Devon Witherspoon – NFL Draft Profile

Devon Witherspoon - NFL Draft Profile
Devon Witherspoon – NFL Draft Profile

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Devon Witherspoon – NFL Rookie Draft Profile

Background

Height – 5’11″

Weight – 181 pounds

Witherspoon is a slightly undersized guy to be a dominant outside man corner. He excels when off the ball and can use his eyes and instincts to react quickly to Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers. He produced as a cover corner for three seasons at Illinois and received the following accolades:

2021

All-Big Ten honorable mention

2022

One of three finalists for the Thorpe Award

First Thorpe Award finalist in Illinois history

One of 20 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award

Consensus All-American, the 21st in Illinois history

First ever defensive back to be named a Consensus All-American in Illinois history

Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year

Walter Camp All-American first team

AFCA All-American first team

FWAA All-American first team

AP All-American first team

Phil Steele All-American first team

CBS All-American first team

PFF All-American first team

USA Today All-American second team

Senior Bowl All-American

All-Big Ten first team (coaches and media)

Devon Witherspoon - NFL Draft Profile
Devon Witherspoon – NFL Draft Profile

Defensive Back Pros

Watching

Witherspoon is constantly looking for the ball and watching the quarterback’s eyes. It allows him to use his second strength then excellently.

Instinct

Witherspoon has great instincts and understands route concepts in such a way that he can react immediately and defend a pass.

Ball Skills

He has good ball skills, as eluded to earlier. Devon is constantly getting his head around to ensure he can get a play on the ball.

Defensive Back Cons

Speed

He doesn’t have the speed to recover when he misjudges routes, making him susceptible to the deep ball.

Double-Move

His knack for jumping routes makes him pretty susceptible to the double move.

Size

While undersized, Witherspoon plays fearlessly, and his ball skills should help him in this regard.

 

You can see the good and the bad in his game against Indiana.

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