Saturday, April 4, 2009

Player Profile: Captain Munnerlyn South Carolina CB

Pros: This Captain has good speed and quickness, a smooth runner with the agility to make effortless cuts. The former Gamecock is very athletic and uses his explosion well, both in coverage and run support. He is a very solid corner that shows playmaking ability as a returner. He did well in zone coverage, and with his physical tools he should also be able to handle playing man-to-man. Munnerlyn possesses very fluid hips and excellent agility.

Cons: At just a tad under 5’9’’, Munnerlyn is going to have to prove himself against bigger receivers whenever he steps on the field on Sundays. Despite his quickness, Munnerlyn can be beat by crisp route runners and double moves. He lacks the playmaking ability that a lot of corners in this class offer, with zero interceptions last year and just five in his college career. Durability was an issue at South Carolina for him and could limit his production at the next level. Munnerlyn was benched after missing a meeting this past season, something that will raise a red flag with many franchises.

Scouts Take: Munnerlyn has great agility and open field speed, but he is still raw. His lack of size really hurts his draft stock. He should not start at either outside corner position in his first year, but could excel as the team's nickel back because of his sure tackling ability. He also has great potential as a punt and kick returner. Look for him to land somewhere between the late second round to early fourth round. This early entry is a work in progress, who could end up being a real day two find.

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