Dwayne is a cornerback who does not shy away from supporting the run and he is
excellent at doing just that. He is
a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler with good overall size and speed
to play his position. Dwayne has the ability to change direction and flip his
hips to stay with most receivers in coverage.
He can play more than one position for you in your defensive backfield
and shows leadership skills through his play on the field.
Dwayne has the cover skills and size to deal with the bigger receivers in
the NFL. He has an excellent burst
to the ball and can be used in bump coverage because of his upper and lower body
He is the physical defensive back that
every team needs in the NFL.
Dwayne doesnít have the make-up speed to recover when he gets beat deep and
needs help over the top in coverage from a safety.
He has unusually bad technique.
He looks into the backfield when a receiver breaks down his cushion,
which allows receivers behind him to separate and catch the deep ball.
He needs the play in front of him and right now, is a better zone cover
corner than a single cover corner.
The perplexing thing about Dwayne is that he will get beat like a drum by the
same route more than once in a game.
He doesnít seem to understand that looking into the backfield slows him
down and allows the receiver to separate.
Iím not sure if this is because he doesnít have help over the top when he
thinks he does, or if heís just brain dead!
The question is: does Dwayne have a problem with communication,
techniques, or is he just a very bad safety?
Itís hard to tell for sure.
I feel Dwayne is a strong safety and has either been forced to play corner for
his team or thinks he is a corner.
I would draft him after he takes the Wonderlic and move him to strong safety
because he has excellent instincts when it comes to defending against the run.
The conflict in Dwayneís play on film is that he has such good instincts
and football intelligence against the run and yet still gets beat in coverage by
the same route over and over again in a game.
Honestly, it doesnít make any sense.
Thatís why I think there might be more of a communication problem than an
intelligence problem. His coverage techniques are poor, but he has the talent to
improve dramatically. Dwayne has
excellent potential to be an impact strong safety for the team that drafts him,
but it might take some time for him to break some very bad coverage habits.
Until he learns, he should be excellent on special teams and nickel-dime
packages. The fact that Dwayne has
the bulk, size and athletic talent to handle the bigger receivers and pass
catching tight ends in coverage is a plus for Dwayne.
Add to the coverage size, his excellent instincts and tackling skills and
you can bet those are the reasons teams will be looking to select him early in
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart