As we enter into March, we continue to close in on the NFL Draft, with the first pick now just nine weeks away. Mark Schofield and Chuck Zodda dig into two safeties from this year’s draft class with the help of ITP writer Dave Archibald, who lends his expertise to an examination of Duke safety Jeremy Cash and William & Mary safety DeAndre Houston-Carson. Breaking down the differences between the two players, the March 1 Quick Kicks Podcast includes:
- The run-stuffing and blitzing skill-set that Cash possesses and what his greatest strengths are on the football field (1:49)
- Times that Cash was asked to drop into coverage, either in zone or man coverage, and whether or not he was able to be successful in the limited sample size we saw in those roles (4:29)
- Where Cash would be a good value in this year’s draft, and the types of pieces he needs around him to be successful early on in his NFL career (7:13)
- Houston-Carson and the different traits he possesses and why he is a completely different player than Cash despite nominally playing the same position (8:38)
- The ability for Houston-Carson to impact a team on special teams early on in his career, with nine blocks on punts and kicks during his college career, as well as his contributions as a gunner in punt coverage (11:14)
- Places of improvement for Houston-Carson to work on heading into his pro day in order to leave the best possible last impression for scouts prior to the draft (14:01)
- Our Twitter Question of the Day, “What scheme-fit do you see being best for Oregon QB Vernon Adams in the NFL?” (16:57)
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