Feet: Frequent false-stepper who struggles to retain ideal body positioning relative to cover responsibility and offensive backfield. Over-aggressive working into upfield and outside shoulder at times, allowing routes to break back inside. With that said, has quick foot fire and surprising hip sink to redirect and get on a new line, so if he can keep his hips into his target he’s golden.
Man Technique: He’s limited in terms of his transitional quickness, and that means that he has to win at the line of scrimmage. I appreciate his collision-heavy approach to off-man coverage, and he has great linear explosiveness, so he can account for poor transitions by forcing receivers off their line and squeezing them into the boundary. Highly competitive player but will draw more flags in the NFL.
Zone Technique: Has nice burst for a top-heavy player and better hip sink than you expect when T-stepping out of drops and closing on quick-breaking routes. Spacing in his side shuffle and route recognition are all starting-caliber quality, though at times he can get lost in the sauce of switch releases and layered concepts. Length and strength give him a great PBU profile when thudding into routes developing in front of his frame.
Press Technique: Up in your face with bad intentions early. Has elite play strength for a college CB and can jar back receivers onto their heels, forcing false steps and re-releases. Is too aggressive in his jams and will pre-determine which punch he’s gonna throw, which is high risk/reward against quality and instinctive route runners. Struggles to recover from his false steps given average turn-and-run fluidity and must become more comfortable working laterally in his step-kicks to control routes with upfield leverage.
Ball Skills: Does not get his eyes back to the football in the trail or even in phase when working downfield. Plays exclusively the receiver and will attack the catch point through the receiver’s action, but does not have good instincts for the ball’s arrival, due in large part to inexperience at the position. Length/strength/body control profile tells a positive story for development, however.
Mental Processing: Raw to the position and accordingly is frequently a tick late to understand what’s coming his way. Misses opportunities to cancel key routes in third down and red zone when he fails to ID common route concepts, such as natural pick plays. Will generate more turnovers when learning to expect the ball’s arrival in time with receiver’s breaks.
Reactionary Quickness: His feel isn’t great because he hasn’t had enough experience to develop quality instincts. Will be late to recognize common concepts and predictable route breaks given down/distance, but should continue to grow in this regard. With that said, delightful recovery player when working into phase with receivers in man coverage. Drives through tough angles with great explosiveness but does well to retain control and not overextend.
Fluidity: More fluid than you expect for a dude of his density. Does well to maintain balance through contact and is a great initiator/competitor, but can also mirror movements by feeling routes develop through connection and by keeping his feet under his hips and recruit his high-quality burst. Hip hinge is impressive and he can work from austere angles with the ground to recover back into phase.
Tackling: He’ll come up and stick you for sure. Great density, short-area explosiveness, and combativeness create a quality stick player who can deliver shots with stopping power and prevent tough yardage. With that said, will sacrifice his balance to generate power and fails to bring wrap-up technique to the contact point, leading to slipped tackles.
Round Grade: Late 2
Best Trait: Zone Technique
Worst Trait: Mental Processing
Player Comparison: Vernon Hargreaves
Summary: Noah Igbinoghene is a Day 2 corner with a tricky evaluation. Igbinoghene is too raw to trust in man coverage at this time, and even his zone coverage has yet to reach its ceiling, as he continues to develop starter-level instincts and recognition. With that said, Igbinoghene’s blend of strength and flexibility is atypical for the position, and his linear explosiveness makes him an exciting off-cover prospect who could even have slot versatility. The ceiling isn’t even nearly scratched with Igbinoghene, but you should not rely on him to start in Year 1, unless you are comfortable with some growing pains.