Damontae Kazee is a Draft Sleeper

With the expansion of the passing game in the NFL, the value of CBs has never been higher. Specifically, the trend has been to follow the model set forth by the Seattle Seahawks in drafting tall, long press corners. Damontae Kazee does not fit that description. The former San Diego State standout stands at 5’10” and only 181 lbs. Furthermore, while the Mountain West Conference is a good non-power 5 league, it is still, by definition, not a power 5 league. No offense to my friends in Laramie, Wyoming (the Cowboys may have a top 5 pick in QB Josh Allen next year), but the athletes are not comparable to those found in the ACC or SEC. Yet, Kazee remains a very intriguing prospect. Damontae is a playmaker. As a senior, he totaled 7 interceptions. These excellent ball skills were displayed during the week of the Senior Bowl. As somebody that watched every practice, he certainly stood out as being very comfortable tracking and catching the football. While his 4.54 40 time and 11 reps on the bench press are unspectacular, they fail to provide useful information regarding Kazee’s role at the next level. Kazee will operate primarily in the slot in the NFL, and his tremendous quickness will be much more relevant than his straight line speed. Additionally, it is a fair concern if whether he will be able to tackle adequately, but his tremendous toughness and competitive nature should help him make up for his physical limitations. Kazee is projected by most to go somewhere on day 3 of the NFL Draft, however his rare combination of big play ability and toughness looks to provide ample value.

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