NFL COMPARISON Chris Culliver, San Francisco 49ers
Smooth corner with ultra quick feet. Gets out of his backpedal and flips his hips in the blink of an eye, which makes him very difficult to beat on fade and go routes. Flashes the ability to shadow and stay in a receiver’s hip pocket on inside routes. Plays the ball well when he gets his eyes on the ball as is evident by his 17 career pass breakups and 7 interceptions. More than willing to come up and deliver a hit in the running game, was used frequently on run blitzes.
May struggle in zone coverage initially in the NFL. Doesn’t do a good job reading the QB and reacts slowly allowing completions in front of him. Hesitates and doesn’t always close on the ball with a pop even though he can deliver big hits. Doesn’t always get his head around to the ball and may be susceptible to pass interference calls. Is more disruptive against the run when blitzing but struggles to get off blocks and gets taken out of the play too often when engaged. Has the attributes to redirect receivers at the line but he has to refine his technique.
Quick, aggressive man to man corner that shows the ability to stick to receivers as well as the physicality to be disruptive in the rungame but must refine some technical and mental aspects of his game if he is to become a complete corner in the NFL.
NFL COMPARISON Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Extremely quick in and out of his breaks with little to no wasted motion. Can plant his foot and change directions in an instant, which could make him a tough cover in the slot and his ability to accelerate and hit full speed after coming to a stop will make him effective on hitch and go routes working out of the slot. Aggressively attacks the ball when it’s in the air and has the soft hands to pluck it. Huge threat after the catch and not just a shifty runner as he possesses a strong lower body giving him the ability to break tackles. Very dangerous kick and punt returner.
While his lower body resembles that of a running back, he needs to develop his upper body if he isn’t to be easily neutralized by stronger corners at the line of scrimmage and allow himself to line up on the outside as well as the slot. Plays faster than he times but may not be much of a threat on vertical routes in the pros as he is much quicker than he is fast. Wasn’t asked to run too manycomplex routes in college so he will have to learn how to sell his routes better with stutter steps and head fakes but certainly has the quickness to master this craft. Needs to learn how to read coverage better and find soft spots in a zone defense, especially if he is to make contributions in the redzone.
Bumphis has the quickness and hands to be a very dangerous slot receiver in the NFL once he learns the nuances of the position in the pros and is also a major weapon in the return game. Flying under the radar at themoment but I have a feeling he will make the teams that pass him over regret it.
* The players profiled are only ones relevant to our needs, fit what we run and realistically attainable in accordance to our draft position.
By: Uri Piterberg
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