A transfer from Mesa Community College, Damarious Randall starred during his two seasons with the Arizona State Sun Devils. During his two seasons, Randall made 177 tackles and six interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named first-team All-Pac-12.
Key Measurables: 5-foot-11, 196 pounds; 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Strengths: Randall has ideal speed, quickness along with top-notch change-of-direction skills. He has good feet and shows ability to break out of backpedal. Is a smooth mover with loose hips and ability to transition quickly. Has good hands and is a willing tackler who throws his body around. Is a very good runner when he does pick one off.
Weaknesses: Undersized and needs to add strength to become a durable performer in the NFL. Can be overaggressive and manipulated by quarterbacks. Needs to be more disciplined and not try to do too much. He jumps routes and is susceptible to double moves.
Conclusion: Teams need free safeties to have loose hips like cornerbacks in order to stop the high-powered passing attacks that are prevalent in today’s NFL. Look at the Super Bowl participants last season, and it is evident how important it is to have safeties with coverage skills. Earl Thomas is the best in the world, and Devin McCourty is a former cornerback who can cover ground on deep passes or come down and cover receivers and tight ends man-to-man. Randall has that ability to come down and man up or range sideline to sideline from center field. If Randall can hold up physically, he should have a good career at safety. If not, he has the versatility to become a slot corner.
Projection: Second or third round.
NFL Comparison: Rahim Moore
Final Grade: 8.7
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