Scouting Report: Javier Arenas

Written by Will Spencer on February 23, 2010




Javier Arenas


Position: CB School: Alabama
Height: 5’8 5/8" Weight: 197 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53

Overall Grade:

5.94

Draft Projection:

3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 2.5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6
Athletic Ability 8 8
Durability 8 7
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 7


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 6
Man Coverage 10 7
Zone Coverage 10 6.5
Tackling 6 3.5
Run Stopping 6 3
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5
Physicality 6 4.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

A feisty competitor. Big time threat as a return man. At his best covering the slot wide receiver. Above average instincts as a corner. Willing tackler. Effective blitzer and is quick to get to the quarterback. Reads QBs eyes well while in zone coverage and can jump the route. Fluid hips allow him to turn and run with wide receiver effectively. Decent tackler for his size. Speed on film may be better than timed speed. Above average ball skills and seems to play above his height. Long arms for his height (30 1/2″). Does a nice job closing on the receiver after the catch. Excellent vision as a return man.

Weaknesses

Short for his position. Can get a little off balance in his foot work. Will gamble and guess routes. Has a hard time getting off blockers. Was used to cover slot receiver on most occasions. Doesn’t have the leaping ability needed to play above his height. Limited upside due to physical skill set.

Analysis

Will make a nice nickelback in the NFL. Matches up well with slot receivers and is physical enough to play close to the line of scrimmage. Is a versatile player and should start immediately for an NFL team as a return man and provides excellent depth as a cornerback. Owns SEC and NCAA punt return yardage records. His abilities as a return man will get him drafted higher than his play as a cornerback grades. Arenas is an instinctive corner and could be a nice fit in the right NFL scheme. He’s the type of player that NFL teams want at the nickel or dime spot, especially in case of injury to a #1 or #2 corner.

Experience

Four year starter as a return man for Alabama and 2 year starter as a cornerback. Two year starter at cornerback.

Awards and Honors

2009: All-SEC first team. AP All-American team. Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
2008: Second-team All-American punt returner by Phil Steele. Second-team All-SEC honoree at both cornerback and return specialist (SEC Coaches) by the Associated Press, SEC coaches, The Sporting News and Phil Steele.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Unknown major at Alabama.

Bloodlines

Cousin is Gilbert Arenas of the NBA.

Injuries

Missed 1 game in 2007 with an ankle injury. Missed South Carolina game in 2009 with rib injury.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 70 46 24 5 0 5 0
2008 58 40 18 2 0 1 1
2007 20 13 7 0 0 0 0





Kick Return Stats
Year PR Yards TD FC Long KR Yards TD Long
2009 53 493 1 20 66 15 551 0 61
2008 55 650 3 14 87 26 610 0 41
2007 25 323 1 4 69 27 657 0 62
2006 33 286 2 2 86 19 344 0 31






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.