2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Robert Rochell

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Robert Rochell is a long press-man corner who has been one of the more productive players to come out of the program in recent memory. Tearing his ACL during his senior season of high school, he fell into the lap of the UCA program after heading toward being one of the top-ranked prospects in Louisiana. With 38 career pass breakups and 10 career interceptions, he has high-end career ball production. Originally starting out his career as a wide receiver, he quickly transitioned to the other side of the ball after his redshirt freshman season. Rochell has a well-developed frame and one that’s been an asset on the perimeter of the team's defense. A handsy, ultimate competitor, he will need to clean up his willingness to grab targets on route stems. Forceful with his initial jam attempts, he will have to develop better control at the line as one of his biggest weaknesses is air space allowed after initial releases and at the top of routes. Because of his positives, some hip stiffness, and physicality, Rochell may be graded as a safety on the draft boards of some teams. Overall, Rochell is an inconsistent prospect that has lots of intriguing highs but concerning lows. Tying those loose ends together and sustaining his consistency over an extended period of time will be the biggest battle for the team that drafts him.

Ideal Role: Developmental No. 3 outside corner that could eventually turn into a No. 2. Some teams may view him on their boards as a strong safety. 

Scheme Fit: Cover 1 press-man.

Written by Jordan Reid

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Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.

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