in his future.


Torrence can develop as a No. 3 corner in the right scheme. One that allows him to play in off coverage and use his ball skills and instincts to challenge throws and make plays. He needs to refine his footwork and technique more to really be effective, but he has a chance to compete as a reserve and then nickel corner down the line. He contributes in run support, but probably needs to work on getting more consistent there. If he can contribute on special teams, it'll keep him on the roster as a No. 4 or 5 corner at the least and allow him the necessary to polish and improve his game. His upside isn't super high, but he potentially can be a capable nickel corner on a playoff-caliber team and be a contributor.


Torrence has long-term potential to compete and push for the nickel job. He won't challenge Franks or Owens early on, but if given two or so years to polish up his game, he would be a nice insurance option down the road. Then he could possibly land the No. 3 as a decent stopgap option. In the meantime, if he can contribute on special teams he'll be a nice No. 4/5 corner.


Torrence is worth a look in the sixth or seventh round for a team looking for some developmental depth at corner.

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

Speed: 3.0
Man Coverage: 2.5
Zone Coverage: 2.5
Tackling: 3.0
Ball Skills: 3.0
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