Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which we will highlight a collection of prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft, beginning April 30.
Michigan State, Cornerback
Height: 6' 1/8"
Weight: 186 pounds
Hands: 8 1/4"
Wing Span: 75"
Bench Press Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 38"
Broad Jump: 10' 2"
Positives: Owns and protects the entire boundary versus the run and pass. Lengthy defender that is comfortable in his body and knows how to use his tools. Possesses the hip flexion and speed to open up and run with NFL receivers. Proficient squeezing the outside receiver against the sideline on vertical routes, limiting space. Knows when to attack the ball. Physical in nature, working to disrupt the timing of the route. Efficient getting off blocks, attacking the ball carrier. Exceptional man-to-man skills. Great awareness and ball skills. Daring enough to undercut routes and make the big play.
Negatives: Can give up leverage on inside-breaking routes. Oftentimes too physical and handsy, which leads to pass interference or holding flags. Can improve as a tackler in space. Top-end speed doesn’t always show up on the field. Very lean build for a 6-foot-1 defender.
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco's Take: He’s got blazing speed and is the top cover man in the draft. But needs to get into the weight room to become stronger for the 49ers’ liking.
NFL comparison: Antonio Cromartie (Cardinals CB)
Stats courtesy NFL media services
Positives/negatives courtesy NFL.com