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Walt Aikens has the size to fit a press-based scheme.
Even after signing Tracy Porter and bringing back DeAngelo Hall, Allen would be wise to add another cornerback. One late-round prospect he should have his eye on is former Liberty standout Walt Aikens.
At 6'1" and 205 pounds, Aikens has the frame to suit a more aggressive coverage system. Haslett would be smart to have his defensive backs employ more press techniques in the NFC East.
That is the only way to survive against physical receivers like Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant.
Aikens is not very refined as a cover man, but he is certainly aggressive. As CBS Sports writer Rob Rang points out, this tenacious streak can be both a plus and a minus:
Boasts a tapered, athletic build with long arms (32 1/4") and good overall muscle definition. Light feet and loose hips give him the fluidity to handle coverage responsibilities. Asked to play press-man and off-man often for the Flames, showing the athleticism and confidence to handle either role.
Gets an initial jam on the receiver when in press, turning and running with receivers fluidly. Good patience when off or zone but keeps his eyes peeled on the quarterbacks and has a quick burst to close on the ball. Good (perhaps not great) straight-line speed down the sideline, but accelerates smoothly and has a second gear, when necessary.
May not possess elite top-end speed. Gets a little grabby down the sideline, as he's highly aggressive and will extend his arm. Tracks the ball well but shows only average ball-skills overall.
Aikens may be rough around the edges, but he fits the direction this secondary should be taking. Last season's top draft choice, David Amerson (6'1", 205 lbs), offers good size, as does Porter (5'11", 188 lbs).
Taking a chance on Aiken, who can also play safety, would add another stout and lengthy corner to the rotation.
He is likely to come off the board in one of the final two rounds, mostly due to an arrest for misdemeanor theft in 2010.