STRENGTHS - A quick and agile safety, Frey has a good, compact backpedal. Able to stay over feet and under control in pedal is what enables him to transition quickly out of pedal to close fast on passes in front of him. Blessed with quick feet he accelerates to full speed fast and the has playing speed to have sideline range against the run and in coverage. Instinctive and aware, Frey consistently reads and reacts quickly and is able to make plays all over the field. Able to flip hips without losing a step, Frey can stay on tight end's hip all over field in man coverage. An aggressive player, Frey flashes the willingness to come up the field fast in run support and shows no hesitation trying to make a hard/violent hit/tackle. With his acceleration, speed and willingness to hit, Frey has what it takes to be effective on special teams.
WEAKNESSES - Although Frey flashes a willingness to try and make hard hits, he has a very bad habit of going for the knockout hit rather than wrapping up, which leads to him missing too many tackles for the last line of defense. While he has good playing speed, if he allows separation in coverage he lacks the explosive burst to get back into good coverage position. These struggles to recover make me leery that he can be an effective man coverage safety in the NFL. Willingness to take on blockers aggressively is a positive sign, but he must get quicker shedding blocks to be a productive defender.
SUMMARY - A tall safety with good size and deceptive quickness and speed, Frey has the physical talent to at worst be a quality backup safety and high end special teams player. His good instincts and playing speed give him sideline range versus the run and in coverage and combined with his ball skills he has the tools to break up passes thrown in front of him. I love his willingness to come up and make hard hits/tackles in run support, but he has to become a much more consistent tackler if he is going to get on the field on defense in the NFL. Overall, while I would not draft Frey early due to his inconsistent tackling and struggles recovering in man coverage, I think on the third day of the Draft he has value because he could potentially be an excellent third safety and impact special teams player.