Carrington Valentine 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Sister, Shala, played basketball at UMass Lowell; brother, Jerrick, played soccer at Bellarmine
- An outstanding basketball player, winning a state championship in 2019
- A versatile athlete, he began his career as a wide receiver before moving to cornerback as a junior
- Scheme tendencies: 3-3-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting CB
Pros: Carrington Valentine plays with aggression and physicality. He projects best as a man-to-man corner at the next level. Aligned tight to the line of scrimmage, Valentine plays the cat-and-mouse game with wide receivers well. He mixes up physical punches and soft press techniques in bump-and-run coverage. He showcases functional hip fluidity to stop and drive on routes. Flashes of scheme versatility as he displays the football IQ to pass off routes in zone coverage. Valentine has functional arm length that shows up when battling for the ball at the catch point. I like his anticipation and feel in the red zone to disrupt routes with press alignment and staying close to the receiver, creating difficult throwing lanes. Valentine has a sticky coverage ability—he remains in phase a good amount of his reps.
Cons: Carrington Valentine has a slim physical build. This raises concerns as a tackler in space and the run game. He was charted for ten missed tackles in 2021. His form is not the cleanest—Valentine can be an ankle bitter. While he is sticky in coverage, I have concerns about his deep speed to stay within stride with faster more explosive wide receivers. He tends to overcompensate to protect himself from being beaten on deep vertical routes. As a result, it opens him up to in/out-breaking routes and everything underneath. His movements from off-coverage are segmented and labored.
Carrington Valentine NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson