PFF scouting report: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

The PFF analysis team breaks down the prospects of Alabama's Marlon Humphrey ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

PFF scouting report: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Name: Marlon Humphrey

School: Alabama

Position fit: Outside cornerback, potential for a switch to safety

Stats to know: Allowed 50.0 percent of targets to be completed into his coverage though he gave up 16.9 yards per reception over the last two years.

What he does best:

  • Good fit in zone coverage. Excels when the play is in front of him — big part of the reason why a switch to safety might make the most sense.
  • Fantastic at reading and working off of blocks on wide receiver screens. Gave up just three yards on wide receiver screens in 2016.
  • Can hit in a big way and knows how to use his body to subtly cut off receivers from the ball. 20 of the 30 incompletions on throws into his coverage came via an interception, pass breakup, cutting a receiver off or getting close enough in coverage to force a more difficult catch.
  • Fairly sure tackler, missing just six tackles throughout 2016.
  • At 6-feet-1, has the size that NFL team will covet to develop as a press man corner

Biggest concern:

  • As good as he is with the play in front of him, he definitely struggled on deep passes. Gave up an average of 16.3 yards per catch in 2016, and 17.4 in 2015.
  • Struggles to find the ball in the air and play through the receiver’s hands, leading to too many big plays
  • Long speed is an issue. Humphrey is not slow, but also not blazing fast. How will he hold up against speedsters in the NFL?
  • Played left cornerback almost exclusively over the past two seasons, so no experience in the slot or tracking receivers.
  • His most natural position might not actually be at cornerback. Given how much he has impressed with the play in front of him, and his struggles on deep balls, Humphrey may be a better fit at safety in the NFL.

Bottom line: Humphrey played a big role on a very good Alabama defense, but will face some questions as he transitions to the next level. He has the size and length to play press coverage, but he loses far too often at the catch point, particularly down the field. Humphrey’s best work often comes in zone coverage and he may be able to help a team as a safety. Despite the question marks, make no mistake about it, if Humphrey lands at the right spot, he can be a very good player in the NFL.

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  • Alec Scott

    Long speed is an issue for a United States junior national track team member?

    Silver medalist at the 2013 junior world championships in the 110m hurdles.

    • Tim Edell

      He definitely has the speed and athletic ability but he is slow to transition When he needs to flip his hips in coverage

      • jesse murray

        Yes because he is stiff.

    • jesse murray

      So what? Do you have to swivel your hips and run in opposite direction in 110m hurdles? No you don’t. Linear speed doesn’t equal speed in Pads across the field.

  • jesse murray

    I find it curious why PFF didn’t mention the front 7 Humphreys benefited from. I saw him get beat regularly and be saved by his front 7 putting QB on his back. I’m always wary of Bama CBs that are rarely challenged. Humphreys is another case in point. His burn rate given his front 7 is frankly alarming (48%).