Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State (HT: 5’8”; WT: 184 lbs)
Second Round: 41st Pick
NFL Comparison: Nickell Robey, CB, Buffalo Bills
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- Feisty competitor who never takes a play off and raises the level of energy for the defense.
- Could be the most experienced defensive back in the class after playing as a safety, slot corner and boundary corner in his time at Tallahassee.
- Top-notch instincts and awareness in both coverage and near the line of scrimmage that help overcome the lack of elite physical traits.
- The definition of playmaker; registered 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions in 2013. Put him on the field, and great things can happen.
- Effective pass-rusher due to great acceleration and quickness; can come off the edge and create pressure on the quarterback within mere seconds.
- Has good footwork and light feet that are vital traits when covering slot receivers.
- He's very fluid as a lateral athlete; possesses impressive hip flexion.
- Mirrors receivers and has good hip movement to help overcome frame.
- Short-area burst is top-notch; closes quickly on the ball and receiver to limited yards after catch or to even knock the ball away.
- Strong presence against the run, as he rarely over-commits to the gap and is a great tackler, using leverage and form to bring down larger ball-carriers.
- Understands how to win and play to his strengths. He returned for his senior season to play nickelback almost full-time, and the risk let him show his versatility and playmaking skills.
- Below-average height and length for a defensive back likely limits him to a free safety or slot cornerback.
- Can be caught out of position from roaming, although the payoff can be big as well because of his ball skills.
- Frame makes matchups with big tight ends difficult, and offenses will flex them out or put bigger receivers in the slot to attack him.
- He will resort to grabbing the receiver if he feels he is in poor positioning. Instead, he needs to turn to locate the ball more consistently.
- Doesn’t have standout distance speed to help offset the lack of size, which makes him vulnerable in man coverage at the next level.
- Lacks strength to fight through screens and run blocking.
- Played on one of the most talented defenses in the country. Will he be as dynamic if his defense isn't as good?
- Will need to be paired with a creative defensive coordinator to get the most out of him. Lining him up in one spot and being predictable will not get the most out of his skills.
- Instead of declaring for the 2013 draft as a junior, Joyner decided to return for his senior season to finish his degree.
- Joyner was ranked the No. 1 player in Florida and No. 1 cornerback in the nation as a high school recruit.
- Twitter handle is @LJoynerNole20
- 2013 Unanimous All-American
- 2013 Jim Thorpe Award Finalist
- 2013 Ultimate Herbie Award Winner
Joyner is entering the NFL at a time when size and speed are premiums, so his physical skills could have him overlooked. Make no mistake about it: Lamarcus Joyner is a highly refined and talented player who can make an instant impact at either free safety or slot cornerback, much like 2013 standout Tyrann Mathieu. As a roamer in zone or playing near the line of scrimmage, expect to see Joyner create impact opportunities for the defense.
Draft Projection: Second round