CB Washington 5-11 193 JR #22
GRADE: 92 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 29 3/4″ // HAND SIZE: 8 3/4″
40YD: 4.44 (84%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: ( %) // BJ: ( %)
BP: ( %) // SS: ( %)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Likely scheme diverse starting CB at the next level but I’m projecting his LOS skills as you don’t have enough evidence to judge effectively.
Ravens Fit: McDuffie will be a fascinating discussion in the Ravens War Room. On the face of it, he doesn’t project well having played so much Zone coverage at Washington but I think you can project him as scheme diverse. If the Ravens agree, then his processing, athleticism and technique could sky-rocket him up the board. The main advantage to McDuffie is the proficiency with which he plays in Zone, it would allow the Ravens to run the disguise on their coverage that they were less able to do, minus Marcus Peters. McDuffie is a versatile piece who would compete for a starting spot in the CB rotation immediately. Draft projection: Mid-to-late Round 1 – Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
Overall Fit 4/5
Left CB regardless of receiver type, and field or boundary. Plays mostly zone coverage – even in split-field coverages, he plays the Cover 4 side.
His best trait, by a distance, is his elite processing skills which enable him to play to his potential as part of Washington’s heavy zone defense. He has the versatility to play man-to-man when required though, which helps the defense add plenty of disguise to it’s coverages and feel good about whatever coverage they are in as well as when they have to run match principles. More often than not, he is showing press before bailing into a deep zone with a man turn early in his drop, but he does demonstrate his skills at the line of scrimmage on the rare occasion the defense does run Man. He can get his hands on and plays with solid play strength when jamming the receiver. Bigger WRs can over-power him but he competes and has remarkable balance, able to recover and stay in phase at times. When not jamming he uses his leverage smartly and has the foot speed and hip fluidity to match angles, even against double move releases. He could show more patience and wait for the WR to play his hand in longer space releases, he can recover against most college competition he faces because of his hips, balance and speed but will need to clean this up for the next level.
In terms of hips in coverage, he is a very well-oiled machine. He has outstanding technique and fluidity which allows him to stay in phase on all types of routes. When in Zone Coverage, he processes route progressions at an elite level and reads the game very effectively. He passes off and picks up routes in his zone easily. From Zone, his processing means he can use his trigger to break on the ball effectively and break up the pass with timing. He’s competitive at the catch-point, especially when coming forwards to defend from zone coverage. His drive mechanics are good but it is reliant on getting off his spot quickly due to his processing. In Man, he can get boxed out by bigger WRs and cannot time up or place his disruption as well as he can when playing Zone. He is physical through the route and will compete at the break-point.
Run Support and Tackling
He is a very willing run defender and gets involved in the run game a lot more than his number of deep coverage drops would suggest he could. He will play with gap discipline and plays well as a force player, even when taking on bigger blockers – he is physically tough. He beats blocks mainly with his processing as he’s able to diagnose run-pass quickly and get in position to make a play by taking good angles. He’s a good tackler when he gets there, staying form and fronting up, getting even bigger RBs to the ground.
Mainly Zone CB who projects to any scheme at the next level due to physical toughness, technique and athleticism. Elite processor in Zone, wants to defend the run
JR: 1 Sack, 33 Total Tackles, 5 PBUs
INJURY: Missed 1 game Ankle Injury (JR)