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Prospect Profiles: Johnny Patrick

JOHNNY PATRICK, CB, LOUSIVILLE

Triangle Numbers: 6, 190, 4.5

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Ideal size and bulk with long arms
• Smooth with terrific natural athleticism
• Good speed with a burst to close and recover
• Quick, agile and changes direction well
• Superb job of flipping hips and transitioning
• Soft hands and excellent ball skills
• Good leaping ability and body control
• Excels in both man and zone coverage
• Physical and plays with some violence
• Still has considerable upside

Weaknesses:
• Still raw and not yet a great technician
• Questionable instincts and awareness
• Not a top tackler and average in run support
• Tends to get tall in his backpedal
• May have some character concerns

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Had a very productive 2010 campaign (49 tackles, five interceptions, forced fumble, sack)… Decent speed and near average height for the position… Is very willing to come up in run support and stick his nose on the football, diagnoses run plays fairly quickly and breaks down well… Has good change-of-direction skills when coming out of the backpedal, has a quick plant step, explodes out of his backpedal under control and ready to make plays… Plays relatively physical football, is not afraid to put a body on receivers in press coverage, does a good job holding position against blockers in the secondary… Is a lengthy defender, uses long arms effectively when attempting to break up passes, generally uses good technique when forced to leave feet in coverage… Will be most effective as an off-man defender, reads and diagnoses very well, at his best when he can play five to ten yards off receiver and read the quarterback… Is a very sure tackler, especially when defending screens and short routes, wraps up well and does not miss a lot of tackles against his receiver… Has potential to be a productive sleeper in this draft class, is a solid all-around corner with a skill set that will translate well at the next level.

Negatives: Was arrested in July, 2010 for misdemeanor assault after allegedly throwing a woman to the ground, character issues may be present… Could stand to add five to ten pounds, appears to have a thin frame, will get out-muscled by bigger receivers at the next level… Can be beat by play-action and double moves when playing in press coverage, keeps eyes in backfield a little too long at times… Technique in backpedal can be a little sloppy, gets high at times and will display choppy footwork against quicker receivers… Can be overaggressive at times in press coverage, quicker receivers will be able to get inside position and take advantage of slants and skinny posts against him… May need a year or two in the NFL to really come into his own, was a receiver at the start of his career, and will likely need more time to develop at the cornerback position.

FF Toolbox:

Johnny Patrick has gone largely unnoticed during his collegiate career at Louisville. Outside of the Big East, most college football fans have never heard his name. However, he is one of the better cornerbacks in this class. As a true freshman in 2007, Patrick fought his way into a starting role and ended up totaling 19 tackles. In his first of four starts on the year, Patrick tallied his first career interception. Heading into 2008, Patrick was obviously going to be one of the starters at a corner spot and he has not given up that role since. He increased his tackle total to 50 as a sophomore — ranking third on the team –, but failed to pick off any passes.

As an upperclassman Patrick has made more of a mark on the program. In 2009 he increased his tackle total to 53 and picked off two passes. Through 11 games in 2010, Patrick already has 45 tackles and three interceptions. Just as importantly, Patrick has shut down most opposing receivers and has eight pass break-ups and 11 passes defended on the season.

Patrick is no Prince Amukamara or Patrick Peterson, but he can work his way into the mix for the fight to be the third best cornerback in this class. At 5-11 and 190 pounds, Patrick has enough size to be a great corner in the NFL. He can also run a 40 in about 4.45 seconds and once scouts get a good look at him after the season, Patrick should see his stock increase to the second or third round area.

1/25 Update: Patrick’s stock is already rising quickly and he has more room to move up once he starts working out for teams. Patrick had his best game in a must win against Rutgers. His two interceptions in that contest clinched a bowl berth for Louisville. On the season Patrick ended up recording 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, five interceptions, 12 pass break-ups and 17 passes defended. Patrick has already snuck into the second round according to many pundits, but he could move up even further with some solid workouts.

VIDEO:

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Johnny Patrick is not ready for primetime. Yet. He needs to gain some weight. He needs more experience. He’s raw. He has some character issues. But, the talent is there. Physically, other than the weight, he’s perfect. Good height, good speed. Had a really good senior season. He’s physical. I think, after a year or so, he’ll be a very good third corner, with good chance to be a solid number two. Question is, what do you during that first year? Play him only on special teams? Perhaps. He’ll be a third round pick, maybe a 2nd if he runs well. I like him . He has off the field issues, which I don’t like. But talent is there, and could be worth the risk.

PREVIOUS PROFILES:

OT:

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo

Rodney Hudson

Derek Sherrod

Marcus Gilbert

CB

Brandon Harris

Jimmy Smith

Davon House

TE

Kyle Rudolph

DJ Williams

LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

Mason Foster, LB, Washington

KJ Wright, LB, Mississippi State

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

WR:

Jerrel Jernigan

Randall Cobb

DL

Aldon Smith

Jarvis Jenkins

Phil Taylor


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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Johnny Patrick”

  1. nycsportzfan says:

    i love Johnny, and i wondered when he was gonna start gaining some steam..seems he was under the radar his whole career..Not often, when u got solid speed, decnt size, and above avg ball skills, and expierence and on field production… Hes gonna be one of those guys, u look back at in a few yrs, and wonder how he didnt go higher, mark my words..

    A few other players, i’d be interested in seeing profiles on, if u could…

    Ian Williams DT N.Dame
    Tim Barnes C Mizzo
    Stanley Havili FB/RB USC
    Owen Marecic FB/LB Stanford
    Kenny Tate S Maryland
    Brandon hogan CB W.Virginia

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