Friday, August 10, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:00 AM
ERIC BERRY: Tennessee, 5115 211 4.45. Junior entry. Three-year starter. A safety with corner skills. Versatile enough to play either free or strong safety and interchange responsibilities and has the hip flexibility, foot quickness, change of direction, and recoverability to play corner. Good intelligence. Can learn and retain coverage schemes, awareness to recognize and analyze offensive set tendencies, and react quickly to keys. Can make calls and communicate coverages vocally. Has a fierce sense of competition. Plays with confidence and poise. Mentally tough and durable. Good concentration and a high reaction IQ. Reads the eyes of the quarterback. Good leadership qualities. Has long arms and extraordinary leaping ability. Impact hitter that is always around the ball. Alley player on run support. Ability to stay on his feet and play off blockers. Lined up as a safety or as a linebacker/hybrid in the Tampa-2 system in 2009 and excelled. Active and aggressive. Has tackling courage - heavy hitter. Did a better job in 2009 of wrapping up as a tackler instead of just exploding on the ball carrier. Slipped off a few tackles if he went high. Total package of measurables, athletic ability, physical ability, intelligence, instincts, intangibles, and leadership qualities. Will contribute on all special teams. One of the top three players in the 2010 draft. Second in NCAA history with 494 interception return yards. SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back. BTR:left 4.09, right 4.10. Had 19 reps of 225 and 6.80 on the 3-cone. OSR:2/21. First round. (A-33 1/4, H-9 5/8, VJ-43, SS-4.23).