It’s rare to see football players start as a freshman, but the fact that Xavier Rhodes managed to start all three years at Florida State shows just how much potential he has at the NFL level. There’s a reason why Rhodes is being considered one of the top cornerbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft and after an impressive career with the Seminoles–all eyes will be focused on how well he makes the transition to the NFL.
Rhodes has great size and frame for a cornerback to make it in the NFL and isn’t afraid to get physical against his opponents, but his body positioning is still a reason to be concerned. The last thing Rhodes want to see happen is opposing teams taking advantage of him in the passing game to draw pass interference penalties, but that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of fixing it.
Rookie defenders are always interesting to watch during their first season and Rhodes certainly seems capable of having an impact on defense as a rookie considering he’s coming from one of college football’s top defenses in Florida State from 2012. The fact that Rhodes isn’t afraid to get physical sets him apart from some of the other top cornerbacks in this year’s draft class.
Rhodes may have some concerns just like any other player in the draft, but he’s certainly the type of player that any team would be lucky to have on their roster heading into Week 1.
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