- Defensive back Coryell Judie finished with just 22 tackles last season after missing almost half of Texas A&M's games with a hamstring injury. That didn't stop him from hoping to impress some NFL scouts. Judie, who was expected to be one of A&M's top defensive players in 2011, worked out for scouts on Wednesday at the school's pro day, hoping his speed and athleticism would help them look past his injury-plagued college career. He says the adversity he faced at Texas A&M made him stronger and he's encouraged that several teams have shown interest. Still some are weary of his injury history which includes a broken wrist and three shoulder surgeries. "Most teams are iffy and wonder if I'm injury-prone, but I just tell them that I've been doing good rehab and getting my shoulder and hamstring well so I feel fine," he said. He was happy with his 40-yard dash times at last month's combine, where he ran a low time of 4.38, so he didn't run again on Wednesday. But he participated in many of the other drills and his 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump was the second best of the day. Some have projected Judie, who also returns kicks and punts, to be a third or fourth-round draft pick. He's the healthiest now that he's been in quite some time and is looking forward to the draft. "When the challenges came my way, I overcame them and I feel good about the position I'm in now," he said. - Kristie Rieken, AP Sports/Daily Journal
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A high school track star who finally turned onto football in his senior season, Judie's short career has already included many highlights. He was considered the most talented player as a freshman at Fort Scott Community College, intercepting six passes and breaking up seven others. Judie was a 2008 junior college All-American despite the fact opponents stayed away from him during his sophomore season. He also averaged 26.8 yards per kickoff return and 15.1 yards per punt return, including one score.
Judie was, as one would expect, very popular among major college programs as a JUCO recruit. A&M's proximity to his hometown of Marlin gave them the edge in that battle, though his career in College Station got off to a rocky start. He came to pre-season camp late to wrap up his academics at Fort Scott then had shoulder surgery, which caused him to redshirt.
It didn't take long for him to show his skills at the FBS level, however, as he intercepted four passes, made 57 tackles (two for loss) and was dangerous as a kick returner, averaging over 30 yards an attempt with two touchdowns.
Though he has only average size for the cornerback position, Judie's toughness, exceptional ball skills give him a chance to start at the next level. The fact he didn't grow up playing football in gridiron-starved Texas may give NFL teams some pause because they'll wonder about his love of the game.
The other factor they'll investigate because of his speed is a hamstring injury that kept him out of several games in 2011. If Judie is healthy and his coaches at A&M convince scouts of his willingness to live and breathe the game as a professional, there's no reason to believe he can't be a very high pick in the 2012 draft.
Positives: Fits best in a zone system at the next level due to size and ability to close to the ball. Has good awareness and quick feet. Fluid backpedal, aggressive attacking the receiver from the snap, and flashes spectacular ball skills. Savvy using his hands to get to the ball without drawing flags. Willing tackler and high-effort leader with a special teams personality. Has potential as a blitzer.
Negatives: Only average size for the position. Late start in football creates questions but Texas A&M credited him for his dedication and quick rise from raw athlete to football player. Can leap but his size will be detrimental in box-out situations. Bites on play-action and isn't always in tune with rest of secondary.