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.
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.
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