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Richard LeCounte NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Cleveland Browns Safety

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Georgia defensive back Richard LeCounte (2) warms up against Arkansas during an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Michael Woods/Associated Press

 

HEIGHT: 5'10 1/2"

WEIGHT: 196

              

POSITIVES:

—Athletic player, plays well in the open field.

—Does a good job filling running lanes from the safety position.

—Ball hawk who catches the ball with his hands.

                 

NEGATIVES:

—Can lose his original angle on the ball-carrier.

—Struggles vs. bigger ball-carriers.

—Below-average man-to-man cover skills.

—Gets handsy in coverage against faster receivers.

               

2020 STATISTICS:

5 Games: 26 tackles, 3 INT, 1 FR

                 

NOTES:

Suffered dirt bike injury on October 31. Left him with concussion and rib injuries.

                 

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OVERALL:

LeCounte is an undersized safety with good athleticism, but he lacks the top-end speed needed. He is a ball hawk who attacks the ball in the air with his hands. Because of his size, he lacks in run support, often getting stiff-armed by bigger backs, though he does play with good instincts and feel.

Ultimately, in coverage, Richard struggles unless he's in deep centerfield. Although he most likely wouldn't be asked to play there much he may struggle in the box. As the size and speed increase at the next level, LeCounte may be relegated to a small role.

GRADE: 6.5/10 (Career Backup/Rotational Player—Round 6)

OVERALL RANK243/300

POSITION RANKS22

PRO COMPARISON: Derron Smith

                

Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings

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