Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State #20
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Size/Athleticism: Undersized but plays bigger. Does not shy away from contact and will dive right into the mix at the line of scrimmage. A hard hitter who can knock the ball loose.
Coverage: Bounced between safety and corner and played a lot of zone. Does a great job reading and reacting to quarterback in zone. Plays the centerfield position well, and can coverage a lot of ground. Somewhat limited experience in man coverage, especially on the outside. Frequently lined up in nickel corner position. Quick feet and can stay with receivers in quick underneath routes. Can be forced into false steps by receivers with subtle fakes. Overaggressive tendencies hurt him in coverage as he bites on a lot of fakes.
Ball skills: Puts himself in position to make plays. Does a great job adjusting to the ball when the play is in front of him. Lacks the size to win 50/50 battles with bigger receivers. Doesn’t have great hands for the interception.
Run support: Great effort and very aggressive for an undersized defensive back. A big hitter and fairly reliable tackler.
Intangibles: Work ethic praised by coaches. Showed willingness to move between corner and safety multiple times throughout his career. Has a son named Jamarcus.
Durability: Started 41 consecutive games to close out his career.
Comments: Joyner is almost a Tyrann Mathieu clone, without the off-field concerns. He isn’t quite as fluid in coverage as Mathieu, but could make a similar impact as a nickel corner or safety at the next level. His ability to line up all of the field should make him intriguing to creative defensive coordinators. While he’ll never be a shutdown corner on the outside, he can impact the game in multiple ways and should earn a spot on the field in most situations.