Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (HT: 6'2⅝"; WT: 218 lbs.)
Second Round: 58th Pick
NFL Comparison: Brandon Browner, CB, Seattle Seahawks
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- As the biggest cornerback in the 2014 NFL draft class, he has ridiculous length to bother receivers and even tight ends on occasion.
- Aggressive when fighting for jump balls with receivers, showing the ability to climb the ladder and highpoint throws.
- Physically intimidating for most receivers to line up against because he’s bigger, stronger and heavier than many of them.
- Posted an excellent vertical jump at the NFL combine, with an impressive 41.5-inch mark. Pair this with his broad jump, and his athleticism is obvious, both in the gym and on the field.
- Played well in off-man coverage and Cover 3, where he was able to get off the line of scrimmage and react to the quarterback's eyes.
- Shows the ability to jump routes on comebacks and out routes due to good route recognition.
- Locates the ball well when he keeps the receiver in front of him, as opposed to trailing the target. Knowing this, coaches should be able to put him in a position to win regularly.
- Overcomes some physical stiffness at times by using great positioning and timing. His body control when mirroring the receiver is a major positive.
- Shows good effort on run plays, often able to set the edge and limit the damage done on his side of the field.
- Very strong upper body that helps him shed blocks. Teams are expecting more from their starting corners now, and run potential factors in during the evaluation process.
- Doesn’t waste steps when throttling down and pivoting. Has surprisingly clean footwork for such a big defender.
- Certainly isn’t a quick-twitch athlete. He has issues starting and stopping quickly, which leaves him vulnerable to double-move routes.
- Lacks top-end speed due to being a long strider and having somewhat heavy feet. Don’t expect him to chase anyone down or be able to exist on an island during most possessions. He needs safety help on most plays.
- Doesn’t always play physically. He will give too much cushion at times or won’t attempt to punch when playing press. With his size, he needs to punish the receiver every chance he gets.
- Doesn’t locate the ball when running behind or with the receiver. He only looks up when he’s in perfect position, which doesn’t happen often in the NFL.
- Shows stiff hips, which is normal for a big cornerback. He will need to consistently win with instincts and recognition. He used to play corner, so he’s still learning the position, and hopefully his feel for the game improves.
- Doesn’t tackle well, often lunging or arm tackling. His effort is there; now he has to finish better.
- Gets grabby when he isn’t in good position, so it’s doubtful he plays as a young player. The issue here is he that he’s already 23 years old, limiting his range of prime years.
- Second-Team All-Big Ten in 2013.
- 2014 Senior Bowl participant.
- Tied for team lead in interceptions in 2013.
- Has a degree in criminology and criminal justice.
- He was unlisted by major scouting services as a high school recruit and started out as a wide receiver at Nebraska.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste has the size that executives drool over, but he has a lot of work to do to become an effective NFL player. Since he only played defense for two seasons, expect him to be groomed in his first season and then have to earn playing time in his second year. His best scheme fit is going to be in Cover 2, where he will consistently have safety help and his assignment will be easily defined for him.
Draft Projection: Third Round
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