Jordan Poyer Scouting Report

February 7th, 2013

Jordan Poyer impressed during Senior Bowl week (Photo courtesy Boston Globe)

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Prospect: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Height: 5’11.5”
Weight: 182
Grade: 7.45

Scouting Report:
+Very fluid and naturally coordinated athlete
+Loose hips and he demonstrates good ankle flexion to quickly change direction at speed
+Good-not-great short area quickness
+Was All-Conference basketball player and drafted by Florida Marlins out of HS
-Slight of build in lower body, could add ~10 pounds to frame
-Has average height for corner but his arms and wingspan are short for his height
-Lacks great long speed, looks like a low 4.5 40 guy on film and during Senior Bowl week

Zone Coverage:
+Consistently exhibits a natural feel for zone spatial awareness
+Likes to sit inside and force the throw outside, making it a tougher throw/catch
+Demonstrates very good two-to-three step burst on ball
+Coordinates well with teammates and shows good pre-snap awareness & communication to adjust zone responsibilities
+Reads both the QB and WR and quickly jumps routes
+Has excellent hands, looks ball into his hands nicely
-Doesn’t always get proper depth, particularly when covering the middle

Man Coverage:
+Will press with good leverage and quick hands
+Anticipates cuts and breaks, especially on slot receivers
-Tends to turn body outside and will get caught with hips squared to sideline on inside breaks
-Cannot sustain cushion against receivers that are quick to full speed
-Sits on first move too often, vulnerable to double moves and lacks the speed to fully recover

Run Defense:
+Does a good job squaring up target in open field
+/-Tends to strike high but does a good job of dropping his weight to get his man to the ground
+Has shown he can attack the football with an effective club punch
+Enthusiastic and effective gunner on punt and kick cover units
-Inconsistent on pursuit angles; tends to go too wide when tracking outside
-Lacks strength and strong desire to shed blocks

+Smart and instinctive football player; his experience as a HS quarterback helps him understand the offensive intent on plays
+Comes across in interviews as mature and grounded
+Takes initiative to adjust alignments and work with younger players
+Showed some natural return ability during games and also during Senior Bowl practices
-Understands his speed limitation and how to not expose himself in coverage
-Arrested for criminal trespassing last spring after an incident in a bar

Jordan Poyer brings a lot of real positives to the table. He is an instinctive, scheme-diverse corner with good ball skills and a developed football IQ. Poyer has shown he can play zone schemes as the boundary corner but also press in the slot with equal effectiveness. His lack of long speed and average length make him more likely to move inside in the NFL, but he has also shown enough awareness and tackling ability to also play some safety, though he would need to add some bulk to his frame. Teams will like his ability to attack the football, with 11 INTs and 27 PDs in his last two seasons in Corvallis despite not being thrown at often. I like him best in a defense where he can continue to play outside in zone and slide into the slot for man coverage, but he will need safety help over the top. He figures to come off the board in the 25-45 overall range in the 2013 NFL Draft.–Jeff Risdon

Scouting Notes
Utah vs. Oregon State
-beaten with good out/up double move on first Utah play
-lined up mostly at left CB but slid into slot at times when Utes used a slot receiver
-locked up slot man with tight jam, eliminated him from route
-alertly flowed with receiver across middle as QB rolled to right
-avoids block but cannot chase down White IV on long run to left side
-drops to free safety alignment when Beavers caught with wrong personnel package
-turns his back on QB in red zone, watches WR for ball cue
-good form tackle as RB tries jump cut
-consistently helped align DBs on his side of field
-Utah only threw two passes his way the entire game

BYU vs. Oregon State
-shows quick hands to jam wideout, takes him off route
-quickly flips hips to go after ball carrier
-steps in bucket but bursts nicely to catch up to slot receiver on cross
-fails to get enough depth in zone, allows TD pass over his outstretched leap
-reverses field and eludes several tacklers on punt return
-was not targeted once in man coverage
-generally showed little ability to shed blocks vs. run
-gets opportunistic pick six when receiver on ground bounces ball into his hands

Wisconsin vs. Oregon State
-gets blocked but steers blocker inside to force cut
-times blitz off strong side and gets sack on O’Brien
-sits too shallow in zone but QB throws ball to wrong target
-makes good open field tackle after dipping under block
-Badgers made a concerted effort to throw away from him

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