Noah Igbinoghene is a cornerback I don’t people are talking about enough. The Auburn defensive player has incredible speed – literally in his genetics as both of his parents are Olympic athletes. He’s also a very physical player, sometimes too physical, but those are things that can be coached at the NFL level. The Junior cornerback played 210 snaps in press-man coverage which was second-most in the NCAA last season.
What impresses me most about him is his patience at the line. He tends to allow the receiver to take the lead with the first blow then come in with the kill shot to throw the receiver off his route. While his coverage skills have lacked at the beginning of his career, last year he improved greatly on his ball skills. He started following receivers more and getting into their face for a longer amount of time. He also only allowed 3 catches of 20 yards or more on 12 targets with a passer rating below 80 at the same distance. Even more impressive is only allowing 2 touchdowns on the whole season.
- Super fast and can make up speed very fast
- Very young and malleable
- Patient at the top of the route
- Doesn’t miss tackles in run support
- Can be too grabby
- Trusts his speed too much and will sit on underneath routes
- Has trouble mirroring receivers in deep coverage