July 18, 2006

The Breakdown: Cornerbacks

In "The Breakdown," veteran talent scout Randy Rodgers is analyzing film of a select group of the nation's top prospects for Rivals.com. Rodgers has more than 35 years of experience in the college recruiting arena. He was the recruiting coordinator at the University of Illinois (1988-91) and the University of Texas (1992-97) and is one of the leading authorities on high school football talent analysis in the country. In this edition, Rodgers takes a look at defensive tackles.

Chris Lett, 6-2, 195, 4.54 - Pensacola (Fla.)

Long limbed, has long arms and long legs. Can jump (31 inch vertical), uses body well to shield receivers. Uses hands well to reroute receivers. Very good tackler. Plays safety and because of size and 4.34 shuttle, will likely be a safety in college. Could also play nickel early in career.
Ronald Johnson, 6-0, 177, 4.4 - Muskegon (Mich.)


Plays fast. Plays safety and has excellent range and hands. Very good anticipator. Seems to read routes and QB very well. Has excellent ball skills. Could play either corner or safety in college. I like him in zone concepts because of his ability to read patterns and anticipate throws.
Gary Gray, 5-10, 163, 4.5 - Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast


Stands out because of his ability to change direction and get to top speed out of his breaks. Excellent feet, long arms, good open field tackler, will hit you. Has excellent ball skills. Probably the best of this bunch at getting out of his backpedal and breaking on the ball. The best man defender of this group.
Dionte Allen, 6-0, 175, 4.4 - Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's


Gets good breaks on the ball. Good open field tackler, can play the run as well as the pass. Got beat a couple of times on highlight tape, but recovered nicely, so he obviously has catch up speed.
Donovan Warren, 6-0, 175, 4.4 - Long Beach (Calif.) Long Beach Poly


Advanced skills with the ability to play press coverage. Is physical at the line of scrimmage, can steer receivers, maintains contact, can find the ball. Solid tackler. I like him as a man-defender.
Ben Wells, 6-0, 174, 4.45 - Beaumont (Texas) Ozen


Plays bigger than listed. Physical player. Excellent tackler. Gets good breaks on the ball. Shows acceleration in the open field. Excellent ball skills-intercepts at the highest point. Very good running with the ball after interceptions. Is that big physical corner college coaches are looking for.
Phelon Jones, 6-1, 185, 4.4 - Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen


Real speed. Didn't look as tall on tape as listed. Can play press coverage, very good feet, needs to do a better job of breaking down and bending knees on open field tackles. Has that acceleration you want.
James Scott, 5-10, 163, 4.59 - Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze


Was the most physical tackler of this group of DB's. really accelerates into contact. Showed the best running skills with the ball of this group. Would think he could also be a punt returner. Plays a lot bigger than listed and a lot faster than listed.
Ahmad Black, 5-11, 170, 4.5 - Lakeland (Fla.)

Has good ball skills and a good nose for the ball. Good open field tackler, really seems to accelerate into contact. Plays bigger than listed.
Michael Williams, 5-10, 181, 4.67 - Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure


Plays safety. Really physical. Likes to fill the box, good tackler , could play on GL despite size. His 40 and shuttle seem to contradict. I see him as a small safety, because no opportunity to evaluate in cover situations.

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Quarterbacks and Running backs | Linebackers | Defensive Tackles

For more of Randy Rodgers recruiting analysis, check out his website, randyrodgersrecruiting.com.

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