Bledsoe plays best as a down safety when he is able to get physical against slot receivers. He has great footwork and route recognition to cover possession receivers close to the line of scrimmage. Bledsoe has shown great ability to cover the run from sideline to sideline and is able to play in the run game by shooting gaps as they open up. He is a very physical run supporter and takes good angles to the ball carrier. In the passing game, he has shown good pre-snap and post-snap reads. He has great make up speed and ball skills when he gets to the receiver. His physicality will be the most intriguing aspect of his game when NFL scouts are looking at him.
Bledsoe never really had the opportunity to get a significant amount of looks as a high safety so his ability to play in a deep zone is unknown. His coverage skills down the field do need some polishing as he gives up too much space to WRs in fear of giving up a big play. Bledsoe may have the tools to play over the top but hasn’t played that position at an elite level and that will be a concern to NFL scouts. Bledsoe needs to gain confidence covering elite talent in the slot because he tends to bail too early and under commit to routes. Bledsoe “plays it safe” and needs to learn to play with confidence and make plays
Joshuah Bledsoe has the ability to succeed in the NFL as a slot corner or roll down safety. He has above average run stopping ability and is strong in slot coverage for his size. He is hysica enough to match up with most slot receivers. NFL teams will be hesitant on Bledsoe because he is one dimensional in his play style due to his lack of reps as a high safety at Missouri. Bledsoe’s physical ability and closing speed will intrigue scouts and given the hybrid safety position that a lot of NFL teams are starting to move towards, Bledsoe should have no problem finding a spot in the NFL, making it there as an undrafted free agent.
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