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Eric Stokes NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers CB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

Georgia defensive back Eric Stokes covers a play against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
John Raoux/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6' "

WEIGHT: 194


POSITIVES:

— Accelerates quickly to run with receivers.

— Speed to run step-for-step downfield.

— Disruptive in press, good lateral movement to keep leverage.

— Does well with his back to ball, doesn't panic and plays through hands.

— Turns into a returner after interceptions.


NEGATIVES:

— Lacks physicality in the run game. Gets pushed around and struggles to set the edge.

— Inconsistent open-field tackling.

— Poor blitzer.


2019 STATISTICS:

20 tackles, 4 INT, 2 TD


NOTES:

— Opted out of 2020 Peach Bowl

Ran an unofficial 4.28

   

OVERALL

Stokes is a speedy, cover first corner. Playing in the SEC, he has the speed to run with most receivers he came up against. He is able to mirror and stay in receivers' hip pockets; though at times he struggled to drop his hips when open in full stride. He has shown the vision and awareness needed in zone coverage. He will need to improve his physicality in the run game. Even with his open-field tackling being a bit of a concern at times, he is able to hold his own and get the ball-carrier down for the most part. With the potential to be an NFL starter, Stokes will need to sure up his consistency.

   

GRADE: 7.7/10 (Potential NFL starter, Round 3)

OVERALL RANK: 62/300

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Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings