The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Noah Igbinoghene 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 5-foot-10, 198 pounds
2019 stats: 42 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 7 passes defended
Although he was a wide receiver in high school, Igbinoghene made the move to cornerback in college. At Auburn, he was able to develop at his new position and become one of the best corners in the 2020 NFL Draft.
In his freshman season, Igbinoghene had six receptions for 24 yards and also contributed on kick returns. His role increased in 2018, as he switched to cornerback. He had 50 total tackles, one interception and 11 passes defended. The Tigers went 8-5 with a win in the Music City Bowl over Purdue to end the season. For the 2019 season, Igbinoghene had 42 total tackles and seven passes defended. Auburn went 9-4, but lost in the Outback Bowl to Minnesota to end the year.
Igbinoghene may be relatively new to the position, but he is now in position to be selected decently early in the 2020 NFL Draft. He will likely be selected before day two of the 2020 NFL Draft is over.
Igbinoghene is a good athlete who ran track and played football at Auburn. His athleticism allowed him to play wide receiver and corner, along with returning kicks. He has the speed to keep up with wide receivers, the strength to be physical with them and the jumping ability to contest catches, which all factor into his unique athleticism.
He is a physical cornerback, who can make a receiver work to get open against him. Igbinoghene can press receivers at the line of scrimmage well and delays their routes. He keeps solid contact throughout the route, without drawing too many penalties. His physicality shows when the ball is in the air too, as he makes catches difficult for his opponent.
His size and speed combination is also an asset. He is just 5-foot-10, but he weighs 198 pounds, which allows him to be physical. His arms are 31 3/4 inches long, which allows him to be disruptive. He ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and has the play speed to match that time. Coaches will love to see what they can mold out of his physical traits.
Igbinoghene lacks experience at the position. He only played it for two years in college and it is apparent sometimes on tape that there is still a bit of a learning curve to deal with. His awareness is lacking, as he doesn’t always realize what wide receivers are doing or what routes are about to develop in front of him. An NFL position coach will need to work with him, but he should be able to progress in this area.
While he has solid ball skills from his days as a receiver, he did not come up with a lot of interceptions in college. He had one interception over the two seasons he played corner. This isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if a team wants a game-changing corner, Igbinoghene hasn’t shown that he can force turnovers and really flip the momentum of a game.
He is willing to come up and support the run, but he is very inconsistent as a tackler. Igbinoghene tries to hit ball carriers too high, but really needs to get low and finish with a good form tackle. This could be a result of only playing the position for two years, but his form must improve if he is to be relied upon in the NFL.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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