Even though the Carolina Panthers signed Trenton Robinson earlier this month, the team could still be in the market for another safety. The interest in Clemson's safety Jayron Kearse makes sense and according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, the team worked him out this past week.
Kearse has been a full-time starter the past two seasons for the Tigers at safety and finished his collegiate career with 162 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, seven interceptions and 11 passes defended. He had 10 total tackles in the two playoff games against Oklahoma and Alabama.
The first thing that stands out about Kearse is certainly his height at 6'4" however he still has to fill out the frame weighing in at only 216 pounds at the NFL Combine. However, he showed off his athletic ability in Indianapolis finishing in the Top 10 among safeties in four of the five workouts he completed.
The biggest weakness for Kearse, according to Rob Rang and Dane Bugler's scouting report, is that he struggles taking the right angle on the field. They wrote about Kearse: "Bad habit of coasting and taking poor angles, which leads to chunk plays for the offense. Needs to eliminate the wasted steps and play with more control."
The Clemson safety is ranked on Scout as the ninth best safety and this could be more of a project for the Panthers to teach the necessary technique to play the position. The team may be willing to develop this technique and see Kearse as a safety of the future because it is incredibly rare to find a player with his height and his speed.