With the NFL's infatuation with the passing game growing, the premium being placed on quality cornerbacks continues. That could be good news for Arizona State's Deveron Carr, who has all the tools to succeed on the next level.
Weight: 187 pounds
College Career: After redshirting in 2008, Carr made three starts among his 11 appearances a year later. After grabbing a starting spot opposite Omar Bolden, he made five starts in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury. He came back to start all 13 games in 2011, making 45 tackles and defending a team-high 10 passes. Carr again started all 13 games in 2012, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors with 23 tackles, eight passes defended and one interception.
Strengths: Carr has good size for the position. When on, his man-to-man coverage skills are stout, and he has helped to shut down some NFL-caliber receivers during his career. Carr has good top-end speed, being timed in the 4.4s during Pro Day. He had a very strong showing during that Pro Day, looking fluid during drill work. He has solid ball skills and can make adjustments with the ball in the air to knock it away.
Weaknesses: Carr is prone to lapses in his man-to-man coverage, and can be beaten deep. He was also susceptible to double moves that resulted in big plays for the opposition. He will need a shorter memory, as there was a tendency for one bad play to snowball into something larger and more detrimental. Carr needs to work on bulking up and on his tackling technique, as there were too many missed tackles during his career.
Outlook: Carr's tools and tangibles should be attractive to many NFL teams in need of greater cornerback depth. His man-to-man skills should help him be an option in dime packages while he develops over the next few years to become a greater contributor.
Round Projection: 7th - undrafted
Bold Prediction: New York Giants, 7th round, 253rd overall