With 2014 NFL Draft finally days away, it’s time to take one last look at what people around the nation are saying about Stanley Jean-Baptiste and where he could end up.
Brandon Cavanaugh (Husker Corner):
First Selection: No. 82 overall (Round 3, Pick 18) by the Chicago Bears
Revised Selection: No. 46 overall (Round 2, Pick 14) by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jean-Baptiste’s stock only continues to rise as we get closer to May. He’s worked out for some individual teams and is making a statement that he’s a prime investment. Plenty of owners, GMs and coaches appear to be noticing the Husker football star’s progress.
I had him headed to Chi-town to help out the Bears’ secondary, but they need to address defensive line woes before touching on their glaring secondary needs. The consensus is that Jean-Baptiste will be a second round selection and I agree.
Pittsburgh brought in safety Mike Mitchell and need a youth movement at cornerback. SJB fits the bill.
Michael Straw (Fansided.com): No. 97 overall (Round 3, Pick 33) by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Peter Smith (Fansided.com): No. 55 overall (Round 2, Pick 23) by the Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals need youth at corner. The Dre Kirkpatrick experiment is hanging on by a thread at this point and they have managed to get more than some might have expected out of some of the veterans they have brought in.
Baptiste is still learning the position but his combination of size, length and his ability to mirror opponents has teams excited.
First Simulation: No. 71 overall (Round 3) by the Cleveland Browns
Second Simulation: No. 86 overall (Round 3) by the Philadelpha Eagles
Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com): No. 30 overall (Round 1) by the San Francisco 49ers
They need a corner and he’s a bigger corner in the mold of the Seattle corners.
Dane Brugler (NFLDraftInsier): No. 64 overall (Round 2) by the Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are always looking for tall, long cornerbacks who fit their scheme and Jean-Baptiste could be that prospect.
Katherine Terrell (New Orleans Times-Picayune): No. 58 overall (Round 2) by the New Orleans Saints
Some analysts have Jean-Baptiste moving into the first round. I still think he’ll be around in the second.
Adam Hoge (CBSChicago.com): No. 82 overall (3rd Round, No. 18) by the Chicago Bears (Read his entire take on SJB here)
Jean-Baptiste has the potential, but he has to refine his technique and improve his footwork. He doesn’t have elite speed (neither does Tillman) but can jam off the line and play press-man, which the Bears will likely use more on defense.
I could see Jean-Baptiste getting drafted anywhere between the second and fourth rounds, so it’s a toss-up as to whether or not he’ll still be available at No. 82 overall.
Travis Dauro (SBNation’s Canal Street Chronicles): No. 58 overall (Round 2) by the New Orleans Saints
“This pick is a no-brainer for the Saints’ need at corner. Jean-Baptiste is the prototypical cornerback that teams like the Saints and Seahawks are looking for: long (6’3) yet quick (he timed a 4.45 at his pro day). His 41.5-inch vertical and elite ball skills just add to his trunk of intangibles.
While the Cornhusker may have to adjust to the physicality of the NFL, he will flourish in Rob Ryan’s press-man schemes. In my opinion, he’s one of the more underrated players in the entire draft and would be a steal at this point.”
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