Scouting Report: Javier Arenas
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Unknown major at Alabama.
Cousin is Gilbert Arenas of the NBA.
Missed 1 game in 2007 with an ankle injury. Missed South Carolina game in 2009 with rib injury.
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