S – #24 Clemson
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Vestavia Hills (Vestavia Hills, AL)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: N/A
Nolan Turner Scouting Report
Turner has adequate speed for the position. Would imagine he’s a high 4.4-low 4.5 player. Excellent burst and quickness as well, very athletic player. Turner can change direction, but it’s average.
Decent tackler. Hits well but doesn’t show much wrap up ability. I think Turner’s tackling ability has drastically improved from 2020 to 2021. Does an excellent job working both to the boundary and coming downhill. Takes good pursuit angles, except when trying to make a play in the backfield. Isn’t particularly good at working downhill, would much rather work laterally. Works the sidelines well with excellent range and solid angles of pursuit.
Solid coverage ability on the back end. Tends to play the football over the receiver. Hesitates to work up from his assignment in man coverage sometimes. Not particularly strong in this category. When working against faster, better route runners, will struggle to stay with them. Doesn’t locate the football well. Has adequate size and ability to cover tight ends and make quarterbacks uncomfortable throwing his way. Turner shows excellent instincts in both run and pass situations. Comes up with a lot of plays that he shouldn’t have. Great awareness.
What we want to see from Nolan Turner in Las Vegas
- Nolan Turner has shown the ability to play very solid deep coverage in zone as well as work into underneath coverage in Clemson’s pro-style zone schemes. We’d like to see if Turner can take away tight ends with his physicality by contesting the catch point better. We should get a good look at that in 1v1’s when the linebackers and safeties line up against tight ends and running backs.
Pre-Shrine Bowl Projection
Nolan Turner made money in 2021 by improving his tackling ability. He’s already a very rangy safety, showing strong instincts to know where he needs to be. Turner’s downfall will be his lack of length that will limit him in coverage and his ability to contest the catch point against bigger receivers downfield.
We like Turner as a fourth/fifth-round projection. An earlier day three pick would make sense for him as a team might try to slide him into their rotation as a nickel defender before letting him develop into the back end. If he can play through his lack of length, he can be a very solid professional.