2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

by Cory J. Bonini on March 29, 2012 @ 17:00:35 PDT

 


Virginia Tech junior Jayron Hosley battled through a hamstring injury and a concussion in 2011 but opted for the 2012 NFL Draft, likely relying on a strong sophomore campaign to help his draft stock. 

Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Defends like a gnat

Strengths

  • Scrappy and tenacious - plays with swagger
  • Great zone defender
  • Playmaker and ball hawk (12 interceptions over the past two seasons)
  • Quick feet and change-of-direction ability - excellent lateral agility
  • Extremely quick closing speed in short area
  • Willing tackler
  • Special teams return experience
  • Low backpedal with fluid hips
  • Great leaping ability on tape (did not participate in the vertical jump drill at the Scouting Combine)
  • Rarely makes a mental mistake or draws a penalty

Weaknesses

  • Physical limitations: undersized (5-foot-10, 178 pounds), small hands (8 7/8 inches), short arms (30 7/8 inches) and little upper-body strength (11 reps on bench press)
  • Can be too aggressive and bite on play-action passes
  • Lacks elite top-end speed (4.47-second 40-yard dash)
  • May be limited to the role of a nickel zone defender
  • Suspect footwork
  • Misses a lot of tackles
  • Slight injury concern

Expected draft placement

Hosley has a strong second-round grade but may slide to the late round in what is a respectable cornerback class. The former Hokie could draw notable interest from the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers.

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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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