2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

by Cory J. Bonini on April 11, 2011 @ 15:36:10 PDT

 


Louisville senior cornerback Johnny Patrick should benefit in the 2011 NFL Draft from being such a versatile prospect. 

In 2010, Patrick picked off five passes, returning one for a score. He racked up 49 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He has nine career interceptions and has made at least 49 total stops three straight seasons.

Strengths

  • Durable
  • Very alert and aware of his surroundings
  • Standout in zone coverage
  • Enough size (5-foot-10 5/8, 191 pounds) 
  • Johnny Patrick, draft prospect
    All-around talent
    Productive, well-rounded player
  • Breaks down well
  • Sound tackler - not afraid to come up in run support
  • Sheds blockers - strong hands
  • Upside

Weaknesses

  • Arrested for aggravated assault after a tussle with his girlfriend; the charges were later dismissed
  • Doesn't sink his hips well - would struggle in man coverage against quick receivers
  • Still learning the ropes at cornerback - could take a few years to come into his own
  • Susceptible to play-action pass fakes
  • Average speed (official 4.59-second 40-yard dash; 4.48 at his Pro Day)

Expected draft placement

Patrick best fits in a zone defense, but he could eventually succeed in off-man setups. He is most likely to come off the board no earlier than the late second round, but the third is probably more realistic for him.

He has recently met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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