Position: Cornerback

Phillip O’Brien Jr.

Phillip O’Brien Jr. is a tall, lengthier corner with a lot of range and body control. He flashes very good quickness and closing ability with elite top-end speed. He will need a year in a college strength and conditioning program but the sky is the limit for this young prospect.

Against the pass, his anticipation and recognition skills are at a high level. He is quick to diagnose and jump the pass and is rarely out of position to make a play on the ball. He has a quick burst out of transition to break on the football. His biggest strength will be his versatility and ability to line up and excel in different coverages and schemes.

He shows great recovery ability in one-on-one coverage and is quick to limit production after the catch in underneath zone schemes. His length, closing speed and innate anticipation skills allow for countless big plays on the perimeter.

Against the run, Phillip is quick to come up on the perimeter in run support and shows he can be aggressive. I would like to see more consistent wrap-ups and fewer shoulder hits but he takes sound angles and does not shy away from contact. He will need an extra 15-20 pounds to maximize his ability to stop the run but he has a frame that will have no problem supporting those gains.

The bottom line is that Phillip should turn into a multiple-year starter for Auburn based on his length, instincts, and athleticism. He could also morph into a safety at the next level with added strength.

Demarko Williams

Demarko Williams has a skill set that allows him scheme versatile with the ability to play corner, Nickel or safety at the college level. If he continues to get bigger and stronger, the sky is the limit given his skill-set and natural ability.

Demarko shows very good awareness and anticipation of where the quarterback is going with the ball in coverage. He consistently puts himself in position to make plays around the football with good quickness and recovery speed out on the perimeter

In pass coverage, Damarko shows the ability to Mirror receivers tightly off the line and in out of their breaks. He can change direction without wasted motion and is difficult to create separation on. In zone schemes, he reads, reacts and closes with a sudden burst to undercut routes on a consistent basis. He Defends the jump-ball with great leaping ability and high-point skills.

Against the run, he is active on the edge in run support and will come up and make the tackle. At this point in his career, he is not a physical edge setter but aggressive and strong enough to support the outside. This is an area that will improve after a year in a college strength and conditioning program.

Kadarius Calloway

Kadarius Calloway is one of the most intriguing prospects in the nation. I am not a fan of giving players listed as athletes high rankings. Normally if a player doesn’t have a defined position before they arrive on campus, they’re unlikely to live up to the hype. They will spend much of their college career trying to find where they fit in best. Just because a player is good at several things in high school, does not mean he will be great at one thing in college.

Calloway is different because he could develop to an All-SEC player at two positions.

As a receiver, he is a natural, confident pass catcher with quick, strong hands. He demonstrates very good body control with the ability to adjust to throws outside of frame and can track the ball well over his shoulder. He led his high school in receiving yards (770) while averaging over 25 yards a catch.

As a Safety, he could utilize his excellent range and wingspan to make plays in pass coverage. He consistently gets a good break on the ball and is quick to get in position to undercut. He gets over routes as well with ease and has excellent high-point and ball skills.

Calloway Wins most 50/50 balls and provides great matchups on taller receivers in the red-zone. He has experience in man and understands the concepts of press coverage and gaining leverage with his long arms.

For NFL potential, he might best fit at safety. However, I believe he would be most effective at the collegiate level as a wide receiver in Mike Leach’s system.

Elias Ricks

Scouting Report: (6/21/2019) Elias Ricks is a tall, lengthy corner with prototypical size with fluid hips. He is well-built with very good height and length with the ability to match up with the bigger college receivers. He has great speed and range on the perimeter as well. He has the long speed range of an elite safety with the quick movement skills of a smaller cover corner.

Elias is ahead of the curve and is well versed in man, off-man and zone coverages. In zone coverage, he reads the quarterback well, leveling off and baiting them into errant throws. He breaks extremely well and shows natural awareness to find the ball in the air. Elias has great body control and athleticism to put himself in position to make plays on the ball. He also displays a crisp pedal with the ability to flip his hips and transitions smoothly.

He brings excellent range and smooth transitional skills in and out of his pedal for a taller corner and it is hard to create separation on him with his combination of length, closing quickness and speed. Really sharp out of his breaks jumping routes in a zone. He has developed a great second gear to close and might have the best set of high-point skills in this class.

Against the run, he is more than willing to step up and support the run and has some physicality to his game. He is an above average tackler who breaks down and uses his length to wrap up.

Elias finished 2018 with nine interceptions and returned four of them for touchdowns. He has the potential to become a first-round draft pick and his ceiling is as high as any CB I have broke down film of in the last 10 years.