Marlon Humphrey-CB Alabama

6' 1/4, 197, 6.75 3-Cone, (O)4.41,

(U) 4.41-4.46, 10'5"Broad,

32 1/4" Arms, 10 Reps,

The Most Physical Corner in the Modern Age. 

By TOM

He is a physical shut down corner, who can struggle to play the ball in the air sometimes. But he made every catch at the Combine. I was impressed with how he tracked the ball at the Combine. I was not expecting that. He is an elite physical specimen, and can certainly play Safety. He is a one year wonder. He has great ball skills. 

His dad was an RB in the NFL. "He is the most complete corner I’ve seen come out of there," a scout said. "I've done Dre Kirkpatrick, Dee Milliner, Kareem Jackson. He can be a big-time player. He’s as violent as I’ve ever seen a corner be. He comes up to smack people. It’s rare to see a corner of his caliber that seeks contact. I guess a little of that comes from his dad. Looks the part. Track guy. He’s got to get some eye discipline. He likes to jam but his eyes will lose discipline." He is so strong and physical at the line in Press that QB can't even look his way.

He was a gunner on punts. He has elite suddenness. "He’s super-talented," a different scout said. "He just doesn’t make plays on the ball. If he made plays on the ball he’d go higher." When he takes a step back to pedal, and they throw the WR screen in front of him, he gets moving forward so fast that the other WR trying to block him can't even get a hand on him. Then of course, he hits like a truck. 

2016 Season: Came off a Freshman All-America season to earn first team All-America recognition by the Football Writers Association of America ... had the first of the Tide’s six pick-sixes on the season, taking an interception back for a score in the season opener against USC ... started 14 games and all 29 games that he played in during his career ... had two interceptions (18 return yards), one forced fumble and five pass breakups to go with his 36 tackles, including three for loss (-6 yards) ... named as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week following his performances against USC, Western Kentucky, Texas A&M and Auburn.

You can not through the ball in front of him at the LOS. He destroys WR Screens. He is the fiercest tackler at CB I have ever seen. He can see the QB throw the ball moving backwards, spot the ball, track it, and leap up over the big WR and take it away. He has some of the best instincts in zone coverage I have ever seen. If he weren't so valuable at CB, he could be an All Pro FS. I like him more than Ramsey last year.

Nice job getting position deep, and cutting off the WR down the sideline. He has a few misplays of the ball in the air in the Playoffs, which was the last time we saw him. However, during the season he did not struggle as much with the ball in the air, as the images of him misplaying the ball at the end of the season.

He can set the edge and make the tackle at the end of the line like an LB. He can run stride for stride with the speed WR, with his elbow literally in his gut for 20-yards, and has to be pushed off to complete a pass. He can hop in front of the RB, and break up the screen as he hits the RB. You just cannot run a screen in front of him. He hits screeners like a truck. He can stop his WR dead, with a jam as he turns inside.

Nice job back pedaling while watching the QB. Very smart and aware player in coverage. He is the one pointing out guys to cover to his team mates. Runs effortlessly down the sideline with the speedy WR. His size blocks out the inside from the WR. He hits like a Linebacker sometimes out in space. He can destroy the ball carrier. 

Nice two handed jam at the line that can stun the WR for a second. He shows some great quick feet zoning the flat. Amazing speed on the field. He sees it and reads it quicker than most, which makes his speed even faster with his reactions. Great competitive speed to run the speedy WR down from behind. He is such a smooth runner that he doesn't look as fast as he really is on the field. He has elite speed, which really sticks out when you see him run guys down from behind. 

Game by Game: USC: Had a pick-six, the first of his career, from 18 yards out to highlight his night ... also added two tackles, including one for a loss (-3 yards). Western Kentucky: Forced a fumble, broke up a pass and recorded two total tackles against the Hilltoppers. Ole Miss: Collected a season-high five tackles, including four solo stops ... also added a pair of pass breakups to tie his career-high mark. Kent State: Totaled one tackle in the first half before the entire defense exited in the second half ... helped limit the Golden Flashes’ offense to only 84 yards through the air. Kentucky: Registered three tackles against the Wildcats ... helped limit the UK offense to only 89 yards passing on the night. Arkansas: Wrapped up his day in Fayetteville with three tackles against the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Finished with one tackle on the day as the Vols did not look his way often ... helped limit the UT aerial attack to 131 yards passing. Texas A&M: Picked off his second pass of the season one play after the Crimson Tide turned the ball over ... finished with three solo tackles and a pass breakup in a 33-14 victory over the No. 6 Aggies. LSU: Set a career-high mark for tackles with eight in Baton Rouge ... his eight stops ranked second on the team ... made one stop on special teams while adding one tackle against the run ... helped limit the Tigers passing attack to only 92 yards through the air. Mississippi State: Made one tackle and only allowed one pass to be completed all game ... helped limit the Bulldogs quarterback to a 61.15 passer rating. Chattanooga: Finished with three total tackles and helped hold the Mocs to 184 total yards, including just 70 yards rushing. Auburn: Made one tackle for a loss (-1 yard) against the Tigers in limited playing time ... missed most of the second half with a leg injury that cut his playing time short. Washington: Returned to the field after sitting out the Florida contest with an injury ... broke up one pass from his starting corner spot ... his coverage helped limit the high-powered UW offense to 150 yards through the air while the Alabama defense intercepted a pair of Jake Browning passes. Clemson: Recorded three tackles against the Tigers.

Additional Notes:

USC: His ability to slash into the backfield and take out the RB five yards deep faster than any rocket I've ever seen. If he can't cover in the NFL, he could be an elite strong safety. He can burst out of zone coverage, and help throw the tight end to the ground by the numbers. 

Washington: Most physical Corner in this years Draft. Just watch him knock guys out on the edge. Very physical covering slants. He has the best jam within five yards that I have ever seen. They put him on Ross, and he even lined up on him in the slot. He was all over Ross, and stepped in front of him and got both hands on an INT and dropped it. He gave up a few catches to Ross early, and then shut him down. He is so smart and sound positionally in coverage. He continued to shut Ross down in the 3rd. He has a knack for meeting him on the seam and sticking to him like glue. Terrific in zone covering the flat. Nice job of jamming with his inside hand in press. 

Arkansas: He has to be the best CB in this Draft against the run. He hits ball carriers so hard that I worry that he is going to hurt himself. He has that knack for playing the ball in the air. He is so physical that you forget that he is a shut down CB. He can eye the QB when zoning the flat, and move back when the QB throws it, then leap up and grab it. He is an elite mover with his hands out in contact on the WR. Great quick hips with some interesting snap in them. Great hips. He has such underrated hips that it is shocking. He can twist inside, and then twist back outside as quick and smooth as any other CB in this Draft. I love his feet moving backwards.

Humphrey Vs Clemson:

He was awesome in the 1st Half of the Champ game. He beat the crap out of Williams and injured him. When the WR runs a slat underneath a picking teammate, Humphrey's can charge forward with great aggression and slam him down backwards before he reaches the marker. Clemson was scared to line up Williams in front of him. Great feet chopping in front of the WR to stop his pattern completely.

He put such a great beating on Mike Williams. Clemson kept Williams on the other side of Humphrey's the whole 1st Half. They finally lined him up in front of him to start the 2nd Half. He tried to slant inside and then In, and Humphrey was all over him. He jammed him at the line, gave up the inside, and stayed right on this right shoulder. When Watson threw it, Humphrey easily slapped the ball down.

Elite physically covering big WR. Great job turning and running with WR right in his hip pocket without using his hands. He is great at shadowing big WRs down the sideline. They have to push off to catch the ball. Great two handed jam that takes the big WR out of his pattern right away. Great job setting the edge and protecting the sideline, and then shedding the FB and impacting the RB to the ground. 

He has some suddenness in his shoulders when he snaps outside. Great feet and hips swiveling outside. He can get too physical sometimes as the ball arrives. Which can be a good play in college football 50-yards downfield. He shuts down the QB's right side with frustrating consistency. He gave up a TD in the 4th to Mike Williams, but it took a terribly obvious pick/block to knock him inside, and allow Williams to turn outside. Such an obvious pick like that has to be called. 

Humphrey Vs Clemson 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLdk-MjIcgI

Humphrey Vs A&M:

Watch how he moves backwards and jams the WR into the other DB. Reynolds pattern is over before it started (:01). Watch the great hips swivel to right as he extends his hands, and then snap back to the left (:08). He just looks like an NFL Press Corner when he lines up on the line. Watch the great feet and hips as he shuffled sideways with his trunk square on the WR, and into the physical cut off (:17). You get a great look at the jab up that rocked the WR (:23). He is the most physical CB at the line of scrimmage in this Draft.

Watch him physically blow up two WRs, as he destroyed the QB's dump off, and forced him to throw the ball away. You cannot set up that silly WR-Screen crap in front of this guy. He just blows it up (:31). This is what I am talking about. This was one of the plays (wait until you see USC) that made me say he is the most physical Corner in the modern age. Since chucks and grabs have become illegal, he it the most physical CB at the LOS I have seen (:40). Boom, watch the punch. He got knocked back as he started to retreat. Then he slapped the WR's hands off and charged. Listen to the shoulder crack as he popped the WR three yards backwards.

He backed off a little into Off. So he has some versatility. Watch the hips twist back as he turned and ran smoothly with the speed WR (:58). He dropped into deep off. Watch the nice quick feet moving backwards, as he focused on the WR (1:08). Watch the hips as he turned smoothly and stayed in front of the WR, and cut him off at the sideline (1:18). That is elite Off coverage to cut the WR off. It gave the QB no space to through into.

Seriously why do team try that WR-screen in front of him? Do they not watch film? He beat Reynolds' butt in a street fight at the line of scrimmage, punched him aside, and went and cracked the WR into the turf. No other CB in this Draft can make that play after getting blocked like that by Reynolds (1:27). Here he is a Gunner on the punt. He drew a flag for a block in the back (1:44). This is just beautiful (2:14). He zoned the Flat. Read the QB's eyes, and high pointed the ball right in front of the 6-4 Reynolds. Who's the best CB in the Draft?

Elite defensive play against the biggest WR in the Draft. Watch his great feet, hips, and eyes as he shuffled sideways down field. Then he moved back to the sideline in the zone. We just saw him dominate completely in press. Shutdown a couple WRs in Off (2:28). Now we get to see him make the biggest play of the game in a Zone. He eyed the QB, and saw him staring down Reynolds. Watch the elite break as he saw the QB's arm go back. He is about 15-yards away from the WR, from where he finally high pointed the ball. Then he burst downfield, and exploded up into the air to highpoint it beautifully. I no longer doubt his ability to track the ball.

With Alabama winning, they backed him off into more Off to protect deep. His job was to not let their big fast WRs get over the top of him. He didn't make a play on the ball, but he was on the WR's back as he caught it. He didn't let him get over the top, and made him catch it through contact. Sometimes that's all you can do at CB (2:48). Watch the hips twist easily to the left to protect the sideline (2:58). Then the snap back to the right. Those are elite hips.

Back up in Press were he should be. You can see the blanket he threw over the WR on the replay (3:12). He turned and ran with Reynolds and played it perfectly with a Safety over the top (3:36). This was another play where I said he is the most physical CB since the rules changed. He just charged past Reynolds like he's was a broken yield sign, and drove over the puny human in front of him (3:45). Can he cover deep down the sideline? Watch the easy cut off (4:01). Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong. Whew! That was fun.

Humphrey Vs A&M:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7KD6YF-D5o

Humphrey Vs USC:

Great physical specimen. He is the most physical CB in the Draft this year. He hit the USC WR out on the edge and popped him right off his feet and straight back on his back (:01). He did the same thing to the tight end a few plays later! Though the safety was holding him (:18). He shut guys down. Watch the QB try to throw to Humphrey's man  (:28) Played Off very well against Juju, and ran down the sideline with him effortlessly. He often played Off against elite speed (:36). He can play the ball off the tip. He had a great pick six against USC. He had a great return of a tipped ball INT for a TD. Very aware in coverage (:42). The ball was tipped by the LB, and he came off coverage and snagged it. Check out the elite burst and quick COD as two player were on his left, and he exploded away from them.

He can zone the flat. And when the ball goes over his head get 15-yards down field and smashed the WR into the ground, almost at the speed of the ball (1:42). Watch the speed as he helps run down the 4.4 RB outside. 

Humphrey Vs USC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwsITFqnjIE

Humprey's Official Bio:

2016 (Sophomore):  Came off a Freshman All-America season to earn first team All-America recognition by the Football Writers Association of America ... had the first of the Tide’s six pick-sixes on the season, taking an interception back for a score in the season opener against USC ... started 14 games and all 29 games that he played in during his career ... had two interceptions (18 return yards), one forced fumble and five pass breakups to go with his 36 tackles, including three for loss (-6 yards) ... named as one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week following his performances against USC, Western Kentucky, Texas A&M and Auburn. USC: Had a pick-six, the first of his career, from 18 yards out to highlight his night ... also added two tackles, including one for a loss (-3 yards). Western Kentucky: Forced a fumble, broke up a pass and recorded two total tackles against the Hilltoppers. Ole Miss: Collected a season-high five tackles, including four solo stops ... also added a pair of pass breakups to tie his career-high mark. Kent State: Totaled one tackle in the first half before the entire defense exited in the second half ... helped limit the Golden Flashes’ offense to only 84 yards through the air. Kentucky: Registered three tackles against the Wildcats ... helped limit the UK offense to only 89 yards passing on the night. Arkansas: Wrapped up his day in Fayetteville with three tackles against the Razorbacks. Tennessee: Finished with one tackle on the day as the Vols did not look his way often ... helped limit the UT aerial attack to 131 yards passing. Texas A&M: Picked off his second pass of the season one play after the Crimson Tide turned the ball over ... finished with three solo tackles and a pass breakup in a 33-14 victory over the No. 6 Aggies. LSU: Set a career-high mark for tackles with eight in Baton Rouge ... his eight stops ranked second on the team ... made one stop on special teams while adding one tackle against the run ... helped limit the Tigers passing attack to only 92 yards through the air. Mississippi State: Made one tackle and only allowed one pass to be completed all game ... helped limit the Bulldogs quarterback to a 61.15 passer rating. Chattanooga: Finished with three total tackles and helped hold the Mocs to 184 total yards, including just 70 yards rushing. Auburn: Made one tackle for a loss (-1 yard) against the Tigers in limited playing time ... missed most of the second half with a leg injury that cut his playing time short. Washington: Returned to the field after sitting out the Florida contest with an injury ... broke up one pass from his starting corner spot ... his coverage helped limit the high-powered UW offense to 150 yards through the air while the Alabama defense intercepted a pair of Jake Browning passes. Clemson: Recorded three tackles against the Tigers.

2015 (Redshirt Freshman): The Crimson Tide’s starting corner opposite Cyrus Jones ... selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team ... totaled 45 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss (-16 yards), three interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight pass breakups in his 15 starts ... his three interceptions ranked second on the team. Wisconsin: Earned the start at corner in his first collegiate game ... recorded three tackles, all unassisted, by night’s end. Middle Tennessee: Made his second start at corner in as many weeks ... notched four tackles along with one pass breakup and a forced fumble. Ole Miss: Recorded a career-high six tackles, including a half of a tackle for a loss (-1 yard). ULM: Made three stops, including two for a loss (-13 yards), with one pass breakup ... helped limit the ULM offense to just 92. Georgia: Left Athens with his first career interception while adding three total tackles ... the pick stunted a possible late drive by the Bulldogs. Arkansas: Tallied two tackles and one pass breakup against the Razorbacks. Texas A&M: Broke up two passes and notched two tackles in College Station ... helped limit the Aggies to a season-low 23 points and force a season-high four picks. Tennessee: Recorded two tackles against the Vols ... helped limit the UT aerial attack to only 171 yards. LSU: Collected one tackle on the night ... helped limit the Tigers to 128 yards passing and only six completions. Mississippi State: Picked off his second pass of the season, returning it for 29 yards to seal the victory and end any chance for a comeback by the Bulldogs ... also had three unassisted tackles. Charleston Southern: Forced his second fumble of the season while collecting two tackles in his lone half of play. Auburn: Matched his career high for tackles with six stops ... provided insurance on the outside, making most of his tackles on sweeps and runs ... his coverage played a huge part in limiting the Tigers to a lowly 3-of-15 on third downs. Florida: Recorded his third interception of the season to end Florida’s final drive of the third quarter ... added three tackles on the day. Michigan State: Did not record a tackle against the Spartans but did break up one pass. Clemson: Notched five tackles, including one for a loss (-2 yards), while adding two pass breakups ... caught Adam Griffith’s perfectly placed onside kick in the fourth quarter to help the Crimson Tide regain possession and momentum on the way to UA’s record 16th national championship.

2014 (Freshman): Redshirted during his first season at the Capstone.

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