Look, i love Champ Bailey as much as the next guy, but lets face it, hes lost a step and its finally time. He was literally TORCHED on Sat. and no, the pass rush as an excuse just isnt gonna work. Hes been getting lit up more and more, and not just this season. Its time for Champ to move to the Charles Woodson, hybrid Slot CB-FS position. He's still a great tackler, and can cover TEs well. He's physical, and would be at the LOS alot more, making teams have to account for him on blitz pro, and this would allow Miller less double teams. He would play less snaps a game, and this would keep him healthy and faster and he could be used as a pure CB due to an injury in a pinch.
And with that, i think 28 should go to either,
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.
Poyer has played really well as a senior. He had a great start against Wisconsin. Poyer had three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass broken up to help the Beavers upset the Badgers. He had three interceptions against Washington State. Poyer missed the game versus Arizona State with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The senior came back to play against Stanford, but had a mixed outing.
Poyer totaled 46 tackles, seven interceptions, four tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one sack and seven passes broken up in 2012. His pass coverage was extremely good but he needs to improve his run defense.
Poyer has been an impact player for Oregon State the past few seasons on defense and special teams. He had his best year with 57 tackles
, four interceptions
and 12 passes broken up last season. The junior also averaged 22.7 yards per kick return and 14.1 yards per punt return.
Poyer had 34 tackles, two interceptions
and four passes broken up as a sophomore in 2010. He averaged 27 yards per kick return and 9.5 yards per punt return.
Poyer has steadily improved his coverage as a cornerback and could rise up higher with a strong 2012 season. He is a good athlete and played some baseball for the Beavers before deciding to focus on football. Poyer is a talented prospect with upside.
Multi-talented athlete with extremely good ball skills. Hes always making plays in some capacity, and can learn from one of the best. DEN needs a new true, shut down corner.
Xavier Rhodes*, CB, Florida State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Projected Round (2013): 1-2.
Rhodes passed what will likely be his biggest test of the season against Clemson. The redshirt junior didn't play a lights-out game in coverage against the Tigers' dynamic duo, Watkins and Hopkins, but he was solid and kept either of them from big plays when he went against them in man coverage.
Florida State mixed in zone and man assignments, so Rhodes did not have to go against Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins exclusively in man coverage. Hopkins had 88 yards on five receptions, but 60 came on one touchdown reception against zone coverage where the safety failed to pick him up running down the field. Watkins had 24 yards on six receptions. Rhodes finished with three tackles and a pass breakup against Clemson. The redshirt junior has totaled 35 tackles, seven passes broken up and three interceptions, but teams have mostly avoided him.
9/1/12: Rhodes was consistent as a cover corner last year, so teams threw away from him. The sophomore had 43 tackles with an interception
and four passes broken up. Rhodes had an interesting conclusion to 2011. He was matched up against Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and put together a phenomenal tape for NFL evaluators. While providing blanket coverage against Floyd, one of the best receivers in the nation, Rhodes went down in a multi-player collision in the second half. He sustained a knee strain and was held out of the end of the game. Prior to Rhodes' injury, Floyd had only three catches for 22 yards.
Rhodes made an immediate impact for Florida State breaking into the lineup as a redshirt freshman. He recorded 58 tackles, four interceptions and 12 passes broken up, along with being named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Rhodes is a big cornerback who is very physical with receivers. He does a good job in press man coverage. Off the snap, Rhodes limits the release with a strong jam and rerouting skills. He has the speed and athletic ability to run with receivers after the jam.
Against Floyd, Rhodes showed the ability to match up with an elite receiver. Floyd couldn't beat Rhodes with speed or size. He is a good run defender who is capable of putting on some nice hits on ball-carriers
Rhodes is a big time player, and with Milliner and Banks in this draft, DEN could grab him or Poyer at #28 and get an immediate starter at CB.