Analysis of the Draft’s Most Underrated Prospects

Over the coming weeks I’ll be doing draft coverage for I’ll be posting parts of the article on savoldfantasytalk, but the entire article will be on going on goingfor2!

In goingfor2’s article you’ll see an addition analysis of Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State and Lorenzo Jerome, S, St. Francis !

Budda Baker, FS, Washington

Measurables: 5’10” 195 lb

Combine Stats: 4.45 40 YD Dash, 15 reps Bench Press, 32.5 Vertical Jump, 115.0 Broad Jump, 6.76 3 Cone, 4.08 20 Yd Shuttle

Though it is a cliché, Budda Baker is a football guy through and through. Immediately after turning on his tape, he jumps off the screen as a competitor. Baker is a terrific athlete that is able to fluidly change direction and attack the ball. While in coverage, Baker is disciplined and is able to close on the ball in a flash. One of my favorite qualities in Baker is how instinctive he is. While you can improve one’s speed, hands, or tackling, instincts are something players are essentially born with.

In the run game, Baker is able to weave between WRs and TEs that attempt to block him. Baker takes good angles to the football and is a lock to bring down receivers and smaller RBs without giving up extra yardage. In the clip below, Baker quickly diagnoses a RB screen. After the pass is completed, Baker drives the RB back four yards using leverage and a strong lower half.

While Baker excelled at Washington, there are some aspects of his tape that are slightly worrisome.When facing bigger, stronger NFL players, Baker is a potential liability as a tackler. Baker is undersized, measuring in at just 5’10”. While his size hurts his stock, we have seen numerous small NFL safeties succeed such as Earl Thomas, and Bob Sanders.

Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

See the rest here!!


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