Stanley-Jean Baptiste (CB) Nebraska
Height - 6'3''Photo By: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Weight - 218 lbs
40 Time - 4.61 sec
Notes - Second-Team All-Big Ten, 4 Int and 11 pass defensed his senior season, top vertical jump (41.5 in) and broad jump (128 in) for a corner at NFL combine.
Elite corners are a premium in the NFL but are being desired more and more as the NFL trends towards a more passing league. Stanley - Jean Baptiste looks to turn some heads due to his unique blend of height and play making ability. Shows good ball skills and a willingness to attack the ball in the air, loves to make plays, leading Nebraska in pass deflections his senior season. Looks to be adept at pressing the wide receiver at the line then trailing him down the field. Could be perfect for a press man or zone scheme because of his aggressive play at the line and ball skills. Gives smaller receivers fits off the line of scrimmage and has the size and toughness to play with the big receivers in the NFL.As good as ball skills are he can be over aggressive and does play smaller than his height at times looking to let the ball into his body. Needs work on his technique and discipline letting his hips fly open far too much. Not the quick athlete scouts like to see on the outside, hip speed is a worry and recovery speed is in real question. At times showed that once he was beat he couldn't catch up at Nebraska, may warrant a transition to safety. He will need to get drafted by a team that has the right type of defensive scheme, and may require too much safety help.
Strengths - Weaknesses -
Size Top End Speed
Play making Overaggressive
Strong Senior Bowl Lateral Quickness
The Verdict -
Over the past decade or so NFL teams have been making an effort to get bigger and stronger at the wide receiver position. Players like Alshon Jeffery, Calvin Johnson, and A.J. Green now dominate the wide receiver position against smaller weaker corners, but with the emergence of several tall corners, most notably Richard Sherman, teams will be looking to draft lanky play makers to combat the elite receivers in the NFL.Stanley - Jean Baptiste wont be Richard Sherman but if he can learn to play with good technique and mask his less then stellar speed along with continue his strong press coverage he could be a solid option as a 1b corner.
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