Christian Roland-Wallace 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Consensus three-star recruit
- Played offense, defense, and special teams in high school
- As a junior in 2017, totaled 659 all-purpose yards
- Scheme tendencies: 4-2-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting CB
Pros: Christian Roland-Wallace boasts an NFL build for a boundary cornerback. He plays with functional strength with his dense build. I love how he takes on and sheds stalk blocks in the quick screen game. He’s a willing participant as a run defender off the perimeter. In coverage, he understands how to use the sideline as his friend versus vertical/downfield routes. Roland-Wallace does a good job squeezing to the sideline, eliminating space, and creating a tighter throwing lane for the quarterback. His strength is evident when he lands punches in bump and run. His strikes are timing disrupters. Ronald-Wallace has some impressive reps from his matchup with Drake London last season. I admired his ability to continue to stay in phase on longer developing route concepts. I feel he is at his best aligned in tight press-man coverage where he can be physical and cap routes quickly.
Cons: One of my biggest concerns with Christian Roland-Wallace is his ability to transition with fluidity. There are some labored movements when attempting to come to a quick stop after generating forward momentum. This can lead to grabby tendencies against twitchy receivers and possibly flags at the next level. In addition, I believe he does not offer great coverage flexibility. There are not many instances of him playing from depth and showing an explosive burst to close on shorter routes. Roland-Wallace doesn’t show the quick-twitch muscles in his lower body to mirror twitchy WRs. He can be turned around with multiple direction changes and head fakes.
Christian Roland-Wallace NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson