20 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina

Junior | 6’4” 205 lbs | Bossier City, LA

Israel Mukuamu is a long, strong, battle-tested and press corner with a high upside and intriguing physical profile

Mukuamu came to South Carolina as a 3-star safety, but converted to cornerback and became a rotational player during his true freshman season. He jumped onto the national scene during his sophomore season after intercepting Jake Fromm thrice in an upset win against Georgia. He primarily plays either in press-man or in a very soft off-man with outside leverage and he has the longest legs you’ll find at the cornerback position in the entire NCAA.

Strengths:

  • Insane height and length. Dwarfs most receivers he matches up with
  • Utilizes size and leverage to his advantage in the red zone
  • Does well staying in-phase deep downfield
  • Can completely take receivers out of the play when he gets a good jam
  • Very willing and sound tackler. One of the better tacklers you’ll find at the position
  • Adequate click-and-close from off-man (better than you’d expect for his size)
  • Huge catch radius when going up for an interception
  • Above average ball skills
  • Rarely covers tight ends, but matches up with them exceptionally well
  • Battle-tested. Held his own against several NFL-caliber receivers

Areas to improve:

  • Can get lungey in press
  • Undisciplined footwork near the LOS
  • Lacks aggression in pursuit (will hold him back from converting to safety)
  • Below average ball tracking when out of phase
  • Lacks physicality when getting off blocks
  • Can lose balance when defending stop routes and curls against advanced route runners

Injury concerns: N/A

Way too early projection:

Mukuamu projects as a day 2 prospect who latches on with a team looking for a starting press cornerback. He has major upside due to his physical profile and solid ball skills, but his lack of long speed will likely hinder him from becoming a top pick. Some may project him to convert to safety due to his size and first-rate tackling ability, but his lack of tenacity in pursuit should squash that hypothetical.

What to watch in 2020:

Will Mukuamu become more disciplined with his footwork near the LOS? If he can clean up his footwork and lunge at receivers less often, he will be much more effective in press. Is there a chance he can play some safety? If Mukuamu shows more hustle and physicality in pursuit, he could boost his value as a multi-positional starter. Lastly, it’ll be interesting to monitor how fast he really is. It can be tough to judge a cornerbacks speed with they play a lot of soft off-man and constantly stay in-phase the way Mukuamu does. His 40-yard dash time will be extremely important for his draft stock.

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