PROSPECT SUMMARY - RICHARD LECOUNTE
Richard LeCounte aligned at safety for the Bulldogs defense. He is a good communicator on the back end and displays leadership from the position. He plays with good agility and balance while in coverage. He has instances for aligning in man coverage while in the slot, ultimately demonstrating the versatility to align in multiple places. He does, however, play light and this is evident at the point of attack. He also projects with upside in the kicking game as a four-phase core special teamer.
Ideal Role: Rotational NFL safety in subpackages.
Scheme Fit: He has the skill set to play in multiple schemes and would excel in a scheme that utilizes his proficiency in the passing game.
Written by Drae Harris
Games watched: Florida (2019), Auburn (2019), Alabama (2020)
Best Game Studied: Auburn (2019)
Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2020)
Football IQ: He demonstrates the football IQ that is essential for the position. He can get guys aligned and communicates on the back end. He also has an understanding of situational football, down and distance, etc.
Tackling: His tackling efficiency overall is good. However, he plays light and it is evident at the point of attack. His tackling efficiency against the pass is very good.
Versatility: He has good versatility at the safety position. He has the hips and agility to align in man coverage situations. His skill set also suggests he would be an asset on special teams.
Range: He has good range, which is critical for success at the position. He shows the ability to get off the hash and get to a 9 route outside. His skill set suggests that he could sufficiently align as the single-high safety if asked to do so.
Ball Skills: He demonstrates good ball skills at the position. His instinctive play puts him in good positions to get his hands on the football. He has continued to be an asset in the passing game for the Bulldogs.
Run Defense: His run defense overall is just average. While his efficiency is good against wide receivers, he has struggled to secure tackles against bigger backs and tight ends. The physical aspect of the game may be an issue for him.
Functional Athleticism: He plays with good functional athleticism overall. He shows the agility and movement skills to be effective in the passing game. He also shows good speed and range when aligned on the back end.
Competitive Toughness: He plays the game with good competitive toughness. He demonstrates his competitive nature at critical moments in the game. He also shows the toughness to be a willing participant in the run game.
Flexibility: This player has very good positional flexibility. He has shown the ability to align on the back end and fulfill his duties there. He has also shown the ability to align in man coverage situations in the slot, ultimately giving the defense overall much more flexibility.
Special Teams: This player has good special teams upside overall. He is neither the biggest nor fastest and this could be a hindrance in some instances. However, he has good movement skills to avoid as a coverage player and shows the tackling ability in space to compete on special teams.
TDN Consensus: 72.88/100
Kyle Crabbs: 72.50/100
Joe Marino: 72.00/100
Jordan Reid: 73.00/100
Drae Harris: 74.00/100
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