Justin has the size and athletic talent to be an excellent cornerback for the
team that drafts him. He has long arms and legs that allow him to have a big
defensive radius which helps him against any size or style of receiver. He
should be an excellent defender in the red zone and able to defend against tall
receivers on those troublesome fade routes. Justin shows on film the solid
agility to flip his hips and run with the bigger receivers. He has very good
hands to intercept the ball and when he does, he is not satisfied with just
intercepting the ball, he wants to take it back all the way for a touchdown.
Justin does an excellent job being a ball hawk when he is in zone coverage. He
is smart, understands his assignment and the timing needed between teammates to
make zone coverage tough to play against. He shows leadership skills and
communicates with his teammates very well on the field. Justin has the size,
athletic talent and football intelligence to play more than one position in the
defensive back field for the team that drafts him, except for one big flaw.
Justin has made a name for himself running back kickoffs and intercepting the
ball, but the NFL has almost done away with kickoffs and most, if not all, of
Justinís interceptions have happened in zone coverage. Justin seems to struggle
with the physical part of the game of football. He doesnít get off blocks to
make tackles and seems to be the type of player who almost gets there in time
just after someone else makes a tackle. In fact, when he is used in blitz
situations, he has a bad habit of not reaching the QB before he can get the ball
off. In coverage, he will make the tackle on the man he is covering, but even
that is sloppy. Justin remind me a lot of Jets CB Antonio Cromartie who is a
very good cover corner, but struggles to make tackles and be physical.
Justin also reminds me a lot of Jets draft pick in 2013, Alabamaís Dee Milner.
The difference is that when Dee is forced, and has good coaching, Dee can become
a good tackler. Iím not sure about Justin as he seems to shy away from tackling
too much. His college coach team accepted that because Justin could make impact
plays intercepting the ball and running back kickoffs. Justin might be a better
free safety than a corner, but at either position, if he wants to stay on the
field he has to tackle better. At the next level, playing cornerback is not just
about intercepting the ball. Justin has the talent, size and overall skills to
be much better than he is right now. The question is whether or not Justin knows
that and if he is willing to work hard and change his approach to tackling? Itís
up to him. I struggle personally drafting good cover corners who do not tackle
very well high in a draft, but thatís just meÖwhat can I say?!