Hello Raider Nation, I'm back for another Diamond in the Rough post. Since it is the Off-season, I decided to make as much of these as I can, on a weekly basis. Last time, we looked at the speedy running back, Henry Josey from Missouri. If you missed that, HERE IS THE LINK.
This time, I will be doing Nebraska cornerback, Stanley Jean-Baptiste. This guy has only been playing Corner for 2 years. In the beginning of his 2011 season, they asked to switch from wide receiver and it turned out to be the correct decision. Now he is primed to be drafted as a Corner. This sounds very similar to Anthony Barr, who switched from fullback to linebacker where he only has 2 years of experience. So here we go, our prospect for the day.
Conference: Big 10
40 time: 4.5
games played: 36
Tackles For loss: 4
Passes broken up: 22
QB Hurry: 1
Projected round: 4
Position Rank: 11
Jean-Baptiste played both safety and wide receiver when he redshirted the season at Fort Scott Community College. He came to the Nebraska roster in 2010 as a red shirt Freshman. Where he was seen as depth on a decent wide receiver corps.
In 2011, his coach asked him to switch to Corner. He had his coming out party against the Ohio State midway through the season when he totaled 9 tackles, 1 pass defended and 1 interception.
In 2012, he dramatically improved on his numbers from the previous year. He played on all 14 games with 5 starts, where he helped Nebraska rank in the top 10 in passing yards allowed. Baptiste finished the year with 24 tackles, 9 passes defended, and 2 interceptions including one returned 48 yards for a touchdown against Minnesota. He other interception came against rival Michigan.
It wasn't until 2013, that Jean-Baptiste started to turn heads as a potential draft pick. Jean-Baptiste was named Second-Team All-Big 10, and Second-Team All-American. He became Nebraska's top Cover corner throughout the 2013 season, and helped Nebraska become one of the top pass defenses in the Big Ten while starting all 12 games on the year. His team-leading 4 interceptions came from his first four games of the year, which is the longest streak for Nebraska since 2003 and his 134 return yards is the most in Nebraska history. He also led the team with 11 passes defended.
Here is a scouting report by Peter Smith from withthefirstpick.com
Stanley Jean-Baptiste has gotten better and better every year. Jean-Baptiste’s physical size and athleticism will immediately stand out when teams evaluate him. He has length, but he has terrific quickness, hips and body control that have allowed him to be an impressive cover corner, but he really excels in press and can make a good number of plays on the football. There have been a lot of flashes as a run defender with a good amount of potential, but he needs to be more consistent in that area. Stanley has shown he can beat a block and make a tackle, but this is his weak point. he is still getting used to the physical part of the position and needs to tackle better. if he were to get more coaching, he should develop into a better tackler. Baptiste has played both Man and Zone Coverages, with his strengths at Man coverage, where he uses his size to help jam the Receiver. Since he was a receiver, Baptiste has amazing ball skills, and is seen as a ball hawk. he catches the ball at the highest point. Baptiste also has the speed and acceleration to help him blitz off the edge.
Jean-Baptiste, has accomplished a lot in his 2 years at corner. His rare size for a cornerback makes him a target for all 32 teams. He will be playing in the Senior Bowl on January 25th so look out for Jean Baptiste covering guys like Jordan Matthews, Jared Abbrederis, Shaq Evans, and Cody Hoffman.