Insider Report: S, Willie Andrews

Willie Andrews made an impression on those watching him play in the Big 12. The dynamic and talented defender was known as much for his ability to return kicks as he was for his play on defense. Patriots Insider wanted an opinion from those who have seen him play in college. Here are some inside observations on Andrews.

 

Chris Bullajian of BearsIllustrated.com the Baylor affiliate on the Scout.com network had this to say about Andrews:

Willie Andrews proved his value on the football field during his 4 years at Baylor University. He became a fantastic return specialist competing in the Big 12. Every punt return or kick return fielded by Andrews got fans to their feet; that's what kind of body control and athletic ability Andrews has.

On defense, Andrews played in a 4-2-5 defense, and excelled at the outside safety position. As it translates to the NFL, Andrews may be considered a bit undersized at the safety position, and his technique is not what it needs to be to play cornerback right now. He is a big hitter, and has good speed, and can be extremely valuable in dime or nickel packages. His roster spot will definitely be determined on how well he does on special teams, and using his collegiate career as an indicator, he should be fine.

Fox Sports pre-draft scouting report had this on Andrews:

Andrews is a compactly-built player with a ball of energy, a relentless motor and superb acceleration. Despite playing a position normally manned by 220-pounders, he has proven to be a very capable blitzer, registering 8.5 quarterback sacks, 26 stops behind the line of scrimmage and eleven pressures during his career.

He is a mighty-might who has had good success playing inside the box. He manages to slip through trash and gain penetration, showing good balance and closing burst to disrupt the pocket. He is a smart, instinctive player with a good feel for the ball and is quick to locate. He plays with a search and destroy attitude and will give up his body to make the play.

Andrews has great timed speed, but lacks the loose hips and explosion to come out of his backpedal cleanly to stay on the hip of the receiver. He is more effective in zone coverage, as he has the vision to take good angles closing on plays in front of him. He is a good open field tackler when he keeps his pads down, but when he gets too high in his stance, receivers can bounce off his hits.

Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson, center, is defended by Baylor defensive backs Braelon Davis (5) and Willie Andrews, right, during the second half, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, in Waco, Texas. Peterson, David McMillan of Kansas and Brett Culbertson of Iowa State were named Big 12 players of the week on Monday. Peterson ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns in OU's 35-0 win over Baylor. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

 

TFY Draft Preview had this as their Scouting report on Andrews:

Bio: Three-year starter handed All-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 59/3/4. Posted 67/0/3 as a junior with a 10.8-yard average on punts.

Pos: Explosive defensive back who displays speed in every direction. Tough, works to get involved and flies around the ball. Flashes skill in coverage and positions himself to make plays on the ball.

Neg: Under-sized, runs around blocks and does not always play under control.

Analysis: Possessing solid size/speed numbers for the secondary, Andrews is a dime back for the next level with potential as a return specialist.

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