Aqib Talib Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'1 - 202 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
Talib has established himself as one of the best cover corners in the country and in an age where the shutdown corner is a must-have, Talib is in an elite category - as potentially the best at his position in the nation. He's the guy that teams hate to throw to, but when they have to, the results usually swing in Talib's favor. Last season, he recorded six interceptions to lead the Big 12 and had 22 pass breakups. This season, he has four picks (including one return for a touchdown) and 13 passes defended. Like any corner, he gets beat from time to time, but that isn't often. As with former star corner Charles Gordon (who Talib teamed up with as a red shirt freshman in 2005), Kansas has also used him on offense and he has eight catches for 182 yards and four touchdowns in 2007. But, Mark Mangino did a good job of limiting his time on the field on offense, so that they can get the most out of him in his primary position. His 40 time (which has been timed around 4.5) and his great size could see him moved to a safety position in the pros. The thing about that 40 time, however, is a little misleading. According to an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal: when he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass in a game against Central Michigan, when the ball was released, he didn't have a step on the defense; but when he caught it, he had three. Besides his great cover skills, Talib likes getting into the backfield from time to time (9.5 tackles for loss in his career) and isn't afraid to make a tackle (61 tackles this season, 157 in his career). If he adds on a few pounds of muscle, he could become a big-time hitter in the pros. That might lend more to a move to free safety, where he could be a bigger version of Brian Dawkins. He may only be a junior, but if he enters the draft, he appears to be a lock for the first round and may be the first cornerback taken - which could put him anywhere from the top 15 to the latter part of the first round. Update (1/8/08): Talib, along with fellow junior and first-team All-American OT Anthony Collins, announced yesterday that they would be skipping their senior seasons and entering the draft. Talib, who had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown in Kansas' 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in last week's Orange Bowl, recorded 66 tackles, 13 pass breakups, and five interceptions this season and finishes his three-year career in Lawrence with 162 tackles, 14 interceptions, and 43 pass breakups. Update (2/28/08): At the combine on Tuesday, Talib cemented his status as a first-round pick by running a 4.47 40. Talib also had one of the best vertical jumps of the combine with a 38-inch jump and he also was one of the top performers in the 3-cone drill (6.82 seconds) and the broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches). Talib could very well be the first cornerback taken, or he could be the fourth or fifth, given how many corners should in the first round. But, after the combine, his status as a first-rounder is pretty solid. Update (3/19/08): At Kansas' Pro Day on the 11th, Talib further cemented his status as a first-round prospect and strengthened his case to be one of the first couple taken after an excellent workout in front of the scouts. Talib ran times of 4.4 and 4.45 on the AstroTurf and according to Russ Lande on SportingNews.com, the first-team All-American was extremely impressive in his workout; saying that Talib wowed everyone with tremendous quickness, agility, and explosiveness when changing directions, that he showed great footwork and hip movements, and also that he showed good hands catching the ball. Lande added that one scout told him that it was one of the best cornerback workouts he'd seen in years.
Last Updated 2008-03-19T02:52-06:00 by Eddie Griffin