Friday, March 11, 2011

HBCU NFL Draft Prospect: Juan Corders, DE/LB, Winston-Salem State

Juan Corders was a steady and versatile player during his career at Winston-Salem State. He was also a great leader on defense being named team captian three times. Corders mostly played LB until transitioning to DE for his senior year were he made First-Team All-CIAA in 2010. He's a strong, instinctive and disciplined player that is best when defending the run. Displays good quickness moving up the field to fill gaps, plays with a nice degree of urgency, and is a solid wrap up tackler. Diagnoses the action, plays his assignments, and gets depth on pass drops. Corders occasionally lined up at OLB on certain plays but mostly played in a three-point stance and was primarily used as a pass rusher in 2010. He also played middle linebacker when Winston-Salem would switch to a 4-2 defensive scheme on passing downs. During the HBCU Bowl All-Star week Corders impressed NFL scouts with how well he moved in action and made plays around the ball. Scouts did have some concerns about his showing of marginal skills in pass coverage during the bowl week. He needs to show more of a short area burst of speed and the ability to sustain it in action. He also struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point of attack and is better suited rushing the passer from the two-pont stance. Overall I believe Corders is a solid linebacker and an underrated prospect for the next level. He possesses great size at 6-2 250 lbs as well as a good feel for the OLB position. He's been a solid player on the college level and offers good upside as a potential NFL role player. Possesses marginal size/speed numbers for the next level, and he projects to linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Juan Corders Highlight film