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Dissecting Devin ... with those who know

Posted by Albert Breer  May 9, 2010 01:35 PM

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On where you can get him: "Maybe with double-moves. Oftentimes, when you have a great defensive back -- and this is making a bit of an assumption, because I've seen it with great defensive backs on our team -- the great ones play with a sense of taking chances. There's no fear of failure there. So you can get them on double moves."

On what jumps out: "Production. He just made plays. He's constantly around the football. He was constantly making plays. With all the responsibilities he had to handle as a corner in that defense, he still managed to be statistically productive, and around the football. That makes it difficult on an offense, when it's always that guy there."

Overall: "He's very, very special. As a coach, you realize there are people capable of creating mismatches. There are a number of defensive ends in our league that are really good -- The two kids at South Florida, the two at Pitt. With those guys, you go into the game, and it drastically changes your protection schemes. You're gonna slide, and chip to deal with those guys. But it's a little more difficult to move a front guy around, and so he has to combat those doubles. With the back-end guys, it's a little easier -- You can put him in the boundary, to the strength of the formation, away from the strength -- and when you move a guy like that around it makes it difficult on an offense. But the guy has to have the skills and awareness to do it, and this guy clearly did. ... He's long, athletic, a great cover guy and a big-time hitter. He's the complete package, with really good return skills as well. I mean, you get the guy with the ball in his hands, and he's really dangerous. In Division I college football, this guy was a special player."
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