Height: 6’, Weight: 211 lbs.
Strengths: Dezmen Southward has become a more interesting prospect since his pro day at Wisconsin. He was unable to perform at the combine due to a suspected back injury that turned out to be a non-issue. Southward ran the 40-yard dash in the range of 4.31 to 4.38 seconds, had a 42-inch vertical jump, and performed very well on the cone drills. He also played 54 games at Wisconsin, a school record, that speaks to his toughness.
Weaknesses: While his measurable skills are impressive, many scouts are concerned that Dezmen is a track athlete in a football uniform. He only started playing football his senior year of high school. During his tenure at Wisconsin, he struggled in coverage and his technique is questionable. It is possible that Dezmen could change positions at this point.
Bottom Line: Southward is a raw prospect for sure. He only defended 5 passes and recorded 1 interception last season. While he is a great athlete, his athleticism likely only propels him onto NFL team’s draft boards and he could be selected in the 6th or 7th round. Some scouts believe Southward could be an excellent special teams player and as someone who could develop into a strong safety or possibly a cornerback.
Projected round: 6-7
Team he fits best on: Redskins, Giants, Broncos, and all of the usual suspects that need safety depth and special teams help.