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Levi Wallace is a true competitor and could provide the Redskins the depth they need at CB

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Alabama at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Levi Wallace, CB
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 176 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Ken Crawley

College Statistics

Player Overview

Levi Wallace has an incredible Cinderella story. Wallace was essentially unrecruited out of high school and was playing flag football at Alabama his freshman year. He almost didn’t return to Alabama out of worry for his father, Walter, who was suffering from ALS back in his home state of Arizona. Walter, however, convinced his son to try out for the Crimson Tide the following year. Levi made it. Wallace spent two years on Alabama’s scout team before cracking the roster. This past year after Marlon Humphrey was drafted Wallace made the starting lineup opposite of Anthony Averett. The big physical knock on Wallace is his size. He showed up to the Senior Bowl at 176 lbs a great improvement from the 140 he weighed when he graduated high school. Wallace is currently on a 4,000 calorie diet plan in an effort to gain more weight. Wallace is one of the clearest examples of a self-made player in this draft having worked hard enough to get himself ready to be drafted in April. Wallace lacks weight but he has length and is a tough player that competes with and contests every pass that comes his way.

Strengths

  • Good height and great length for the position. Has a spindly build that is more advantageous than it looks.
  • Contests the catch point and the entire range of motion. Will work to break up a pass until the play is over.
  • Looks to have good enough long speed to stick with receivers on deep routes plays with good anticipation and attacking mindset when the ball is in the air.
  • Impressive motor and tenacity - works to make his plays despite no elite talents.

Weaknesses

  • Less than ideal weight and will likely always be on the lighter side but putting on 6 lbs of muscle should be doable in an NFL training program.
  • Needs to play with better technique - footwork especially. Can be a step late in recognizing and acting on routes breaking to the inside. Needs to be more fluid overall.
  • Willing tackler but doesn't stop much on his own.

Let’s see his work:

More Levi Wallace videos

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Wallace exclusively played boundary corner at Alabama but if he can improve his footwork I wouldn’t rule out teams testing him as a slot corner. Wallace will make the effort to improve where he can and with a few years of learning from the corners above him in the pecking order, I think his development could look pretty bright. Wallace has the length teams covet has a great mentality as a defender. Wallace would likely be competing with Josh Holsey for slot duties and could be in the mix with Moreau as well for boundary work if/when needed. Wallace played a combination of press and off-man coverage while at Alabama and looks to have adequate experience to build upon at the NFL. I’d be eager to see what the Redskins defensive backs coach can do with a kid like this.