Donovan Stiner NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Pittsburgh Steelers Safety

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 2, 2021

Florida defensive back Donovan Stiner covers a play against South Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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HEIGHT: 6'1 1/2"




—Close to ideal size for position.

—Comes downhill well and inserts into gaps.

—Runs feet through contacts on tackles.

—Decent breaks in coverage.

—Plays well in catch coverage vs. bigger receivers.

—Has good range in deep coverage.



—One-speed runner who lacks the top-end needed in deep coverage.

—Struggles to get off the hash.

—Takes poor angles in the open field.

—Throws his body around at bigger backs, doesn’t wrap up.



58 tackles, 1 PBU



Stiner is a long-limbed athlete with close to ideal size for the safety position, with room to still grow. Has the size and athletic ability to match up well with tight ends. With average ball skills, Stiner isn't going to be a turnover machine but can be efficient enough to compete.

He will need to continue to build strength and fill out his body, as he can struggle with bigger blockers. If he commits to tackling, he can be a force in the run game but has a slower reaction at times and lacks tackling security. While lacking in his top-end speed, he may struggle in deep coverage. Has the potential to thrive on special teams while working on his game the first few years in.


GRADE: 6.7/10 (Career Backup/Rotational Player—Round 5)



Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings