BIO: Two-year starter, named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All American last season after totaling 49/9/6. Interceptions led to 40 Gator points. Also averaged 11.1 yards on 31 punt returns. Moved into the starting role as a junior when he posted 53/9/1.
POSITIVES: Ball-hawking cornerback with a penchant for the big play. Can pedal off the line, turn and loses nothing in transition. Seems to have a sixth sense as to where quarterbacks will throw the ball before the pass is in the air. Keeps the action in front of him, quickly breaks on the throw and possesses a burst of closing speed. Terrific reaction to the play and hands for the interception.
NEGATIVES: Not aggressive tackling or the first volunteer in run support. Lacks the great recovery speed and will be outrun by opponents.
ANALYSIS: From a physical standpoint, Ratliff does not possess the classic size-speed numbers for a top cornerback. Yet no one can deny his productivity or ability to make the big play during the game's important moments. Should be an outstanding zone corner at the next level and get plenty of playing time as a rookie.