NFL Draft: Film review of Clemson S Jayron Kearse

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on the hard-hitting safety prospect for the national runner-up.

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Jayron Kearse

Position: Safety

College: Clemson

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 220 lbs.

Age: 21

(Analysis of games vs. Appalachian State, Notre Dame, Florida State and North Carolina)

Positives: Jayron Kearse is a load at 6'5" 220 lbs. playing the safety position. Kearse is much better moving forward than backwards. He played in the box and as a single high safety. He can certainly lower the boom on ball-carriers but isn't always going for the kill shot. He's very physical at the line of scrimmage, giving receivers a hard time when he's playing press. 

Concerns: Kearse has long strides but does not have great speed. He doesn't have great change of direction skills. He will need better technique if he's going to play man coverage in the NFL. He uses his hands too much which will cause penalties at the next level. Kearse was not an effective blitzer.

If drafted by Redskins: Every team in the NFL is looking for a guy to play the Kam Chancellor "enforcer" role in the secondary. Kearse isn't exactly that but he would certainly add some intimidating size to the secondary in Washington. The Redskins haven't had stable safety play since the late Sean Taylor. After watching Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo both flamed out in Washington, Scot McCloughan would probably like to add his stamp on the secondary. Projections have Kearse likely comes off the board on Day 3.

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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