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Quick Hit Profiles: DB

Our last installment of quick hit profiles. We finish up with defensive backs.

DWIGHT BENTLEY, CB, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Fast, athletic corner who needs to bulk up. Could fit best as a nickel corner.

JUSTIN BETHEL, S, PRESBYTERIAN

Good size and production. Athletic. Faces a jump in competition.

ROBERT BLANTON, CB/FS, NOTRE DAME

Corner safety tweener. Lacks speed for corner. Most likely special teamer.

OMAR BOLDEN, CB, ARIZONA STATE

Bolden has visited the Giants. Great athlete, strong, good speed.Missed all of 2011 with a torn ACL. Experienced returning kicks. If healthy, could be a steal.

RON BROOKS, CB, LSU

Super fast and great on special teams. Can blitz, too. Was a backup in LSU. Could be better pro than college player.

ALFONZO DENNARD, CB, NEBRASKA

Short, but tough with good ball skills. Has durability issues. Fits best as a nickel corner.

JAMELL FLEMING, CB, OKLAHOMA

Good size and good instincts. Not super fast, and has character issues.

STEPHON GILMORE, CB, SOUTH CAROLINA

Great size, fluid and experienced. Flying up draft boards and could be the 2nd corner taken.

WINSTON GUY, SS, KENTUCKY

A Greg Cosell favorite, so I’ll let him talk:

Guy was a hybrid in Kentucky’s defense. He was listed as a safety, and there were snaps on third and long when he aligned at deep safety, but he predominantly played on the line of scrimmage. He was really a linebacker based on alignment. I loved his playing personality. He was active, aggressive with his movement, he played fast and urgent. He had terrific pursuit production, often running from one side of the field to the other to make tackles. There were snaps versus Georgia when he played man-to-man against TE Orson Charles, and he was not overmatched. He has limitations based on the games I evaluated. He was a straight line athlete who was not very smooth or decisive changing direction. The question with Guy is position. I believe he can play in dime sub-packages and be a combination safety/linebacker.

 

BRANDON HARDIN, CB/FS, OREGON STATE

One of our draft crushes:

Hardin is 6-3 and a former corner, but projects to safety in the NFL. Great size. Great athlete. Can turn and run. Good special teams player. Looks like a guy who can turn and run with tight ends, while possessing the size to not be man-handled by them. He missed 2011 with a broken shoulder, so he’s going to be a bit rusty.  But is athletic enough to be a hybrid safety and a special teams star

 MIKE HARRIS, CB, FLORIDA STATE
Athletic with good instincts. Not the fastest.
JAYRON HOSLEY, CB, VIRGINIA TECH
Fast and is athletic. Needs to bulk up and play more physical. Can also return punts.
ASA JACKSON, CAL POLY-SLO, CB
Fast small school corner who will need to bulk up. Can also return punts.
JANZEN JACKSON, FS, MCNEESE STATE
A Tennessee transfer with some character issues, Jackson has great coverage ability, and is athletic. High risk, potentially high reward
LEONARD JOHNSON, CB, IOWA STATE
Feisty and experienced corner. A bit small. Could be a good fit in a zone scheme.
TRUMAINE JOHNSON, CB/FS, MONTANA
Tall and fast with great athletic ability. Has star potential if he can make the jump in competition and mature.
JERRON McMILLIAN, SS, MAINE
Has visited the Giants. Good size, but fits best as a special teamer.
DEQUAN MENZIE, CB, ALABAMA
One of our draft crushes:

The 5-10 corner is a Greg Cosell favorite. I’ll let him talk about Menzie:

Alabama’s Menzie is the best slot corner in this draft. He played outside in the base defense and moved inside in sub-packages. He was physical in the run game, he was utilized as a blitzer, and he played both press and off coverage versus slot receivers. I have heard some say, due to his limitations as an outside corner, that he best transitions to the NFL as a safety. I can see that, especially with the proliferation of hybrid tight ends. Menzie would likely be effective as a cover safety with his corner experience. That’s a projection. What we do know is he’s an outstanding slot corner. Leave him there. He will play the majority of the snaps at a position that’s difficult to find.

That’s good enough for me. If Cosell likes Menzie, then we should all listen.

CHARLES MITCHELL, S, MISSISSIPPI STATE

There are a lot of solid guys from Mississippi State this year. Mitchell is a favorite of Cosell

A 3 year starter at safety, Mitchell was asked to do a lot of things in Mississippi State’s defense. He played deep safety, he aligned in the box, he covered man-to-man, and he blitzed. What immediately stood out was his aggression and physicality attacking downhill in the run game. He showed the ability to close quickly and deliver solid hits. I don’t care what his 40 time was. What I do know watching film is that Mitchell was field fast; he covered a lot of ground. As with many college safeties, the concern is lateral quickness, change of direction and range as a single high safety. Overall, Mitchell was very good player, an athletic, tough strong safety with very solid attributes to find a place in the NFL, likely as a starter depending on team and scheme.

MICAH PELLERIN, CB, HAMPTON

Former Southern Miss corner, has great size and speed. Giants do like tall corners.

SHAUN PRATER, CB, I OWA

Athletic and productive. Iowa players are usually pro ready. Could be a nickel guy.

CYHL QUARLES, SS/FS, WAKE FOREST

Good size and speed. Can play both safety spots. Backup.

TRENT ROBINSON, CB/FS

Small but can cover. Would be a versatile backup.

RYAN STEED, CB/SS, FURMAN

Good ball skills who has to face a jump in competition. Could be a versatile backip.

BRANDON TAYLOR, SS, LSU

Heart and soul of LSU defense, who could make it as a special teams star.

PHILLIP THOMAS, FS, SYHRACUSE

Undersized safety with cover skills. Has character issues.

CHRISTIAN THOMPSON, FS, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

Great size and speed but did not dominate lesser competition. Developmental prospect.

TREVIN WADE, CB, ARIZONA

Athletic corner who is not physical. Slot corner potential.

 

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