Just got our safety!
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OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS:
2007: (13/2) 57 tackles, 3 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 INT.
2008: (13/12) 76 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 5 INT, 1 FR; 2 PR, 38 yards (19.0 avg.); Secondteam All-SEC.
2009: (13/13) 73 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 7 PBU, 4 INT, 1 FF.
Prototypical height, good bulk and good top-end speed.
2009: Injures hamstring in summer but durability is not a concern at this point.
2009: Named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll for summer semester. 2008: Named the Most Improved Defensive Back at the end of spring. 2007: Named Most Improved Defensive Back at end of spring.
SAFETY SPECIFIC TRAITS:
Instincts/Mental Toughness 4
Vocal and can be seen communicating with teammates before and after plays. Took a lot of heat for missing tackle on Georgia Tech RB Roddy Jones' game-winning touchdown in 2008 and turned the adversity into motivation. Doesn't appear to dwell on mistakes but too aggressive at times. Takes chances to make big play and struggles to recover when gamble doesn't pay off. Can bite on play fakes. Inconsistent effort. (See Texas A&M RB Christine Michael's 3rd QTR TD run in Independence Bowl.)
Run Support 2
Plays with an edge and flies downhill when reads run. Big hitter. Willing to throw body around and undercut legs of bigger ball carriers. Flashes the ability to shed bocks quickly and big enough to line up in the box. Good balance and can fight off cut blocks. Generally wraps up on contact but somewhat inconsistent in this area and can get caught trying to deliver the big hit instead of wrapping up.
Lacks ideal agility as a safety in deep coverage. A bit stiff in space and doesn't show great burst coming out of breaks. Has some experience lining up over slot receivers but would struggle if asked to consistently match up with NFL slot receivers in man coverage. Inconsistent footwork and can get caught flat footed.
Closing Burst 3
Adequate recovery speed. Closes quickly (for his size) when attacking the line of scrimmage but takes too long to transition out of backpedal. Explodes into ball carrier/receivers and can jar the ball loose.
Ball Skills 3
Times jumps well and can highpoint the ball. Tracks the deep ball well and uses long arms to get hand on the ball when caught in trail position. Flashes the ability to snatch the ball out of the air but drops too many passes should catch. (See 3rd QTR of Independence Bowl and 2nd QTR of 2009 Oklahoma State game)
1 = Exceptional
2 = Above average
3 = Average
4 = Below average
5 = Marginal
ESPN SCOUTS INC
There are concerns about Jones' instincts and overall aggressiveness in coverage. However, he could be one of the steals of this draft. He has prototypical size and speed. He is willing to step up in run support and is becoming a playmaker in coverage.
The Dolphins continue to upgrade their secondary. This kid had 11 career INTs. He's an explosive hitter with good ball skills. One concern is that he misses too many tackles looking for the big hit. Needs to improve his instincts in the deep half of the field. link
Leave it to Bill Parcells to find a Round 2-3 prospect at a position of need in the fifth round. (Pick Grade: A)