|Johnny Patrick CB Louisville|
|Plenty of experience; a three-year starter who also saw the field as a freshman. Excellent in run support. A physical player for his size; doesn’t back down from matchups with bigger receivers. A smart, fundamentally sound player. Rarely gets caught out of position. A tough player who played through injuries.|
|Arrested for aggravated assault against his girlfriend in 2010. Lacks the elite speed to recover from mistakes. Isn’t an elite athlete; will struggle to keep pace with quicker, more agile receivers at the next level.|
|Patrick is sort of a corner/safety ‘tweener. His lack of elite athleticism and his ability to play the run makes him a candidate to transition to safety at the next level. However, he is smaller than your typical free safety. He has NFL talent, but he may struggle to find a role that fits him.|
Not much to watch in this one, but there’s a few fringe prospects for the die-hard draftniks to watch.
* The top prospect for Southern Miss is defensive tackle Anthony Gray. He’s not much of an athlete, but has the size to play nose tackle. He could come off the board late in the draft, and could be a serviceable backup in a 3-4 system.
* Louisville’s top prospect is cornerback Johnny Patrick. He’s slightly undersized but has the speed to stick with anyone. He emerged as arguably the top cornerback in the Big East this year.
* The top offensive prospect to watch is Louisville running back Bilal Powell. He came from nowhere to take the starting job away from Victor Anderson and has posted one of the best seasons in Cardinals history. His size (6’0″, 215 lbs) and speed makes him an intriguing prospect. He looks like a mid-round pick right now, but could certainly climb with an impressive showing tonight and in offseason workouts.