2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State DB Kameron Kelly

2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State DB Kameron Kelly

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2018 NFL Draft Profile: San Diego State DB Kameron Kelly

 2018 DRAFT PROFILE: SAN DIEGO STATE DB KAMERON KELLY


Kameron Kelly is a versatile weapon: tackles for loss,  sacks,  forced fumbles and interceptions are his specialty- especially downfield.


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What are the strengths and weaknesses for the talented former SDSU DB?

Kameron Kelly made the transition from safety to cornerback for his final year at San Diego State, succeeding Atlanta Falcons’ fifth-round pick Damontae Kazee.

Kelly made his name as a fierce offensive weapon at Wylie High School in Texas, winning his district’s Player of the Year award as a quarterback, receiver, AND defensive back.

6’2″, 200-lb Kelly played in six games as a true freshman as a reserve at the Aztecs’ “Warrior” safety spot, making one tackle before undergoing leg surgery for compartment syndrome and missing the rest of the season

Kelly was the starter at the Warrior spot for 13 games in 2015, compiling 58 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions, and three pass break-ups. Kelly played every game as a junior, making 38 tackles and intercepting five passes while breaking up six others. Two of his interceptions came in his only start of the year, in the Las Vegas Bowl against Houston.

Kelly’s play as a corner in 2017 caused scouts to stand up and take notice, as he posted 68 tackles, five for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles in a first-team All-American Athletic Conference effort.

 

Strengths:

Kameron Kelly has a long frame and he is expected to run well for his size.  He has a penchant for making plays on the ball, and has speed to range over the top as a safety.
Kelly finds the flight trajectory of the ball early and acts very much as a receiver when attacking the catch.  He is very opportunistic, and he reacts instantly to deflections.  He is great at recognizing under thrown and over thrown balls to take the ball away- and he finds an extra gear when opponents are downfield.
Kelly plays really well as a hybrid corner-safety, and he plays with aggression in run support.  He usually takes down running backs at the thighs.  He has productive kick cover talent with the skills to compete for gunner on punts.

Weaknesses:

Kelly has an upright, labored backpedal.  He carries thin legs and a narrow base, and is sometimes delayed in his transitions and doesn’t turn his hips with perfect fluidity.

He is sometimes touchy feely at the top of the route, and needs improvement with his back to the ball, and strengthen his run support for the NFL.  Kelly gets tied up with bigger blocking receivers and needs to break free faster.  He missed a few tackles this past season, but also made some amazingly clutch tackles.

Draft Prediction:

Round 4.

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