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Kurtis Drummond, FS

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Masury, OH
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 208 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.671.59- 39 1/29'11"4.337.09

Player Overview

A well-rounded player, Drummond possesses the anticipation and pursuit downhill to close in the ground game while also showing the coordinated body control and ball skills in coverage to make plays in pass defense. But he needs to keep the play in front of him, struggling to consistently turn his back to the ball and maintain his effectiveness.

Drummond has traits that project him as a starting quality free safety at the next level, but his instinctive and recovery limitations likely make him a player better suited as a backup and first safety off the bench.

A three-star recruit out of high school, Drummond committed to Michigan State over offers from Boston College, Michigan and Pittsburgh. After redshirting in 2010, he was the backup free safety in 2011 before becoming the starter in 2012, recording 53 tackles, six passes defended and two interceptions.

Drummond emerged as a defensive leader on the Big Ten Champion Spartans in 2013 with 91 total tackles, 10 passes defended and four interceptions as a junior, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors. He led the team in total tackles (72), passes defended (15) and interceptions (4) as a senior, earning First Team All-American honors and the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year award.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Rallies to the ball with active range and discipline. Coordinated body control to flip and stick with receivers downfield. Nice timing in coverage to play the ball in front of him to knock down throws at the catch point (33 career passes defended). Aggressive angles with heady anticipation vs. the run, reading, closing and arriving with a head of steam.

Nice job keeping contain and leveraging the field in space. Competes with the ball in the air, showing top confidence with the ballskills to make acrobatic plays. Senior captain and vocal team leader of the secondary. Three-year starter (35 career starts) with consistent production, finishing about the team leaders in tackles and interceptions the last two seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Lean body type with average-at-best muscle tone. Allows receivers to box him out, especially in jump-ball situations. Lacks ideal speed to recover after false steps, lacking hip burst and footwork to play tight man coverage downfield.

Doesn?t play with explosive athleticism or consistent instincts, which can be exposed when left on an island against the pass. Won?t consistently get his head turned in coverage and will get grabby vertically, leading to clear interference penalties. Lacks heavy hands to work his way through the trash and needs to improve his jam technique when asked to play near the line of scrimmage. Only average hand/wrist strength and needs to finish tackles once he makes contact.

--Dane Brugler

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07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State...Drummond ranked second on the team in tackles (career-best 91 stops) and passes defended (10). He also recorded 3.5 tackles for loss (18 yards). The 6-1, 200-pound Drummond tied consensus All-American and Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard for the team lead with four interceptions. He finished third on the team in production points (225) and pass break-ups (6). He also was listed among the Big Ten leaders in interceptions (tied for third) and passes defended (10; tied for 10th).

An honorable mention All-American according to SI.com, Drummond was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second-team all-conference by the media. "Kurtis Drummond is the unquestioned quarterback of our defense," Spartan secondary coach Harlon Barnett said. "He's very intelligent, has great ball skills, and he's a very good tackler. We expect Kurtis to have an outstanding senior year." The Masury, Ohio, native posted five tackles each against Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game and Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. - Michigan State football



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