By Kip Earlywine
40 time: 4.59
- Fluid Hips
- Very quick reaction speed
- Good explosion or short area quickness
- Love his footwork, natural looking runner
- Soft hands
- Very good, aggressive tackler
- Nice subtlety, knows how to tiptoe on the line with penalties
- Productive 2009 season
- Very high effort player
- Poorly coached, may have hidden potential
- Durable: 36 starts in 3 years.
- No character concerns
- Slow 40 time, may possibly have to switch to free safety
- Can be burned by very fast WR, will need good safety help
- Occasionally makes ugly mistakes
- Sometimes concedes the completion by going for the tackle
- Doesn't compete for jump balls as much as you'd like
- Sometimes iffy man cover skills, from what I saw
It was only January when Warren was considered the #2 or #3 CB in the draft, and a mid to late 1st round pick. Then Warren ran a 4.59 forty at the combine, and suddenly, he's fallen off the face of the planet. He's now considered a probable mid-round pick. Its amazing how much a bad 40 time can kill your stock sometimes if you are a cornerback. This plays to Seattle's advantage in a couple ways. First, it allows them to potentially address a big need (big CB) a little later in the draft by taking Warren in the mid-rounds, and if Warren ultimately proves too slow and must convert to free safety, the Seahawks need depth at free safety anyway.
Warren fits the Schneider criteria for a CB. He's 6 feet tall, and though he doesn't look physically imposing, he plays very aggressively and is incredible in run support. Warren is well rounded but if I had to say he's especially good in one area- its limiting YAC. It seems like there are 3 types of DBs, those who go for the ball, those who go for the big hit, and those that simply concede the reception and go for a sound tackle that eliminates yards after the catch. Warren fits very nicely into that 3rd category. Which might seem annoying, but then again, the same trait was evident in Marcus Trufant.
Watching Warren's highlights, you have to seriously wonder how a player like this could ever reach the 3rd round, much less the 4th or 5th. He reminds me a little of a poor man's Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins was a "do everything" type with no real weaknesses, but ran an unimpressive 4.55 at his combine last year. Jenkins was saved from a potential draft free fall in the middle 1st by the Saints. Jenkins went on to have a pretty nice rookie season including some nice games in the postseason. As a cornerback.
Walterfootball has a pretty glowing scouting report of Warren, comparing him to Dunta Robinson. Robinson is a very talented, but flawed CB who is a pretty good example of the types of CB's our FO will look for.
Warren has made a very good first impression for me, and if he's still there in the 4th round, I'd consider him a bargain.
Expect him to be drafted in... Rounds 3-5