Jamell Fleming 2012 NFL Draft scouting report

Mar 14, 2012; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Jamell Fleming performs a drill during the Oklahoma pro day at Everest Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jamell Fleming
5'10 5/8, 206 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma

Ball skills:
Shows good body control to adjust and make a play on the ball. Paced the Big 12 in 2011 with 19 passes defended, which included five interceptions. Finished his career with seven interceptions and 24 pass breakups.

Man coverage: Fleming can make a play on the ball and doesn't give up many big plays over the top. Has fluid hips and can turn in run with almost any wide receiver over short distances. Straight line speed appears to only be above average. Often played on the short side of the field which helped mask his speed issues. Maintains good balance in his backpedal. Doesn't have a lot of experience jamming at the line.

Size: Fleming has average size and arm length for the position. Possesses a thick build and has NFL-ready playing strength.

Tackling: Decent but needs to get better as a tackler. Fleming doesn't always play up to his size and will get lazy on tackles. Would like to see him become more aggressive shedding blockers.

Zone coverage: Plays space really well and could be an excellent zone corner. Doesn't overplay on routes and knows when he should rely on teammates to pick up a receiver coming through his area. Breaks on the ball and closes well. Will lose track of the receiver at times looking into the backfield. Typically played on the boundary side of the field.

Final word: There isn't a single area of Fleming's game that makes him a standout player. He's just a solid player. He's not overly deficient in any area and his play shouldn't hurt at team. Whoever drafts him, though, needs to realize his ceiling may be as a solid No. 2 cornerback. It should be noted that Fleming had academic issues on more than one occasion causing him to miss spring practice.

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