Weight: 180 lbs
Quinten Rollins is one of the more intriguing prospects of this year's draft class. Rollins was a four year starter at point guard while at Miami, and finished his career second all-time in steals. So naturally, Rollins made the transition from stealing the basketball to intercepting the football with his last year of eligibility.
Rollins quickly became a star on the football field, and is challenging bigger more well-known names like Trae Waynes and Marcus Peters as the best defensive back in the entire class. Rollins often relies on his basketball background and athleticism to bail him out, and will need to work on his technique at the next level. However his potential is unlimited.
There's a lot to like about Rollins' game. First of all he looks the part of an NFL cornerback, boasting a good combination of size, speed, and athleticism. Has quick feet and flips his hips well, can excel at zone, man, and press coverage. Physical player, who isn't afraid to stick his nose in on the run game. Uses his basketball background and above average instincts to read quarterbacks eyes and break on balls quickly. Having only one year of college football under his belt, the ceiling for Rollins is limitless. Above average range, which he uses to recover well if beat. What I like most about his game is his competitiveness, he competes hard whether it be in coverage or in run support, Rollins is always giving his all.
Extremely raw prospect, so much so that Rollins may not be ready to make a large impact in his first year. Has some DeAengelo Hall tendencies to gamble, which leads to big plays, as well as big plays surrendered. Will benefit from NFL coaching, but needs to convince GM's in the interview room that he is committed to being the best, otherwise that raw potential turns into a busted pick.
Let's take a look at some of Rollins' film:
Let's start with the bad, here Rollins gambles and loses. Rollins is originally in good position, but Rollins bet on the deep ball and got beat with a comeback route.
Here, Rollins shows his ability to shadow the receiver, stay in his hip pocket and drive on the ball, forcing the incompletion.
Here, Rollins shows his competitiveness as well as his willingness to get physical. Rollins fights off the block and completely blows up the screen play.
Here, Rollins shows off his ability to make the big play, undercutting the route for an interception, and once the balls in his hands he does the rest, completing the interception with an electrifying touchdown return.
If you're Scot McCloughan and the Redskins, you hope to some how add picks at some point throughout the draft process. I grade out Rollins to be a mid to late second round prospect, in other words the Red Hawk product would probably be a reach at #38 overall (he may not be depending on how he tests at the combine) but will also likely not be available at the top of the third when the Redskins pick again. This is the type of player I want to start getting more of in Redskins Park if I'm McCloughan. Rollins has such a high ceiling, all the physical tools to be a shutdown corner which is not easy to find. Given Rollins' basketball background, vision, and range, I also believe Rollins could make a quality safety if he chose to dedicate himself to the position. The upside and versatility might be just what the doctor ordered for a Redskins secondary that has needed an upgrade for as long as I can remember.