Breaking Down DS Jayron Kearse and DC Kendall Fuller

Jayron Kearse – DS – Clemson Jayron is a third year junior and two year starter who is rumored to be entering the 2016 NFL Draft. Has good bloodlines, as his uncle (Jevon Kearse) and cousin (Phillip Buchanon) have both played in the NFL. Got considerable playtime as a freshman with three starts, 55 total tackles and 4 interceptions. As a sophomore he was credited with 67 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions. Going into the playoff, he has 52 total tackles and one interception. Size – 6045 – 220 – 4.50 (all estimates) Strong Points – Productive, has great size and length. Good to very good overall athletic ability. Stays low in his pedal has a smooth turn and can transition quickly. Can play man coverage and shows awareness and range in zone. Very good ball skills and hands. Good but not an overly aggressive tackler. Effective as a pass rusher on blitzes. Instinctive with good reactions. Weak Points – Not a burner. I felt he played more aggressively in 2014. Flashes as a big hitter but you don’t see it all the time. Will miss some tackles. Not consistently take good angles to the ball. Summation – Kearse is a big time talent but not a big time player. I felt his overall play fell off in 2015 over 2014. He has the tools to be an outstanding safety in the NFL. He is a smart, alert and instinctive player who is seldom out of position He just didn’t make plays the way he did a year ago. May be better served by staying in school another year. Kendall Fuller – DC – Virginia Tech Kendall is a third year junior and a three year starter for the Hokies. Only played in three games this year as he injured his knee, had surgery, and missed the rest of the season. He has already stated that he will enter the draft. Has eight career interceptions, with none coming in the three games in 2015. He has two older brothers who currently play in the NFL. Size – 5114 – 192 – 4.48 (All estimates) Strong Points – He is a three year starter at corner. Has the height, length, quickness and speed required to play corner in the NFL. Good pedal and turn. Has shown he can play press, man off, or zone. Good ball reactions and hands. Consistent run support player. Competitive with a short memory. Weak Points – Needs to increase his strength and add some bulk. Misses some tackles and is slow off blocks because of his lack of top strength. Struggled versus Ohio State this year. Has had some costly interference penalties. Coming off knee surgery that will have to be checked out. Summation – A three year starter who is coming off a knee surgery. He is not as good a player as his older brother Kyle who was a first round draft choice in the 2014 Draft. He has the height, speed and quickness desired but needs to add strength and some bulk. Can play press or zone and generally keeps good position. Has good ball skills and hands. He is a willing run support player but can be slow off blocks because of his lack of upper body strength. Has enough speed but has gotten beat deep by "burners". Struggled versus Ohio State this year. Overall he is still a work in progress, but with 12 - 15 corners getting drafted in the first three rounds every year he is very likely to go in round two or three assuming his knee checks out. While he may never be a starter, the worst case scenario is that he gets significant playtime as a third corner. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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