Deandre Baker

Position: Cornerback

College: Georgia

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 185 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

Injury History: 2016: Undisclosed Injury (Missed Vanderbilt)

Games Evaluated: 2018: Mississippi St., Oklahoma, Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina

Scout: Cody Manning

Scouting Report

Athleticism: 7.33

Q.A.B./C.O.D.: 7.50

 

He is pretty fluid at turning his body at the LOS to mirror the receivers body to match their route running.

Flexibility: 7.50

 

He keeps a nice bend which allows him to move smoothly so he is able to tail the receiver's hips.

 

Deep Speed: 6.25

 

Struggles with speedy receivers on 9 routes as he opens his hips too much so they can breeze by.

 

Explosion: 7.65

His explosion is great when he is reacting to a throw. He can close space quickly to make a play.

Coordination: 7.75

He does a good job at keeping his body up when battling with the receiver to disrupt the catch attempt.

 

Coverage Ability: 7.65

Man Press: 7.00

Doesn't look to jam and gives up an easy release. He does a solid job at mirroring the receiver's moves.

 

Man Off: 8.00

He excels at sitting back and reading the quarterback's eyes. He reacts well to the routes being ran.

 

Zone: 7.85

 

He keeps everything in front of him and doesn't jump at the first man. Loves to read the quarterback.

 

Hand Fighting: 7.75

He is a fighter, uses his length to his advantage to go up and lodge the ball out of the receivers hands.

 

Hips/Turn Ability: 7.65

 

Very smooth at flipping his hips and turning to run with his man. It allows him not to jam like he does.

 

Play Making: 7.77

 

Closing Quickness: 7.90

 

Makes up lost ground quickly to make a play on the ball. He is a disrupter and is around at all times.

 

Ball skills: 7.75

 

Finds himself in position to break up passes most of the time. Fights until the play is over with receiver.

 

Route/play Diagnosis: 7.65

Very solid at mirroring the receiver's bodies. He reacts well when he can sit back and watch the QB.

 

Run Support: 6.72

Quickness Upfield: 7.15

 

He has the ability to fly up the field and make the tackle but doesn't always use it to his advantage.

Fight Through Blocks: 6.75

 

He uses his length to jam the receiver so he can shed for the tackle. Stronger players have their way.

 

Tackling: 6.25

 

He has his moments he will looks to make a pop but his technique needs major work for the next level.

 

Competitiveness: 7.17

Toughness: 7.00

 

Has his moments where he won't back down but also shows leniency on some opportunities on plays.

 

Production: 7.50

36 games, 116 tackles (83 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 7 interceptions, 23 PD, 1 FR, 2 FF

 

Consistency/Motor: 7.00

 

He likes to play until the whistle. He doesn't let up much in coverage. Just has some off plays at times.

 

Intelligence: 7.67

 

Instincts: 7.85

 

He does an amazing job at reacting to plays developing while reading the quarterback to play the ball.

 

Learn/Retain: 7.50

 

He looks ready for most routes his man will attempt to run on him. He knows what to expect.

 

Teamwork: 7.65

 

He works with his teammates on the field and communicates assignments so the secondary is ready.

 

STRENGTHS:

He can be effective in man or zone coverage. He shows the ability to mirror the receiver when in man coverage and can flip his hips, so he can run side by side with his man. He seems to be very comfortable when he sits back and can react to the quarterback. He reads their eyes very well which allows him to explode to get the deflection or interception. He uses the sideline to his advantage and keeps his body between his man and the quarterback while trying to guide his man out of bounds in coverage. He appears to have some length to him despite his size and will use his long arms to fight with receivers to jab the ball out to force the drop.

 

WEAKNESSES:

He hardly looks to jam his man at the line of scrimmage. He allows an easy release which does allow efficient route runners to get open. Speedsters can be a problem because they can breeze by him and take the top off a defense if he doesn't have safety help. His tackling does need a lot of work. He tends to come in too high, looks to tackle with only his shoulders, doesn't break down or look to wrap up. He also can overrun the ball carrier which allows them to make one easy cut to get by him. He had some moments where he looks like he pulled back on opportunities when he could make a tackle.

 

 

BIG PICTURE:

 

He can come in as a starter from Day 1 for a team. He has the athleticism to play at the next level and could help be a boost to a team with a weak cornerback group. He appears to have a good understanding of route trees and what to expect from the man he is lining up across. He can tail receiver's hips in man coverage which allows him to always be around to make a play on the ball. He excels when he can sit back and read the quarterback's eyes which shows his reaction speed when he breaks up balls. He will be hit and miss with his run support skills. He shows the ability to fight through blocks, close space up field, and will look to lay the boom. But he also will get blocked easily by stronger receivers, doesn't use his speed to his advantage as much as I would like, and his tackling form needs major improvement. As I have alluded to, one of my favorite things about him is how he mirrors the receivers and reads their bodies well, so he can stick on them. As a rookie he can come in as a defensive unit's CB2 which will allow him to develop as his first season progresses. Elite receivers could be a problem during year one as he can struggle with the best route runners if he doesn't work on jamming them at the line of scrimmage. By his third season, if he not only develops, but he can grow his confidence then he should be able to be a man that his coach won't mind lining up across the opposing team's best receiver. If he finds the right defensive fit that will allow his skill set to flourish, then he can be a key part of a team's defense for a long time.

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