Jordan Whitehead NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Pittsburgh defensive back Jordan Whitehead (9) plays against Rice in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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POSITIVES

—Is an undersized safety (5'10", 195) who isn't afraid to play in the box.

—Played and excelled at multiple positions at Pitt while showcasing athletic ability on special teams.

—Can play slot corner or lock up in man defense from the safety spot.

—Is aggressive against the run and pass.

—Played some offense and was effective with the ball in his hands.

              

NEGATIVES

—Lacks instincts. Leaves the area the play is in, gets pulled in by play action.

—Over-pursuit killed him at times against the run and pass.

—Relies on being the best athlete on the field and lets technique get away from him. 

—Fails to shed blockers and find ball-carriers.

—Small frame and hitter mentality can lead to a lot of injuries.

Suspended three games to start the 2017 season (team-rules violation).

             

OVERALL

An undersized, athletic safety, Jordan Whitehead will draw interest for his ability to play slot corner and dominate special teams. He has experience as a return man and ball-carrier. Whitehead elected not to run at the combine, but he posted a 40-yard dash time in the low 4.5s at his pro day, according to scouts.

        

GRADE: 5.70 (Round 4)

PRO COMPARISON: Kurt Coleman, New Orleans Saints

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