Devon Witherspoon: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Devon Witherspoon: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • College: Illinois
  • Year: Junior
  • Position: Cornerback


  • A pure speedy, athletic, physical corner
  • Outstanding instincts and awareness which are probably the best in this class
  • He plays much bigger than his size
  • Incredibly, brutally physical. Is a hard hitter who hits with force and tenacity
  • Excessively violent and aggressive
  • It means he is a great tackler and is consistently good
  • Is explosive which is intense
  • Plays with hustle and urgency
  • Twitchy athlete
  • Has the speed to cover ground.
  • His movement skills are lightning quick and he can click and close quickly. 
  • Fantastic ball skills
  • Anticipation means it feels like he has reacted before the play has developed. The instincts are elite
  • His awareness means he reads and reacts to routes in coverage quickly and decisively and he has the athletic ability to stay with his man throughout the route before competing at the catch point
  • Will be a leader for a team
  • Is versatile enough to play zone or man
  • Plays with incredible energy and a relentless motor
  • Can beat you in so many different ways


  • His aggressive play style can lead to him being off balance at times and it can mean he misses some tackles.
  • He can overshoot his tackles on occasion simply because he plays so quickly and violently.
  • Needs to work on his technique at the line of scrimmage, especially during press. He needs to use his physicality better and not lunge into receivers
  • Taking better angles into contact would help sure up the tackles he does miss
  • May be asked to add weight. Is undersized for an outside corner.
  • It will show up against more physical receivers when in press coverage


Devon Witherspoon plays with intense urgency and incredible physicality. But, what separates Witherspoon is his instincts and anticipation which are almost difficult to believe. The urgency he plays with makes him a fierce competitor and his relentless motor and aggression means when he hits, you feel it. A first-round projection is an easy one for Witherspoon who has traits and football intelligence you just can not teach.

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