BIOGRAPHY: Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting 82/3/9 as a senior after 59/1/4 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Developing defensive back who displayed all-around improvement in his game last season. Fluid moving in reverse, quickly picks up cover assignments and displays good range on the field. Smooth transitioning to run with opponents.
NEGATIVES: Struggles with his back to the ball when placed in one-on-one coverage situations. Does not time well for the stopwatch.
ANALYSIS: A hard-working defender who.s been very productive on special teams, Merrick has definite possibilities as a dime back in a zone system.