Noah Igbinoghene

Cornerback

Auburn

5'10"

198 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

7.47

Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Florida, Minnesota

Report By: Roy Countryman

Scouting Report

ATHLETICISM: 8.40

Q.A.B./C.O.D.: 8.50
Flexibility: 8.30
Deep Speed: 8.50
Explosion: 8.50
Coordination: 8.20

An explosive athlete whose parents are former Olympic track stars. He also has a decorated history through high school and college in various track competitions. Possesses the hip fluidity to backpedal and transition with ease, and has the lateral agility to cover crossing routes. Has explosive jumping ability and can make it difficult for WRs to come down with catches as he is very aggressive at the catch point. He originally played WR at Auburn and you can tell with the way he seems to run the route for the WR. Balanced athlete that doesn't struggle to carry his assignment downfield.

COVERAGE ABILITY: 7.86

Man Press: 7.50
Man Off: 7.80
Zone: 7.60
Hand Fighting: 8.20
Hips/Turn Ability: 8.20

Highly skilled in man coverage out on an island. Due to his fluidity, he is able to transition and trail WR. He makes it difficult because of his ability to get physical with WR throughout the duration of the route. He didn't jam WR off the LOS often, rather he would mirror their footwork off the snap and carry them downfield. In zone he uses sounds instincts and judgment to break on the ball, and was willing to peel off his assignment to make a play on the ball when given a chance to make an INT. Very physical with WR throughout route which caused disruption at the college level, but may draw penalty flags at the next level. He also will lose track of where the ball is and will struggle to get his head around to break up passes. His hips are smooth and balanced in his backpedal and is able to transition into trail technique with no hitches.

PLAYMAKING: 7.50

Closing Quickness: 8.00
Ball Skills: 7.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 7.50

Great closing quickness to make up for any separation he may give up throughout the duration of the route. Due to his physicality and WR background he flashed the ability to be a pest at the catch point. He has soft hands and even though he lacks experience at the CB position he shows the ability to read route concepts and break on the ball.

RUN SUPPORT: 7.40

Quickness Upfield: 7.50
Fight Through Blocks: 7.50
Tackling: 7.20

Willing run defender who consistently showed the effort and want to corral the ball carrier. Uses his physical playing style by attacking blockers with ferocity and can shed smaller-bodied WR trying to maintain contact with him. Generally was a sound tackler technique-wise, but he has a bad tendency to try to either tackle high or dive at the ball carrier’s feet rather than breaking down and wrapping up.

COMPETITIVENESS: 7.17

Toughness: 7.50
Production: 6.00
Consistency/Motor: 8.00

Highly motivated and decorated track athlete that converted his athleticism to the grind out on the gridiron. Willing to put bad plays behind him and plays with supreme confidence. Effort is never waning in his playing style. As far as production goes QBs tended to not target WRs his way, but he still only put up adequate stats the past two seasons with 1 INT, and 18 combined PD. Is quality special teams player as he had 2 kickoff returns for TD to his name and can play on punt coverage teams as a gunner.

INTELLIGENCE: 7.33

Instincts: 6.50
Learn/Retain: 8.00
Teamwork: 7.50

Igbinoghene showed impressive instincts for a newer convert to the CB position from WR, but they are only solid at this point. It is hard to say how high his upside will be when he gets to work with NFL secondary coaches that help refine his technique to the level of his athleticism. Quick learner who dedicated the necessary time to get continually get better. Very good pre-snap communicator and voices what he keys in on pre-snap to his secondary compadres.

STRENGTHS

Long and explosive cover corner with a decorated background as a track athlete. Has a physical playing style and enjoys getting his hands on the WR throughout the duration of the route. Is an absolute pest at the catch point due to his jumping ability and background as a WR, as he plays the route like he is running it. Willing run defender who will fly downhill in pursuit. Uses his physicality to shed blockers.

WEAKNESSES

Raw athlete more than a refined CB at this point. Didn't seem comfortable jamming WR's at the LOS and would rather mirror their footwork and match them step for step than disrupt their timing off the snap. His physicality throughout the route is impressive but could lead to penalties at the next level. Will struggle at times to get his head around and locate where the ball is at. He generally is a sound tackler, but at times he would dive at the feet or too high on ball carrier which leads to broken tackles.

BIG PICTURE

Noah Igbinoghene is one of the most intriguing CB in this year's class because of his athletic profile, aggressive playing style, and untapped potential. When we look back 3 years from now he could be one of the best corners in this league, or he could be nothing more than a quality depth CB who plays special teams. I can see a team becoming enamored with his upside and take a chance on this lottery ticket at the tail end of the first round, and at a minimum he will be off the board during round 2. Teams such as the Jaguars, Rams, Eagles, Steelers, Colts, and Chiefs. His playing style reminds me of Marlon Humphrey coming out of Alabama.

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