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Andrew Booth Jr. NFL Draft 2022: Scouting Report for Clemson CB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor I

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 27: Cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. #23 of the Clemson Tigers makes an interception on a pass intended for wide receiver Josh Vann #6 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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HEIGHT: 6'0 1/4"

WEIGHT: 194

HAND: 9 3/8"

ARM: 31 1/2"

WINGSPAN: 6'4 7/8"

40-YARD DASH: DNP

3-CONE: DNP

SHUTTLE: DNP

VERTICAL: DNP

BROAD: DNP


POSITIVES

— Rangy, long-armed athlete. Uses his hands and length well in press and attacking the ball.

— Loose, fluid hips allow him to open up and run

— Has a good burst out of his breaks. Best breaks are when he has a clear view of the ball and man.

— Plays with good positioning, especially when running downfield. Gets his head around to play the ball.

— Doesn't panic with the ball in the air. Has the ball skills to attack the ball or timing to play through the hands of the receiver.

— Shows good aggression in the run game. Attacks blockers with his physicality. Has very good strength for the position.

NEGATIVES

— Struggles with pad level at times. Can be high out of breaks, causing false steps and wasted movement.

— Long strider who takes a while to get going. Long speed downfield is a question. Looks to strain at times.

— Change of direction is an issue at times. Shows tightness when moving laterally. Slow reaction and recovery vs. in-breaking routes.

— Often is out of control when tackling in the open field.

2021 STATISTICS

- 11G, 37 TOT, 1 INT, 5 PBU

OVERALL

Andrew Booth Jr. is a full-bodied cornerback with long arms. He has the ability to play multiple techniques from man and zone.

A long strider with above-average speed, Booth occasionally has trouble with his change of direction and breaking, with his top-end speed being a question of concern. There are times where he lacks the crisp breaks desired due to his high pad level.

Though he has good press-man skills, Booth works best when he can see routes develop in front of him. With the ball in the air, he has shown the ball skills needed to defend short and deep passes as well as the ability to play through the receiver.

One of Booth's best attributes is his physicality when taking on blockers. He has the strength to control and shed most blockers from the receiver position.

Though Booth has the mindset needed in the run game, his tackling can be a question at times. He doesn’t always wrap up in the open field and occasionally ankle-bites, making shoestring tackles.

Booth will need to play in a scheme that mixes its coverages and gives him the flexibility to play both press and off coverage.

GRADE: 8.1 (Year 1 Starter - Late 1st-2nd Round)

OVERALL RANK: 24

POSITION RANK: CB5

PRO COMPARISON: David Long

Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings