NFL Draft Scouting Report: Damontae Kazee

San Diego State University
Cornerback #23
Senior 5’11” 190

  • Great ball skills
  • Physical and a sure tackler
  • Press man cover cornerback
  • Size may limit him to nickel in pros
  • Only adequate speed
  • Sometimes too aggressive, gives up big plays

Damontae Kazee was rated a 3-star recruit by Scouts Inc. coming out of Cajon High School in San Bernardino, CA. He signed with San Diego State University and was reshirted by them in 2012. His Freshman year of 2013, he begun having a part-time role but got his first career interception against Ohio State.  He also forced four fumbles, blocked a kick and had a sack in his freshman season. This play earned him a reputation as being a playmaker among his teammates and coaches.

In his Sophomore season of 2014, Kazee had already been recognized by the outside media and was seen as an emerging star in outside circles. He became a full-time starter at cornerback for the Aztecs and led the team with 13 pass breakups. His only interception of the season came against Hawaii. It was in his Junior season of 2015 where Kazee broke out. He was named the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as being named as a 2nd-team All-American by USA Today. He was also on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award which goes to the Nation’s top Defensive Back. He ended the season being tied for second in the country with eight interceptions as well having 75 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. His first career touchdown came on 55-yard Interception return in a victory over Colorado State. Kazee also chipped in with a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown against UNLV. In his Senior season of 2016, Kazee earned his 2nd consecutive Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Award and had seven more interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown against Hawaii.

Kazee is a very good cover corner, but where he excels is in press man coverage. He is very physical at the line and does not allow opposing wide receivers with a free release. He is also a playmaker. His ball skills are second to none in this class as you can see in the clip below:

Kazee aggressively attacks the ball at it’s highest point. He is also a very aggressive tackler and will stick his nose in on run plays and bubble screens.

Kazee has a skill set that NFL teams will swoon over. He is very fluid in his backpedal and turns his hips well. His aggressiveness in every facet is a desired quality as well as the ball skills he has shown. At times, he can be a little too aggressive and bite on double moves or overplay the ball. He may project best as a nickel cornerback due to his size but a team that likes aggressiveness will probably try him outside first.

NFL Comparison: Brandon Flowers

Round Value: 3rd Round

 




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