Read & React: Reads the quarterback's eyes and reacts quickly to the ball in the air. Often involved in plays after coming off his man because he's looking into the backfield, but will also get beat when falling for pump fakes and double moves because of his aggressiveness.
Man Coverage: Has quick feet and fluid hips to stay with most receivers throughout most routes. Smooth, quick pedal when not in press-bail, patient waiting for his man to make the first move off the line. Maintains contact down the sideline, but needs to find the ball in the air more consistently. Needs to know where his help comes from on a given play -- gets in trouble playing inside position and getting beat outside. Will give up strength to many NFL receivers, who will shield him with their bodies on slant patterns and go through him on jump balls (though his vertical gives him a chance to break up those passes). Plays well off the line and in press-bail. Will mix it up just inside the five-yard mark, but does not usually get his hands on his man at the line of scrimmage, backpedaling or bailing per the team's scheme.
Zone Coverage: Could excel as a zone corner because of his toughness, change-of-direction ability and quickness to the ball. Reads routes and the eyes of the quarterback and comes off his man to pick up the underneath out route and makes a play on the ball. Able to bring down receivers quickly after the catch. Transitions well from his low, quick pedal to plant and drive. Able to knock away passes in front of the receiver or as the ball is caught because of his length and closing speed. He must prove discipline to stay in his zone until the ball is away, or quarterbacks and receivers will take advantage of the vacated area.
Closing/Recovery: Excellent closing speed to make tackles or get to the receiver while the ball is in the air. Plants and drives quickly after recognizing stop or slant routes when playing off of a receiver. Reaches in front of receivers to knock away passes without interfering, though he will commit penalties when not looking for the ball. Recovers well if receiver gets inside position downfield, using his speed to get back to the play, but is at times a step late to get back to deep balls if biting on double move. Lacks the natural hands for interceptions.
Run Support: Should be capable of chopping down running backs at the next level, but won't be a superstar in this part of his game. Gives good effort to shed receiver's blocks but is more effective using his speed and instincts to beat them. Comes on run blitzes off the edge; forces plays inside but needs to work on defeating fullback blocks with his hands to be a factor against the run.
Tackling: Is not a physically imposing cornerback, with thin legs and arms, but has the length and tenacity to wrap and drag down most receivers after the catch. Effective cut tackler against the run when he keeps his head up; will escort backs out of bounds. Puts a shoulder into receivers after the catch if playing off. Can be easily eluded in space after trying to break down; looks a bit clumsy at times approaching ballcarriers in the open field. Lack of strength and bulk might cause him issues bringing down larger NFL receivers on the outside.
Intangibles: Tough corner with the confidence to come back and make a good play after giving up a touchdown. Missed start with a left shoulder injury in October 2008 but still played in the game. Missed most of the 2011 Sugar Bowl with a broken right wrist.