MJ Stewart Draft Profile

MJ Stewart draft profile

Strengths:

  • Good build and strength
  • Has had success in off-man and press-man
  • Can cover inside or outside
  • Pattern reader with 41 passes defensed in three years
  • Instinctive and cautious not to bite on double moves
  • Strike and wrap tackler
  • Has early acceleration to recover
  • Matches up tight ends with physicality
  • Roughneck by nature with “see it, hit it” attitude
  • Can transition forward from bail or pedal without many false steps

Analysis: MJ Stewart is well-built and very physical in both his coverage and his run support. He’s athletic enough to handle man coverage duties from a variety of techniques whether playing outside or inside and he has the instincts, ball skills and toughness to transition to safety if need be. He has success in both press-man and off-man coverage. His strength bullies receivers at the line, re-routing them before they even take off. MJ Stewart loves contact and looks to lay big hits consistently. He is also a successful tackler, will stick it and wrap up not making those shoestring type tackles letting the runner slip away. Instincts and elite. Has 41 passes defensed in three years, showing his ability to read routes and quarterback’s eyes. He will be a value pick in this year’s draft.

Weaknesses:

  • Hips are just average when flipping to run
  • Has no interceptions over last two seasons
  • Will get caught flat-footed while sitting on routes before break points
  • Has decent recovery burst, but has trouble catching up with elite speed
  • Slow to transition from hand usage to footwork as route progresses and will default to grabs

Analysis: MJ Stewart will offer any team versatility to employ him in a multitude of ways, but he still has some weaknesses in his game. His 4.54 40-time is nice, but his acceleration is lacking and will get burned by receivers with elite speed. When matched up with burners, he tends to get grabby as the route progresses and he feels his man slipping away. On tape, he was caught flat-footed at times sitting on potential routes/breaks. He has not recorded an interception in two years, but has a lot of pass breakups on his resume. Due to that scouts question his hands and the ability to catch the ball. Tight hips.

Size: 5’11 200lbs

Draft Grade: 2nd Round

NFL Comparison: Mike Adams

Draft Projection: Round 3

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