Aikens is a long corner at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds who has some pretty good speed to go along with his size owning legitimate 4.4 speed. Aikens fits Miami’s scheme perfectly in that he is a strong press cover corner who excels in off coverage and zone as well. His length allows him to shadow receivers well down the field and his strength allows him to maneuver receivers well in press coverage. Aikens also has experience on special teams as a gunner, which will play a pivotal role in how he will see some playing time as a rookie.
Aikens does lack ideal long speed and lacks true ball instincts. He is by no means a “ball-hawk”, but he does display good skills when he can get his hands on the football. He will also need to fine tune his technique as a corner, as because of his length, he is quite susceptible to double moves, similar to former Miami corner Nolan Carroll who had a similar body type to Aikens.
Aikens will be locked in a battle with second-year corner Will Davis for playing time, but he will likely see his snaps on special teams as a gunner. Do not sleep on Aikens being used as a safety, though. He did have some experience during his time with the University of Illinois before being dismissed due to an issue with a stolen laptop which he bought.
Aikens’ presence will not be felt until the 2015 season or beyond, but he does possess some upside as a potential No. 3 or 4 corner and even a very good backup free safety.