CB Evals: Dynamic CB’s

There are not many guys that can handle multiple roles equally well, but I try not to overplay this aspect of being multiple unless the guys seem to demonstrate capability at a high level in both roles. Love and Oruwariye both can get down and boogie in this regard, in this case in both Press and Zone roles.

Not only is Steve Wilkes looking to run a lot of Zone and Press, but I believe Dorsey is always looking for players that can contribute in several ways thus staying on the field for more downs, also allowing flexibility when your opponent goes no-huddle. I like both of these players a lot and would consider both of them on Day 2.

GOOD: If you had to list the primary skills you’d want your CB’s to have to play at an elite level, you’d probably say instincts, feet, hips and competitiveness (particularly in Press & Zone roles). Well, Mr. Love here has all of that and executes like a surgeon on the field. He brings all of those skills to bear as technician like he was designed in laboratory. His mirror skills are a thing of beauty to watch.

As one evaluator I respect said, he literally runs the route FOR the receiver his anticipation skills are that good. On top of his cover skills, he also plays the run better than most players in this class. His Combine numbers above might look a little average, but you can just ignore that. It’s his production that you need to consider. Dude is a baller. He’s a playmaker and a difference-maker.

BAD: To be picky, he’s not a bully he is a finesse Corner. He does his job with precision, timing and anticipation. He’s not very physical in the way that he covers his man, but it’s like the WR is wearing him. If he was a little taller that might be nice. And the biggest question about him has always been play speed for the next level. He ran 4.54 but you’d feel better if he ran a 4.40. He will see some receivers with unusual speed in the NFL, so he’s going to have to adjust quickly.

BOTTOM LINE: This is a kid you absolutely want on your team. He actually has a chance to go in the late first round I believe. You combine his ball skills in Zone, his outside Press ability with his strong run support skills and you have yourself a truly elite complete player. You won’t have to cover this kid up to allow for any deficiencies, quite the opposite…you need to PUT HIM IN THE BEST SITUATIONS so that he can maximize his ability to impact! Draft him and go! Proper value in Round 2, incredible value anywhere after that.

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GOOD: Excellent speed, length, agility and instincts. Plays with elite light feet and loose hips to turn and run or recover quickly. His change of direction skills are outstanding and bode well for man cover and zone duties at the next level. Elite ball skills, will fight through the defender to possess the ball and shows impressive concentration to make highlight interceptions or defend passes. Body control like a Wide Receiver.

BAD: Not overly physical player. Does not bring big hits in the run game but good form tackler. Needs to bring his feet and explode into the tackle, instead tends to drag tackle too often. Lacks experience and more than one year of production. Questions about whether he is one-year-wonder type or just coming into his own due to not earning starting duties until his last year.

BOTTOM LINE: Once Oruwariye got going in his third year, he demonstrated the kind of production you’d expect out of a starter at Penn State. He showed ball skills with 18 Passes Defensed in two years, 7 INT’s and tackle totals that shows he’s around the ball all the time. Has most of the elements you want in a starter for the next level in man cover, Press and Zone, just needs to work on making impact tackles, not drag down variety. Needs to continue to work on anticipation skills which will improve with time. Easily a mid to late Round 2 pick, excellent value anywhere after that.

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