With the draft coming up at the end of the month, we will offer up a breakdown of players at positions of need for the Dallas Cowboys.
Miami (Ohio) cornerback Quinten Rollins
Height: 5-11 1/8 Weight: 195
ESPN Insider rank: No. 8 cornerback, No. 73 overall
Games viewed: Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Northern Illinois.
Scouting report: He is a former point guard with only one year of college football experience. A point guard needs to have great vision and it’s evident Rollins can see everything he needs to see. Point guards have to have good court awareness and that is something he brings to the field.
I liked how he would be patient at the early part of a receiver’s route waiting for the receiver to commit before he would jump, especially down in the red zone. He was at his best when his responsibility was to defend the guy in front of him because route combinations were something new to him.
He got turned around on a few occasions, turning his back to the receiver, which is a sign of how raw he is. But he flashed playmaking ability with a pick against Michigan on a deflected ball. Against Ohio, he returned an interception for a touchdown, beating the receiver to the hitch then fighting through traffic to get to the end zone. On his second pick against Ohio, he baited the quarterback into a throw to the end zone by hedging on the underneath tight end.
He had trouble with the deep passes a few times and couldn’t close the gap. In the run game, he was more than willing to make a tackle. Against Northern Illinois he missed a stop because of poor form but came back a few plays later and made the tackle in the same situation.
Biggest concern: His lack of experience hurts a lot. He struggles with route concepts and will need time to learn all that cornerbacks need to know. He does have the athletic ability to play and his field awareness is pretty good.
What ESPN Insider is saying about his ball skills: Excellent production in his only season CFB (9 PBUs, 7 INTs). Flashes playmaking instincts. Strong combination of size, strength and leaping ability to hold up in contested situations. Quick to locate. Tracks and shows above-average timing playing the ball. Attacks and consistently high-points the ball. Natural hand eye-coordination and flashes the ability to pull in throws outside of frame. Only issue is he is still learning when to play the ball or the man and will periodically look back too early and lose track of the receiver.
Cowboys fit: The Cowboys need a cornerback that can play a lot and right away. I’m not sure Rollins is that guy or would be better to play a spot role as a rookie with some special teams and learn the game a little bit more. He can play but it would be asking a lot for him to be an impact player as a rookie.