Quick-hit evaluations on CBs

September, 7, 2012
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Continuing along with our scouting reports of the Patriots' 53-man roster with a look at the cornerbacks.

Kyle Arrington (5-10, 195)

Strengths: Confident, very good reactive athlete. Has very good quickness, agility and good straight line speed. Loose hips, can turn and run and break on the football. Had excellent production in 2011, making a ton of plays on the ball. A sound blitzer off the edge, a tough, reliable tackler and edge-setter on run support. Improving year-to-year. Can play in the slot and on the perimeter.

Limitations: Smaller cornerback (listed at just 5-foot-10). Not afraid to get physical, but can be out-leveraged at the point of catch and will overextend at-times in his jams. Will play with bigger bulls-eye on back in 2012 after standout 2011 season.

Devin McCourty (5-10, 195)

Strengths: Very good athlete, with excellent straight line speed and overall movement skills. Tough, durable and a solid tackler. Was excellent on the ball as a rookie in 2010. Can hang with bigger receivers and hold his own against smaller, quicker players. Not afraid to play physical. Extremely hard worker and leader by example.

Limitations: McCourty struggled in 2011 in what looked like a season devoid of confidence. He gave up a ton of yards, although he wasn't always in bad position. It seemed as though McCourty's ball skills went dull last season, as he failed to make plays at the point of catch. Needs to play better in competitive situations and regain confidence entering 2012 season.

Ras-I Dowling (6-1, 210)

Strengths: Unique frame and length for his size. Can leverage receivers and re-route at the line of scrimmage. A very good straight line athlete overall. Difficult to throw over in the red zone.

Limitations: Durability. Needs to prove that he can stay on the field and log substantial playing time. Had just an average camp from this vantage point, not making a ton of plays on the ball and not showing a ton of aggression as a run defender. A player who has ability, but needs to harness it and produce on the field.

Marquice Cole (5-10, 195)

Strengths: Excellent proactive athlete. Has very good speed and quickness. A good reactive player who can be physical in the slot. A player who can be a reserve in both the slot and on the perimeter. Got his hands on some balls in camp, but did not always come up with the interception.

Limitations: Average size for the position. Not a dynamic playmaker. Needs to refine on-ball production. Does a lot of things sufficiently, but does not myriad of stand out traits. A player who has proven to be a good, low-cost veteran addition.

Sterling Moore (5-10, 200)

Strengths: Versatile player who can platoon to safety, and also one that plays with a lot of confidence on the field. Not a top flight athlete, but one who can keep up with receivers of different body types. Has very good ball skills -- times break ups well, rips through receivers' grasps, and plays through the whistle. Can tackle and contribute in the kicking game.

Limitations: Not an elite change of direction athlete. Better going up and down the field than left to right. Had a quiet camp, earning fewer reps than were anticipated.

Alfonzo Dennard (5-10, 200)

Strengths: Physical slot player who has good change of direction and ability to work in short areas. Good quick-twitch movements and plays with self-confidence. Limited exposure to his game during preseason, but was a reliable tackler.

Limitations: Built well through the mid-section, but not a very big guy. Average speed for the position, which could limit his ability to play on special teams. Limited production during final season in college. Still much to learn about his game.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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