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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: A.J. Stamps, FS

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Stamps, FS
School: Kentucky | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 205 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 6th Round
NFL Comparison: Jimmy Wilson

College Statistics


Player Overview

A.J. Stamps started his career at Eastern Mississippi Community College before transferring to Kentucky. He played cornerback and wide receiver in JUCO and when he arrived at Kentucky the staff converted him to safety. When being recruited from JUCO Stamps reportedly had an offer from Ohio State but chose Kentucky over OSU because of his good relationship with now Baltimore Raven Ze'Darius Smith. Stamps has good size for the position but isn't the sum of his parts. 

Strengths

  • Tracks ball in the air well. If thrown in his zone he can close and break up the pass or pick it off.
  • Has good feet and hips allowing fluid motion across the field.
  • When the ball is in his hands he shows good vision.

Weaknesses

  • Tackles with bad fundamentals. The big bodied WRs and TEs in the NFL are going to make him look silly if he doesn't fix it.
  • Not gifted at freelancing the middle of the field, he can get lost back there blowing coverage.
  • Average athlete.
  • Unwilling to do the dirty work close to the line of scrimmage.
  • Inconsistent play.


Let's see his work:




How He Would fit on the Redskins

This was a challenging profile to do. I was excited to do a profile on A.J. Stamps after having watched a couple games of his last year. But comparing the 2014 tape to the 2015 tape, it's like analyzing two different players. At risk of inferring a lot its almost like Stamps came out of JUCO balled out, then just took it easy his senior year. His Junior tape shows a safety that flies to the ball. He didn't care if he had to put his head down and take down the ball carrier. He made some impressive interceptions, he tracked the ball well in the air and showed good instincts for the position. In 2015 it was the opposite, he avoided contact, he was lazy in pursuit, he got lost in space. The 2014 A.J. Stamps is a tough gritty player who would provide depth to the S position and contribute to special teams for the Redskins. He would have added value by being position versatile having played FS and SS while at Kentucky and playing CB while in JUCO.

The 2015 A.J. Stamps is a 60% effort player, he isn't gritty, it's almost like he doesn't try. He doesn't have a place on the Redskins, and maybe not in the NFL if that's the type of player he's decided to be.