Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Jessie Bates III

Safety
School: Wake Forest | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1 / 200 | 40: 4.50 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.89
Projected Round
2nd
Bio: 
Two-year starter who was named Honorable Mention All-ACC and made 79 tackles (six for loss) with one interception and five pass breakups in 2017. Earned Third Team All-ACC honors and posted 100 tackles (3.5 for loss) with four PBUs while finishing tied for second in the conference with five interceptions as a redshirt freshman.
Pos: 
Surprise entry into the NFL draft with outstanding next-level potential. Instinctive, effectively reads and diagnoses the action and keeps the ball in front of him. Easily moves sideline to sideline, displays solid range and effectively picks up coverage assignments in center field. Tracks the pass in the air, fires to the ball out of his plant and shows an explosive closing burst. Possesses solid ball skills and has a nice move to the throw. Incredibly effective facing the action. Tough run defender who makes a lot of tackles on the ball carrier.
Neg: 
Possesses average speed. Lacks a big body of work. Has a thin frame and may struggle to hold up early on.
Analysis: 
Eyebrows were raised when Bates announced his entry into the draft, but his game film proves he’s a legitimate next-level prospect. He’s not the fastest defensive back and will need time to physically mature and learn the NFL game, but Bates has starting potential.