Lavelle Westbrooks NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bengals CB

Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 17, 2014

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25:  Lavelle Westbrooks #18 of the South squad reacts to a defensive stop against the North squad during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern (HT: 5’11½”; WT: 186 lbs.)

Cincinnati Bengals

Seventh Round: 252th Pick

Combine Weigh In
HeightWeightArmHand
511418632 5/8"9 3/4"
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Combine Results
40-yard dash10-yard splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.631.6336"10'0"6.984.27
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Positives

  • He has prototypical size and arm length for an outside cornerback. With teams looking for bigger, more physical corners, Westbrooks has been able to draw interest from many NFL teams.
  • Closes quickly on underneath routes, showing good short-area burst to reach the ball and be in position to defend passes.
  • Gives great effort in run defense and shows the ability to fill running lanes well. As he gets more experience at cornerback, his technique should continue to improve.
  • Good positional versatility, as he is a former safety. Although he is too small to play safety full time, he can rotate around the field in different coverages.
  • Recognizes plays well, which allows him to backpedal efficiently against passes or set up to fill his lane against run plays.
  • Good tackling ability by lining up with the ball-carrier. As he adds strength, he should be able to become more consistent in tackling efficiency.
  • Has quick feet during his backpedal and keeps his shoulders and hips squared. He doesn’t waste steps after the snap, giving himself an opportunity to make a play for the ball.
  • Aggressiveness leads to jumped routes and turnovers. The foundations for a playmaking cornerback are there.
  • Although very raw, Westbrooks has potential due to his physical ability. 

 

Negatives

  • Instincts on when to jump routes and where the routes are designed to break are very underdeveloped. He is more reactive than proactive at this point.
  • Loses his man in coverage due to stiff hips. His inability to turn and run with his assignment in man coverage will limit what schemes he can consistently play in.
  • Limited distance speed, as he was burned easily during the 2014 Senior Bowl practices. His 40-yard dash time of 4.63 reflects his limited speed.
  • Undisciplined eyes while in coverage, falling for double moves and pump fakes, which allows his man to go deep for an easy pass.
  • Although he has potential to be solid, he has a very low floor. He could easily find himself without a secure roster spot. He needs significant technique work.
  • Played against poor competition often and looked like just a guy at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010Georgia Southern35N/A2
2011Georgia Southern60N/A1
2012Georgia Southern4092
2013Georgia Southern3272
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Personal Notes

  • 2014 Senior Bowl participant
  • 2014 NFL Scouting Combine participant
  • Unranked safety prospect as a high school recruit

 

Ratings Chart

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

Overall

Lavelle Westbrooks showed a lot of heart and determination at the Senior Bowl after he was burned a few times by more experienced and athletic receivers, but his physical limitations and inexperience show why he is a major project. He will have to master technique and go to a team that uses off-man or Cover 2 coverages. It’s possible, and Westbrooks is used to defying the odds after being an unranked high school prospect.

 

Draft Projection: Seventh Round or Undrafted