Prospect Preview: Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

By Draft Lead Philip Arnold @PhilipArnold20

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Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

6-0 182 lbs. Senior

61 Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 4 INT, 11 PBU. First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2012. Led the Sooners in PBU.

Game Notes vs. West Virginia

  • Colvin seems to be a lengthy Cornerback with good size for the position. He played every snap as the right cornerback while playing 22 of 35 snaps lined up in the boundary. In this game Oklahoma only used Colvin in man coverage, playing both press and loose man.

    Colvin Press

    In press coverage, Colvin struggled against West Virginia. Without getting hands on the WR to disrupt timing and keep a step, Colvin was beat too easily. Here, you can see how Colvin struggled with the releases of WR. His hips are flying open and he’s completely turned to the outside as the WR is moving inside.

  • Technique: In plant and breaks on quick routes, Colvin has good, crisp cuts that put him in position to make plays on the ball. His ability to come clean out of his breaks and at good angles was highlighted on quick screens and a few slant routes by West Virginia. On vertical routes, thought it was good how he felt out routes and forced receivers away from ball. Colvin really struggled in press man during this game. He never got his hands up to bump receivers early and off the ball. Though he was in press, they had clean releases off the line and Colvin struggled with their releases. Colvin opened his hips too far and too early quite a few times. He was beat on post routes multiple times by WR Stedman Bailey and didn’t show much recovery speed to catch up on good balls by QB Geno Smith.
  • Ball Skills: Colvin showed a good ability to high point passes. He did a good job of getting off the ground and fighting through the hands of the receiver, once nearly making an INT and the next time forcing a tipped INT. Colvin got an interception but the ball was thrown right into his bread basket by Smith. Colvin got beat on a touchdown late in the game and had good coverage, but misplayed with his eyes (right). He turned back to find the ball instead of
    Here, you can see how Colvin is caught turning his head to find the ball instead of playing the hands of the WR. The throw was placed on the receiver's back shoulder and had Colvin played the hands, he might have been able to force an incompletion.

    Here, you can see how Colvin is caught turning his head to find the ball instead of playing the hands of the WR. The throw was placed on the receiver’s back shoulder and had Colvin played the hands, he might have been able to force an incompletion.

    playing the hands of the receiver, allowing an easy over the shoulder catch for the receiver.

  • Against the run: Colvin showed his ability as an open field tackler multiple times on quick screens and outside plays. He came on four boundary blitzes and did a nice job on a draw play to read and make a play in the backfield.
  • Play that stood out: 2 down and 8 half way through the first quarter. Colvin is lined up to the field of a doubles set. Colvin highlights his ability to break quickly and sharply coming down quickly on a slant route by the number one receiver. Though the ball was poorly thrown, Colvin put himself in a position to make the interception with his break and ability to come out of his break.

What Covlin does well

Colvin showed his abilities best in the quick passing game. He does a good job at planting and driving sharply out of his breaks. Colvin is best at playing downhill on receivers and keeping the play in front of him. How Colvin is able to muscle and shield force receivers to the sideline on vertical routes was another point that stood out. He does a good job putting his hands on the receiver and forcing them to the outside making it hard for the offender to make a play. He also does a good job at fighting through receivers hands when the ball is in the air. Lastly, Colvin showed abilities as an open field tackler

Here you can see how Colvin fights his head across and drives his feet on an open field tackle.

Here you can see how Colvin fights his head across and drives his feet on an open field tackle.

(right). He has good form and gets his head to where it needs to be and wraps up finishing tackles.

Where Colvin needs to improve

The biggest weakness in Colvin’s game right now is his ability as a press corner. Colvin doesn’t use his hands enough to jam or bump receivers. It allows the receiver a clean release and Colvin then struggles with his change of direction. He opens his hips easily causing separation and lacks recovery speed. Oklahoma isn’t afraid to play him close to the line, but he needs to show more of an ability to disrupt receivers and give them a harder release.

Top Matchups 

9/07 vs. West Virginia

9/28 at Notre Dame

10/12 vs. Texas

11/07 at Baylor

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