2018 NFL Draft: Scouting Report Quin Blanding

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Quin Blanding
Safety #3
Senior, 6’1″ 215 pounds

Quin Blanding Strengths:

  • Incredible level of four-year production across the board, including the honor of the program’s career leader in tackles
  • Size, length and muscular stature are ready-made for the next level
  • Played a vital role in the Cavaliers’ defense, handling multiple responsibilities and making plays from different spots on the field
  • Secure wrap-up tackler with the strength and technique to end ball carrier’s attempts in a hurry
  • Tackle attempts run within different-sized strike zones with unwavering consistency
  • Spatial feel and awareness are evident as he won’t get caught spectating on deep throws or lose leverage when dropping into coverage
  • Anticipatory player with the reactive awareness to remain on-time when matching the path of developing runs
  • Displays a developed understanding of when to overlap zone coverage responsibilities and leave his zone to challenge throwing lanes
  • Takes the most efficient angles off the edge as both a blitzer and run defender to immediately put himself in contention to make a play along the backside


Quin Blanding Weaknesses:

  • Frame isn’t filled out and likely wasn’t playing at a consistent 215
  • Can become too concentrated on protecting against double moves as receivers create extended separation at the break
  • Athleticism and movement skill as a whole are fairly pedestrian
  • Marginal twitch from the waist down often left him exposed against shiftier slot options
  • Panic triggers if receivers begin to create separation early in the stem, forcing him to grab and reach to compensate for his compromised positioning
  • Power and explosion are both limited as he won’t deliver big hits or really drive on underneath throws
  • Makeup-speed tops out earlier than desired; if a guy gets behind him, don’t hold out much hope

Pro comp: Maurice Alexander

Draft projection: 4th Round

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