Scouting Report, Analysis and Predictions for Ohio State 5-Star CB Eli Woodard
Checking in at 6'0'', 185 pounds, Woodard has the size to be effective as a corner in the Big Ten, and Rivals.com has him running a 4.58 40-yard dash.
There's simply not a lot to dislike about Woodard. Here are my scouting report and predictions for OSU's big-time defensive back recruit.
Woodard is going to be a corner at the college level, but he's undoubtedly athletic enough to play just about any skill position on the field. His highlights feature clips of him at wide receiver, on special teams and even at quarterback.
Not only does this point to great athleticism, but it shows that Woodard has the overall football and instincts that you look for in a 5-star prospect.
As a corner, he has all the intangibles you need to be great. He has a good, low stance that transfers to his backpedal, and he can turn his hips and run with the defender. His ability as a wide receiver also comes into play as a defender against the pass.
Where Woodard is really going to stand out for Meyer and the Buckeyes, though, is with his physicality as a run defender. This is normally an area most cornerbacks have to work on, but Woodard doesn't appear timid to get downhill and make contact. This next series of pictures will really help demonstrate his ability against the run.
In the picture below, Woodard appears to be in a soft Cover 2, which means he's a flats defender against the pass and that he will have to set the edge (not let the football outside of him) against the run.
He has all the tools to be an elite corner in the Big Ten level. Big Ten football is known for its hard-nosed defenses and power running games, and even though it's strayed away a bit from that model, tough, physical play is still a staple.
Woodard is a kid who can come in during his freshman year and be an immediate impact player.
If you could rank Woodard...
Essentially, Meyer will have the luxury of using Woodard however he sees fit in his freshman season, but eventually it's not a stretch to see him as the full-time starter at corner.
He'll eventually be one of the best in the Big Ten, if not the whole country.
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