Originally written on Beyond the Combine  |  Last updated 11/5/14
  HT:      6-1          WT:     217 YR:     JR           Pos:    CB   Notables: 2011: 43 tckls(36 solo), 1.5 tfl, 1 int & 4 PBUs Preseason watchlist for the Bednarik Award & Nagurski Trophy Pros: The size of an NFL safety playing corner Knows how to use his hands effectively in coverage Likes to play physical Exceptional in press man Versatile, can play anywhere in the secondary Plays like a safety when lined up in the box Great ball skills Knows how to fight off of blocks Wants to be involved in the running game Good hips Cons: Footwork needs improvement Needs to improve seeing all of the routes coming at him when playing in zone When WRs get separation he doesn’t close on them as quick as he should Thoughts: Rhodes is a big physical corner that likes to be physical and aggressive with opposing WRs. He tends to wear WRs out throughout the game. Rhodes isn’t afraid to get dirty in the running game either. He is very effective with and when you using his hands in coverage. He is very good at throwing WRs off of their routes. With his size you can move him around all over the secondary if need be. Xavier still has room for improvement. His footwork can use some improvement in man to man, and when in zone his vision can use improve. He also needs to work on closing the gap when WRs get separation. In my opinion Rhodes has a huge upside and should be in heavy demand come draft time. Watch Rhodes in action (click link below) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nrj_1ljGLA&feature=related   Related articles Seminoles Bjoern Werner, EJ Manuel, Xavier Rhodes semifinalists for awards
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