Rasul is a very opportunistic defensive back. He reminds a lot of Seahawks
Richard Sherman (see Archives). He is a physical corner back with solid athletic
talent to play his position. He is smart and understands his abilities and can
play zone coverage as well as single coverageís because of his length and speed.
He can be used inside or outside because he is a solid tackler but his best
attribute is that he is always looking for the ball anyway he can get it. He
will make receivers and running backs fumble using good form tackling. If
receivers donít have strong hands when catching the ball, Rasul will strip the
receiverís arms when tackling stripping the ball away from their body. He has
good hands and is able to react quickly to any tipped ball or any badly thrown
ball in the air. Rasul will bring a ďsafety like physicalityĒ to your corner
back position when you select him in the draft.
Rasul is physical using his hands a lot so penalties will be an issue until he
gets use to the referees in the NFL. He has very good speed but does lack
quickness because of his length so smaller receivers will give him some problems
if you expect him to go one on one with them but thatís when him being physical
comes in to play. He is smart and I expect he could stun those little guys at
the line throwing them off balance and off their routes.
Rasul is a good, smart corner back and understands his talent and understand how
to use his talent. Heís a good tackler and will come up and support the run but
if you get there before him he will gladly let you make the tackle so he can
come in and strip the ball. He is always looking for the ball and in the right
defense Rasul can be as impacting as Richard Sherman has been. Rasul needs to be
in a 1 gap attack style of defensive front that plays zone or matchup zone
situations on the back end. For those who might not know what a matchup zone is,
itís when you have responsibility for a receiver in man coverage but only in a
designated zone and when that receiver crosses out of that zone you donít follow
him, you leave him to your teammate in the next zone and he picks him up. If the
offense floods your zone your responsibility is the deepest man in that zone.
Itís different from zone coverage where you play off the man and keep him in
front of you at all times and do not let him get behind you deep because
depending on safeties responsibilities you may or may not have help behind you.
Match up zones make it difficult for QBís and receivers to identify the
coverageís (Single or Zone) because itís a combination of both styles of
defenses and can confuse both QB and WR into what routes to runÖ thatís why you
hear announcers saying that famous expression, the QB and WR werenít on the same
page on that play. Itís very hard to play a matchup zone unless you have very
smart, talented, good tackling defensive backs that also have very good
communication skills between all of the defensive backs. Rasul fits this type of
defense. In man to man single coverage he will not be as effective because he
lacks the quickness and in pure zone coverageís he would be good but his body
type would take a pounding coming from deep to make tackles all of the time. At
least thatís how I see him.