Anthony Averett Draft Profile

Anthony Averett Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Reactive and athletic
  • Smooth opening and sprinting
  • Quick to stick-and-drive on throws in front of him
  • Solid in man coverage
  • Has footwork to mirror and match early release in press coverage
  • Toughness-played through sports hernia in 2016
  • Plays with decent route recognition and will run routes for receivers at times
  • In position for quick tackles when he gives up completion
  • Able to cover kicks and play jammer on punt return

Analysis: Anthony Averett is the next Alabama cornerback to take his talents to the pros. He is an athletic corner with the speed to hang with most receivers in the NFL. His footwork is ideal and can mirror receivers through their route. He excels in man coverage. During his career at Alabama, Averett has improved his route recognition and will know where the receiver will be before he makes his break. He is a willing tackler, although as we will mention in his weaknesses, he is not the most gifted tackler and can struggle against more physical ball carriers. Special teams ace who can play on multiple units and can make a roster on that ability alone.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks elite length
  • Doesn’t play with desired instincts or anticipation
  • Willing to tackle, but not a physical guy
  • Allows windows to open too easily from zone coverage
  • Needs to add weight and muscle to frame
  • Has limited number of pass breakups and just one career interception
  • Plays receivers rather than playing the ball
  • Hasn’t had to play through many extended reps thanks to ravenous pass rush in front of him

Analysis: Anthony Averett is a technically sound corner, but he lacks the physicality we have seen from the Bama corners of the past. He lacks the length you look for in an outside corner and that could push him inside in the NFL. His production with the Crimson Tide leaves a lot to be desired, only one interception to go along with multiple pass break-ups during his career. As mentioned above, he is a willing tackler, just not a very good one. Adding weight and muscle to his frame will only help him against NFL receivers. Averett lacks the awareness of the quarterback and tends to play the man over the ball. The Alabama front seven dominated opposing lineman and offenses and that gave Averett and the Bama DB’s a limited amount of time that they needed to stay in coverage—he won’t be afforded that in the NFL.

What the experts say: “He can run but he won’t blow you away by his speed. He can cover but he won’t make a lot of plays. He can tackle but he’s not a tough Alabama cornerback. He’s a solid starter but not great to me.” — NFC team director of college scouting

Size: 6’0 185lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Dre Kirkpatrick

Draft Projection: Round 3

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