CB – #2 Virginia Tech
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Avalon (Washington, DC)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8559)
Phil Steele: PS#135
Jermaine Waller Scouting Report
Good speed for the position. Doesn’t hold up well in long speed situations. Accelerates to his top speed very quickly. Doesn’t have a lot of upper body strength. Fluid hips, very solid change of direction ability. Has some recovery ability but won’t work himself back into position against bigger receivers.
Not a strong tackler, especially against bigger bodied receivers. Looks like he wants to avoid contact. Not a good space defender. Excellent man coverage corner. Reacts well to timing routes and stays with the play. Struggles to locate the football and can be a bit grabby. Very physical. I love it. Wish he would show the same physicality when tackling.
Has a tendency to get too deep into his zone at times, look like he prefers to play man coverage. Recognizes concepts well and has the hands to be a ball hawk. Struggles with positioning in press coverage. Doesn’t really show much of a jam technique. Plays positioning within press coverage and doesn’t do it too well.
What we want to see from Jermaine Waller in Las Vegas
- In 1v1’s against wide receivers, we really want to see Jermaine Waller use his hands less to grab receivers downfield. I know that Waller uses that as his technique to keep the receiver in his reach, but it doesn’t help him locate the ball and will draw a lot of flags at the next level. We want to see him clean that up in Las Vegas.
Pre-Shrine Bowl projection
Jermaine Waller best projects as a second cornerback on an NFL team, although he might need a year or two to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. He has good speed and should test well, but his lack of ball skills in man coverage, especially in deep coverage, is concerning.
We like Waller as a third/fourth round prospect in this class. His lack of desire to get involved as a tackler is a little bit of an issue to us as well. As long as he can continue to build on his mirror technique, Waller could become a solid second cornerback in the league.