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Deion Belue NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) tries to get the crowd to cheer louder during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 31, 2014

Deion Belue, CB, Alabama (HT: 5’11”; WT: 182 lbs)

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmHand
511018231 1/2"8 1/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yard dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
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Positives

  • He possesses the height of an average NFL starting cornerback and a wiry, strong frame.
  • His long-distance speed was never a concern while covering the top athletes in the country, as he has good acceleration and can stay on the hip of receivers downfield.
  • Plays with leverage in press coverage, keeping his pad level low, with shoulders and lower body squared.
  • Very aggressive mindset in coverage, using his body and hands to disrupt the receiver. He will need to find balance with his aggressiveness or else he will draw too many penalties.
  • Throttles down on comebacks and curls and doesn’t waste steps. He doesn’t have great feet, but they are effective.
  • Can win at the line of scrimmage when pressing, which he did often at Alabama. His technique in press is one of the best in this year's class.
  • Instant starter at Alabama after transferring, beating out top-tier prospects and proving to be the best cornerback on the team in little time.

  

Negatives

  • Lacks sudden burst and short-area speed to make up ground quickly. He relies on longer strides, which works in downfield coverage, but the speed routes will be difficult to defend if he doesn’t jam the receiver.
  • Lateral quickness is average and he is vulnerable to sudden receiver breaks.
  • Although he can run with most receivers and stay at the hip, he currently lacks the awareness and ball skills to make a play to intercept nearby passes. He doesn’t turn his head in time to locate the ball and instead tries to smother the receiver.
  • His aggressiveness is good, but can really be bad. When beaten, he will push or grab on to the receiver far too often. In the NFL, these infractions will be called more often than in college football.
  • Hip fluidity is a concern, as his change of direction is slow. He doesn’t explode after flipping his hips.
  • Wasn’t a huge liability against the run, but didn’t get involved more than funneling his gap assignment. As a potential backup, he will have to attack more when he’s on the field.
  • His ceiling seems limited, considering his physical limitations and lack of natural awareness.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010Northeast Mississippi581
2011Northeast Mississippi2081
2012Alabama4092
2013Alabama2031
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Personal Notes

  • Transferred to Alabama after playing two seasons at Northeast Mississippi.
  • Rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com as a high school recruit.
  • Named second-team NJCAA All-American while at Northeast Mississippi in 2011.
  • Twitter handle is @TRU_Belue.

Ratings Chart

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

 

Overall

Belue will have to fight to keep a roster spot as a rookie in the NFL, likely first making an impact on special teams, then refining his technique and adding strength to get on the field.

With teams needing deeper and cheaper talent, Belue could provide great value as a late-round player if he develops his skills.

 

Draft Projection

Sixth round.

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