BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter who began his career at the University of Oregon. Struggled with a hamstring injury as a senior, and posted
just 26/2/5 in seven games. Junior totals included 50/2/10. Started the first two games of his sophomore season at Oregon
before being sidelined with a leg injury.
POSITIVES: When healthy and at the top of his game, Bates displays himself as a solid cornerback who has the skills to be used as a dime
back/special teams player in the NFL.
NEGATIVES: Small and out-positioned by opponents. Does not possess the top-end speed and beaten in foot races. Has an injury history.
ANALYSIS: Fluid, mechanically sound cornerback with a good head for the position. Feisty, works hard on the field, and is a solid special
teams player. Quick-footed in reverse, smooth in his hips transitioning to run with opponents, and displays a burst of speed.
Quickly breaks to the throw out of his plant, and gets a hand in to defend passes.