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Scouting Profile: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State


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Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Anthony Harris, S, Virginia

Adrian Amos, S, Penn State

Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville

 

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Mock Draftable chart: http://mockdraftable.com/player/4955/position/23/

 

Games watched: vs Oregon State, vs Notre Dame, vs Stanford

 

The Good:

 

A+ athlete with terrific long speed and lateral agility. 

 

Fluid turn and run ability. Looks back for the ball.

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/DeterminedLivelyBassethound.webm

 

Good special teams gunner. 

 

Not afraid to do the dirty work in the run game. Aggressive 8th defender in the box. Gives 100% effort every play. 

 

Soft hands to make the INT. 

 

Good closing burst to close in on ball-carriers. He has a nose for the football and reads running plays well. 

 

Mirrors the QB on scrambles. 

 

Very good blitzing from the edge. Rarely gives away what he is going to do and uses that impressive burst to get to the QB.

 

The Bad: 

 

Small player. Only 5'11 and 190 lbs. 

 

Doesn't offer much in terms of range. Not so much because of lack of athletic ability as it is average instincts and depth of zone issues. He tries to play like he thinks he has much more range than he actually has. Gives up large cushions to bait QBs into throws, but often times ends up paying for it. 

 

His game against Oregon State was so bad, that if it was the only game you watched of his, you wouldn't think he was rosterable, let alone worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick (where he is being projected). 

 

Takes terrible angles to the ball and lunges at ball-carries resulting in a high number of missed tackles. You would think he closes his eyes when attempting tackles. He looks like Laron Landry trying to tackle. 

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/ThoseOblongBee.webm

  ex. http://fat.gfycat.com/NaughtyGiganticArrowworm.webm

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/BothImpossibleAcornwoodpecker.webm

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/OldfashionedRadiantIchneumonfly.webm

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/WindingConcernedCardinal.webm

  ex. http://fat.gfycat.com/SlowPoisedElver.webm

 

Skill set is more tailored to play nickel CB and I wouldn't be surprised to see him moved to that position in the pros. 

 

No pop behind his pads. 

 

Gets out-muscled by bigger receivers and bites on double-moves. 

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/JovialImaginativeGoat.webm

 

Very conservative in coverage. 

 

Conclusion: 

 

Randall is currently being projected as a 2nd or 3rd round draft choice. Maybe those projections are the result of benefiting from a weak safety class, because I don't see anything that would make me want to spend anything more than a 4th rounder on him. His best bet may be to switch to cornerback in the pros, because I don't see anything that would make me think he could be a starting-caliber safety in the NFL.

 

Projected Round: 3rd

NFL Comparison: Jimmy Ward, SF

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"Good closing burst to close in on ball-carriers. He has a nose for the football and reads running plays well."

 

"Takes terrible angles to the ball and lunges at ball-carries resulting in a high number of missed tackles." 

 

Speed doesn't mean much if you miss tackles though. Attacking air doesn't win any games. So to me, you sound like a no thank you on Randall Dustin. 

 

Thanks as always for the pictures & comprehensive review. 

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I think this safety class is fascinating....   but in an odd kind of way....

 

Beyond Collins,  there's barely anyone with a profile that makes me all that comfortable.

 

For example,  Scouts Inc,  the McShay crew,  doesn't have anyone with a 2nd round grade.    It's Collins in the first round,  then everyone else is in the 3rd round and lower.

 

I think the chances of 64 players being taken and only one of them (Collins) is a safety is pretty near zero.   I think plenty of teams will see a couple of guys as worth a 2nd round pick.   Whether they're right or not won't be known for years.

 

But no one else seems to love this class of safeties either.    Not NFL.com or CBSSports.com....    it's a pretty lack-luster class.

 

Whoever we grab,  and whenever we grab them,  I hope we can coach 'em up....   we need a young, promising, talented kid to build with,  even if he doesn't start for us in year 1.

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