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Cody Prewitt, the experienced starting safety from Ole Miss, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a highly decorated and productive collegiate career. Prewitt is a three-year starter for the Rebels defense, making all 13 starts in 2014. His play was recognized with Second Team All-American and First Team All-SEC honors, as he totaled 64 tackles and 3 INTs from the free safety position. Prewitt was a First Team All-American (and All-SEC) performer in 2013 after his 71 tackle, 6 INT season. For his career, Prewitt made 247 tackles and secured 12 INTs. He has 41 total starts in the SEC. Physically, Prewitt possesses a nice-looking frame with good overall length for the position. He plays bigger than his 208 lb frame, showing the kind of physicality and pop behind his pads of a 220(+) pounder. He’s a reliable tackler, showing the ability to sink his hips, wrap and drop the ballcarrier. Prewitt’s not the best athlete, showing less than ideal speed and range as a last-line defender. While he possesses decent linear skills (attacks the LOS in a downhill fashion), he struggles to quickly change directions and lacks the necessary recovery speed to make up for a false step. Prewitt’s experience is his best asset, as he has a very sound overall IQ; He sniffs out a play’s design quickly and can fill in the run game. He’s an enforcer versus intermediate routes, as he quickly identifies the target and strikes with bad intentions. He simply lacks enough quick twitch to consistently make a play on the ball. Prewitt has pretty good ball skills when the ball is chucked deep by a pressured QB; He has a knack for making a play on tipped balls or busted play designs.
BOTTOM LINE: Cody Prewitt is a fun player to watch. He is always a threat to deliver a bone-crunching hit on unsuspecting wide receivers, and his fiery on-field demeanor screams leadership. The reality, however, is that he lacks the necessary top-tier athletic traits to suggest that he’ll evolve into a reliable starting safety in the NFL. He looks the part of a one-dimensional “in the box” safety with limited upside. Prewitt could evolve into a pretty good special teamer early in his career with the potential to step in for an injured starter from time to time.
GRADE: 6.3 (4th round)