2019 - Turf Toe
Alabama, Florida, Tennessee
One of the better press man corners that I've evaluated. Does a great job of being physical with receivers off the line of scrimmage before they can get into their routes. Also has the hip fluidity, speed, and quickness to mirror receivers in their routes. Has a great understanding of route timing when playing man. His impressive speed allows him to run with receivers in the deep passing game and recover if they create separation. Like his aggression as a player even when he is at a disadvantage. Also like his length and build for an outside corner.
Has to prove that he is more than a press man corner. So far he looks like a liability when it comes to zone coverage. Gets lost in space and struggles with picking up on route concepts and finding receivers. Also has to work on his ball skills. Struggles to turn for the ball and react at the right timing. There were far too many opportunities missed where he could've easily been in position to make a play. Will also need to show more effort when getting off blocks. His physicality is there but he must be willing to exert it and fight to get off blocks quicker instead of giving up once the blocker is locked on.
Tyson Campbell is a talented outside corner that comes from a very impressive Georgia secondary that should have multiple players drafted this year. Campbell had a very successful three-year career as a starter for the Bulldogs. Started in eleven games as a true freshman in 2018, accounting for 45 total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, one pass deflection, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries (one for a TD) . Returned as a starter in 2019 as a sophomore but unfortunately missed five games due to an injury. In his third and final season with the Bulldogs, Campbell was impressive as the full-time starter finishing with 29 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, and five pass breakups. At the next level, Campbell projects as a very reliable outside press man corner. As of now, he will be stuck in that type of role until he proves himself in zone coverage. He will likely be used as a rotational/sub package corner that can turn into an eventual starter if he can develop. There have been some rumblings about Campbell possibly sliding into the late first round but I see him being selected somewhere in the second round of this year's draft.
William Jackson III
Is about average for a starter as an overall athlete. Has impressive speed for his size with the ability to run with receivers on deep routes. Has solid foot quickness, getting into his drops smoothly and with a sense of urgency. Doesn't show many struggles with lateral movement and keeps a solid balance for the most part when changing direction. Plays with great plat strength in press man coverage when jamming receivers. However, would like to see him use that same strength when getting off blocks.
Big Play Ability
At his best as a press man outside corner. Does a great job of getting a strong initial jam on the receiver and doesn't get his hands knocked away easily. Uses his speed, quickness, and hip fluidity to mirror receivers in man coverage. Has a good understanding of the receiver's timing in his routes. When a receiver does gain separation, he has the speed to recover. Displays loose hips with the ability to open up and run when tested on deep routes and to change direction as the receiver breaks on their route. Looks lost in zone coverage. Doesn't seem to have much understanding of space in his zones and struggles to pick up on route concepts and locate receivers.
Doesn't have the best ball skills. Is in position to make plays a lot but struggles due to lack of the ability to time the throw and break on the ball. Was too late reacting to the pass on many occasions, allowing for contested catches that could've been breakups or interceptions. Also is inconsistent when closing out when a catch is made or when approaching the ball carrier for a tackle. Almost seems like he is thinking too much before going and making the play at times. Believe that he does have the athleticism to high point the ball but he struggles to turn and locate the ball at the right timing which puts him at a disadvantage.
Has solid technique as a tackler when he gets in position, wrapping up and running his feet on contact. Did miss some tackles due to poor timing or lack of explosiveness in his tackles. Is inconsistent with his pursuit angles as he sometimes struggles to put himself in position to make a play when the ball is away from him. While he has some physicality in him, he struggles with getting off blocks. Once a blocker gets their hands on him, he takes too long to get off the block and doesn't show much pop in his engagement or simply enough effort to shed the block.
Engage with Blockers
Does show some nice aggression in terms of press man coverage. Gets physical with receivers off the line of scrimmage and doesn't get pushed away from them easily. Also isn't afraid to stick his nose in the action against the run. Shows confidence in the sense that he isn't scared of any type of competition. However, he does hesitate at times when deciding to go make a play. Plays with a high motor for the most part, with only the occasional declines in effort. Needs to work on his consistency in many aspects of his game.
Shows solid recognition when it comes to mirroring routes in man coverage. Does struggle in his recognition when it comes to zone coverage and reacting to the ball when it is thrown. Also can be slow to react on run plays and situational changes that develop in plays. As I mentioned, he looks lost in zone coverage which could be due to struggles with communication on his part. Doesn't have much position versatility as he played on the outside in college and will be best suited as an outside press man corner in the league.