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Andrew Booth Scouting Report, NFL Draft Profile

Andrew Booth Jr. is a 6'0," 190-pound cornerback out of Clemson. A former five-star recruit, Booth's natural ability is apparent. The Lawrenceville, GA native contributed as a sophomore and earned more playing time down the stretch but didn't become a full-time starter until 2021. He earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2020 and first-team All-ACC in 2021.



Strengths:

- Athleticism jumps off the screen. Should test exceptionally well in speed, agility, and explosion drills at the NFL Combine.

- Long speed to chase down plays across the field and stick with receivers deep.

- Remarkably quick feet in backpedal.

- Lateral agility to mirror receiver movements at the line of scrimmage and at the top of routes.

- Alpha mentality and desirable play demeanor.

- Keys and clicks downhill against the run, regularly making critical tackles in space around or behind the line of scrimmage. A heat-seeking missile. Large tackle radius.

- Does well to use outside leverage to force ball carriers back towards MOF.

- Eyes and instincts show up in zone coverage. Baits quarterbacks and shows spatial awareness to know how far off he can play and still close on the ball.

- Ball skills are off the charts at the catch point. Length and explosive leaping ability aid him in this regard.

- Experience in press-man, soft-press, off-man, and zone coverages gives him the versatility to play in any scheme at the next level.

Weaknesses:

- Not immune to missed tackles. Could stand to improve his form and not leave his feet so early.

- Doesn't always have great feel for passing off assignments in zone coverage.

- Too many performances in 2021 where completions came easy in off coverage.

- Occasionally misreads plays and falls victim to overaggressive play.

- Football IQ needs continued improvement.


Overall Thoughts:

Andrew Booth has all the traits you need in an outside shutdown cornerback at the next level. He shows great effort in all facets of the game and has dynamic athleticism and good size for the position. Far too often, Clemson's defense didn't put Booth in the best position to succeed. He has experience in a variety of coverages, but his talents will be best utilized in a man-heavy defense. NFL coaches should be salivating at the chance to add Booth's talents to their defense. Andrew Booth has the potential to be one of the top cover cornerbacks in the right system and will chip in against the run. He's currently my CB2 and the tenth overall prospect on my board.

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