NUC Draft Guru Analysis: Marlon Humphrey | CB | Alabama | 6’1” | 196 lbs |
6’1”, 196 lbs
Positional- 1 (CB)
Analysis by Nolan Fleming
To help put this into perspective
Any team that is looking to draft Humphrey better have a top-ten pick. The Alabama star is the best cornerback in this draft and has the tools to make an immediate impact. His well-developed technique in coverage should allow him to have a lengthy NFL career. In the past five years an average of 31.6 cornerbacks have been drafted per year. More specifically, an average of 3.8 have been drafted in the first round. This shows our ranking of Marlon Humphrey has him placed as a prospect who should be drafted early in the first round.
Humphrey has elite top-end speed, allowing him to keep up with the quickest of receivers. He also possesses desired size which will allow him to shadow bigger star receivers all over the field. Humphrey’s off technique makes him an excellent option in off man-to-man and zone coverage. The star corner has the willingness and capability to tackle in the open field. Besides locking down receivers, Humphrey also excels on special teams and has an extremely high motor.
Areas of Improvement
Humphrey has shown a tendency of getting lazy with his hands and feet in press coverage. This allows receivers to get a clean release off the football and get behind him on their way down field. Humphrey has been able to cover this up with lightning-like speed, but talented NFL receivers will be able to exploit it.
Current NFL Comparison
Aqib Talib (Drafted in Round 1, 2008)