Bacarri Rambo   S   Georgia

TALENT BOARD ROUND  3

 

STRENGTHS

Bacarri has the size, speed and height to play his position at a high level.  He has good solid cover skills and can cover big tight ends and even bigger slot receivers.  He has the speed to be used in a single safety cover scheme.  Bacarri is a pure free safety andm unless he is singled up in coverage (on the line), he has no business being used as a strong safety on the line of scrimmage helping to attack the running game.  Bacarri can be used to blitz the quarterback from the slot position because of his speed and fluid change of direction skills, but he is definitely not a strong safety.  He makes the tackles that are necessary, takes good angles to the ball and has an excellent burst to the play when receivers or running backs are running free.  He is very smart and likes the challenge of going up against the quarterback mentally.  He has excellent hands to make the interception and ability to adjust to the ball in the air, a skill that most safeties do not have.  He has the speed to recover on plays behind him and run down players from behind.  Bacarri gets “how” to play his position to get the most impact.  He knows stripping the ball on running plays and intercepting the ball on passing plays is the way a safety can impact for his team and turn a game around.  Because Bacarri has receiver type hands to catch the ball, it would not surprise me to see the team that drafts him try him on the other side of the ball in 5 receiver sets.  The truth is, I think the only reason he plays defense is for the mental challenge of going up against the quarterback.  At the receiver position, that match of wits with the QB is not there.    

   

CONCERNS

Like I said, when push comes to shove, Bacarri will make the tackle and get the player down, but he does not have the bulk to be the type of tackler who will meet a block, shed and then make a tackle.  He is smart and knows his body cannot take that type of pounding in spite of the fact he weighs over 200lbs.  He is the skinniest 200lb player I have seen on film.  He also has a tendency to intimidate receivers with shoulder hits instead of wrapping up, which could be a problem that is magnified at the next level.  Bacarri is very smart on the field, but seems to struggle with making good decisions off the field.  That may turn some teams off and drop Bacarri into the later rounds of the draft.

    

BOTTOM LINE

Bacarri will be considered a player who can play one position in your defensive backfield, which may be an issue for some teams who are drafting players that can play multiple positions in different style of defenses.   Bacarri is a free safety who has some cover skills, but he has to play off the line of scrimmage and that style of player and position he plays might not be considered a high value position for a lot of teams.  That’s how a player with Bacarri’s talent can be selected in the later rounds of a draft and still become an impact player.  Bacarri shows leadership skills on the field and could be as impactful as Ed Reed was for the Baltimore Ravens.  He has that type of talent.  The difference is that Bacarri is not as aggressive as Reed and I think because Bacarri has been used in so much single safety zone scheme that he might have got into a bad habit of not being the first one to the play.  But Bacarri is a playmaker and as long as he keeps his nose clean off the field, this kid could be an impact player for the team that drafts him for a long time.  The more film I watched on this kid, the more he reminded me of Ed Reed, but reaching that potential can be a whole other issue.  I like his on the field intelligence and I think that intelligence is what will make him reach his potential as an impact player.  Of course his lack of intelligence off the field is what will make him fail.

  

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Apr/2013