6'2", 190 Junior
OPPONENT: SOUTH CAROLINA
- Decent pursuit in run support
- Good pursuit to make late tackle
- Excellent hustle in run support from across field
- Good fly-in for solid tackle in run support
- Let man get behind him, TD if better pass
- Bad angle on ball carrier, no squat, man sidestepped and went on his merry way
- Snuck into box, no blitz, left covering no zone or man...MOVE!
As you can plainly tell, it's hard to get a read on many safeties that play deep, as you literally don't see them because of the TV camera zoom. Although I could just be playing nice, as I've got plenty of notes on other safeties. From the limited plays I saw Byrd participate in, he seems like your usual veteran junior safety who is good in run support, and shows great hustle, but has a weakness in pass coverage---though never really gets tested. Not that the opponent is fearsome, moreso in that they are probably sticking with a gameplan instead of adapting on the fly. I am starting to see why the NFL players are so much better---they see all these things and exploit them--quickly--on both sides of the ball. Byrd has decent size for a safety, but could use a little more mass on his 6'2 frame. Didn't show any flashes of brilliance or ineptitude, so the jury's still out.