Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State (HT: 5’10½”; WT: 193 lbs)
Fifth Round: 152nd Pick
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- Berhe was used in a variety of roles that showed his versatility. Between slot cornerback, single-high safety and in-the-box safety, Berhe brings value to a defense that needs a selfless player.
- His best plays came when he played zone while lined up as a slot cornerback. This position allowed him to read the quarterback’s eyes and decide to play the underneath receiver or backpedal and defend deeper routes. His efficiency in recognizing which route is the correct play is impressive, and this should translate to the NFL.
- Has good closing speed when he’s running towards the line of scrimmage. His short-area burst allows him to break up passes on curl routes and comebacks.
- When he’s in man coverage, Berhe shows a good trigger down, which is the transition from backpedaling to pivot, and following the receiver back to the ball.
- There are instances where he doesn’t locate the ball quickly, but he’s alert enough to play the hands of the receiver, at least giving him the chance to score a knockdown and force an incompletion.
- Very productive tackler throughout his career because he has good form and fundamentals. He can also knock the ball-carrier or receiver out from good, timed hits downfield.
- Reads running gaps at the line of scrimmage very effectively, almost like a linebacker. He gets a lot of his tackles near the line of scrimmage for that reason.
- Lacks the size and frame to be as much of an impact at the line of scrimmage as he was in college. He struggled bringing down bigger athletes, and the NFL features many players bigger than Berhe.
- His best long-term position is likely slot cornerback for a zone scheme. He reads quarterbacks' eyes well, but his speed is below average for a defensive back. Defensive coordinators will need to limit one-on-one opportunities for the offense to exploit his size and speed.
- Struggles tracking the ball in coverage because he focuses on the receiver throughout the play. Since he plays the hands of the receiver well, he might get a fair share of deflections, but he misses opportunities for interceptions.
- Gets grabby and will get called for pass interference penalties if he continues to fall behind receivers early in their routes. His technique and timing needs to improve.
- Will resort to holding when in coverage and he feels beaten. Due to his size in coverage, keeping him near the line of scrimmage or in a set zone could be his best fit.
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- Full name is Natneal Berhe.
- First-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2013
- Graduating with a degree in public administration.
- Former 3-star recruit from Colton, Calif.
- Twitter handle is @NatBerhe.
Nat Berhe was a key contributor and on-the-field leader for San Diego State throughout his career. As he enters the NFL, he might have to switch full time to slot cornerback as he develops his coverage technique, but he should be able to stick around the league as a special teams and depth player.
Draft Projection: Late Day 3
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