Prospect: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St.
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
November 29, 2012
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 190 40: 4.50

Strengths:  Pretty good speed, able to keep up with fast receivers.  Good quickness, makes good cuts.  Great competitor.  Very impressive athlete.  Has great anticipation.  Has solid hands and plays the ball in the air well.  Very good in coverage; looks natural in man to man coverage.  He is physical with receivers often.  Always looking for the INT or big play.    Has impressive awareness.  Fluid hips.  Light on his feet, shows good backpedal.  Good experience.  Able to return kicks.  Versatile, able to play safety.  Playmaker and leader on the defense.

Weaknesses: Not a consistent tackler.  There is tape where he is simply not aggressive enough and physical enough when it comes to tackling.  He isn’t consistent in this area.  Often show bad technique, whether it’s running in full speed to make a tackle and being juked out quite easily, or it’s taking bad angles to get to the ball carrier.  Needs to focus on improving the small techniques of his game.  Often lets blockers lock onto him.  Suffered a knee injury last Oct.  Arrested last may and charged with second degree criminal trespass.

Summary: Jordan Poyer is a player that I would like to watch more tape on.  I am intrigued with abilities as a cover corner, but his inconsistency as a tackler really stands out to me.  Poyer is a dangerous playmaker though, who is an aggressive ballhawk.  He is looking for the big play on every down, and I like that.  Right now, I would rate him as a second rd pick but his stock could continue to rise and he could sneak his way higher on team’s draft boards.

Jan. 5 update. Jordan Poyer was a prospect that I really wanted to see more tape on and the more I watched him the more I liked what I saw.  Poyer is a terrific cover corner who is very good in man and zone coverages.  He is quick, has a good reaction time and shows no hesitation.  He is a pretty aggressive player; almost to the point where he over-pursues a lot.  His overall speed looks like another area of concern.  Overall, I have really liked what I’ve seen from Poyer and I think his stock is on the rise.  I had a second round grade on him earlier but I think he’s proven that he belongs higher.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go late 1st or early 2nd.

Draft Projection: Late 1st – early 2nd round