Leading up to the NFL Draft many teams will continue their evaluation process on prospects while altering their draft boards in preparation for Draft day. Couch Potato GM will provide you a breakdown of two prospects matched against each other with similar draft projections to get you prepped for the 2017 draft. Voting option below for your input on who you think the better prospect is.
The Matchup: Two very different types of corners in this matchup as you have the cover guy Marshon Lattimore up against the physical corner Quincy Wilson. During this draft process Wilson has been quite an enigma based on where draft evaluators have ranked him. Some have Wilson as high as number 1 while others didn’t even have him in their Top 5. Wilson who claims DBU as a Florida Gator, is a very confident young man who brings a physical mentality every time he lines up on the field. The 6’1 211 pound Wilson does a very good job of anticipating passes and should be drafted somewhere in the first round. Lattimore might have something to say about where the real DBU resides as the Ohio State product comes from a long list of quality NFL defensive backs. While Wilson has been ranked all over the place, Lattimore has been sitting firmly at the number 1 spot in most rankings. Lattimore excels in coverage due to his fluid hips and excellent footwork while mirroring opposing receivers. His detractors will point to his lack of aggression in the run game, lack of experience being a 1 year starter and the litany off soft tissue injuries he’s had to deal with in college. Take your pick, do you like the steady Wilson or is the upside of Lattimore more enticing?
CPGM Headley’s Take: As a former defensive back in my playing days, I thoroughly love evaluating the corner back position. While evaluating this year’s class it was love at first sight when I put the tape of Lattimore on. I get the injury concerns and if you have Wilson ranked ahead of Lattimore because of that, I totally get it. As a great man once said, the best ability is availability. All other things equal I believe Lattimore is far and away the superior corner in the entire draft. I’m willing to take it a step further and say he is the most skilled corner to come out of college since Patrick Peterson. The fluidity in his movements and backpedals mixed with his speed and awareness is scary good as he looks like he is just gliding and matching the receiver down the field effortlessly. My esteemed co-host and colleague CPGM Drew might knock him for staying on blocks too long and not disengaging but Lattimore is one of the best form tackling corners in the entire draft and I am not worried about that part of his game. The Gator Wilson will be solid at the next level but I believe he will need to win early to have success. If he doesn’t get his hands on the receiver to knock him off their route, then he might struggle in coverage down the field. Wilson is a more scheme specific corner while Lattimore will be a perennial pro bowler once he figures out he is better than everyone else.
CPGM Drew’s Take: Marshon Lattimore is the most fluid and smooth prospect in the draft. That ability to turn and locate the football in the air is a thing of beauty and it looks so natural, it’s like the ability to breathe. It’s just natural!!! He at times ran the route better than the WR he was covering and would show his ability to explode to the ball once it left the QB’s hand. He is my #2 CB because I question two things, the number of games played and his ability to get off the block to make a tackle on the ball carrier. Quincy Wilson is my #1 CB and he embodies everything I love in a CB. He is long, physical, with the ability to hang in the WR’s hip pocket, as well as his ability to make a play on the ball without giving up the booty because he understands where his help is. At the end of the day the position of CB comes down to preference and scheme and these are two different types of prospects who I believe will be very successful.
NFL Comparison: Marshon Lattimore – Champ Bailey; Quincy Wilson – Xavier Rhodes