NAME: Derrick Baity
JERSEY: No. 8
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 186 lbs
PROS: Good patience and technique in press. Body control is impressive, not often off-balance or sloppy in his movements. Has enough speed to match vertical threats downfield. Experienced in a variety of coverage schemes. Good positioning in Cover 2 to sink on corner routes with eyes in the flat. Won’t hesitate to come downhill and lay the wood on screens. Physical despite his frame. Mental processing is excellent. When he gets his head around to find the ball (there are flashes of this), has the length to shut down throwing windows and contest catch points like few corners can.
CONS: Transitions are just a tad slow at times. Doesn’t trigger quickly to close on underneath patterns or routes breaking back to the quarterback. Struggles to find the ball vertically, leading to uncontested grabs despite good positioning. Slender frame and can get mossed by bigger receivers down the field. A non-factor against the run. Can’t get off blocks and hesitant to get into his run fills. Lack of ball skills in man coverage and elite physical and athletic tools could relegate him to no. 2 duties or less valuable schematic usages.