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Chargers Double-Dip Again, Draft CB Tribble

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by Thumper, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper WHS

    Aug 24, 2005
    Chargers Double-Dip Again, Draft CB Tribble

    By SDBoltReport.com Staff

    Posted Apr 27, 2008

    As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Apparently, it also takes two to satisfy A.J. Smith. After drafting a pair of running backs on day two, Smith used his sixth-round selection to draft a second cornerback, Boston College's DeJuan Tribble. Tribble is an undersized ballhawk who will compete with Cletis Gordon for a spot on the backend of the roster.

    The Chargers will add DeJuan Tribble to a suddenly crowded mix at cornerback, where he will compete with Paul Oliver and Cletis Gordon for a spot in the dime package. If Tribble has a solid showing, it could allow San Diego to move Olver to free safety.

    Tribble comes off an outstanding career at Boston College where, like Antoine Cason, he gained experience against top competition by playing for the last four seasons. During that span, Tribble piled up 170 tackles, 22 pass breakups and 15 interceptions.

    "Confidence definitely comes from myself within," Tribble said. "I've been a pretty confident player growing up. As a corner you've got to be pretty confident to go out there and play the game of football, so it's the mentality that I've always had being confident as a player."

    That confidence stems from playing in a very successful Boston College program. Last season, the Eagles finished 11-3 and ranked in the top-10 nationally.

    BC quarterback Matt Ryan was selected No. 3 overall in this year's draft.

    "I feel like playing against Matt every day in practice made me a better player," Tribble said.

    For Tribble, size has been his biggest issue. At 5'9", 189 pounds, he is undersized for an NFL cornerback. However, he feels his vertical leap helps him offset his small stature.

    "Well, you've got to be able to jump and have a good vertical to be able to get up pretty good with some of the taller receivers," he said. "And you have to be more physical game, just going out there to be compete."

    Tribble insists he plays bigger than his measured size. Regardless, he will need to be protected in a zone scheme while he improves his man-to-man skills. That won't be a problem in San Diego, as the Chargers play a lot of zone in obvious passing situations, which is the only time Tribble would play on defense.

    In the meanwhile, he will work on special teams and soak up the knowledge of secondary coaches Bill Bradley and Kevin Ross, who transformed San Diego's secondary into one of the best in the league in their first year with the club.
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Really expected an OL by now. :icon_shrug:

    Tribble is a good corner, but small. AJ is definitely "lining 'em up" to compete at the DB spot.
  3. BoltzRule

    BoltzRule Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Bob Leverone/SN

    Overall grade: 6.0
    Position rank: 13
    Ball skills: 11
    Closing speed: 32
    Coverage/skills: 30
    Run support: 18
    Run/pass recognition: 23
    NFL comparison:
    Nathan Vasher, Bears

    Height: 5-8 Weight: 196
    40-yard dash: 4.60 10-yard dash: 1.57
    20-yard shuttle: 4.19 60-yard shuttle:
    Broad jump: 9-8 225-lb. bench: 14
    3-cone drill: 6.86 Vertical jump: 34
    Wonderlic: 20-yard dash: 2.65

    KEY ยป *
    DeJuan Tribble
    CB, Boston College
    War Room analysis
    Coverage skills: Is a natural, excelling in all types of coverage. Backpedals quickly in man-to-man coverage, transitioning and closing fast on passes in front of him. Flips hips to turn and run with receivers without losing a step. Stays on receiver's hip out of cuts, and uses hands to push receivers around a bit to throw off timing of routes. In zone, settles into his area and slides and adjusts to what he sees. Makes hard hits right after the catch. Grade: 8.0

    Run/pass recognition: Shows good instincts, and consistently reads and reacts to plays correctly. Does not get fooled by pump fakes or fakes by receivers on routes. When in zone or "off" coverage, reads the quarterback well to close quickly and play the ball. Grade: 7.5

    Closing speed: Shows an explosive closing burst to play the ball, and has the elite speed to stay with fast receivers downfield. When losing a step in coverage, has the burst and speed to catch up. Grade: 7.5

    Ball skills: Reaches around receivers to break up passes without committing penalties. Flashes ability to cut underneath receivers to make tough interceptions. Must improve his hands and concentration; drops some easy interceptions. Grade: 7.5

    Run support: Plays bigger than his size would suggest. Comes upfield quickly and aggressively to deliver a blow. Closes explosively and makes technically sound tackles, but does not do it consistently; tends to get overaggressive and lunge, missing tackles. Grade: 6.0

    Bottom line: Tribble struggled at the Senior Bowl, falling out of the first round, and he must perform well at pre-draft workouts to even get drafted in Round 2. He probably will be drafted slightly later than where we have him rated because of his lack of height, but in time he will become a solid NFL starter and consistent playmaker.

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