AVONTE MADDOX | CB | PITTSBURGH
Height: 5091 | Weight: 184 | Arm: 29 1/2" | Hand: 8 3/4" | 40 Time: 4.39 | 10-Split: 1.50 | Bench: 13 | 3Cone: 6.51 | Broad: 125" | Vertical: 37"
Avonte Maddox is a fourth-year senior who has started 38 of 44 career games at left cornerback for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Maddox has ahad outstanding production in his career, totaling 183 tackles (13.5 for loss), 8 interceptions (2 returned for TDs) and 34 pass deflections. Per PFF, Maddox allowed receptions on less than half his targets in 2017 (24/50), allowing 3 TDs and a 75.4 passer rating during a campaign where he was limited by injury.
Considered one of the top athletes from the state of Michigan, Maddox also played basketball and baseball at Martin Luther King High School and also played slot receiver and running back on the football team. Although Maddox lacks prototypical corner length and size, he more than makes up for his height with elite short area quickness, flexibility, foot speed and acceleration.
In man coverage, Maddox will allow inside release too easily and will rely on his outstanding foot speed and acceleration to make up ground and shadow the WR's outside hip. Maddox has a tendency to rock backwards when aligned in press coverage, and while this allows him to build momentum to expedite his flip dropping into coverage, it can cause him to lose balance in run support. Maddox is a talented blitzer, shooting the C gap with anticipation and scorching closing speed for 7.0 career sacks, which makes him intriguing as a full-time slot prospect. Maddox possesses terrific instincts, outstanding ball skills, and explosive leaping ability that he marries together to make momentum-changing plays on the football. When tackling, Maddox always focuses on attacking the football and trying to strip it for a fumble.
As impressive as Maddox is on the field, he is equally impressive off. An ACC All-Academic Team nominee, Maddox was voted as a team captain by his teammates this season and is loved by Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi, who has referred to him as a "war daddy" in interviews. Despite an intense elbow injury this season, Maddox exhibited unreal toughness and grit to return after missing only two games and play through pain with a huge brace for the remainder of the season. Maddox compares in body type and play style to Nickell Robey-Coleman and is best suited to play as a nickel CB at the NFL level where he can utilize his quick-twitch and burst to make plays in the backfield on blitzes. Maddox projects as a third day selection and in addition to competing for a starting nickel position, can also challenge for kick returner duties on special teams.
Overall Grade: 79
Athletic Ability: 7
Play Strength: 5
Play Speed: 5
Competitive Toughness: 7
Press Coverage: 2
Man Coverage: 3
Zone Coverage: 4
Make-Up Speed: 5
Player Comparison: Nickell Robey-Coleman
Projected Round: Round 5-7
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