Playing at Notre Dame has aided numerous players in preparation for a professional career. Troy Pride Jr. has been a solid cornerback for the Fighting Irish during his college career. The draft is a talented at most positions and the cornerback position is not an exception.
Pride Jr. is impressive in zone coverage because of his instincts and just having a nose for the football. At 5’11” 193 pounds, Pride Jr. does a great job using his length to play the ball in the air and help bat the ball away from wide receivers. Pride Jr. is good in press coverage is not afraid to be aggressive with opposing wide receivers.
I would like to see his tackling improve and become more consistent. Improving his speed is something that could also use a bit of fine tuning. Improving on playing the ball and picking off more passes is something that he will likely pick up as he enters a rookie camp and his career begins.
Pride Jr. has talent and I look for him to anywhere from a late-third round selection to a mid-fourth round pick. I think once Pride Jr. puts it all together the team that drafts him is going to wind up with a bargain selection and a solid contributor. Pride Jr. has a good chance to move up draft boards with a good showing at the combine and an impressive pro day.