Originally written February 18, 2013 on Beyond the Combine:
                                  HT:      5-11                                              WT:     190 YR:     SR                                                 Pos:    CB   Notables: 2012: 34 tack, 5 tfl, 2 sacks, 7 ints 1st Team All Pac – 12 2012 Consensus All – American  Pros Great ball skills Fundamentally sound footwork Comes out of breaks quickly and with explosion Off man coverage is good Great footspeed Doesn’t allow WR to get much separation Good hips Good football awareness Good pad level when transitioning in and out of breaks Shows good balance Cons Needs more straight-line speed/acceleration Doesn’t get off of blocks well Isn’t a factor in the run game Tackling fundamentals aren’t good Played a large majority of off man Doesn’t use hands effectively in coverage Not very physical For his size I would like to see more explosion Thoughts Poyer shows potential in many areas of the corner position. He has exceptional ball skills and a knack for making a play on the ball. Fundamentally his footwork is very good. He transitions out of his back pedal quickly allowing him to be exceptional in the short route game. Sometimes he can be high and on his heels while in his back pedal, but even then it doesn’t seem to slow down his transitions. He seems to have a good understanding of the college game and I believe that will carry over into the NFL. My main knock on Poyer is he doesn’t play physical enough, which may not stop him from being successful on the next level. We have seen cornerbacks in the past have success and not be physical, but they make up that lack of physicality with tremendous speed and quickness which I don’t believe Poyer has. He doesn’t close on receivers very well when they create separation which may also create problems for Poyer on the next level. The time between now and his first minicamp Poyer could develop more speed and quickness which will obviously help improve his game.  Watch Poyer in action! (Links to his highlights below)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaVJ_v5WK1k     Related articles Five Players Who Shined At Senior Bowl Oregon State football: Jordan Poyer says ‘We’re focused and we’re ready to go’ (video)

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