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CB in the 2008 Draft: Rounds 4/5

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Posted 03-24-2008 at 09:24 PM by hagan714
Updated 06-12-2008 at 07:12 AM by hagan714

17. Patrick Lee, Auburn, 6000, 200, 4.53, 15, (CB/S)

Patrick Lee had to wait until his senior season before he was able to land the starting role for good. After waiting behind the likes of David Irons, he burst onto the scene in 2007 with 55 tackles and 4 picks. Lee has outstanding size and speed at the position. A great natural athlete, he has fluid hips to turn and run vertically. He's able to stick the larger receivers and has the leaping ability to neutralize any advantage they may want to exploit. Decent ball skills. Tough and strong. He plays a physical brand of football and is quite sufficient in run support. Terrific special teamer. Lee averaged more than 25 yards a return. Hasn't maxed out his potential yet.

Lee has good straight-line speed, but his change of direction skills and agility is questionable. He has fairly tight hips and struggles with fast receivers who run good routes. Limited starting experience, preferring to give the corner a cushion to keep the action in front of him. His technique is still raw as he's only been a full-time starter for one year, Lee also doesn't use his physicality as much as he should. A little inconsistent, May have some trouble mastering the complexities of a pro defense early on. Has not played a ton of off coverage. Nagging knee injury as a junior

Lee has received a lot of hype and is shooting up the draft boards of the "experts", but anyone who saw him at Senior Bowl has to question the hype some. May emerge as one of the top seniors available at his position and can be an extremely valuable asset on special teams. An intriguing prospect. Having started just one season, most scouts believe his upside is huge.

18. Antwaun Molden, Eastern Kentucky, 6007, 195, 4.40, 23, 37.5 (CB/S)

Molden brings a lot of tools to the table. He has very good size with long arms, bulk and good speed with a burst to close. He has a smooth backpedal, quick feet and already has the ability to cover most NFL receivers. Able to flip his hips and run with just about anyone. Is very self-assured with a short memory. Molden maybe best suited to play in zone coverage, because he takes good angles while on pursuit. Molden’s strength lies in his physical style of play at the CB position.
He is a solid, but not spectacular athlete.The biggest knocks on him are that he does not change direction very quickly and he has to work on his technique. Too aggressive at times and can be fooled. He does not react quickly with slow downs in and out of breaks. He has decent hands for interceptions, but sometimes questionable instincts. He lacks great awareness. Not as physical as he should be, letting receivers run through without much contact and ball carriers trend to overpower him as well. Does not get a very good jam at the line. Molden does not shed blocks well and questions are already raised about his durability and the fact that he did not shine at a lower level. Too confident and undisciplined? Doesn't play to his measurables.
Molden has been overshadowed by teammates and others who have put up better stats than him, but, the NFL knows his talent and has not overlooked him. He hails from the same conference as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and claims to be the better prospect of the two. Some teams have inquired about moving him to free safety because of his size and love for hitting. Molden is a projected 3rd-6th round pick. Regardless, Molden could turn out to be a steal. An intriguing small school sleeper with ideal triangle numbers.
He rans a forty timed of 4.39 and 4.4. His vertical went over 37 inches and did 23 reps on the bench press at the combines.

19. Tyvon Branch, Connecticut, 5113, 204, 4.31, 19, (CB/S/KR)
Outstanding timed speed. Has terrific size and bulk. Return ability. Get the picture. Speed, speed and speed! He is also a great athlete. For a tall corner he has pretty good flexibility, and turn and go ability. Good instincts and awareness. Smart with a great football IQ. He will come up and support the run. He is tough, physical reliable tackler. He should also contribute as a special teams ace. A respected team leader. Three-year starter with a lot of experience. Young, with a lot of upside left.
Not a very solid technique guys as a CB at this stage. Hips aren't fluid and he struggles to transition. He does not have very good hands or ball skills and can gets outsmarted. Is not a playmaker. He is out of position a lot. Needs to mature physically. Does a much better job in zone coverage than he does in man. Doesn't always play up to his measurables. Workout Warrior with prototypical triangle numbers. May not be a perfect fit for every team
More of developmental ht/wt/speed guy at this point, but has the tools to really develop. He could be forced to make a position change, being looked at as a potential safety. Snuck up on people as a pro prospect but he really is the total package.
Also ...As a prep he was named the Gatorade New York State Track Athlete of the Year and won the 2004 National Indoor Track Championship in the 60 meters (6.82)..
Was arrested in May of 2005 when he and some teammates shot out a car window with a B.B. gun.

20. Darnell Terrell, Missouri, 6016, 205 4.46, 15, 35 (CB/S/WR)

Terrell is former JUCO transfer that is flying under the radar as a pro prospect. He has excellent size-speed combination (long arms) with all the physical tools. Reacts quickly to cut receivers on quick passes or running backs on screens. Closes on a ball or receiver very well. He has a knack for getting a hand on the ball. Excels in zone coverage. Can quickly jump patterns when playing off his man and watching the quarterback. Nice instincts. He is aggressive with excellent range. Does a solid job versus the run and always will hustle to make tackles downfield. Darnell has the size to bring down bigger backs and receivers. He has the ability to play safety. Still has a decent amount of upside.

He does looks like a track star playing football at times. Shaky tackling sometimes, needs to learn to play a bit more within himself and would have to get tougher and tackle better in order to be a stand out at safety. Not super physical and just an average tackler. He still needs technique work and he does have some stiffness in his hips. Plays too tall. Poor footwork. Does not make a lot of big plays. Had more interceptions in his first year as a non-starter (two) than he did in two year as a starter (one). But he does get his hands on balls (nine passes broken up in 2007). Struggles to keep up with wideouts in man coverage. Much better when the play is in front of him, as he lacks fluid backpedal or hips to change directions quickly.

A two-year starter in Columbia, he has an excellent combination of size and speed that are everything NFL scouts want to see. but does not seem to be able to get interceptions. Intriguing physical specimen with outstanding triangle numbers. Terrell could be a Day 2 steal if he gets with the right team and developed properly either at cornerback or free safety.

21. Jack Williams, Kent St., 5090, 181, 4.25, 19, 35.5

Speed, speed and speed and quickness! A bit like Ellis Hobbs, in that he makes up for his physical limitations by getting to the right spot very quickly. He is a great athlete; outstanding leaper, good hands and ball skills. Reads and reacts well and he has a burst to close. Solid instincts and awareness. Tough for his size.He gets a good jam at the line of scrimmage. jack is willing to come up and support the run. Can be a knockout hitter and has a knack for forcing fumbles. Tough and physical. A hard worker. Team leader.

Williams doesn't have the ideal size and bulk that you would prefer. Not much of a bump & run corner as you might suspect. Not real fluid when he flips his hips to turn and run. Takes too many chances. Ok in run support, but is not going to take down big backs consistently. Questionable return ability. Durability might be a concern. Limited upside.

Battled ankle injuries as a senior and it affected to his play but to his credit he did not miss much action. Can't match his former teammate Usama Young in terms of triangle numbers but might be a better football player. Underrated prospect who is a lot better than his senior film would indicate. Had a sub par senior campaign. Prototypical nickel or dime back. Short and is maxed out as far as growth potential. Bit of a "boom or bust" type prospect.
You can't teach 4.25, Pro day
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