Finding Broncos: Scouting Middle Tennessee State Safety Kevin Byard

Erick Trickel's final scouting report is on a small school guy from Middle Tennessee St. He is getting talked about by many scouts, but what does our draft expert think of the kid?

http://www.scout.com/player/126185-kevin-byard?s=101

Pro Day Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.44 seconds

VERTICAL JUMP: 38 inches

BROAD JUMP: 9 feet

SHORT SHUTTLE: 4.15 seconds

3-CONE DRILL: 6.73 seconds

BENCH PRESS (225lbs): 22 reps

Pros

  • Extremely high football IQ
  • Was in charge of getting his teammates in place
  • Is willing to charge downhill against the run
  • Remains disciplined in zone coverage
  • High motor and work ethic
  • Leader
  • Reads the quarterback's eyes
  • Sees the game like a quarterback
  • Excellent awareness
  • 19 interceptions and has 19 passes defensed over final two years
  • Stays active no matter what
  • Never give up attitude
  • Smooth backpedal with adequate footwork
  • Rare for him to panics
  • Used to be a receiver, which is obvious with how he plays the pass and his ball skills
  • Excellent character on and off the field

Cons

  • Not as physical as teams want from him and his size
  • Not a message sending hitter
  • He is an active tackler, but doesn’t tackle with good form
  • Concerns with his overall speed in coverage
  • Hitches when he changes direction
  • Struggles in man coverage, especially to mirror the receiver
  • Angles are awful
  • Allows separation to receivers with speed on cuts in the route
  • Can’t deal with trash near the line of scrimmage

Overall Thoughts

Kevin Byard brings a lot of help on special teams his rookie year, and brings help in a limited role on defense. For whichever team that drafts him, he is more of a pick for a year or two down the road. His tremendous upside and character is a reason alone to draft him.

He has multiple flaws, but they are all easily fixable by coaches, especially when he is willing to take coaching and has the work ethic to constantly grind. With some questions about his speed, he answered some of them at his pro day and showed the versatility to play either safety spot, though he may be better as a true strong safety. In the fifth round, Byard looks like a very 'Denver Broncos pick', who have the players to give Byard time to improve

Broncos Round Projection: 4th-5th round

Where He Goes: Early-Mid Day Three

Per sources: His bad form tackling is a cause for concern, but the character and intelligence are off the charts. The bad form can be worked on with good coaching.

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