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Rasul Douglas

Written by Ray Valentin on January 30, 2017

Rasul Douglas vs Oklahoma (2016)


Douglas shows better-than-normal play speed on tape. Which is impressive given his size of (6’2, 200). He is bigger than the prototypical corner back.

Douglas displays perfect body control on the turn in press man. He has some really loose hips and understands how to use the sideline to his advantage (0:10).

However, Douglas needs to play with more toughness, especially against the run. He seemed to want no part of Mixon the ball carrier around the goal line (2:12). That won’t go over easy in a NFL locker room. Also, he must do a better job of setting the edge for the defense (0:48) by using his inside shoulder on the full back to box the play back inside to his help. Instead he tried to use his hands on the full back and allowed the ball carrier to go outside. He tends to get caught on blocks more than you would like too. This is an area that is holding him back from becoming a complete corner back.

Douglas has demonstrated on tape to have good hands for the interception. The pick he had on the Oklahoma play was outstanding. Using his off hand to deflect and intercept the ball shows he understands proper technique in coverage.

Douglas shows good confidence in coverage, but not so in the run game. On tape you see him understanding his assignments in press and off coverage, but you also see he lacks that same kind of confidence in the run game phase.

What Douglas lacks in run defense makes you question if he has that intense desire to compete.  When in coverage you see this quality, but again it is a much different story in the run game.

Douglas can, however be labeled a student of the game. In coverage you can see that he understands his landmarks and keys. He anticipates his assignments and follows through on technique.

Douglas can not be labeled a great tackler. On this tape you see him miss open field tackles, and be uninterested in contact. Again this is an area that is holding his game back.

Douglas is a calculated risk taker. He studies plays on film and trusts what his eyes see on the field. His ability to understand his assignment, landmarks, and keys are what allows him to jump routes and intercept the football.

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