27 Oct 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 28: Paulson Adebo #11 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after making an interception during a game between University of Arizona and Stanford Football at Stanford Stadium on October 28, 2019 in Stanford, California. Photo by Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com

Redshirt Junior | 6’1”, 192 lbs | Mansfield, TX

Playmaking coverage corner with prototypical frame, exceptional ball skills, freaky athleticism and body control.

Coming out of high school, Adebo was actually ranked higher as a Wide Receiver (9th) than he was as a Cornerback (18th) according to ESPN’s national rankings. After redshirting his freshman year, he started 12 of his 13 games, finishing 2018 as the national leader in passes defended (24, a school record) with All-Pac-12 first team honors. As a junior, he started all nine of his games before an undisclosed injury ended his season early, still earning All-Pac-12 first team honors for the second year in a row.

Strengths:

  • Fluid transition to stay in phase with receivers
  • Very good ball tracking skills
  • Noticeable zone awareness
  • Technical open-field tackler
  • Quick reaction speed
  • Positional Versatility
  • Unshakable Focus
  • Athletic Freak

Areas to Improve:

  • Occasionally takes bad angles when setting the edge
  • Footwork technique that affects his ability to press
  • Glimpses of youth and inexperience
  • Bites on double moves
  • Long speed

Injury Concerns:

  • Undisclosed Season-Ending Injury in 2019 (3 games)

Way too Early Projection:

Adebo was widely speculated to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft and be a first-round pick, despite a slow start and season-ending injury in 2019. His return will give him an extra year of experience going into the 2021 draft. He is still projected to be a Day 1 pick in next year’s draft.

What to Watch in 2020:

Due to Adebo’s relatively underwhelming 2019 season (which still earned him All-Pac-12 1st team), look to see him start strong in 2020. I have Stanford’s game against USC circled (if it happens) for the matchups against 2021 draft prospects Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns. He needs to show improvement in both his pressability and long speed. He only has two years of starting experience so his youth and inexperience may show occasionally, so coming back for another year of experience will be good for him. Adebo already has a lot of hype going into 2020; he just needs to maintain it.

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