Jimmie has the size and look of a cornerback playing safety. He has all the
skills a top cornerback has…playing safety. He has good cover skills, is smart
and has those long arms that give him a good defensive radius to trail a
receiver and still make a play on the ball. He has quick feet and a nice hip
flip; he is solid when coming up to support the run. He is a strong tackler when
he uses correct form and what I like about him is that he will make the tackle
even when he has poor form. He has the size to handle those big pass catching
tight ends. Jimmie is mentally tough and can play multiple positions in your
defensive backfield. His college team used him as an in-the-box safety, a free
safety in single coverage and as a nickel-dime slot cover safety. I believe they
have used him this way because he gets the job done when he tackles. Jimmie has a
lot more skills than your typical safety. I believe he has the cover skills to
be used as a cornerback or safety in any style of defense and that makes Jimmie a
very skilled and valuable player in this draft.
Personally I think Jimmie is more of a corner than a safety because although he
is a good tackler and gets the job done, he is not an impact tackler who stops
players from making third downs. He gets them down, but at times struggles
against the bigger players and running backs. If he stays at safety it will be
as a free safety and not as an in-the-box safety. Jimmie also doesn’t show the
leadership skills and communication skills that I like to see in my safeties,
but in his defense, they move him around so much I’m sure all he is thinking
about is his responsibilities and not others’. The real question will be whether
or not Jimmie has the make up speed when he gets beat to be a cover corner as
well as a cover safety for the next level. I think he does.
Jimmie is very talented and underrated at this point of the draft. His cover
skills are very good and his football instincts are excellent. I really do think
that Jimmie is a cover corner with the skills to shut most down in the NFL, but
if after his workouts he shows just safety skills, you still are drafting a
player who can play multiple positions for you in man-to-man or zone coverages.
As far as being a leader, I think that once Jimmie gets settled, those skills
will materialize as well. He is a tough kid and a willing tackler; with his
quick feet and defensive radius, he can impact right away for the team that
selects him. Competition level is always an issue when drafting defensive backs.
Most defensive backs are rated on size-speed ratio and competition level because
going up against top receivers is truly the only way you can project a defensive
back’s ability to be successful at the next level. That means what round Jimmie
gets selected in will depend a lot on his measurables. If his measurables are
outstanding, you can expect Jimmie to be selected in the 1st round of this draft.
If his measurables are just good, expect him to be selected later, but that
doesn’t mean to me that Jimmie will not be an impact player. What I see on film
is what I see on film and what I see is a multi-talented defensive back that
tackles and covers well enough to be a safety or a cornerback at the next level
for the team that drafts him.