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Kyler Gordon

CB Washington 6-0 194 JR #2


 

GRADE: 86  OVR RANK: TBC  POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 31″ // HAND SIZE: 9 1/4″
40YD: 4.52 (60%) // 10YD: 1.56 (75%) // VJ: 39 1/2″ (93%) // BJ: 10’08″(91%)
BP: 20 (95%) // SS: 3.96 (97%)// 3C: 6.67 (96%)

Projection: Starting Press Man CB who you can win with, and who may be better suited as a Slot CB due to prowess in short spaces and play strength. Draft Projection: Early Round 2 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com

Ravens Fit: Despite coming from a distinctly unfriendly scheme for transition to the Ravens, Gordon is actually better suited for them than Trent McDuffie (though I think you can be creative on his fit with the Ravens too). Gordon is a press man CB who was stuck in a scheme that didn’t make the best use of his particular skills. He does have some challenges with his transition mechanics, but he plays with outstanding play strength in both press, at the break-point, in defeating blocks, at the catch-point and in the tackle. He’ll also be versatile in the Ravens scheme as he might even be better suited to an inside role at the next level.
 
Overall Fit 4/5

Context

Plays outside in mostly bail/off Zone coverage. Played more man and press than his teammate McDuffie.

Coverage

Patient and good with his hands in press coverage with a jam. He has very good play strength and will deploy it when jamming a receiver at the line. He has good hand placement and power in his strike, and uses what length he has. He also has the ability to match angles with his footwork, mostly due to his lateral explosion/foot speed which is good. He has an aggressive temperament, competes hard, which helps in press. He is most often in off coverage or bail coverage and plays well on the half-turn. He can shadow a receiver in close quarters due to his foot speed and stays in phase preventing the receiver from being targeted on most shorter routes from press.

When in off-man, he can be too slow to trigger to get to the receiver in time to make a play on the ball. This processing deficiency extends to covering receivers in open space on deeper or intermediate routes, from off or bail, in man or zone. He can be slow to react and doesn’t read the Quarterback or route progressions at a high level. Consequently receivers with good processing and salesmanship to their routes can get him to open his hips the wrong way and then take advantage of him.

He can use his play strength at the break point and with savvy to avoid being penalized. His transition mechanics are off, he’s tight in his hips flipping to turn with receivers downfield or across the field. His drive mechanics are also a little suspect as he does have a small ghost step before transitioning to forward movement. But he is a better linear athlete so his explosion can cover up some difficulties there. He can use his foot speed to close after the break point but his processing and hips can leave him a little behind. Has excellent ball tracking especially downfield, though his processing can leave him susceptible to a back-shoulder throw as he can be too slow to see it coming. Can get his hands on the ball to disrupt the pass when close to the receiver and in phase due to his tracking, timing and most of all play strength.

Run Support and Tackling

An outstanding run support CB, he is tough, aggressive and physical with great tackling technique. He could be quicker to trigger against the run but when he does he can defeat blocks from even bigger blockers with explosion and play strength. He plays as a disciplined force player against the run. He comes from high to low effectively, he has good footwork to position for the tackle in space, keeping his weight evenly distributed before displaying excellent form technique in the tackle. He uses what length he has well in the tackle and can get even bigger RBs to the ground.  He is a very effective tackler in open space.

SUMMARY
Physical, tough, press man CB, mirrors well in short areas due to foot speed and play strength but processing struggles and hip deficiency limits him. Outstanding in run support

PRODUCTION
JR: 46 Total Tackles, 2 FF, 2 INTs, 6 PBUs
SO: 15 Total Tackles, 1 FF, 3 PBUs
INJURY: None

RAVENS FIT
Athleticism 4
Intelligence 3
Versatility 3
Grit 5
Scheme 4

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