NFL Draft

#9
Robert Rochell
Int Yds TDs
Team: Central Arkansas BearsHeight: 6-2 Born: N/A
Position: DBWeight: 195 Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr


Scouting Report

Overview

A former track standout in the state of Louisiana, Rochell wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school. He took a while to get going at Central Arkansas as well, starting 11 games during his first three years. He broke out in 2019 in his first full season as a starter, collecting first-team FCS All-American honors and garnering enough attention to earn an invite to the 2020 Senior Bowl.

Strengths: Has experience working press and off coverage, although he seems to be most at home in off coverage. He's a smart player who does a good job of identifying route development and adjusting his position in zone. He's willing to attack blocks and go on the offensive, and he has enough length to create some separation when the timing is right.

Weaknesses: Rochell doesn't bring the type of strength and reliability as a run defender to get solo finishes and will likely bank on his teammates helping to close the deal. Doesn't have particularly smooth hips, which limits his range of motion when trying to stay on top of routes. Not very explosive and could struggle to make up for lost ground if he makes a mistake. Feel for transitioning in coverage isn't reliable enough.

Pro comparison: Xavier Crawford, Bears -- Crawford tested better than his tape would indicate, and Rochell falls into the same boat. He isn't a particularly impressive athlete, as he does not show the fluidity or burst that is desired. The zone coverage ability is there, though.


Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2017 CenArk  11 -
2018 CenArk  11 -
2019 CenArk  13 -
2020 CenArk  1 -
Career   36 -
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