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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee State

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Focusing in on Middle Tennessee State corner Jeremy Cutrer, a sleeper prospect who I believe to have huge potential.

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The Jets were in attendance at the Middle Tennessee State pro day today, and I have little doubt that they were there to look at impressive corner Jeremy Cutrer.

The former high school star has been on quite the journey. A 4 star recruit out of Louisiana, he originally committed to LSU. He couldn't qualify academically, so he enrolled at JUCO school Mississippi Gulf Coast. After impressing in 2014, he again enrolled at LSU, but again he failed to qualify academically. In the end he landed at Middle Tennessee State and in April, the chances are he'll be an NFL draft pick.

His story is one of perseverance, from being left homeless by Hurricane Katrina to having to go to Plan B and Plan C in his pursuit of the NFL, it's hard not to root for Cutrer, and when you have his talent, it makes it even easier. I've seen him play a number of times now, and he's definitely one of my favourite sleeper prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Personal

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Height: 6'2

Weight: 180lb's

40 Yard: 4.49

College Statistics

2013 (Mississippi Gulf Coast): Played as receiver, could only find that he scored 1 TD.

2014 (Mississippi Gulf Coast): 44 Tackles, 4 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 INT, 9 PB's.

2015 (Middle Tennessee State): 30 Tackles, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 INT, 13 PB's.

2016 (Middle Tennessee State): 63 Tackles, 4 TFL, 0 Sack, 3 INT, 9 PB's

Positive Attributes

  • Good height and length for the position.
  • Good tackler, wraps up cleanly.
  • Comes off blocks to make tackles in the run game.
  • Has experience playing off and press coverage.
  • Not afraid to be physical at the line, strong initial punch.
  • Good instincts and break on the ball.
  • Plays with an aggression, comes from being a former safety.
  • Flips his hips smoothly and shows fluid movement turning to run.
  • Keeps his eyes on the QB to get a beat on the ball.

Negative Attributes

  • Could do with adding a little more bulk to the frame.
  • Sometimes gives up too much cushion to receivers.
  • Can be over aggressive, on occasions running himself out of a play.

Draft Grade - 4th

I really like Cutrer and he is an extremely talented player with a good head on his shoulders. He has a combination of height, length and speed that a lot of NFL teams look for. He's played press and off, and he shows a willingness to get in there and mix it up both in press coverage and defending the run. Middle Tennessee State weren't a very good defensive team, but Cutrer was the one shining spot. Personally I think he's going to be one of the biggest steals of the draft if he goes after the 3rd round.

Cutrer on Cutrer

All I had ever dreamed about was LSU, LSU, For any kid here, to stay in your home state and play at LSU, that was one of the biggest things. And for me to not get that chance, it was really frustrating

My JUCO coach sat me down and talked to me, and it took me a minute to realize I could really make something happen. A lot of people don’t like JUCO, but JUCO will really make you who you are. That’ll make a man out of you. I’m really glad I went to JUCO first, to be honest, but it took me a long time to realize that.