Curtis has the size, strength, speed and quickness that is needed for a cornerback to be successful in the NFL. Curtis shows the potential to be a shutdown corner. He has the quickness to stay with the small, quick receivers and has the size to match up against the taller possession wide receivers. It looks to me on film that Curtis has very good make-up speed and solid football intelligence. Curtis looks to be a good teammate. Like I said, given time to develop, Curtis has the potential to be an excellent cornerback for the team that drafts him.
To continue to improve, Curtis must learn much better bump-and-run techniques, get stronger in his upper body and learn how to tackle. Curtis will be no help to his team in zone coverage or in supporting the run unless he can tackle better. If he learns how to tackle, Curtis has the ability to make a lot of money in the NFL.
Remember those beanies with the whirlybird at the top that you flicked with your finger and it whirled around your head? That's how Curtis tackles. He grabs his opponent around their waist, forgets to bring his feet and swirls around the player to take him down with his own weight. That will not work at the next level. Players will break tackles on this kid like 1-ply toilet paper breaks when you look at it. This will affect him every time he is in zone coverage or in the red zone. Teams will run screens, sweeps or quick outs to his side when they need a few yards. They know that Curtis won't make a clean tackle and make a stop when a team wants 4-8 yards for a first down or touchdown. If he doesn't learn the correct techniques in tackling, Curtis will not become the cornerback his talents suggest that he can become. It's really that simple. If Curtis was a better tackler, he just might have been one of the top corners in this draft. He has to learn to toughen up and change from 1-ply to 2-ply! We've all had to make these tough adjustments at some point in our lives.
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Drew Boylhart March/11