NAME: Johnathan Abram
SCHOOL: Mississippi State
JERSEY: No. 38
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 210 lbs
PROS: Outstanding size and long speed for a safety. Moves fluidly in space and should have very little issue measuring up athletically. Good closing burst to the football. Range to make plays in the run game, even from deep safety position.
When he sees it, comes downhill and fills the alley in a hurry. Glimpses of ability to stack/shed/slip blocks on perimeter. Takes on blocks with proper leverage to maintain gap discipline. Has good closing burst to the ball from off coverage, just needs to trust his instincts more. Physicality and effort do not appear to be issues.
CONS: Way too many missed tackles. Comes in out of control with too low of a target area. Missed four tackles vs. Alabama. Missed five against Louisville. Tries to go outside his frame for too many stops rather than running his feet through contact. Could benefit from tweaking his angle to the ball carrier’s midsection rather than his hip, which would also make his tackles more impactful. Lacks hitting power right now.
Can be slow to see it and attack in coverage. Instincts and ball skills were questionable in 2017. Arrived too late to contest throwing windows much of the time. Inconsistent in his ability to handle blocks on perimeter, some great reps, other times he’ll get bodied.
Didn’t see a ton of man coverage reps in games I watched, but struggled when he did. In catch-man, consistently failed to stay square and was easily manipulated by jab steps from savvy route runners in the slot. Good athlete, but not an exceptional one. Won’t be able to close separation from most receivers after a misstep in coverage.