BIO: Three-year starter who has led Stanford in tackles every season since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 76/4/7 after 90/2/8 as a junior.
POSITIVES: Intelligent, instinctive safety who does a solid job patrolling centerfield. Reads the action, helps out cornerbacks and takes good angles to the play. Remains focused throughout and a leader in the defensive secondary. Picks up cover assignments, displays a nice move on the ball and solid in run defense. Quick coming up the field, lays a shoulder into ballcarriers and wraps up at the point. Effective facing the quarterback and stays with the action.
NEGATIVES: Marginal skills in man coverage, stiff backpedaling in reverse, and best moving up the field. Not a sudden defender who flashes on the scene.
ANALYSIS: An efficient free safety known for outstanding work ethic. An active defender with a good feel for the position. Deficient skills in coverage will limit him to a two-deep system, yet should immediately contribute as a rookie and have a solid NFL career.