Scout's Notebook: CB Brandon Sumrall

Get a closer look at former Southern Mississippi cornerback Brandon Sumrall. The full scouting report is right here:

#33, Brandon Sumrall, CB
(5097, 195, 4.46-4.67) Southern Mississippi

Notes:  Born 7/15/86 in New Augusta, Miss.  Parents are Leonard and Kim Sumrall.  Attended Perry Central High School, where he played for coach Perry Wheat.  Rushed for 1,566 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on 171 carries (9.2 avg.).  Also completed 19 of 41 passes for 365 yards and added 285 receiving yards and 240 kick return yards.  Defensively, he had 139 tackles and one interception.  Also played basketball and ran track.

College:  Played both safety and cornerback in college.  2004 (freshman):  Played in 9 games; saw action in more than 125 plays, finished the season with 6 tackles and one forced fumble.  2005 (sophomore):  Started all 12 games at rover; finished as the team's third leading tackler with 88, tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions, and added one sack, 0.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 5 pass breakups.  2006 (junior):  Started all 13 games, playing on 690 snaps; recorded 77 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 PBU, 3 forced fumbles and averaged 21.1 on kickoff returns.  2007 (senior):  Moved to cornerback, started all 12 games; recorded 98 tackles, 6 interceptions (one returned 82 yards for a touchdown), 8 PBU, 3 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 5 TFL and one sack.  Finished his career with 38 consecutive starts.  Majored in coaching and sports administration.

Pre-Draft workouts:  Posted 1.50 10-yard dash, 2.61 20-yard dash,Brandon Sumrall 4.60-4.62 40-yard dash, 34 ½-inch vertical jump, 10'-3" broad jump, 4.10 short shuttle, 6.76 three-cone drill and did 16 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro:  Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings following the 2008 NFL Draft.

Positives:  Very good athlete.  Quick, tough and physical with good ball-hawking skills and hands.  Plays faster than he times.  Good Cover-2 prospect who does a nice job re-routing receivers at the line of scrimmage.  Is quick and agile and shows good short-area burst.  Plays smart, good awareness and can break on the ball and comes up quickly.  Strong tackler on run support.  Has some versatility (has also played safety) and should contribute on special teams.

Negatives:  Does not have great size, speed or pure, sustained man-on-man cover ability.  Might struggle to keep up with premier receivers down the field.  Will gamble and lose at times.

Summary:  Sumrall is a good fit in the team's zone scheme and could surprise and challenge for a roster spot if he stands out on special teams.

What they said:

"I haven't figured out the NFL system yet.  Some of the guys I think are sure bets don't get drafted.  Pound for pound, he's definitely the hardest hitter and most physical player we had in a while.  You'd take a million Brandon Sumralls." - Jay Hopson, former USM defensive coordinator and now an assistant at Michigan.

"Quick, physical, undersized zone corner with speed limitations.  Could provide some versatility in the secondary and contribute on special teams." - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

"Has some potential as a zone corner or safety because of his pop, toughness, and ability to break on the ball." -

Other Links:
College Bio
NFL Draft Countdown


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