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Prospect Profiles: Ahmad Black

AHMAD BLACK, S, FLORIDA

Triangle Numbers: 5-9, 190, 4.55

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Athletic with nice agility and body control
• Plays fast with a burst to close and recover
• Playmaker with terrific hands and ball skills
• Displays excellent instincts and awareness
• Fluid hips and nimble feet to turn and run
• Great range and can cover a lot of ground
• Extremely active, aggressive and confident
• Very physical and will deliver the big hit
• Ready, willing and able to support the run
• Tough, durable and will play through injuries
• A mature, competitive, hard working, leader
• Also offers plenty of special teams potential
• Tons of experience against elite competition

Weaknesses:
• Undersized w/ short arms and small hands
• Will often times play too out of control
• Gets caught peaking and will take chances
• Goes for knockout instead of wrapping up
• Tends to get pushed around and outmuscled
• Might be a classic a positional ‘tweener

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Has played some corner in the past, is versatile enough to play some man coverage on slot receivers… Has pretty good speed for the position, has enough to play some man coverage and cover solid ground when playing deep zone… Excellent production over the last three seasons (236 tackles, 13 interceptions, two sacks, three forced fumbles)… Plays pretty physical football, will be out-muscled in coverage, especially in jump-ball situations, but likes to come up and make big hits… Shows good leverage and technique when tackling… Change of direction and fluidity in coverage are very good, has good hips and quick feet… Instincts are above-average, is a heady player and knows where to be on any given play… Is a natural leader in the secondary, intangibles translate well to the NFL game, has a lot of upside and may surprise at the next level.

Negatives: Is a little undersized for the position, height and bulk are below average… Has some difficulty getting off blocks at times because of small frame, needs to do a better job of using leverage against taller, bigger blockers… Ball skills are just adequate despite big interception totals, does not pull off a lot of spectacular catches in deep coverage, is at his best when playing intermediate routes and reading the quarterback’s eyes… Postseason workouts will be critical for Black, size is a major issue, so he will have to show good speed and quickness to turn some heads.

FF Toolbox:.

It has not been a good year for the Florida Gators, but Black has been a major bright spot. In fact, the safety has been absolutely awesome. He leads the team with 102 total tackles (29 more than any other teammate) and 68 solo tackles (also 29 more than any other teammate) through 12 games. Black has 10 tackles for loss (third on the team), a sack that went for a 20-yard loss, three interceptions (tied for first on the team), two fumble recoveries (No. 1 on the team), and three forced fumbles (also No. 1 on the team).

He is doing all of this despite relatively diminutive size, as he stands at just 5’9” and 190 pounds. However, he has been clocked as fast as 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and he is a huge hitter, which is why he can get the job done at safety for Florida. At the next level, though, Black’s size will likely force a move to cornerback. Of course, there is no reason to think that he can’t excel there just as he has done at safety and he has the experience (as a three-year starter) to make a quick transition to the NFL. Look for Black to go off the board during the third round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Man, he’s undersized. But, he can play football. So productive at Florida. He can play the run. He can go in coverage. He’s physical. He’s smart. He’s just so small. Is he a safety? Is he quick enough to be a corner? It’s hard to make the transition from college safety to pro corner. But, he’s a player. 108 tackles last year. As a safety. That’s incredible. I want him on my team. I don’t know where he fits best. But, as a safety, corner, special teamer, he’s a guy who makes play. I think he’s quick enough to make up for some of the height issues. He needs to put on some muscle, but a few months in a NFL training program should do the trick. I really like him. The height and weight stuff might bring him down to the 3rd or 4th round. He’s a 2nd rounder. If you can get him in the 3rd, get him. Even in the 2nd, I would get him. I really like Ahmad Black. Think he’s going to be a good player for years.

PREVIOUS PROFILES:

Gabe Carimi

OL Anthony Castanzo

Rodney Hudson

Derek Sherrod

Marcus Gilbert

Mike Pouncey

CB

Brandon Harris

Jimmy Smith

Davon House

Johnny Patrick

Ras-I Dowling

TE

Kyle Rudolph

DJ Williams

Luke Stocker

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

Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

RB

Mark Ingram

DeMarco Murray

Roy Helu, Jr

WR:

Jerrel Jernigan

Randall Cobb

DL

Aldon Smith

Jarvis Jenkins

Phil Taylor

Corey Liuget


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6 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Ahmad Black”

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more Fuchs, I just posted my scouting report of Black the other day: http://nflmocks.com/2011/02/23/scouting-report-ahmad-black-ss-florida/

    He’s just a football player, he’s a lot like Bob Sanders to me, hopefully he’s stays healthy, and would love the Giants to draft him, I just don’t know if they will.

    They seem to prefer bigger defensive backs and that is definitely not Black.

    you should do some profiles of centers:

    Tim Barnes, Jake Kirkpatrick, Stefen Wisnewski (the best of the bunch)

    Tom Coughlin yesterday at the combine said in regards to position needs(From nj.com/giants)

    “I’ll just say one – the center position is a concern,” Coughlin said during a session with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, “because we have injuries at that spot.”

    I thought they liked Koets enough moving forward but it seems like they are going to get some insurance

    • jeremy P. says:

      It may just be a smoke screen or extra incentive for Koets to heal quicker. The Giants and Tom Coughlin don’t usually show their hand.

  2. Joe says:

    They might look at that guy bart. he had a great combine for a center.

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