CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun: Priority undrafted free agent
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
High School: Wilmington Delcastle Technical HS
No. 20 cornerback in the draft
No. 178 overall prospect
Minnesota Career: Boddy-Calhoun spent four years in Minneapolis and played in 39 games. He played in 13 games in 2012 and 2014, while he saw action in 11 games in 2015. He was limited to only two games in 2013 as he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the season. He finished his career with 113 tackles, which included 89 solo stops. Boddy-Calhoun also snagged 10 career interceptions, which ranks tied for sixth all-time in program history. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
The Wilmington, Del., native made 48 tackles in 11 games last season as he was named All-Big Ten Third Team by the media and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches. The 5-11, 190-pound corner also added four interceptions, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and eight pass breakups as a senior.
He said it: Lance Zierlein (NFL.com)
The Gophers lined up two of the top corners in the country the past couple of seasons with Eric Murray and Boddy-Calhoun, a junior college transfer (Coffeyville) who was tabbed for All-Big Ten accolades each of the last two seasons. In 2014, league media voted him first-team All-Conference (coaches had him on their second team) just one season after tearing his left ACL as he picked off five passes and broke up nine. Boddy-Calhoun intercepted four more passes in 2015, breaking up six others, to garner third-team All-Conference from the media (honorable mention from coaches).
STRENGTHS Smooth hips that open easily. Confident in his feet out of press and rarely gets turned around by a shifty release. Can bail from press coverage with little to no delay. High school high jumper who has the spring to make up for his lack of height. When he?s in position, can be effective playing the ball. Flashed greater potential in 2014. In zone or off coverage, can stick a foot in the ground instantly to drive forward. Not overly grabby. Flagged just one time in 2015.
BOTTOM LINE Small cornerback who played outside and from the slot, but must become a full-time slot cornerback on the next level due to his lack of size and strength. Boddy-Calhoun allowed entirely too much separation at times and he has a difficult time mustering enough closing speed when beaten over the top. His lack of traits could push him down the draft boards so he needs to have a big postseason to keep his draft stock alive
Prospect Evaluation (CBS Sports)
A JUCO transfer, Boddy-Calhoun was a back-up in 2012 and missed almost all of the 2013 season due to a season-ending knee injury. But he emerged in 2014 as one of the Big Ten's top playmakers in the secondary with a team-best five interceptions and 14 passes defended as a junior field corner, adding 51 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
Despite missing a few games in 2015 due to a knee injury, Boddy-Calhoun led the Gophers in interceptions (four) and passes defended (10) for the second straight season.
STRENGTHS: Boddy-Calhoun, who was voted a co-captain for the 2015 season, was the outspoken and energetic voice of the Minnesota defense and was among the best in conference with his range and fluidity for the position. He does a nice job in his transition with quick feet and smooth hips to play sticky coverage on the outside.
He is terrific at tracking the ball and using timing to disrupt the catch point.