Notes: Highly recruited North Carolina product also ran track as a prep. Began as a receiver and return man - rushed five times for 31 yards (6.2-yard average) and zero touchdowns in 12 games (one start) as a true freshman in 2007. Also returned 34 kickoffs for 809 yards (23.8). Made the switch to free safety in '08, when he started 12-of-13 games and tallied 60 tackles, three pass breakups and three interceptions with 4½ tackles for loss, a sack and two forced fumbles. Added 34-821 (24.1) on kickoff returns and two punt returns for 18 yards (9.0). Was ejected for fighting in the Arkansas contest and suspended for a half against Florida. Had surgery in April '09 to repair torn cartilage in his left shoulder. In the fall, started all 12 games played, tallying 62-9-0 with three tackles for loss and two sacks. Returned kickoffs 26-585 (22.5). Hurt his left shoulder during pregame warm-ups prior to the Tennessee contest and did not play against Arkansas. Missed the '10 season opener vs. Southern Mississippi while the NCAA investigated who paid for an insurance policy that he took out. On the season, started all seven games played at cornerback and managed 34-2-0 with 2½ tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Also returned kickoffs 12-261 (21.8). Was lost for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle against Tennessee.
Positives: Good size. Naturally athletic and light on his feet and fluid movement skills. Outstanding straight-line and long speed. Excellent leaping ability - posted a 38½-inch vertical leap at the Combine. Good hands (converted receiver). Versatile - can play safety or corner and is elusive as a kickoff returner.
Negatives: Small hands. Average transitional quickness. Needs to get stronger. Not very physical or aggressive. Soft tackler. Average instincts and diagnostic skills. Flags the ball as a returner. Lacks bulk, does not have an aggressive, defensive mentality, and long-term durability could be an issue.
Summary: Finesse tweener with track speed who played three positions in college but did not excel at any of them and never could stay healthy. Lacks the physicality and frame to withstand the contact at safety and the loose hips to survive one-on-one in the NFL. Has moldable athletic ability if he could stay out of the trainer's room.