One of the byproducts of the Nick Saban era at Alabama is that it's become a cornerback factory of sorts. Averett is one of the latest models to roll off the assembly line, featuring excellent speed and aggression to go along with a willingness to support the run. Averett never earned a spot on the All-SEC team but earned the trust of the hard-to-please Saban and was a steady performer despite a lack of size.
The nephew of former Miami (Fla.) and Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, Averett finished with nine passes defended in 2017 (eight in 2016) as a starter for the Crimson Tide's latest national championship team and recorded his only career interception.
Averett has excellent speed and athleticism. The only long jumper in the history of high school sports in Alabama to rip off a leap longer than Averett's 25 feet, 2 inches in 2013 was a guy named Carl Lewis. Yep, that Carl Lewis.
Averett will have to find a way to mix in discretion with his aggression, as his handsy tendencies will get him in trouble with some flag-happy NFL crews. His habit of missing tackles in space is also a concern, but his speed and competitiveness will appeal to someone in the second round.
--Field Level Media