The New Orleans Saints were rumored to have hosted several defensive back prospects today, according to sources. Cornerback Aaron Colvin out of the University of Oklahoma happens to be one of the players that visited the Big Easy. Colvin was originally a first-round prospect before tearing his ACL at the Senior Bowl; he has plummeted down the draft boards ever since. However, he is quickly recovering and could be one of the top steals this year.
The 2013 Jim Thorpe Award finalist (nation’s top defensive back) has proven himself as a dominant defender in college. Let’s examine Colvin and see what the Saints would be receiving, if they happen to acquire him in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Height: 5’11”, Weight: 177”, Arm Length: 31”, Hands: 9 1/4”, 40 Yard Dash: 4.47 (projected) – *Missed scouting combine due to injury*
Aaron Colvin was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2012 and 2013. He possesses the leadership, experience and ability to be a good corner in the NFL. Playing under a coach like Bob Stoops can certainly help progress and prepare an athlete to make the next step.
He lacks the size to be an aggressive, contact corner, but his quickness and instinct make up for that and help him match up nicely with taller receivers who tend to stretch the field. During his four years with Oklahoma (three-year starter), Colvin totaled 234 tackles (15 for loss), five interceptions, 3.5 sacks and 26 passes defended.
The Oklahoma Sooner would be a nice complement to a team that is willing to take the risk. However, drafting a guy of Colvin’s caliber in the fifth or sixth round doesn’t seem risky at all. It’s a shame we were not able to see him perform at the NFL scouting combine.
Can he bounce back from that gruesome knee injury? Will the Saints pursue him in the later rounds of the draft? We’ll have to wait until May 8 to find out, but affixing him into that already dangerous secondary sounds like a pretty good idea to me.