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2015 NFL DRAFT

Deion Belue, CB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tuscambia, AL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 182 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
329387-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.522.661.56- -09'09"4.387.00

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Better than the sum of his parts. Belue is able to be successful because of his desire to win body positioning during the route and at the catch point to make a play on the ball. He can get his hips turned with his aggressive demeanor, but has the footwork to quickly recover and collect himself. Belue does need to clean up his tackling technique, but he isn't shy to attack the run with his competitive presence on the outside. Showed impressive toughness in 2013, gritting it out to start 11 games despite suffering a foot injury which caused him to miss practice throughout much of the season.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't have elite NFL size (5-11, 183) and can be overwhelmed with bigger wide receivers. Relies on his positioning and awareness, leaving him little appreciable upside for the next level. Willing to do his part in the running game but doesn't stick his head into the action when unnecessary, recording just three assisted tackles on the year.

COMPARES TO: Tony Carter, Denver Broncos - Belue's lack of size will have to be made up for with toughness and reliability in coverage, traits that have helped the cat-quick 5-09, 175-pound Carter carve out a solid six-year career in the NFL, thus far.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

The Alabama faithful will tell you that Nick Saban doesn't just coach defensive backs, he coaches champions, but in terms of producing NFL prospects at the position, his success speaks for itself. Nine defensive backs have been drafted out of Alabama since Saban took over control of the program in 2007, including five who've been selected among the top 50 in since 2010.

Belue originally signed with Alabama in 2010 but academics pushed him to Northeast Mississippi Community College. He impressed the coaching staff with his understanding of the playbook during his initial practices with the team upon his return in 2012, starting all 14 games opposite Milliner, posting 40 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, nine passes broken up, two interceptions and a fumble recovery which he returned 57 yards for a touchdown. Belue struggled with a foot injury in 2013 limiting his production (20 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception) but his grit and experience in Saban's scheme is certain to earn him consideration on Day Three of the draft.

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10/28/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 9 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: CB Deion Belue, Alabama...Sticking with the SEC theme, Alabama lost one of their defensive leaders in the secondary last season with Dee Milliner bolting Tuscaloosa for the top-10 of the 2013 NFL Draft. But Belue, who started all 14 games opposite Milliner last season, returned for the Tide and has quietly put together a strong season as Alabama's top cover man. He doesn't have elite NFL size (5-11, 183) and can be overwhelmed with bigger wide receivers, but he does a nice job utilizing his strengths and playing heady football.

Belue is able to be successful because of his desire to win body positioning during the route and at the catch point to make a play on the ball. He can get his hips turned with his aggressive demeanor, but has the footwork to quickly recover and collect himself. Belue does need to clean up his tackling technique, but he isn't shy to attack the run with his competitive presence on the outside. Against Tennessee on Saturday, he recorded his first interception of the season and also showed off good return skills with a 28-yard run back. Although he doesn't have any distinguishing characteristics, Belue projects as a solid day three prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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