Man Cover Skills –I'm a fan of his toughness and tenacity inside the contact window and he does a good job of keeping receivers working at the catch point when he's attached. His transitions can be a bit labored and there isn't a lot of upside with reach or fluidity to help him recover.
Zone Cover Skills –There's some anticipation here on film, he shows ability to creep and break on routes. His click and close burst to take away routes in front of his face is adequate, but once he needs to flip and carry a route vertically in zone, he can't keep the window shut.
Feet/Change of Direction –His lateral mobility and dynamic base isn't great and as a result he can get put through the ringer by polished route releases inside the 5-yard contact window. Would like to see more drive in side to side situations but hip tightness is pretty prominent here.
Ball Skills –He doesn't really trust his technique to get him back on the body and he's asking for trouble (flags) on targets if he's given up a step. Lot of DPI instead of getting his head back around to locate the football and attack.
Flexibility –Very tight through the hips. His vertical transitions are labored and there's not a lot of upside or room for growth here. Hinders him both in space and when he's on the body of receivers, so issues will show up in man or zone.
Acceleration –His burst is only modest. That said, he's a pretty linear mover and drives quickly when he's collected and looking to get down hill. But his long speed and recovery speed both leave him vulnerable without safety help over the top.
Zone Spacing – He's willing to gamble and shade his landmarks based on route combinations, showing awareness of what he is and isn't able to get away with. There's a stark difference between his forward gear and when he needs to flip the hips.
Competitive Toughness –He's willing to really make a mess of the point man on screen game in space. Aggressive, sometimes too aggressive and can overrun his fits. He's pretty scrappy at the catch point and shows good enthusiasm with his reps as a bully.
Run Support –There's some really troubling overruns on the boundary, he'll fly up and leave a huge gap between himself and the rest of defensive pursuit. His effort is good, though. He's pretty effective disrupting blockers and uncovering to challenge.
Tackling –He's not one to really align his pads consistently, he's pretty sloppy in his challenges because he grabs at high speed instead of sitting down consistently and looking to slide and mirror.
PROSPECT COMPARISON - Brandon Harris
BEST TRAIT – Football IQ
WORST TRAIT – Flexibility
BEST FILM – Vanderbilt (2018)
WORST FILM – Mississippi (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Rashad Fenton doesn't seem to have any trump cards that would move the needle for prospective teams, his height/weight/speed combination isn't necessarily something to covet in any type of system, so Fenton will need to be a special teams ace in order to push for constant playing time. There are some quality reps on his film covering the run and he did return kicks in college, so the pathway is present. But don't expect a defensive starter.
Round Grade - UDFA