Byrum is the 21st best prospect at the position according to Scout.com. He's a three-star player and ranked higher than Stanford CB T.J. Rushing, who the Bears have also shown interest in for his potential to be a versatile contributor.
Like Rushing, Byrum brings a special teams dimension to his game. The five-foot-10, 175-pounder has experience as a punt and kick returner, as well as a gunner. He finished fifth in the school history with 1,195 yards kick return yards. In 2005, he averaged 7.5 yards per punt attempt.
Playing in the MAC has kept Byrum under the radar and will likely make him a second day pick. Still he has an impressive resume as one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's best collegiate defensive back.
Selecting Byrum would initially be for his special teams ability, but he still has a chance to contribute in the secondary. He has 4.43 speed and a vertical leap of 40 inches. If he comes to Chicago he has knowledge of the cover 2. The Bobcats played a version of it during his time at Ohio.
TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive: Game-impacting cornerback with top ball skills. Fluid transitioning off the line, displays outstanding playing speed and runs with opponents downfield. Quickly locates the ball and positions himself to defend the throw. Has a decisive move to the play. Possesses a good sense of timing and outstanding hands for the pick.
Negative: Bites on receivers' moves or fakes. Gets tall in his backpedal. Tends to do more hitting than wrap-up tackling.
Analysis: With opposing quarterbacks consistently throwing away from him last year, Byrum developed into an outstanding cover corner. Offers potential in nickel packages during the early stages of his career with future ability as a starter.