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Xavier Rhodes: Video Highlights for Former Florida State CB

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 25, 2013

Xavier Rhodes: Video Highlights for Former Florida State CB

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    At 6'2'' and around 215 pounds, Xavier Rhodes is the longest and most physically imposing cornerback in the 2013 NFL draft class. 

    His career at Florida State was somewhat inconsistent, but there is no doubting that his aggressive style of play and inherent natural talent will intrigue NFL decision-making personnel. 

    Here are the top plays from Xavier Rhodes' college career. 

Pass Breakup vs. Florida in 2012

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    On this specific play, Rhodes lined up in man coverage but was positioned to give the Florida receiver plenty of cushion. 

    Upon reading the wideout's movements, Rhodes closed quickly and lunged toward the football at the exact moment it hit the Gators receiver. 

    Rhodes' quickness and length were evident on that tipped pass. 

Interception vs. South Florida in 2012

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    After allowing his receiver to break to the inside off the line, Rhodes kept outside leverage down the field. 

    South Florida signal-caller B.J. Daniels made a poor decision to throw the football, as Rhodes had safety help over the top, but when the Florida State defensive back peaked back toward the quarterback, he located the football and demonstrated incredible body control when reeling in the diving interception. 

Monster Hit on Clemson's Bryce McNeal in 2010.

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    Rhodes made his presence felt in 2010 as a freshman on Florida State's defense. Just ask Bryce McNeal

    In Clemson's matchup with the Seminoles, McNeal took a pitch to the outside and appeared to have some running room. 

    However, after being engaged by DeAndre Hopkins, the aggressive Rhodes threw the receiver to the ground and stunned Harper with a huge hit. 

Awkward Tipped Pass vs. Miami in 2012

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    On this play, Rhodes' awareness was on display as he came off his crossing receiver and lunged against the grain to get his hand on a pass intended for a Hurricanes receiver farther downfield. 

    He appeared to tweak his back on the play, and although it went into the stat book as a simple pass defended, it was a tremendous showcase of athleticism.

Tackle for Loss vs. Northern Illinois in 2013 Bowl Game

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    Rhodes made plenty of plays on the football in coverage during his time at Florida State, but due to his size, he often made an impact against the run.

    On this play in particular, Rhodes diagnosed the direction of the run and beat the running back to the corner. Instead of over-pursuing on the play, he maintained the edge and closed on the runner well behind the line of scrimmage. 

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