My Scouting Report for Lavert Hill

Lavert Hill

Team : Michigan Wolverines (FB) | Sports : Football | Position : CB | Status : Active | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : mrossi78 . Position :Cornerback [CB]

Ran a 4.41 40 yard dash in high school according to ESPN. Has the speed to cover almost anyone and allows him to take chances in coverage.
Almost exclusively plays press at Michigan. Needs to get stronger to jam big receivers. Technique is inconsistent. Doesn't dictate the receiver's release so they often get a step on him. Gets his hands on guys.
Sometimes gets too high so his change of direction is slowed. Flips his hips well. Not really enough film to give a good evaluation.
Has enough speed to get back to a receiver's hip. Takes a chance by playing underneath receivers because he can get to the ball from behind. Benefitted from some underthrows when he gave up a step. Didn't always recover well when beat inside on crossing routes because of traffic.
Play Recognition
Spends most of his time playing on the island in man coverage so he can be slow to read run. He is good at sitting on double-moves and hasn't been beaten often. Plays within the Michigan defense and knows his responsibility in every situation.
Only has flashes of good, physical, wrap-up tackling. Most of the time he is a grabber. Doesn't miss many tackles but he looks like he'd rather wait for inside pursuit than make the tackle himself.
Man Coverage
Was Michigan's #1 CB as a sophomore and junior. Took the other team's top receiver 1 on 1 every week. Plays man coverage almost exclusively. Was only targeted once every 10.3 coverage snaps and only allowed a reception on 1 of every 24.5 times in coverage according to Pro Football Focus. Both are top 5 in the nation which show he is blanketing receivers with the best in the country. Allowed 13 receptions on 31 targets in 2017.
Zone Coverage
Reads the QB well but this is more of a projection area because Michigan plays man coverage over 90% of the time and there just isn't much film on him.
Only has 3 INTs. Gets his hand on a good amount of passes but misses some opportunities for interceptions.
Hasn't missed games with injury but has missed practice each of the last 3 springs with injury.
Team leader and strong competitor. Tough kid from Detroit. Hasn't had any off field issues.
Defensive backs coach Mike Zordich says he is mentally locked in despite missing spring practices. Decided to forego the NFL after his junior season despite possibly being a Day 2 pick because "I didn't dominate how I was supposed to" and "I felt like I didn't do enough". That attitude coming from a two-time All Big Ten player is a huge plus in my book.
His level of play is consistent and so is his production. Can be more consistent with his technique and footwork.
Unanimous 1st team All Big Ten as a junior. Outstanding in man coverage. Has unusually long arms for his height, impressive leaping ability (see video of him dunking on Youtube) and good speed, which make him well suited to play in a receiver's hip pocket and collect pass break-ups. Physical tools and play style where only a perfect throw will beat him. Praised for his leadership off the field while dealing with an injury in spring practices.
Size (5'11, 181), not very physical, doesn't always tackle well, weak against the run. Allows separation on inside breaking/ crossing routes when he is on the outside but not sure if that is due to scheme. Will need to be brought up to speed on zone coverage. Sometimes gets too high in his stance which hurts his change of direction speed. Has missed spring practices all three years at Michigan with injury.
Overall Analysis
You want smaller corners to "play bigger than their size" but Hill plays to his size like he knows he is small. If he adds some weight he will be able to handle bigger receivers and I think he will get more confident being physical in coverage, tackling, and in the run game. He will probably have to move inside to the nickel spot much like fellow former Wolverine and Detroit product Jourdan Lewis. He will be on every watchlist for the Jim Thorpe Award (Top DB in NCAA) and could win it if he turns a few of those pass break-ups into INTs. If I'm a Big 10 QB I wouldn't even try to throw his way.
Compares to
Adoree' Jackson
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak