Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas (HT: 6’0”; WT: 180 lbs)
NFL Comparison: Asante Samuel, CB, Atlanta Falcons
- An NFL-size body with room to add muscle to his frame without losing quickness.
- Good arm length helps contribute to breaking up passes and “winning” at the line of scrimmage in press. He should get more effective when he beefs up with an NFL weight program.
- Very active defender against the run, he doesn’t shy away from crashing off of the corner to get to the ball-carrier.
- Most effective when he’s off of the line of scrimmage, in either cover 3 zone or off-man coverage. These allow him to see the ball and use his instincts to feel out the route.
- Locates the ball quickly when running downfield, parallel with the receiver, by turning his head and staying at the hip of the target.
- Active hands in coverage without getting too grabby. If he loses the jump ball, he will continue creating havoc on the receiver as he comes down by trying to pry the ball out.
- Good natural hip fluidity on intermediate and underneath routes keep him from being a liability when in physical mismatches.
- Uses space well, especially in the red zone. He’ll push the receiver towards the sideline when possible and keeps his eyes on the quarterback, while staying with his assignment.
- Very experienced player for Mack Brown and the University of Texas after playing in all 51 games possible, starting the last 39 at cornerback consecutively.
- For the most part, he’s an average NFL athlete, often referred to as “just a guy”. He will need to overcome this by playing with better-than-average instincts and winning at the line of scrimmage more consistently.
- Lacks functional strength in his upper body, which leaves him vulnerable in jump ball situations. Physical receivers can box him out due to strength issues.
- Struggles with route recognition while in zone. He should attack post routes as opposed to letting the pinching linebacker try to make a crazy, athletic tip.
- Likely will run in the mid 4.5 speed range; don’t expect him to chance a ball carrier down if he’s more than a few yards behind.
- He doesn’t disguise his coverage well enough to warrant early playtime, although this is a normal issue for younger cornerbacks. He stays well off of his man in zone, giving the offense easy five-to-six yard curls.
- Ranked as the No. 12 cornerback in the nation as a high school recruit.
- Graduated a semester early with a degree in corporate communications.
- Two-time All-Big 12 second team selection, and one-time All-Big 12 first team selection.
- Twitter handle is @cbyndom23.
Byndom leaves Austin with an impressive amount of on-field experience, yet doesn’t seem to be maxed out in terms of his potential. With his size and ball skills, don’t be surprised to see if, in year two of his career, Carrington sees the field and becomes a good NFL cornerback.
Draft Projection: Third Round