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Tre Boston NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Carolina Panthers S

Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Orwin Smith (17) with ball as North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Kevin Reddick (48) and safety Tre Boston (10) defend in the first half at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 31, 2014

Tre Boston, S, North Carolina (HT: 6’0⅛”; WT: 204 lbs)

Carolina Panthers

Fourth Round: 128th Pick

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmHand
600120431 3/8"9 3/4"
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Combine Results
40-yard dash10-yard splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.53N/A35"9' 7"7.044.31
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Positives

  • Rangy player that can make up a lot of ground quickly. Physically, he has the ability to play as a single high safety in Cover 1 or Cover 3 defenses.
  • Statistics reaffirm the film in that he had very impressive passes defensed totals over his career.
  • Very good speed when covering long distances. His speed allows him to cover receivers and running backs if the defense is blitzing.
  • Standout short area burst helps him gain ground on nearby targets.
  • Accelerates quickly to run with receivers. This allows him to make a late break toward the receiver and still remain in good position to defense the pass.
  • Quick feet and average hip fluidity, he’s built more like a cornerback than a safety.
  • Good ball skills after he locates the ball in air. He tracks the ball effectively and fights to take the ball from the offensive player.
  • An effective tackler in space, using good fundamentals and controlled aggressiveness.
  • Finished tackles at an 85 percent rate for the entire 2013 season, which is at the top of the safety class.
  • Good at recognizing plays, which allows him to take his first step in the proper direction.
  • Has the ability to play man coverage at times. His physical abilities help his versatility.
  • He’s been durable for the last three seasons, only missing one game in 2011.

 

Negatives

  • He currently doesn’t play with much awareness in coverage.
  • While in zone, he will stay locked onto the quarterback, despite the receiver running past or nowhere in his area.
  • Tends to guess where the receiver will take their route, as opposed to quickly reacting or anticipating where the route is going. Guessing leads to wide-open receivers downfield or in the end zone.
  • Despite having an impressive tackling efficiency number, a chunk of his tackles were arm tackles or lunges. Those tackles are breakable at the next level.
  • Footwork is messy while changing directions. He wastes steps and over extends his stances. A more efficient technique can make odds less likely that he gets juked out or ran over.
  • Stance is high on most plays. His pad level needs to stay low to stay bouncy and explosive.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010North Carolina3251
2011North Carolina7053
2012North Carolina86104
2013North Carolina9285
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/tre-boston-1.html

 

Personal Notes

  • As a communication studies major, his career goal after football is to host a reality TV show.
  • He wears No. 10 so he can say “Bos-10”.
  • Full name is Jayestin Tre’von Boston.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov

Overall

Tre Boston doesn’t have the best frame for a safety, but as Earl Thomas and others have shown, not all successful safeties have to be 6' or taller. He’s an explosive athlete who needs refinement and to improve his instincts to become an upper-tier player, but he has a good chance to become at least a solid contributor at safety or cornerback.

 

Draft Projection: Second Round

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