For nearly every NFL coach that took to the podium at the NFL combine last week in Indianapolis, the question of how to defend the spread or pistol offense was waiting for them.
There wasn’t one dominant theme on the other side of the ball for coaches to answer but there was an intrigue on how the Seattle Seahawks constructed their secondary.
Long, rangy, physical defensive backs, in particular cornerbacks, make up the Seahawks secondary and now teams are turning their attention to prospects that potentially fit that mold.
At six-feet and 210 pounds Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes carries one of the biggest frames of any cornerback in this year’s draft.
His six-foot-seven-inch wingspan has NFL teams intrigued and Rhodes knows exactly what he posses.
“My strength is my size and my physicality, speed, height.” Rhodes said.
Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman (six-feet-three-inches and 195 pounds) and Brandon Browner (six-feet-four-inches and 221 pounds) comprise the biggest cornerback duo in the NFL.
They helped Seattle to the league’s best scoring defense at 15.3 points per game.
Coming from one of the nation’s finest defenses, Rhodes thinks the system at Florida State has prepared him well for the next level.
“At Florida State all we played was press on defense. Going to the NFL and seeing teams do a lot of press, I feel good doing it,” Rhodes said.
During his time in Tallahassee, Rhodes was a freshman All-American in 2010 and was a three-year starter for the Seminoles.
NFL analyst Mike Mayock considers Rhodes a second round pick with the flexibility to potentially move to safety.
Rhodes was impressive at the combine, leading all defensive backs with a 40.5” vertical jump.
Cornerbacks in the NFL could be changing to a different physical stature but one thing that remains the same is the confidence needed to survive on an island.
“Of course I’m going to say I’m the best,” Rhodes said of where he ranks among the 2013 cornerback class.
“If I don’t have confidence in myself no one else will. I feel like I’m the best here right now. I meet all the measureables: big, strong, fast, physical. I feel like I’m the best here.”
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