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Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

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Today’s NY Times scouting report is up here, and it’s on Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield.  From the post:

At 6-0, 185 pounds, Chase Minnifield (#13) is a tall, lean cornerback who will need to add some bulk at the next level.  He was asked to press a lot at Virginia, but he’s not very effective at it considering his body type.  With long arms, Minnifield could develop into a really solid press cover man if he adds strength and works on his technique.

Minnifield’s strengths are his technique in off coverage and his ball skills.  He doesn’t come out of his backpedal too early, allowing receivers to get to his hip before either turning and running or breaking on the football.  He does both of these very effectively, running vertically as well as any cornerback in this draft.  Minnifield has an exceptional ability to turn and locate the football on the run.

His ability to play so well in off coverage is enhanced by his speed and quickness.  Minnifield should run in the 4.4s, and while I don’t generally put much stock in 40-yard dash times, it is important for cornerbacks.  At that position, you need to have enough speed to recover on vertical routes.  Minnifield has it.

You can read the rest of the scouting report at the Times.

Overall, Minnifield has the skill set–speed, length and hips–to be a really good cornerback.  He’s not there yet, though, and I think he’s a second-round talent.  I won’t be overjoyed nor depressed if the Cowboys select him there this year.

Previous Scouting Reports

Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU

Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State

Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida/North Alabama

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

 

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3 Responses to Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

  1. Tom says:

    I suppose if he was great at press man he’d be a 1st rd pick, but as is, he should be considered for Dallas in the 2nd rd. Love the speed and smooth hip flip, his intangibles, and the fact that his Dad was a fantastic CB for the Browns. Probably got a lot of extra inside knowledge from his Dad about playing CB in the NFL. Like Jarius Byrd a few years ago, who’s Dad also played in the NFL. Plus UVA seems to crank out NFL quality CB’s on a regular basis.

    He’s not my favorite CB in the draft class, but I could see a lot of reasons to take him, and I think he’ll be able to start on the outside by season 2 if not sooner. Like JB states, the kid needs to get stronger and improve, but you could say that about most draft picks.

  2. john coleman says:

    I really like this kid. He has the frame to get stronger and a little heavier and the length and speed to be effective. He also seems like he has a good feel for the game when you watch tape. He seems to locate the ball and break on it like you would hope for.

    I’m not totally against the shorter players(5-10) but at that size you must be very physical and very fast. Todays WRs make small CBs obsolete.

    Can’t wait for the DBs to do their thing at the combine. After watching an unknown from GA TECH run 4.3 has me wondering and hoping. Wondering why we would keep Ogletree or Holley. Oh yeah, this kid is 6-4, 215 and has been hidden on a runheavy offense. Hoping that the CBs will run better than the estimates.

  3. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Don’t really like him. On a normal draft (w/ 4 to 6 REAL good CBs), Chase would be a 3rd round pick…

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