Film Study: Nigel Warrior

Matt DeBary takes a look at Westlake ATH Nigel Warrior on film.

Nigel Warrior is an impressive athlete who plays wide receiver, defensive back and special teams for Westlake High School in Atlanta. Listed at 6’1, 177 lbs., the Scout 100 athlete makes plays all over the field for the Lions, but I believe Warrior will most likely end up at safety at the next level.

As a defensive back, what stands out most are his instincts. He plays centerfield in the secondary and shows true leadership on defense. He is rarely out of position, doesn’t get fooled by the trick play, and always finds a way to be around the ball. I saw him live in the rising seniors game, and Warrior was the top DB I saw in the game for either team. Although he got beat one time by Archer WR Kyle Davis, Warrior shows good feet in his backpedal, and has tremendous ball skills. Warrior went on to record two interceptions in the rising seniors game, along with breaking up numerous passes throughout the game. In run support, Warrior showed excellent closing speed, doing a great job to hit the gap before the back reaches the next level. He can give a pretty good hit at times, but needs to continue to work on becoming a pure tackler. Although I really like what I saw out of him playing safety, Warrior has great size as well as the necessary ball skills to become a very successful cornerback. Either way, I think Warrior has the ability to play both defensive back positions in college.

At wide receiver, Warrior showed he has good hands and the ability to get slight separation from the defender. He is very athletic, which makes it tough for defenders to bring him down. Whether it’s catching a pass on offense, or returning an interception on defense, Warrior showed great instincts with the ball in his hands. He sees the field well, and made many big plays zigzagging all over the field. He looks for blocks to run behind and looks very natural with the ball.

Special teams is one place where Warrior can play immediately as a freshman if asked to do so. He is talented enough as a defender to be a quality starter down the road in the SEC, but I think he is too athletic to take a redshirt no matter where he signs. If he’s not starting on defense, Warrior is a guy capable of playing a bunch on special teams. He’s very instinctive, plays hard, and he makes things happen.

Right now, I think Warrior is a guy who can really cover, but I want to see more in run support. He has demonstrated he can close well and make a big play on the ball, but I want to see how well he can stop a big-time SEC running back. I think he could also benefit from adding more muscle as well.

Overall, Warrior has all the tools to be an impact defensive back at the next level. He has great instincts, playmaking ability, footwork, and hands. If Warrior can continue working on his strengths, get a little stronger and faster, and improve his tackling, I think he could be an all-conference type of player down the road. Very good prospect, and arguably the top defensive back in the state of Georgia for the 2016 class.


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