Chief Concerns: Mike Buckman
Prospect Name: Jordan Poyer
School: Oregon State
Weight: 190 lbs
Projected Round: 2nd
2012 AP All-American First Team
Had 7 INTs in 2012, tied for 2nd in FBS
2012 Walter Camp All-America First Team
- Excellent ball skills (7 INTs), tracks and high points the ball like a WR.
- Excellent change of direction skills.
- Excellent anticipation, knows how and when to break on the ball.
- Very good instincts and awareness.
- Willing participant in run support.
- Can play nickel or outside.
- Effective blitzer from the slot.
- Experienced KR/PR.
- A little stiff in the hips.
- Pure speed has been questioned.
- Isn’t very physical in the run game. Tends to be more of an obstacle than a tackler.
- Has a lot of trouble disengaging from downfield blockers.
- Leaves his feet too often to try to make the tackle, although that decreased in 2012.
Poyer is a saavy, agile cornerback who brings a lot of value based on both his cover skills and his versatility. His ball skills and return ability make him a threat to score every time he touches the ball, whether it’s returning a punt or intercepting a pass. His forte is as a coverage corner, either on the outside or as a nickelback. Where Poyer has trouble is in the run game. Although he’s a willing participant, he usually just sticks his shoulder in the play. He’s doesn’t wrap up ball carriers well, let alone stick them on the tackle. Downfield blockers also give him trouble, as they usually get a lock on him. Poyer’s skill set closely resembles that of Chiefs CB Javier Arenas, but Poyer’s abilities most closely resemble Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers. Neither possess speed that is more than adequate, but they use their game smarts and quickness to effectively cover opposing WRs. Both have their struggles against bigger, stronger receivers. Flowers has had a good starting career in the NFL, and Poyer’s career should follow a similar trajectory, maybe even a little boost due to his versatility.