|Player, Pos, Team||Height||Weight||Draft Grade|
|11||E.J. Gaines CB, Missouri||5'10"||190||B||6.5||Full Scouting Report|
E.J. Gaines – Cornerback
Gaines is a fourth year senior and a three year starter for the Tigers. He lines up on the left side. Missouri is predominantly a zone coverage defense, and Gaines is very good in zone. He has good size for the position at about 5’11 – 195 with long arms. He is a good athlete with quick feet, loose hips, and good overall body control. He has good, not great, play speed, and I estimate that he runs in the 4.5 range. He shows a good pedal and turn and has a nice burst coming out of his turn. His footwork is good, and he can move well in transition.
In zone, Gaines does a very good job keeping receivers in front of him. He is aware and will look to help out when free. He tries to be physical and does a good job re-routing receivers. He reacts well to the ball in the air and has good hands to make an interception. To date, he has four interceptions this year.
What I don’t see with Gaines, is press man coverage. Missouri will play off man, but in the tapes viewed, I never saw him in press, so it’s impossible to grade his jam and his ability to react in man. He supports the run very well. He reacts quickly to the run, can take on and shed blocks, and is a sure tackler who hits and wraps.
It’s difficult to give Gaines a fair grade because we don’t see him in press man. He can definitely play in zone schemes, but until scouts and coaches see him in press, he is a bit of a wildcard. If Gaines is invited to play in an all-star game, we should be able to see him play some man. His workouts for NFL coaches in the spring will answer many questions as well.
|12||Jaylen Watkins CB, Florida||5'11"||182||B||6.5||Stats|
|13||Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB, Nebraska||6'2"||214||B||6.5||Full Scouting Report|
Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Cornerback – Nebraska Cornhuskers
Jean-Baptiste is a fifth-year senior and a transfer from Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College. He was a 2008 high school graduate who attended prep school for a year before enrolling at Fort Scott in 2009. Jean-Baptiste redshirted at Fort Scott and then transferred to Nebraska. He started his collegiate career as a wide receiver, but was moved to defensive back. In 2011, Jean-Baptiste functioned mostly as a backup, but did get one start. In 2012, the cornerback got five starts and played in every game, paving the way to become a full-time starter in 2013. This season, Jean-Baptiste finished with 41 total tackles, 12 pass breakups and four interceptions. For his career, he has seven interceptions.
Jean-Baptiste has excellent size and is listed at 6030 – 220. He is a good athlete with good playing speed (4.50 estimate). He has good hip flip flexibility and good foot quickness. Jean-Baptiste shows he can stay low in his pedal and turn without taking extra steps. In the Nebraska scheme, he played mostly press man coverage, but will also play some off and zone. He is best with press man and is an adequate zone player. However, he can struggle some when in off man.
When in press, Jean-Baptiste shows a good jam, can turn and run with most receivers he faces and is able to keep good positioning. He will occasionally have some trouble with double moves. Most of the time while in press, Jean-Baptiste tracks the ball well and displays adequate hands. When in zone, he tries to keep good positioning and shows fairly good awareness. He does a good job keeping things in front of him. When Nebraska plays off man, Jean-Baptiste can struggle. He plays too loose and doesn’t anticipate well. He seems to be back on his heels and often gets beat by moves. When this happens, Jean-Baptiste doesn’t have the catch-up speed to recover. On tape I saw him get beat deep a few times because of this. He also struggles with double moves when in off coverage.
With the natural size that Jean-Baptiste possesses, you would think that he would be a dominant run support player, but he’s not. He is not physical or aggressive in support and is just an average tackler. He flashes big-hitter capabilities, but needs to do a better job wrapping up as a tackler. He is used some to blitz and is inconsistent. He is not good a disguising a blitz and his timing can be off.
Overall, Jean-Baptiste has unusual size for a corner. There will be some teams enamored with that. He needs to go to a club that plays a lot of press man. If that happens, he may become an eventual starter. If he gets drafted by a team that plays a lot of zone and off coverage, I don’t see him becoming any better than a fourth corner. He will probably be drafted in the middle or later rounds.
|14||Deion Belue CB, Alabama||5'11"||185||B||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
Deion Belue – Defensive Back
Belue is a former Junior College transfer and is in his second year starting at the field corner for Alabama. He originally committed to Alabama out of High School but enrolled at Northeast Mississippi Community College where he was one of the top JC corners in the country. He transferred to Alabama last year and became an instant starter. Belue has average corner height at about 5’11, but he also has a narrow frame. He looks to be about 180 – 185. He has very long arms, which allows him to play taller than his actual height. He has the quick feet, change of direction, and loose hips required for the position, but I am unsure of his top end speed. He looks to be in the 4.50 – 4.55 range. In saying that, I haven’t seen anyone run by him either.
He plays a lot of man coverage but not press man. He will often line up in a press type position but I have not seen him use a jam technique that often. Still, he has the suddenness to be effective in man coverage and does a good job mirroring receivers. He can turn quickly and has the feet to transition without taking extra steps. He has good ball reactions. Showing the ability to high point throws and get PBU’s but he doesn’t have many interceptions. In run support he can play a bit loosely but will come up when he has to. He is not physical and is an average tackler. His ability to get off blocks is adequate.
Belue has talent but is not a complete player. He needs to get bigger, stronger, and more physical. Being that the corner position is stop watch driven on draft day, his time will have a lot to do with where he is eventually drafted. His talent says that he will be a backup early in his career. He can become an eventual starter if he becomes stronger and more physical. Right now I see a mid-round pick.
|15||Aaron Colvin CB, Oklahoma||6'0"||182||C||6.4x||Stats|
|16||Bennett Jackson CB, Notre Dame||6'0"||185||C||6.4x||Full Scouting Report|
Bennett Jackson – Cornerback
Jackson is a 2-year starter at corner. He was recruited as a wide receiver but switched over to defense his sophomore year because of his aggressive play on special teams as a true freshman. Jackson has excellent corner size at just over 5-11 and 190. He was a top hurdler in high school and shows good play speed. I would estimate his speed at 4.5.
In 2012, Notre Dame played a lot of zone coverage because of the inexperience of the secondary. This year with 3 starters back the Irish are mixing in a lot more man coverage. Jackson is consistent in both man and zone. He has a quick pedal, a good turn and a good burst coming out of the turn. He can also transition quickly. He shows a good jam while in press man and keeps good position in off man with good mirror skills. In zone he is aware, shows range and plays the ball well. He can be aggressive in run support and is an explosive tackler. He has done return work in the past but I don’t see him as an NFL returner. On the negative side, Jackson has had 2 shoulder procedures, the last one coming right after last year’s National Championship game. Right now I see Jackson as a mid-round prospect but with a strong year and a good Combine, I can see him moving up the charts. This will be an interesting guy to track this season.
|17||Victor Hampton CB, South Carolina||5'10"||202||C||6.4||Stats|
|18||Chris Davis CB, Auburn||5'10"||200||C||6.4||Stats|
|19||Bashaud Breeland CB, Clemson||6'0"||185||C||6.4||Stats|
|20||Rashaad Reynolds CB, Oregon State||5'11"||190||C||6.4||Full Scouting Report|
Rashaad Reynolds – Corner – Oregon State
Size – 5110e – 190e – 4.51 e
Strong Points – three-year starter, good athlete, alert in zone, size
Weak Points – Not seeing really good play speed, has problems finding the ball when his back is to the ball, average run support and tackle, not seeing him play in press coverage.
Summation - Rashaad is a fifth year senior and a three year starter at right corner. He has good size and he has good athleticism but I don’t see really good top-end play speed. He plays like a 4.50 – 4.52 type. He has loose hips, can stay low in his pedal, and turns well. He does not take extra steps when in transition.
He plays in mostly off and zone coverage. In the five games I viewed, I don’t think I saw him in press once. He can get a little loose in off and zone and gives up too many underneath plays. He shows he can turn and mirror receivers on shorter routes, but I have seen him out run by some “go” routes . He has good ball reactions on plays in front of him, shows he can close and make interceptions. When his back is to the ball, he can struggle to find it. He is not an aggressive run support player, often waiting for the play to come to him. He shows average tackling skills, showing he can wrap, but he is not a big hitter. On tape, I have seen both backs and receivers break his tackles and he does have some misses. He can be a bit timid taking on blocks.
I can’t get excited about this player, He does flash and has some good movement skills, but he lacks top-end speed and is not very aggressive. I don’t see him ever being better than a third corner and I have to question his special teams' potential because of his lack of aggressiveness. I see him as a mid-to-late round pick, but if he has a strong workout at the Combine, he could go higher.