STRENGTHS - Naturally instinctive Bishop consistently reads and reacts to the play quickly. Unlike many free/coverage safeties, he consistently comes up the field quickly in run support, can avoid blockers and can break down and make strong, technically sound tackles out in space. His ability to read and react quickly helps him to consistently play faster than his timed speed. He has sideline range to chase down ball carriers in pursuit and to get out to the sideline to help the cornerback in over-the-top coverage. He does an excellent job of reading the QB/Pass from deep coverage and can plant, drive and close quickly on passes in front of him. In games and during the all-star games practices he displayed the ball skills to break up and intercept passes.
WEAKNESSES - More of a smooth athlete than a quick, twitch one, Bishop lacks the explosiveness and top end speed to cover fast tight ends and slot receivers in man coverage which is vital for safeties in today's NFL. His quick read and aggressiveness coming up in run support leads to him biting on fakes at times and it leaves him out of position. When he loses a step in coverage, he lacks the burst and speed to catch up and get back into good coverage position. Not being a top athlete also leads to him missing some tackles - Not due to bad technique, but rather he cannot adjust to quick cuts by ball carrier.
SUMMARY - Bishop is an under-rated safety who is constantly around the ball and makes more plays against the run and in coverage than expected. A smart and instinctive defender who consistently reads and reacts to the play fast, Bishop impressed with his consistency on film and at the East West Shrine Game. In addition to being a productive safety, he has the tools to be an excellent special teams player. Overall, Bishop is not a player I expected much from when I began evaluating NC State, but it is clear he has many of the tools to challenge to become a starter in the NFL. He is not a player that I would draft high, but in the fourth or fifth round I would take a shot on him because I believe he is the type of safety that often comes into the NFL as an afterthought and then develops into a solid, workmanlike starter.