DeShon has very good size for the position. He’s one of the better tacklers coming out to the draft this year. He has very good closing speed and recognizes plays quickly. He’s a playmaker, both through turnovers and hard hits. He’s a physical guy that loves the sport. You can see his enthusiasm in his play.
DeShon doesn’t have great top-end speed. He doesn’t have the ability to run down plays from behind when he blitzes. He can get lost in traffic during outside run plays. He doesn’t have many starts under his belt. Only one in 2016 and 12 in 2017.
DeShon is a 3-year player, 1-year starter at safety for Texas. He’s amassed 105 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 9 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two pick-6s. DeShon lacks top-end speed but does a good job of making up for it by being a smart, tough player. He has a natural ability to be in the right place at the right time. He’s a play-maker in coverage and a hard-nosed run stopper. His tackling technique is polished. My only concern with DeShon is his lack of top-end speed. That may end up hurting him in the NFL with so many down-the-field threats. He projects best as a strong safety that can bring some versatility to the position. I have him rated as a late 1st round talent.
DeShon has great balance, He made a great circus-style catch against USC in 2017 and was able to keep his balance, and run it in to complete the pick-6. DeShon shows very good flexibility, both in his hips when he turns to run with receivers and when he’s in the air contesting a ball. DeShon doesn’t have great straight-line speed. But he’s an overall good athlete. . He doesn’t have great deep speed and has to make up for it by reading the quarterback and being in position. He’s a fluid runner and can close the gap quickly. He has good coordination, and a natural ability of getting in between the receiver and the pass. He has good closing speed but can be lost in traffic during run plays.
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