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Prospect Profiles: CB Javier Arenas



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5’9” 197 pounds. 4.52 40 (pulled hamstring, I think) did not particpate in other drills.


Career: 148 tackles, 6 INT

2009: 70 tackles, 5 INT, 5 sacks.

Big Games @ Virigina Tech 5 tackles, 1 sack

@ Mississippi 5 tackles, 1 INT

vs Tennessee 13 tackles, 1 INT

vs Arknasas 5 tackles, 2 sacks.

vs LSU 7 tackles

@ Auburn 7 tackles, 1 INT

vs Florida 2 tackles 1 INT

vs Texas 5 tackles, 2 INt


Arenas was super productive this year and productive in big games. 2 INT int he National Championship game. INT vs Florida, Auburn and Tennesse which are all rivals of Alabama.

On top of that he’s one of, if not the best return men in the nation so production is of ZERO Issue with Javier Arenas.

Scouting Reports

Defensive Back Specific Categories



Max. Value


Ball Skills 10 7.5
Man Coverage 10 7
Zone Coverage 10 7.5
Tackling 6 4
Run Stopping 6 4
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7
Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

A feisty competitor. Big time threat as a return man. At his best covering the slot wide receiver. Above average instincts as a corner. Willing tackler. Effective blitzer and is quick to get to the quarterback. Reads QBs eyes well while in zone coverage and can jump the route. Fluid hips allow him to turn and run with wide receiver effectively. Decent tackler for his size. Speed on film may be better than timed speed. Above average ball skills and seems to play above his height. Long arms for his height (30 1/2?). Does a nice job closing on the receiver after the catch. Excellent vision as a return man.


Short for his position. Can get a little off balance in his foot work. Will gamble and guess routes. Has a hard time getting off blockers. Was used to cover slot receiver on most occasions. Doesn’t have the leaping ability needed to play above his height. Limited upside due to physical skill set.


Will make a nice nickelback in the NFL. Matches up well with slot receivers and is physical enough to play close to the line of scrimmage. Is a versatile player and should start immediately for an NFL team as a return man and provides excellent depth as a cornerback. Owns SEC and NCAA punt return yardage records. His abilities as a return man will get him drafted higher than his play as a cornerback grades. Arenas is an instinctive corner and could be a nice fit in the right NFL scheme. He’s the type of player that NFL teams want at the nickel or dime spot, especially in case of injury to a #1 or #2 corner.


Four year starter as a return man for Alabama and 2 year starter as a cornerback. Two year starter at cornerback.

Awards and Honors

2009: All-SEC first team. AP All-American team. Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
2008: Second-team All-American punt returner by Phil Steele. Second-team All-SEC honoree at both cornerback and return specialist (SEC Coaches) by the Associated Press, SEC coaches, The Sporting News and Phil Steele.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a


Unknown major at Alabama.


Cousin is Gilbert Arenas of the NBA.


Missed 1 game in 2007 with an ankle injury. Missed South Carolina game in 2009 with rib injury.

National Football

Scouting Report:
Javier Arenas: No. 28, CB, 5-9, 198

A thick, well-built, do-it-all corner, Arenas shows up in so many different areas of the game. He’s a gifted kick returner who is dangerous in the open field. Arenas looks natural in the slot and on the outside, and he has the power to reroute receivers off the line. He’s fluid in space and has a good feel for zone coverage, finding the football quickly. He displays the footwork and fluidity in his drop to be effective on the outside and looks good when asked to get out of his breaks. Arenas plays with a natural bend and is smooth with his footwork. He’s a strong tackler who takes good angles toward the play and consistently gets his man to the ground. He isn’t an elite size/speed guy, but he’s strong and gets up to speed quickly. His versatility will enhance his stock at the next level. Arenas looks like a gifted slot defender who could play in either a zone or man scheme.

5.9 Grading Scale

Big Board Rankings

Where the Mock Drafts Have him Falling

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Javier Arenas is a productive player on defense and in the return game. Arenas showed good potential as a blitzer this year racking up 5 sacks as well as 5 INT. The thing you like about Arenas is he’s a competitor his best games were vs the best teams he played or in the biggest games of the season. Huge games vs Tennessee and Auburn. Vs Texas he had 2 INT, vs Florida he had an INT.

What more could you ask for?

Final Verdict

There are two things going about Arenas draft stock. Number one is that he’s small. He’s a small cornerback (although that is not entirely limited the Denver Broncos traded away this year’s first round pick to take 5’9 Alphonso Smith in the early part of second round last year), and number two is that this is a deep draft and that Terrance Cody, Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson are all N.F.L. players that were on his team so he might get overlooked some.

As far as it goes with the Giants, Jerry Reese likes this kind of player. Productive player, big time program. Arenas is a winner, but he’s also short and the Giants seem to prefer bigger cornerbacks, BUT they have used smaller cornerbacks in the slot (Dockery and Bruce Johnson).

The Giants could also use his return skills. One reason I’ma fan of the Giants taking C.J. Spiller is because he’s dynamic in the return game, Arenas is in the same class, some think he’s even better (I prefer Spiller a little more), which only adds to his value.

I am all for the Giants selecting Arenas in round 4 and I’m not opposed to taking him in the third round.

Proven winner, best games in big games, great return ability, the only thing he lacks size and I’ll take my chances with those kind of players.

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3 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: CB Javier Arenas”

  1. Steve B. says:

    I like Arenas in the 4th also. I think some teams might be scarred by his size, but we had Dockery, who was the same size & weight less, and he worked out pretty good. Now we have Bruce Johnson, who is also pretty short.

    Right now our Top corners are Webster, Thomas, Johnson/Ross. Thats pretty much it, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Giants draft another corner at some point in the draft. To provide competition for the 3rd (maybe 4th) CB job, and also to provide much needed depth for the position.

    The thing I love about Arenas is his return ability. Special teams is such an underrated part of the game, and really its the part that can make the difference in the game. Look at some of the past successful teams. The bears when they made it to the SB had great Special team returns out of Devin Hester. The Saints last year had some really good returns with Bush, and even when the Giants won it in 07, they had good production out of Hixon/McQuaters.

    Hixon is okay, but I definitely think he can be upgraded, and it would just make our team better. Offense has shorter fields = better chance at scoring, and also helps out the defense in the field possession game.

  2. BlueFanFla says:

    Bruce Johnson declined as the year went on so this guy may make sense if nothing else than as an insurance policy should BJ continue to struggle. That is of course, providing this Arenas is not related to Gilbert.

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