Class of 2009 Breakdown: Cornerback

Pack Pride takes a detailed look at NC State's cornerback signees for the class of 2009.

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    Cornerback

    SIGNEES

    Jarvis Byrd...5-11, 180 pounds...Pahokee (FLA) High Shool

    Dean Haynes...5-11, 178 pounds...NW Whitfield County High School, Tunnel Hill, Ga

    Rashard Smith...5-11, 175 pounds...Dublin (GA) High School

    Did the Pack meet their needs based on sheer numbers: A

    Star in the making? Jarvis Byrd

    Most underrated? Rashard Smith

    The Pack missed on: Josh Hunter, Travis Hawkins

    Pack had to work the hardest to land: Jarvis Byrd

    How many may the Pack target for the class of 2010: 2

    POSITION BREAKDOWN (NOTE: The information here is solely the opinion of Pack Pride and should be considered for discussion purposes only.)

    Jarvis Byrd

    STRENGTHS: Byrd is quicker than fast, boasts great closing and recovery speed, adjusts extremely well to the ball in the air,has solid cover fundamentals, and doesn't mind hitting. He should be a perfect fit in a zone defense.

    WEAKNESSES: Somewhat undersized... fundamentally, very few weaknesses, just needs to adjust the mental and physical demands of college football.

    ACADEMICS: Question Mark

    IMPACT IN 2009? redshirt is likely but if depth became an issue, could see time

    Dean Haynes

    STRENGTHS: A great overall athlete, Haynes has great straight-line speed and impressive acceleration. He has good leadership qualities and is a very hard worker.

    WEAKNESSES: Played several positions in high school so he will need time to refine as a cornerback. Haynes will need to add strength... somewhat raw now but the tools are there.

    ACADEMICS: Projects as a qualifier

    IMPACT IN 2009? Likely Redshirt

    Rashard Smith

    STRENGTHS: Somewhat of a combination of Byrd and Haynes, Smith played several positions while in high school but has tremendous cover skills as a corner. He has good quickness and instincts, reacts to the ball well in the air, and has above-average athleticism.

    WEAKNESSES: Smith will need to focus in and hone his cover skills. He has good quickness but ids not a blazer... will need to add strength.

    ACADEMICS: Projects as a qualifier

    IMPACT IN 2009? Likely Redshirt


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