2016 NFL Draft: early look at USC’s Kevon Seymour
USC’s Kevon Seymour is a long and instinctive cornerback prospect. His size is important because NFL teams are starting to put an emphasis on bigger cornerbacks. Seymour needs some seasoning but he showed enough last season to be in the early round mix.
His fluid hips and quickness is also a major asset. Seymour is able to mirror the receiver as he goes in and out of his breaks. He keeps his head on a swivel and does a great job tracking the football. Seymour also isn’t afraid of contact as he’ll go up and contest jump balls.
He features the short-area burst to quickly click and close on the football. This is important because it helps limit the effectiveness of shorter routes. The clip below is an example of Seymour identifying the route, closing on the ball and making the tackle:
Seymour is an aggressive player more than willing to support the run. He often explodes towards the line of scrimmage looking to make a tackle. However, he needs to clean up his overall tackling as he has too many misses.
The upside here is unlimited and with a good season Seymour could push to be one of the first cornerbacks off the board. There aren’t many players who feature his combination of length, tenacity and fluid movement skills.
At this point I have him in the late-first round behind only Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III and Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller.
Current Draft Position: 1st Round