Chamarri Conner NFL Draft Scouting Report
SAF, Virginia Tech Hokies
After being part of three state championships in high school, Chamarri Conner took his talents to Virginia Tech and delivered a productive career as a fixture for the Hokies’ defense. He started nearly 50 consecutive games and appeared in more than 60 during his career at Virginia Tech. After spending 2019-2021 as a slot/nickel defender, Conner served as a deep safety in 2022. He has appeal as a hybrid slot safety that should be an impact special teams contributor at the next level.
Conner is a smart and physical player. Conner is an enthusiastic tackler that takes his responsibilities in run support seriously. Conner loves to key, trigger, fly to the football, and finish. He is never passive when given opportunities to hit and tackle. He has played primarily in the slot for the Hokies’ defense and he has the mentality and toughness needed to play closer to the ball. Conner is mostly a sound processor and demonstrates sound route anticipation skills in zone coverage. He has sufficient ball skills and he’s capable of making plays on the ball in the passing game. He has the play demeanor that translates well to special teams and he has plenty of experience in every phase for the Hokies. He is regarded as a high football character guy with outstanding leadership traits.
Conner is a sufficient but not overly dynamic athlete. He lacks top-tier twitch and long speed, which leads to some matchup restrictions and limitations for his role. While he is physical and aggressive, missed tackles have been problematic in every season and there hasn’t been growth in developing more consistency. For the number of coverage reps he’s had in college, ideally, he would have more ball production to show for it.
Conner’s ability to play multiple spots in the secondary including from the slot and in the box gives him appeal as a subpackage player at the next level. With more than 800 career snaps on special teams, Conner should be able to deliver quality contributions in four phases of special teams.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Leadership, experience, and consistency
- Competitive toughness and physicality
- Versatility on defense and projection to special teams
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Modest athletic profile
- Ball production
- Missed tackles
Weight: 205 lbs
Arm Length: 00 0/0”
Hand Size: 00 0/0”
Athletic Testing (TBD):
40-yard Dash: 0.00s
Vertical Jump: 00”
Broad Jump: 000”
Bench Reps: 00 reps
Ideal Role: Hybrid slot safety
Scheme Fit: Any
TDN Consensus Grade: 70.50/100 (Fifth-Round Value)
- Marino Grade: 70.50/100
Written By: Joe Marino
Exposures: Clemson (2020), Virginia (2020), North Carolina (2021), NC State (2022), Boston College (2022), Pittsburgh (2022)
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