Coverage Spacing - Like his shallow area work the most, he's pretty fluid and will jump down into middle of the field routes with aggressiveness to crash and crowd the catch point. Not super dynamic in deep areas and his long range isn't going to help him cover and jump routes as he'll need to for impact plays as a FS.
Acceleration - Like his click and close ability a fair amount, he's pretty loose in the lower half to drop and drive on quick action. Builds speed well as a blitzer or buzz defender to work into position to pressure in the box. His range as a deep safety isn't notable — probably best off left in half-field role.
Tackling - Got caught a few times this year on the back end with cement blocks on his feet. When he's in pure pursuit mode, he's a better finisher than when he tries to step down and close space as a head up tackler. Has taken some big body shots but not finished the play against bigger or more dense ball carriers.
Zone Coverage Skills - Robber role is where he looks to be most comfortable — he likes seeing things develop and shade or slide to try to jump late throws forced by pressure. He doesn't have a ton of length or extension to play through the body or buzz and undercut throws from underneath.
Ball Skills - Ball production is strong, but he's missed on a number of turnover conversion opportunities — he's on D for a reason, I suppose! Has let high point scenarios get disrupted by receivers flashing late to play his hands and his catch radius really pops here as a hindrance to finishing plays.
Competitive Toughness - He's a scrappy dude! I appreciate his enthusiasm to stick his face in the fire and mix it up with big bodies as he steps to play the D-gap in run support. He's not functionally very strong but he's got good flexibility to play with coil and he's build fairly dense — just need to make sure he plays controlled, too.
Flexibility - He's plenty mobile. Hip mobility in coverage is effective to get himself open to reach far landmarks and he's got a plenty dynamic base to decelerate at steep angles. His ability to lengthen himself makes him combative but not overly effective at the catch point.
Feet/COD - Got some jitterbug in him. He's smooth but capable of suddenness when he needs to call it into play as a defender weeding his way through traffic. Doesn't pattern match overly well in man coverage but he does show good initial balance on his zone drops.
Man Coverage Skills - Not overly sticky here. Big pass catchers can bump him off their him and doesn't have the recovery length, explosiveness or functional strength to stay in the hip pocket. As such, he's a better draw for slot receivers versus drawing tight ends in man coverage over the middle.
Versatility - He's had a lot put on his plate. He's done well as a blitz player from the 2nd level on 3rd downs, he's done well in shallow zone and he's got needed scrappiness and enthusiasm to win on special teams as well. He'll need that at the next level to ensure roster security and consistent playing time.
Best Trait - Versatility
Worst Trait - Length
Best Film - Texas A&M (2019)
Worst Film - LSU (2019)
Red Flags - None
Player Summary - K'Von Wallace is a versatile back end player who will make his living in the NFL as a sub-package defender and as a special teams contributor. Wallace has the versatility to play in the nickel or as a deep half safety, but his lack of length, influence at the catch point and some uncertain last line of defense tackling may hinder his ability to press for a starting role. At the very least, this is a regular contributor to a defense on 3rd-downs and a kick teams standout. Mid-Round value.