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NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Washington CB Trent McDuffie is being rated highly in the scouting community. He plays with a lot of physicality and is a big time playmaker in the huskies secondary


Name: Trent McDuffie

Position: Cornerback

School: Washington

Class: Junior

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 195

Strengths:

Trent McDuffie displays very good athletic ability with outstanding COD, short area quickness, and hip fluidity. He shows elite coverage instincts with the ability to anticipate routes in man and zone concepts. Mental processing is outstanding. He keys and diagnoses route concepts very well. Good patience and technique playing press man coverage. Moreover, he excels using the inch back technique staying square and balanced. In addition, he has a very smooth back pedal. Excellent feel for undercutting routes when playing trail technique. Shows a very good understanding of leverage and spacing in coverage with elite awareness.

He is extremely competitive and physical at the point of attack. He is physical during the route stem and when making tackles. Showcases superb coverage versatility to play all types of zone, man and match coverage’s. Transitions in and out of breaks with excellent footwork and fluidity. Displays very good ability against the run where he is very willing and understands how to fit versus certain run concepts. In addition he has very good open field tackling ability with good technique. Excels blitzing versus the run and pass.

Weaknesses:

McDuffie is an undersized cornerback prospect that can struggle versus bigger body receivers. Secondly, he does not possess the best long speed. Thirdly, McDuffie does not have a bunch of plays made on the ball. Tough to see if he has good ball skills are not. Play strength can be a problem versus bigger wide receivers.

Summary:

Trent McDuffie projects to be a good starting cornerback at the next level that has the skill set to play on the outside and the inside. He can play well in any type of coverage. In addition, McDuffie has very good instincts, mirroring ability, and is extremely competitive. Tackling is his biggest strength and he is the best at tackling at the CB position in the class. However, he is a bit undersized which can lead to being bullied by bigger wide receivers.

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