Micah Hyde, CB/S, Iowa (Junior)
Grade: 6.8 (Grading Scale)
+Elite size and decent bulk/length for position
+Not a burner, but should run in the high 4.4 / low 4.5 range
+Functionally strong, Iowa program gets players NFL ready
+Fluid hips, changes direction gracefully
-Doesn’t have elite recovery speed
+Versatile player, has played FS, CB, gunner and returned punts
+Rarely out of position, plays a lot of NFL coverages
+Defensive leader for the Hawkeyes
+Vocal on and off the field, gets players to show up for voluntary workouts
+Has willingly taken on different positions to help team
-Multiple tickets for minor off-field issues
+Anticipates routes and route patterns in his zone
+Able to break on the ball and has plus ball skills to make the interception
+Played center field as a safety
+Has been asked to cover halves, thirds and quarters of the field
-Will give up too much of a cushion at times
+Shows good instincts and route-recognition abilities
+Positions himself well, especially in the red zone
+Able to disrupt a lot of catches
-Lacks experience playing press corner, has flashed the ability
-Recovery speed isn’t elite, will give up some easy catches due to cushion
+Disengages from blocks well on the outside
+Solid tackling fundamentals, wraps up
+Is able to lay a hit on a ball-carrier when needed
-Struggled at times breaking down for open field tackles
Hyde is a versatile defender that like many Iowa Hawkeye cornerbacks before him, Charles Godfrey and Amari Spievey the latest, might be better suited to the free safety position in the NFL. If Hyde is able to be more aggressive in Phil Parker’s defense this year, look for him to add to his seven career interceptions, two of which went back for touchdowns.
vs Penn State (2011)
-Nice pass break-up covering Derek Moye down the field.
-High-points ball and makes a huge red-zone interception. Great position.
-Fights off block and tackles RB in the backfield for 6-yard loss.
Last Updated: June 16, 2012