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2012 Possible Atlanta Falcons Draft Pick Profile: CB Jayron Hosley

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Jayron Hosley #20 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball against Jerald Robinson #83 of the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Scott CarasikContributor IIApril 21, 2012

With a new defensive coordinator comes a completely new coverage scheme. Even though the Falcons do already have a lot of talent and picks invested into the corner position they are still looking into corners in this year's draft.

 

Jayron Hosley

Cornerback

Virginia Polytechnic State University

 

Combine Measurements

Height: 5'9.75" Weight: 178 pounds

Arm Length: 30.875" Hand Measurement: 8.875"

40-yard dash: 4.47 sec. 20-yard split: 2.57 sec. 10-yard split: 1.57 sec.

20-yard shuttle: 4.31 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.08 sec. Bench Reps: 11 reps

Vertical Jump: 34.5" Broad Jump: 10'1"

 

Stats

2009: 13 Games, 0 Games Started, 11 Tackles, 1.5 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sacks, 4 Passes Defensed, 31 Punt Returns, 348 Yards, 1 Touchdown

2010: 13 Games, 13 Games Started, 39 Tackles, 1.0 Tackles for Loss, 9 Interceptions, 25 Passes Defensed, 19 Punt Returns, 239 Yards, 1 Touchdown

2011: 13 Games, 13 Games Started, 59 Tackles, 1.0 Tackles for Loss, 3 Interceptions, 27 Passes Defensed, 2 Fumbles Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 18 Punt Returns, 228 Yards 

 

Scouting Report

Strengths

He has an uncanny knack for knowing when to jump a route and make the play. He's a ball hawk and creates a lot of problems when quarterbacks throw his way. He's excellent in zone coverage and does well especially deep down the field and can make plays on the ball.

He's an extremely fluid athlete and can keep up with some of the top receivers in the college ranks. He's played both cornerback and safety in college and could be a good safety in the NFL in the right scheme and if he gains a good 20 pounds. 

 

Weaknesses

He has a very slight build and could stand to gain about 10 to 15 pounds of muscle in his frame. He isn't well-versed in man coverage and does better when he can sit in the zones and read the quarterback. He isn't a great tackler and could use a lot of work in his game there.

 

Overview

Hosley is a two-year starter and a good fit for both a starter and a nickelback in the NFL. He has a nose for the ball and is a leader on both the offense and special teams. He can contribute right away in multiple facets of the game and is the kind of guy every coach loves.

 

How He Would Fit Into the Falcons' Plans

If Atlanta takes him, they will have to snatch him up early. He's projected as a early second to an early third-round pick. He would instantly contribute as a nickelback competitor and could even end up as the starting punt returner early in his career.

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