04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 6/172 - Jeremy Lane, CB, 6-0, 190, Northwestern State...The Seahawks get a good athlete and physical defender who can press coverage on the outside and on the slot receiver as a nickel defensive back. - The Sports Xchange
The definition of a developmental prospect, Lane started just one full season at Northwestern State. But he has an intriguing blend of good size at 6-feet and speed.
Lane finished 2011 with 41 tackles and two interceptions after starting four games the previous season. But the raw physical tools were always there as Lane struggled through injuries and inconsistency during his first three years.
A track star in high school, Lane played regularly as a junior but didn't technically earn the fulltime starting job until last season.
"In the spring I turned it up 20 more notches," he told the Alexandria Town Talk. "I thought this is my senior year, this is my last shot and I've got to make an impression."
He took advantage of games against LSU and SMU to draw the attention of scouts, and was invited to the Casino Del Sol all-star game in January.
At his March 20th pro day, Lane ran a blistering 4.48-second 40-yard dash and posted a 42-inch vertical jump.
Strengths: NFL measureables with excellent height and length combination. Light on his feet and accelerates to top speed in a hurry. Good range and does a nice job recovering after false steps. Good leaping ability to highpoint passes and contest throws. Does a nice job using his eyes to bait throws, using his natural awareness to put himself in good position. Aggressive in run support, not shying from contact and will get his nose dirty. Late bloomer with upside to develop into a starter because of his raw tools.
Weaknesses: Very lean frame and needs to spend time in the weight room. Doesn't have the body type to get too much bigger. Extremely raw with inconsistent technique and footwork, plays too high and needs bend more at his joints. Only has 14 starts under his belt and didn't face top-shelf competition. Doesn't fully utilize his length in coverage and needs to have a better understanding of what he can and can't get away with. Why did it take so long for him to start? Needs to prove to be a quick study to catch up mentally with the pro game.