Jeremy Cash

Duke
SS #16
6’2″ 212

Pros:

  • Unparalleled career
  • Provides scheme versatility as a hybrid safety-linebacker (via PFF: “just 2 percent of his snaps came at safety, compared to 41 percent in the slot and 57 percent at linebacker”)
  • High football IQ
  • Possess the instinct coverage skills and range to play in the back end of a defense
  • Provides run support and ability to rush the passer; number one grade amongst all safeties via PFF
  • Constant physicality and hustle
  • Speed through gaps
  • Burst off the edge
  • Good lateral quickness; quick twitch allows the ability to stop and start with ease
  • Ankle and hip flexibility allow him to maintain balance
  • Runs through tackles with power, a testament to his three forced fumbles last season
  • Can cover tight ends and slot guys

Cons:

  • Recently had wrist surgery
  • Needs to be a more consistent form tackler
  • Aggressiveness causes him to over pursue
  • Route recognition isn’t great
  • Tall, flat-footed backpedal
  • Let’s blockers come to him rather than taking them head on

Cash originally signed with Ohio State and played in five games as a freshman before transferring to Duke University in 2012. After sitting out 2012 due to NCAA transfer rules, Cash started all 14 games in 2013, recording 121 tackles and three interceptions; he was a second team All-America pick by USA Today, first team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, second team All-ACC choice by the league’s head coaches, and recipient of Duke’s K.D. Kennedy Iron Devil Award, an honor presented annually to the program’s leader in snaps played. He again started all 13 games in 2014 and recorded 111 tackles, two interceptions and 5.5 sacks as he was recognized as a second team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Foundation and Football Writers Association of America, third team All-America pick by Phil Steele, second team All-ACC honoree by both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the league’s head coaches, Academic All-ACC choice, and the recipient of Duke’s Willis Aldridge Award as the team’s top defensive back. As a senior in 2015, Cash recorded 100 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 12 games, capturing the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Blue Devils player to earn the award since it debuted in 1993. He was the first Duke player to win either of the player of the year awards 1994. He was also a finalist for the Lott Impact Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, and the Jim Thorpe Award while earning Consensus All-American Honors. He was also named Carmen Falcone MVP of Duke football.

Pro comp: James Ihedigbo

Projected draft value: 2nd round

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