Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida (HT: 6’0”; WT: 190 lbs)
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- Good straight-line speed that stood out even among one of the most talented defenses in the country.
- Prototypical size for most teams, including an above-average wingspan. Big enough to switch positions if needed.
- Long arms and active hands caused five forced fumbles throughout his career.
- Most effective in press coverage, where natural athleticism helped him garner attention since he was a true freshman.
- Although mostly a linear athlete, his hip fluidity suggests he can improve significantly through technical refinement.
- Very good blitzer off of the edge. He's able to set up the blocker and get past by making a move to get to the backfield. Timing is also a positive.
- Willing contributor on special teams; strong kick returner with good vision, and he played gunner during punts. He's often the first defender to the returner on kickoffs. Being able to contribute on special teams will be key for him since his defensive abilities are still a work in progress.
- Hasn’t played cornerback for his entire career; he has excellent potential if technique is developed.
- Could possibly be developed as a wide receiver, after he devoted his 2013 offseason to learning the position for the University of Florida. He certainly has the athletic ability and frame to be a developmental player.
- Lacks refinement, and it reflects when focusing on his footwork; there's too much wasted movement when changing directions after pivoting.
- Not instinctual in zone coverages; susceptible to being moved by the quarterbacks’ eyes. His discipline could improve through film study, but he's not naturally aware at this moment.
- Posted a burn percentage of 38 percent throughout his entire junior season, which is poor, even when considering the level of competition he faced weekly.
- Burn percentage of 50 percent while in zone, although wasn't asked to play zone often. Lack of confidence and feel for the zone usually left him wandering on many plays.
- Has trouble locating the ball at times and focuses on the receiver when the ball is in the air. Experience and familiarity with personnel should help him recognize routes quicker.
- Only two career interceptions and 11 passes defensed, which other top corners in this class have in one season.
- Poor effort in run defense. He usually ends up getting blocked out of the play without much resistance.
- Tackling form is rarely used. Resorts to arm tackling instead of squaring up with the ball-carrier.
- Doesn’t stay low with pad level during pre-snap stance. Being flat-footed in stance will slow down his explosion toward the line of scrimmage. More of a technical issue than a physical issue.
- Lack of dedication to defensive back could hurt him. He wasn't a factor as a receiver for the Gators, despite spending so much time to get onto the field.
- Performed very poorly at the NFL Combine, and didn't show the same speed or explosion his tape indicates. If he isn't the athlete we thought he was, his floor and ceiling are very low.
NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts
- Turned 21 in December. Has played cornerback for only three full-time seasons, all at Florida.
- Played wide receiver at times, and spent most of the 2013 offseason developing his receiving skills.
- Former 4-star prospect out of Pensacola, Fla. Named Second-Team All-SEC by Athlon Sports.
Loucheiz Purifoy is a good athlete, but he needs significant development to become a dependable starter in the NFL. Considering his significant room for growth and physical abilities, Purifoy will likely garner attention by NFL teams higher than what I project. He fits best into a defense that stresses Cover 2 coverages or press man. He has one of the highest ceilings among all defensive backs in the class but is the rawest technical prospect as well. As a boom-or-bust prospect in a deep class, Purifoy is certainly a risk.
Draft Projection: Fifth Round