rhodes has good straight line speed. which is nice. but lateral quickness is also paramount and he can look stiff in that regard. plus he has little instinct
I am ok with questioning his instincts to play zone defensive schemes. He isn't as comfortable there. But, he is as instinctive a man corner as can be.
and, if you have to choose which you would rather a guy have more experience at coming out of college, it would certainly be man.
true. but what say you about my other point. sure, straight line speed hes solid. but lateral movement he's stiff. that hurts u unless ur playing randy moss running a 9 route every snap...
I do agree that he isn't as suited to cover those smaller quicker guys if he was only to rely on his quickness. But, he doesn't. He obliterates smaller wrs at the line of scrimmage and in the 1st 5 yards of every route. Still if he was playing against us, he is guy who you would put on Nicks moreso than Cruz. He is also the longest WR in the draft at 6'2 with 33.7 inch long arms. That is unheard of in the NFL. So when guys do get a step his length helps keep the ball out of their hands. He was very good at knocking it of WRs hands. But when you throw in the fact that he also had the best vertical leap(tied) of any DB then you have a guy who is perfectly suited to cover big strong fast wrs down the field and go up and knock down or take away passes.
Athletically, I do not see how anyone can knock him after the combine he had. My concern with him is his previous knee injury and his lack of experience playing zone. It seems a lot of people are ignoring that knee when it should hurt his stock some. But, no prospect is perfect.