Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB Nebraska

Created on Apr. 12, 2014 12:46 PM EST



2013 STATS: 41 TKL, 4 INT

STRENGTHS: Like current Seahawks star corner Richard Sherman, Jean-Baptiste started out at Nebraska as a wide receiver. He has great ball skills thanks to his experience as an offensive player and recorded seven interceptions during his college career. Despite not being the most experienced corner in this draft, he has above average instincts and should continue to develop in that area. He's at his best pressing at the line and re-routing opposing receivers, as he can use his strength as an advantage against smaller receivers. He's more athletic than film suggests, as he ran a 4.41 at the combine in March. He's also durable, having played in every game the past two seasons for the Cornhuskers.

WEAKNESSES: Jean-Baptiste has made great strides the past two seasons, but he's still a raw talent. He's still learning how to play the corner position, and film study shows that he still gambles way too frequently on the outside. He's been vulnerable to double moves at times and needs to shore up his route recognition skills. If he gets beat off the line initially, he lacks the recovery speed to make up for it and often gets burned for big plays. He's also a work-in-progress as a run defender, although he showed quite a bit of progress in that area this past season. He did record 41 tackles as a senior in 2013, which was a marked improvement over just 24 tackles the previous season.

WHERE HE FITS: The NFL loves big corners right now, which will make Jean-Baptiste a highly touted prospect in next month's draft. He's a developmental player at this point, but he has the skill set to potentially become a shut down corner. The team that drafts him will need to be patient and should not expect him to instantly step in and become a starter. The Seahawks still have Sherman and Byron Maxwell as the team's top two corners, but Maxwell could leave as a free agent next year and Seattle needs to re-stock the depth chart at the position. It's no secret that Pete Carroll and John Schneider covet big corners, but with Sherman and Maxwell both coming from later rounds, it remains to be seen if Seattle would use a first rounder to draft one. If none of the receivers the team are targeting are available and Jean-Baptiste hasn't been picked, it wouldn't be out of the question for him to go to Seattle with pick #32.

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