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C.J. Byrd
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6-1.5, 193
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BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter who totaled 49 tackles as a senior after 44 the previous he year. Has broken up 11 passes the past two seasons, and posted one interception during his college career.

POSITIVES: Byrd is a solid athlete with good upside and his special teams productivity could help him catch on to an NFL roster. He would be best playing for defense that employs a zone system, or he could be tried as a traditional strong safety.

NEGATIVES: Mostly a straight-line defender, lacks speed to the flanks and top sideline-to-sideline range. Too easily blocked from the action for a bigger defensive back. Stiff pedaling in reverse and lacks overall ball skills.

ANALYSIS: Aggressive defensive back who chases the action hard. Effectively diagnoses the action, displays a good burst of straight-line speed, and gives effort. Displays skill in zone coverage, stays with assignments, and plays disciplined football. Aggressive, throws his pads into the pile to defend the run or screen passes, and also a good special teams player.


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