Cornerback Davon House was a 4 year starter for the New Mexico State Aggies. He emerged as possibly the best ballhawk in school history. House is expected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
Here are some of the pros and cons to drafting Davon House. All stats are courtesy of CBSSports.com.
#1. Size-Speed Ratio
House is listed at 6′ and 184 pounds. He’s been clocked in the mid 4.4 range.
With prototypical size, House matches up well against larger wide receivers. He plays best in man-to-man coverage where his size and strength allow him to redirect wide receivers off of their routes.
#2. Run Support
Unlike some cornerbacks, House will come up hard against the run. He sheds a block from an average wide receiver easily, although he needs to polish his technique some. House will land a solid pop on a ball carrier and wrap up to make the tackle.
House played significantly more man than zone coverage during his collegiate career, but his above-average run support skills may allow him to succeed in a predominantly zone coverage scheme.
House ends his collegiate career as a New Mexico State Aggie with 319 interception return yards, the most in school history. His 11 interceptions are 6th all-time at New Mexico State and he returned 3 of his 11 picks for touchdowns.
While House generally has good instincts, he can be late in deciding how to attack a play. He’ll stay in his backpedal or wait to commit to run support for a moment too long. This gives a wide receiver a split second more space or allows a ball carrier to gain extra yards. Although these lapses usually only come a few times per game, the lack of decisiveness is preventing House from being an elite cornerback.
#2. Transition During Coverage
House is a little sloppy when trying to convert from his backpedal to run support. A cleaner approach would allow him to be in better position before the ball carrier arrives in his space. This should be easily refined after some practice time in the NFL.
House was a star in the secondary for New Mexico State. After being drafted, he should be able to play relatively quickly in a man-to-man defensive scheme. However, he has the size and run support skills to also play for a team that utilizes mostly zone coverage.
I think that House’s best draft value will be in the middle of the 2nd round to the middle of the 3rd round. If he could have played a little more consistently, House might have been a 1st round talent. At the NFL level, he could be a star if he learns to play aggressively and decisively on every play.
CBSSports.com Davon House’s Player Profile. January 30th, 2011.