2017 NFL DRAFT

Damontae Kazee, CB

School: San Diego State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: San Bernardino, CA
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Player Overview

Kazee joined linebacker Kirk Morrison (2003 and '04) as the only Aztecs to win MWC Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the conference with eight interceptions. He also broke up seven passes and forced a pair of fumbles in being named second-team All-American by USA Today and earning honorable mention honors from Sports Illustrated.

In making his announcement Dec. 27 to enter the NFL Draft on Instagram, Kazee said: "Been Playing this game for almost 16 years, it's time for me to move up to the next level, I want to thank all my brothas on my team, the coaching staff, and al the advisors that had to put up with me but it's time to live up to my dream and enter the 2016 NFL Draft."

Three of Kazee's interceptions came in the season opener against the University of San Diego. He also had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown against Colorado State. He recorded his eighth interception of the season during SDSU's Hawaii Bowl victory over Cincinnati, tying the Mountain West record for interceptions in a single season.

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STRENGTHS: Sports a compact, athletic build showing the light feet, balance and loose hips to easily change direction. Confident in press man coverage, showing a low, tight backpedal and smooth turning motion. Good route anticipation and understands angles, keep his frame between the receiver and the quarterback.

Peeks back toward the quarterback and isn't afraid to drop his primary coverage duties to break quickly back to the ball, showing impressive field vision.

Tracks the ball well, exhibiting the body control and concentration to make difficult over-the-shoulder grabs. Excellent hand-eye coordination to punch at the ball (six forced fumbles over his career) and showed exciting development as an interceptor in 2015, turning eight of his career-high 15 passes breakups into interceptions after recording just one in 13 opportunities in 2014.

Competitive open-field tackler, who aggressively slithers his way past would-be blockers to get into the action. Not an imposing hitter but is a sure tackler who wraps his arms for the secure stop.

WEAKNESSES: A classic gambler who can be fooled with double-moves and savvy quarterbacks looking the other way. Lacks the swift acceleration to recover if caught flat-footed and may struggle to keep up with NFL receivers on longer routes. More pesky than powerful as a tackler and comes with obvious size limitations.

IN OUR VIEW: Kazee lacks ideal size and speed for the outside, but he's athletic enough to play man coverage and possesses the awareness, downhill closing speed and competitiveness as an open-field tackling ability to project well inside as a nickel corner. His knack for making his own big plays (15 turnovers caused over his career) is certainly intriguing as well.

--Rob Rang (12/28/15)

 
 
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12/30/2015 - 2015 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DB Damontae Kazee, Jr., San Diego State...Kazee, meanwhile, is the first SDSU player to be named the MW Defensive Player of the Year since Kirk Morrison won it in back-to-back seasons in 2003-04 and joins Morrison and the only defensive players of the year in school history. A second-team all-MW pick last year, Kazee has 66 tackles (team-high 51 solo), a team-best seven interceptions, 4.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 12 games. The seven picks are the most by an Aztec since Larry Parker had seven in 2011, match the most by a San Diego State player since Tom Deckert had eight in 1969, are tied for the second most in MW single-season history and are tied for the third most in Aztec single-season history. Kazee ranks second in the MW and is tied for fifth in FBS play in interceptions per game (0.58), and third in the MW (T-32nd in FBS)?in passes defended (INT +?PBU) per game (1.17). Additionally, he has returned five punts for 70 yards (14.0 avg.), including a 66-yard touchdown. - San Diego State Football
 

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