MOBILE, Ala. — One key thing to keep in mind for fans that closely track the draft process is how big a role scheme plays in a team’s evaluation. For example, when defensive back prospects are graded, there is much more that goes into that than just their physical ability.
I have paid close attention to North Carolina’s Kendric Burney, and he has really impressed me in press coverage. He is very aggressive and has active hands. He is also able to change direction quickly with sudden movements. His back pedal, however, is just ok and he seems less comfortable in off coverage.
Colorado’s Jalil Brown, meanwhile, is not as good in press coverage as Burney, but demonstrates an ability to play off coverage.
As a result, a team that plays more press coverage could have Burney rated much higher than Brown, while a team that is predominantly in off coverage could prefer the former Buffalo.
Zone teams on the other hand are probably less inclined to take any of the defensive backs here. I have yet to see a thick, Cover 2 run-supporter in practice.
Make sure as you follow the draft process to not over-value rankings. A team’s scheme plays a larger role in its decision-making process.