2nd round 45th overall
Jamell Fleming, CB Oklahoma
5-11 206 Grade: 83.5
Even though the Cowboys brought in Brandon Carr they still need depth at the corner back position. With Jenkins injury issues they really don’t have anyone else who can play on the outside.
Fleming is excellent in man coverage. He is dependable on an island and can stay with the top receivers in the Big 12. He is not completely technically sound, but his back pedal and hips are naturally fluid. He can backpedal for a long time, even by NFL standards, which enables him to stay on top of receivers to plant, drive, and react well to plays.
He has the closing speed to catch up to receivers if he is beaten, and the ability to run down plays from the backside or aid in the zone. He makes the play every time as a tackler, and he can drive through his hips to lay a good hit on the ball carrier.
When the ball is in the air he has good body control to turn and make the play. He is big for the corner position and it is obvious that he understands his job in the run game. He is a prototypical athlete for the CB position. Fleming has excellent upper body strength putting up 23 reps on the bench, which is more than OT Mike Adams and C Peter Konz. In 2011 Fleming logged 60 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 INT’s, 2 FF’s, 2 FR, and 10 pass break ups.
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