STRENGTHS - Stoudermire is a tough and highly competitive cornerback, which has helped him to produce at a high level despite his height and lack of experience at the position. He consistently gets hands on receiver quickly at the line to slow receiver's release from "press" alignment and is able to flip hips to stay on receiver's hip. Natural timing, good ball skills and an explosive closing have helped him to break-up a lot of passes . For a cornerback with such little experience, he really showed football intelligence.
WEAKNESSES - Obviously, at 5'9 Stoudermire lacks the ideal height and cannot consistently make plays to keep tall receivers from catching passes even when he is in good coverage position. Additionally, he lacks the strength to get receiver off "stem" and strong receivers are able to push-off to create separation. According to sources, he needs to prove that he has the maturity to handle being a professional athlete.
SUMMARY - Stoudermire returned to the field in 2012 after being hurt in Minnesota's fourth game of 2011 and missing the rest of the season. A dynamic kickoff returner who holds the Big Ten record for most career kickoff return yards, Stoudermire has improved drastically since being switched from receiver to cornerback after his sophomore season. No doubt a gifted athlete with the potential to make big plays because of his explosive athleticism, Stoudermire is still raw and learning the position, but has excellent upside. Overall, despite questions about his maturity, Stoudermire is a worthy mid-round pick because he has the talent to be a nickel cornerback early in career and potentially a starter on the outside with improved technique and playing strength and will also contribute as a kickoff returner.