Cal inks Josh Drayden, a cornerback out of Dallas

Josh Drayden fends off suitors down the stretch and stays true to Cal, signing at 2:15 PM CST.

Josh Drayden is not like the larger corner commits Cal brought in last class, at 5-foot-10, 175, but certainly plays bigger than his size. Beyond that he’s set a personal-best 40 time at 4.39, and he’s run the 100 meters in 10.88 seconds. Oh, and he plays point guard on the high school basketball team. 

"Josh is one of those kids, down the stretch, had a bunch of people knocking on his door. He did a good job of hanging with us," Sonny Dykes said. "Good size, quick guy, more of a true corner, can move his feet and anticiaptes throws well. He's a high-academic kid who really values the education here at Cal."

He uses his speed and acceleration to take down opposing receivers from behind when they find the seam in the safety coverage. He’s very good in press, and can play both man and zone.

Drayden’s tape shows him to be a very physical corner, not shy to jam receivers off the line. He also shows very fluid hips, able to flip and run with outside receivers. He also plays well off the line, dropping back into coverage, with good instincts and a nose for the ball. With the proliferation of spread offenses in the pass-happy Pac-12, Drayden shows a good ability to sniff out screens, and when he does pick a ball off, he doesn’t go down easily, with one, 60-yard interception return to his credit as a junior.

He’s very physical going up for the ball in traffic, and doesn’t shy away from contact. In fact, he shows quite a lust for hitting.

What’s most impressive on his film is not the tackles, the hits or the interceptions. What Drayden shows repeatedly is an attention to detail. Granted, these are highlights, but he appears to be very assignment-sound. It’s the plays where the quarterback doesn't throw his way that stand out more than the traditional highlights, because he’s able to take the opposing receiver out of the play from the snap when in man coverage.


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