.NET Draft Spotlight: Antrel Rolle

.NET's reporter, Scott Eklund, continues his look at the cornerbacks available in this year's NFL Draft. Next up? University of Miami CB Antrel Rolle.

2. Antrel Rolle, CB Miami
6'1", 205 4.5 (40 Time)

NFL Comparison- Terrance Newman, Dallas


A three-year starter, Rolle played against some of the best competition in the country, and that was just in practice. Rolle is a tough competitor whose athleticism and size/speed ratio set him apart from the rest of the corners available in the draft. His best season was in 2003 as a junior, when he held Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald, now with the Arizona Cardinals, to three receptions for 26 yards (his worst game of the season). He finished the season with 51 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed. His senior season was a bit of a rollercoaster, where he didn't post any interceptions, but that was mainly due to quarterbacks throwing away from him.

Against the pass-

Rolle is very physical in the passing game. His strength allows him to matchup with bigger receivers and his leaping ability and athleticism allow him to make plays on balls that smaller corners generally cannot. His hip turn is very smooth and he breaks on the ball well. His only problem has been spotty route recognition and his penchant for peeking into the backfield. He was burned several times as a senior, because the Miami pass rush lacked consistency. He has all the physical tools to be an outstanding corner, but he needs to become more of a student of the game, rather than relying on his raw physical talent.

Against the run-

His size makes him an asset while supporting the run. He fills very hard and comes up and plays with reckless abandon. He is a sure tackler and he is physical with blockers.

Roster impact on Seattle-

Rolle would be a welcomed addition to the Seattle secondary. He excels in man-to-man coverage and his ball-hawking skills allow him to make plays that some corners struggle with. He would definitely be an excellent complement to Marcus Trufant's solid cover skills on the other side. Rolle is also a winner, playing for one of the best football programs in the country while at Miami.

Draft Projection-

Top 15. He and West Virginia's Adam Jones have been battling it out atop most team's draft boards at corner and it appears the Jones has separated himself just a little bit, mainly because of his kick return abilities. Rolle will get some looks from several teams not the least of which will be Arizona (8th selection), Washington (9th), Detroit (10th) and Kansas City (15th).

Final Analysis-

In the final analysis, Rolle might be a better NFL corner than Jones. Rolle has the size and speed needed to battle the bigger wideouts that are so prevalent in today's NFL. He's a fluid athlete who plays the run and pass equally well. He is also a game-changing type player who is adept at playing the ball in the air. Adding to his value is the fact that he may be able to switch to free safety with his ball-hawking skills and his sure tackling abilities.

.NET Reporter Scott Eklund writes for Seahawks.NET every week. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.

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