Charles Drake Free Safety
University of Michigan
Positives…Well-built with good upper body development…Has very good recovery speed, strength and balance…Plays smart, making proper checks in the secondary…Tough tackler who will deliver a blow to the receiver…Former running back who adapted well to the position switch…Shows balance and body control with good feet turnover breaking out of his backpedal…Plays with good range and depth when attempting to accelerate deep…Puts himself in proper position, taking the right angles as he breaks and mirrors the receivers in man coverage…Knows how to get over the top on the deep receivers and shows excellent underneath zone awareness…Shows good rise jumping to make a play on the ball…Very fast to plug the holes at the line and has the strength needed to provide run support…Consistent face-up tackler who works well in space…Can knock back blockers to come off and finish the tackle…Does not take wasted steps coming out of his back- pedal…Shows good hip snap and agility changing direction…Has above average timing and burst blitzinbg off the corner.
Negatives…Overall toughness is inconsistent…Not explosive in his breaks, but is fluid… Needs to use his hands better to maintain contact on the receiver…Not as quick to react when trying to take angles in the deep zone…Needs to locate and react to the ball quicker…Lacks the natural hands needed for the interception…Shows up late, at times and spends too much time on the fringes in run force…Throws his body around willingly, but ducks his head and does not wrap well, causing missed tackles…Shows hesitation when trying to recover or catch up…Appears a little too high in his backpedal and a jerky motion out of his breaks.
Former running back who made a successful move to strong safety as a sophomore… Two-year starter who was responsible for making the checks in the secondary…Saw action in 47 games, starting 25 contests…Has experience at both free and strong safety… Recorded 174 tackles (134 solos) with six sacks for minus 37 yards and 12 stops for losses of 49 yards…Also intercepted a pass and deflected nine others.
University of Colorado
Positives…Has good athletic ability with fluid change of direction agility and lateral movement…Has above average football instincts, showing keen awareness picking up stunts and blitzes…Has good balance and body control, bending his knees properly and coming up quickly out of his stance to sustain blocks and gain leverage…Drives defenders off the line of scrimmage, using his hand punch to jolt and grab his man underneath the jersey…Does a nice job with his wide leg base in staying on his feet…Has the nimble agility and quick burst to block on the move…Gets his hands up quickly to keep them in the defender's frame…Has a quick pass set and sharp kick slide along with lateral agility to mirror defenders…Excels with his inline blocking, displaying the speed needed to block down, scope and reach block…Has the ability to get to the second level and sustain blocks on linebackers, making good adjustments on the move coming off the double teams.
Negatives…Does not show explosion coming off the snap and needs to roll his hips better in order to drive off defenders…Struggles a bit vs. the power rush (gets rocked back on his heels), as he will get torqued and turned around…Tries to break down, but is not always able to adjust to his targets…Needs to work on his timing when asked to shotgun snap (peeks at the defense and then snaps it, allowing the defender to time his snap)…Has good strength, but will need to develop more power and bulk to prevent defenders from shocking and pushing him around…Will struggle to maintain anchor on contact from stunts.
The two-year starter was another in a line of standout Northwestern University recruits to follow coach Gary Barnett to Colorado…Started his career as a tight end, but earned a starting job at right guard with the Wildcats in 1999…A sound technician, he manned the center position as a junior and then shifted right guard for his final campaign for the Buffaloes.
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