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2019 NFL Draft

Justin Layne

CB/Michigan State

  • B
    Round 3-4
  • YearJunior
  • Height6-2
  • Weight192
  • Hand9
  • Arm33
  • 40-yard4.50
  • BenchN/A
  • Vertical37.5
  • Broad134.0
  • 3-cone6.90
  • 20-yard4.09
  • 60-yardN/A

    Strong Points: Height, speed and length. Very good Combine workout. Lines up and plays press, showing good mirror skills vs. moves. Transitions well. Also strong in man-off coverage. Only played defensive back for three years so there is obvious upside and growth in front of him.

    Weak Points: Doesn't look as quick or as sudden as his workout indicates. Lean frame and needs to add upper-body strength to help him take on blocks and tackle. Not a very physical player. Appears to be lacking a quick burst to catch up if he is beaten off the turn.

    The Way We See It: Layne originally enrolled at MSU as a wide receiver before switching to corner in 2016. He has ideal height, length and speed. Though his frame is on the narrow side and he must get stronger, Layne flashes being a tough guy -- we just don't see it enough. He can line up and play press and shows he can mirror receivers short and long. He plays the ball in the air well and gets a number of PBUs. Layne is willing in run support but can be slow off blocks and miss some tackles. Overall, he looks like a developmental corner with upside. He is still very inexperienced at the position but will improve as he gets his feet underneath him. Layne has eventual starter traits for once he adds the necessary strength. He should do well on special teams while he develops.

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