CB Marlon Humphrey, 6’0” 197 Alabama
What He Does Well:
Is a big, physical corner with a well rounded skill set. Is physically dominant at the line of scrimmage, disrupts and re-routes even the strongest of receivers at the line. Has above average speed and is a sneaky athlete who can turn and change directions quickly. Possess good recovery ability. Uses the sidelines to neutralize receivers better than most cornerbacks in this class. Is a beast against the run and screen plays. Diagnoses plays quickly and is a seek and destroy player against the run. Physical tackler who enjoys laying the lumber. Not easily blocked by opposing receivers. Has the penchant to make big plays in the passing game.
Where He Needs Work:
Still raw in coverage and is prone to mistakes due to his inpatients. Can be fooled by double moves and struggles in deep coverage, allowed over 19 yards per completion his final year at Alabama. Allows too much separation at times in coverage. Possesses good ball skills but poor positioning limits his chances to make plays and has attributed to some of his breakdowns in coverage. Overly aggressive and physical nature could lead to too many penalties in the NFL.
Only a redshirt sophomore Marlon Humphrey is an intriguing cornerback prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. He checks all the boxes you want in a cornerback: speed, athleticism, physicality, swagger and ball skills but is still considerably raw. His coverage ability and technique still needs some work and could lead to some struggles early on in his career. Humphrey’s skill set could appeal to some teams as a strong safety thanks to his physicality and zone coverage ability. A true boom or bust prospect I would not be surprised if a team looking for a big physical press corner selects Humphrey in the first round in hopes of coaching up him up.