PROS: He has good speed and range. Shows nice closing burst on the ball. Will hit, physical, and likes contact. Wraps up and can make the stop at the point of attack. Can be effective in short zones. Shows some ability to come off the edge as a blitzer.
CONS: Not a factor in coverage, lacking the footwork and hips to match up in man coverage. Needs to improve his awareness in zone. Will miss some stops in the open field on the edge.
OVERVIEW: He plays a lot in the box in Toledo's defense. A four-year starter that was a good playmaker early in his career with 7 picks and 2 touchdown returns during his first two years. But only combined for two picks the past two years.
NFL FORECAST: Church is a run stopper that has some ability and potential to develop in coverage, but is fairly one-dimensional at this point. He has the size and ability you like as a strong safety, and while I think he can eventually develop enough coverage ability to be effective starter, it's going to take some time. And more than likely, he'll never be a great cover safety. He can definitely have a long NFL career if he can stick on special teams early in his career, and at the least I expect he'll be a solid backup strong safety. But he'll have to make significant improvements in coverage in order to be a starter.
ATL FORECAST: Church could compete as a reserve strong safety for the Falcons, sliding in behind Moore. He doesn't have the great ability to think he'll be a starter here in Atlanta, but might be a decent insurance policy in case Moore never develops. But more than likely he would just have to stick as a special teams player.
VALUE: A team looking for a run-stopping strong safety might take him late in the fourth, but are probably better off targeting him in the fifth round.
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