David has all the athletic tools to be an impact player for the team that drafts him. He has the speed and the length that teams are looking for in a player who can defend in the red zone against big, tall receivers. He has excellent hands to catch the ball and the vision and speed after the interception to flip the field or run it all the way for a touchdown. David looks like he has the soft hands good enough to play on both sides of the ball. He has the ability to return kickoffs and (possibly) punts because his talents lend themselves to being a potential game breaker as a returner. David has played in mostly zone coverage, which allows him to be a terrific ball hawking defensive back. This type of player is able to play more than one position in a team's defensive backfield and David is no different. I expect that David will be a player who can play more than one position for the team that drafts him.
David has a big problem that will, unfortunately, be magnified at the NFL level. David doesn't like to tackle. He not only doesn't like to tackle, he is going to have big injury problems if he continues to tackle the way he does now at the college level. Right now, he allows himself to be blocked by smaller players, never shedding and making tackles. The few times he has come up to support the run, he drops his head and dives at the player's feet. He doesn't wrap up and, in the open field, waits for others to make a tackle and than comes in on the end just in time to get credit. In this regard, he reminds me a lot of Deion Sanders. As for his abilities to cover receivers man-to-man, he's not even close to Deion Sanders. The problem is he doesn't have a clue how to play man-to-man coverage and even gets beat deep in zone coverage because he is always looking for the interception instead of playing his man. I also question his change of direction skills to play single coverage. He is slow to recover and his attitude when adversity hits is in question to say the least. David's football intelligence and maturity is a big question mark. For me personally, I see David's future being more impactful on offense and special teams and not on defense. There, I said it!
If David will return kicks and punts, he can make an impact right away. He can also play on the outside in zone nickel-dime packages. I would love to move this kid to the free safety position, but he won't tackle. David is physical, but once he gets beat off the line, he struggles to redirect and recover, which makes me think he doesn't play to his athletic abilities. The truth is, I'm not sure why David is playing on the defensive side of the ball. I would think that, with his ability to catch the ball, wide receiver would fit his skill set much better than cornerback. I would ask David how he feels about a position change to the offensive side of the ball. If he said he'd love it, then as long as he seems smart enough to learn quickly, I would draft him and move him to wide receiver and use him on special teams as a returner. I don't think he will make it as a defensive back in the NFL unless he can learn to tackle and I don't believe that is going to happen anytime soon, if at all. I don't think David is comfortable with the physical nature of being on defense because of his intense allergy to tackling. I do think that in an offensive system that uses multiple receivers, David might have some playmaking opportunities.
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart