4 Dec 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Richard LeCounte, Safety, Georgia

Georgia defensive back Richard LeCounte (2) during the Bulldogs' game against Texas A&M on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Senior | 5′ 10″, 190 lbs | September 11, 1998 | Riceboro, GA

An athletic and versatile safety with high football IQ, natural ball skills, and uncommon toughness.

The first recruit to commit to the Dawgs for the 2017 class, LeCounte was widely regarded as one of the best high school players in the country by recuriting services. After enrolling early to participate in Spring Practice, he made an immediate impact in Athens, making his first career start in South Bend against Notre Dame and appearing in 10 total games as a freshmen. LeCounte led UGA in tackles as a sophomore, and was 3rd on the team in as a junior in 2019. He enters the 2020 season as the Alpha Dawg on the Georgia roster, and one of the top safety prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Strengths:

  • High level ball skills
  • Pre-snap communication
  • IQ and ability to be a 3 level impact player
  • Sideline-to-sideline and downhill pursuit speed
  • Flys around the field looking to hit somebody
  • Willing to participate in run support
  • Fills the alley hard
  • Good closing speed in coverage
  • Not afraid of matching up with TEs and bigger WRs when needed
  • Route Recognition

Areas to Improve:

  • Form tackling instead of using his body like a tomahawk missle
  • Block shedding when he can’t get around opponents with speed
  • Man coverage technique
  • Eye discipline while in coverage

Injury Concerns:

  • No significant injury history

Way Too Early Projection:

LeCounte will likely be among the first safeties off the board in 2021, but don’t expect that to be until the 2nd Round. He fits best as a free safety where his athleticism can be put to use, but he can play down in the box if required despite his size. His raw ability and football IQ will allow him to compete for a starting job as a rookie and have a long career, but his small stature might hold him back from being a top teir starter.

What to Watch For:

If LeCounte can improve on his tackling form and discipline in coverage, he will be one of the top players entering the draft. However, being slightly undersized will not help his case, and he will need to display improvment over the course of the season if he wants to raise his draft stock. He has the intangables and athleticism to be a valuable asset in the NFL, but only time will tell if he addresses his weaknesses and reaches his potential.

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