Injury History: Groin Injury: Surgery Required to Reattach Tendon (2019)
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: FIU, Texas 2018 Vs: LSU
Report By: Roy Countryman
Deep Speed: 7.50
Tremendous fluidity and transitional skills to carry WRs downfield without giving up much separation. Even though he lacks great length and height he plays the position with a swagger and confidence to not back down from any challenge. Since he was unable to test at the Combine due to an injury the only way to get a grasp on is speed is on the tape which shows that he has more than enough to stick with his assignment downfield. He has explosive closing quickness when the ball is in the air and his instincts allow him to get his hands on a lot of passes. Smooth and coordinated in his transition from backpedal and stays balanced in his coverage both on horizontal and vertical routes.
COVERAGE ABILITY: 7.54
Man Press: 7.20
Man Off: 7.80
Hand Fighting: 7.20
Hips/Turn Ability: 8.00
Played the majority of his snaps from either Press-Man or Off-Man and excelled at sticking with his assignment throughout the duration of the play. He showed the ability to jam at the LOS and was able to reroute players of similar size, but when asked to go heads up over bigger-bodied wideouts they could toss him aside without much fight. He does use hand checks and plays physical with WRs throughout the route. When he was used in zone he was allowed to sit back and diagnose plays and then break to the ball with a high rate of success. He has no stiffness in his hips and is able to flip with ease.
Closing Quickness: 8.50
Ball Skills: 8.50
Route/Play Diagnosis: 8.20
Excellent closing quickness that is enhanced by his ability to quickly diagnose plays and route concepts. Has some of the best ball skill and turnover production in this class, and flashes the ability to win coverage late due to his aggressiveness at the catch point. Covers his assignment with confidence and seems like he is almost running the route for them.
RUN SUPPORT: 6.07
Quickness Upfield: 6.50
Fight Through Blocks: 5.50
There are inconsistencies in this part of his game, and I think a lot of it can be contributed to the injury he was playing through in his senior season. This past season he showed a bad tendency of diving at the ball carrier's ankles rather than using proper technique, but in the film from the previous season, he showed a better idea of how to breakdown in space and secure the tackle. At times though he will line up a ball carrier and deliver bone-jarring hits. Will fight WRs blocks, but due to his size, he won't be able to shed many blocks at the next level unless it is by using his speed and quickness.
Scrappy playing demeanor and was willing to gut through a painful injury his senior season while still producing quality production. He has excellent production from a turnover perspective with 14 career INTs to his name, as well as tying for the lead nationally in passes defensed in 2019 with 16. He plays with a swagger and confidence that will not be deterred and his motor never stops running.
Excellent feel for where the ball is going in the air, and is able to place himself into situations to come down with the turnover. He played mainly outside CB at Louisiana Tech, and only had minimal exposure as a Nickel defender which is where he may have to transition to at the next level. He was a great communicator pre-snap to his teammates of what he has seen of the route concepts. Was willing to do whatever the team asked of him and held his teammates accountable for their play.
Confident cover corner who consistently played out on an island in man coverage. He has terrific transitional skills, quickness, instincts, and confidence to match up with any type of WR lined up across from him. His ability to process plays and route concepts quickly allows him to use his excellent closing quickness to put himself into a position to cause a turnover or disrupt the catch. At times when he lines up a target and can deliver a bone-jarring hit.
Primarily played outside at LA Tech, but may have to transition to strictly a Nickel CB due to a lack of height (5'8") and length (30 1/4"). There is inconsistency in his tackling as it was better in 2018 than in 2019, but it may be contributable to a groin injury he was playing through. At times gives up too much cushion in off coverage, and can be baited into jumping routes which allow for big plays off double moves.
Amik Robertson is an early entrant in the 2020 NFL Draft who has some notable weaknesses in his skill set, but he will get a team to look at what he does bring to the table as a playmaking CB with supreme confidence that can contribute in a number of situations. He will be a highly sought out prospect early on day 3 due to his limitations but could be a player who will vastly outplay his draft slot a couple of years from now. Teams such as the Patriots, Steelers, Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Vikings, and Browns would all be wise to target him. His playing style reminds me of Asante Samuel.