2018 NFL Draft Preview: Anthony Averett

Alabama
Cornerback
6-0, 183 Junior

Anthony Averett is a bump and run cornerback at Alabama that should see his stock increase this season in time for the 2018 NFL Draft.

 

  • Shows solid athletic ability
  • Has good length
  • Can be grabby in coverage
  • Better in man coverage than zone
  • Lost in one on one situations with good receivers

Averett was lost in the mix of names last season among all the talent on the Alabama defense with the Crimson Tide’s defense featuring talents like Minkah Fitzpatrick, Marlon Humphrey, and Eddie Jackson. This year, Averett will have a chance to be the lead man in the Tide’s defensive backfield.

The Tide’s secondary has been labeled as the weak spot of Nick Saban’s defense and Averett will be tasked with covering some of the top receivers in the Southeastern Conference.

Averett struggled last season against high-caliber talent but took advantage of shutting down inferior foes. Averett struggled against Clemson’s Mike Williams in the national championship game and was a large reason why the Tide let their fourth quarter lead slip away.

The Alabama corner has shown signs of failing to keep talented receivers in front of him and has benefitted greatly from an elite front seven. When tasked with covering a receiver while a quarterback was comfortable, Averett seemed to be out of position more than the other Alabama defensive backs.

Averett should see improvement in his ability to cover opposing receivers this season and his draft stock should increase. He will get an unspoken bonus and a benefit of a doubt due to him playing at Alabama. His length, size, and speed will be attractive to scouts despite how he plays during the 2017 college football season but with Averett playing on college football’s biggest stage he will win over the hearts of many NFL teams.




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