The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Paulson Adebo 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Paulson Adebo Background
Size: 6-foot-1, 198 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2019 stats: 33 total tackles, 4 interceptions, 10 passes defended
Adebo sat out the 2020 season, but still had the chance to prove he was a solid corner. After sitting out the 2020 season, Adebo declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Out of Texas, Adebo was a four-star recruit who decided to go to Stanford. He redshirted his first year on campus. Adebo was an All-Pac-12 selection as a redshirt freshman in 2018 with 64 total tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defended.The Cardinal went 9-4 that season and won the Sun Bowl. He made the All-Pac-12 team again in 2019 with 33 total tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defended. Adebo’s play was solid, but Stanford failed to make a bowl game.
Although he decided to opt out of the 2020 season, he had enough on tape to be a solid draft prospect. He is currently projected to be a third to fifth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Adebo has solid size and length for the cornerback position. He stands at 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds, which are both good for the NFL level. To go along with his size, Adebo has long 31.5-inch arms. Altogether, his size and length gives him a size advantage on some receivers and gives him the chance to match up well with others.
His ball skills are very good. He has the size to contest catches that are out of range for most other corners. Once the ball is in the air, he does a good job of tracking it. He uses his length to attack the catch point and make plays on the ball. Adebo can swat the ball down or intercept it, as he has good hands.
Due to his length and his recovery speed, Adebo can either be a good cover 3 corner or a man to man player. In zone he can drop deep and use his length and eyes to be effective. He can be beat in man, but his speed and ball skills allow for some upside.
Adebo has only played in two full seasons at Stanford. He isn’t as experienced as other players and will still need to learn things about the position. In addition to only playing in two seasons, Adebo opted to sit out the 2020 season, so he may be rusty.
His backpedal is too high, which makes it tough for him to change directions quickly. He has tight hips, but if he gets lower it should help his lateral mobility and help him mirror receivers better, as he can lose recievers on crisp cuts and double moves.
He could do a lot better in run support, as he doesn’t offer much when an opposing team runs the ball. Adebo can be aggressive at times, but will also miss a lot of tackles in run support. He needs to do a better job of making good form tackles and completing the play.
Projected Draft Range: Third Round Pick-Fifth Round Pick
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