2015 NFL DRAFT
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Ron Girault

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 204 | College: Rutgers
 
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Overview

The versatile defensive back has experience at both safety positions, bringing a commanding presence to a young secondary the last three years. When an ankle injury vs. Maryland resulted in him missing four games in 2007, his absence was evident. The Scarlet Knights allowed the opposition to average 149.13 yards passing with Girault in the lineup. In the four games he missed, Rutgers was torched for an average of 205.0 aerial yards per game.

At St. Joseph Regional High School, Girault earned first-team All-State honors from The Star Ledger. He was also a first-team All-Bergen County pick by The Record and two-time All-League and All-County selection.

As a senior, Girault rushed for 1,844 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, averaging more than eight yards per carry. He led the team to the Group III Parochial State Championship and a 10-2 record in 2003, running for 327 yards and three touchdowns in state championship game. He also recorded 63 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back. In 2002, he gained 1,809 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground.

Girault was an instant success upon arriving at Rutgers in 2004, excelling as a nickel back before wresting away the free safety job for the final six games. He led all of the Big East Conference freshmen with 61 tackles (38 solos), ranking second on the team. He also caused a fumble, deflected two passes and intercepted two others, earning Big East Player of the Week honors vs. Temple.

Hamstring problems in fall camp and again in late September did not prevent Girault from starting all 12 games at free safety in 2005. He ranked third on the team with a career-high 86 tackles (53 solos), including 4.5 stops for losses. He recovered two fumbles and caused another. He also picked off three passes and blocked a kick.

Girault was named All-Big East Conference second-team in 2006. He started all 13 games at free safety, posting 69 tackles (36 solos), ranking fourth on the squad. He had one sack, two stops for losses and two fumble recoveries. He broke up three passes, picked off three others and blocked a kick.

Shifting to strong safety as a senior, Girault suffered an ankle sprain vs. Maryland that sidelined him for four contests, ending his consecutive start string at 35. He returned to register 55 tackles (33 solos), as he assisted on a sack and caused two fumbles. He also had an interception and a pass break-up.

In 45 games at Rutgers, Girault started 40 contests. He recorded 271 tackles (160 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus-11 yards and nine stops for losses of 31 yards. He caused four fumbles and recovered four others, returning one 10 yards. He deflected seven passes and blocked two kicks while gaining 204 yards on 10 interception returns (20.4 avg).

Analysis

Positives: Has adequate muscle tone with nice arm muscle definition and room on his frame to carry more bulk … Physical hitter with a good burst to close on outside running plays (bit hesitant in pass coverage, though) … Shows good urgency and quickness to close on the ballcarrier … Has adequate top-end speed and hips, showing no problems with change-of-direction … Makes the calls in the secondary and has the field smarts not to bite on misdirection or pump fakes … Tough athlete who is willing to play with pain … Puts in extra hours in the training room, film room and after practices in attempts to improve his game … Does a good job of diagnosing and supporting the run … Has no problems running with receivers or closing to make tackles after the catch … Turns his hips well to run with receiver throughout the route's progression … Does an adequate job of staying low in his backpedal … Closes ground quickly once he recognizes the play … Can adequately adjust his body to make a play on the ball in flight, showing good timing and leaping ability to get to the pass at its high point … Supports the run without hesitation (not as good vs. the pass) … .Has a high motor and will make plays all over the field … Has enough quickness to close on the ballcarrier and shows adequate long speed and decent hips with no problems turning … Considered to be the defensive quarterback, making sure everybody is lined up correctly and calls out defensive plays … Possesses good strength for his size, showing the ability to bring down bigger ballcarriers … Has enough explosion and burst to close on the ball as well as quickness to cover short areas … In man coverage he shows no problems running with receivers and closing to make tackles after the catch … Exhibits decent skills in zone coverage due to his speed.

Negatives: Is a little stiff in space when attempting to break down and tackle, and he too often tries to go for the big hit and fails to wrap up … Needs to find receivers quicker in coverage and take better angles to the ball … Must do a quicker job of reading keys and closing on the ball … Demonstrates marginal reaction when locating the ball and receivers in coverage, as he will peek at the quarterback too long and lose his man … Instincts need improving and he shows poor reaction to the ball in the air … Struggles to bring in the tough catches away from his body … Shows more quickness in run support than in pass coverage … Has adequate ability to come up with interceptions, but struggles to make tough catches that are away from his body.

Compares To: ROMAN HARPER-New Orleans … Built more in the lines of a free safety, Girault might need to bulk up to play the strong side at the next level. He is much more effective playing off coverage and vs. the run than he is in one-on-one battles with the receivers in man coverage. He has good field sense and closes with good urgency when he locates the ball. Still, he is a better inside-the-box tackler than he is in the open field.

Career Notes

Ranks 13th in school history with 271 total tackles … His 111 assisted tackles placed him 10th on Rutgers' all-time record list … His 10 interceptions tied Jim Hughes (1975-78), Jim Testom (1974-76) and John Miller (1969-70) for ninth on the Scarlet Knights' career record list.

2007 Season

A preseason All-Big East Conference choice, Girault suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Maryland that would sideline him for the Cincinnati, Syracuse, South Florida and West Virginia clashes … Shifted to strong safety, starting nine contests … The defense allowed 205.0 yards per game passing with Girault sidelined, but yielded just 149.13 yards in games that he played in … Finished with 55 tackles (33 solos), and assisted on a 3-yard sack while causing two fumbles … Also had one interception and a pass deflection.

2007 Game Analysis

Opened the season with six tackles (3 solos) vs. Buffalo, followed by a season-high ten hits (5 solos) and an interception vs. Navy … Registered three tackles in each of his next two games vs. Norfolk State and Maryland, assisting on a 3-yard sack of Terps QB Chris Turner … Returned from his month on the sidelines to registered nine tackles (4 solos) vs. Connecticut … Added five solo tackles as the secondary allowed just 58 yards in the Army contest, as he also caused two fumbles … Followed with seven hits (4 solos) vs. Pittsburgh and was in on six stops (5 solos) while breaking up a pass vs. Louisville … Closed out his career with six tackles (5 solos) vs. Ball State in the International Bowl.

2006 Season

All-Big East Conference second-team choice … Started all thirteen games at free safety, ranking fourth on the team with 69 tackles (36 solos), including an 8-yard sack and two stops for losses of 9 yards … Recovered two fumbles, returning one 10 yards … Deflected three passes and intercepted three others for 98 yards in returns … Also blocked a kick.

2006 Game Analysis

Returned an interception 39 yards and blocked a kick vs. Ohio University … Posted five tackles (four solo) vs. South Florida and recorded his second interception of the season against the Bulls, returning it for 25 yards and setting up a Scarlet Knight touchdown … Made double-digit tackles for the first time in the 34-0 shutout win at Navy, tallying a season high 11 tackles … Had five tackles (four solos) in Rutgers' 20-10 win at Pittsburgh … Delivered six tackles, including two solo stops vs. Connecticut … Registered eight tackles (four solos) in the Scarlet Knights' win over Louisville … Was in on seven tackles, including four solo stops at Cincinnati, with a tackle for loss and recovered a fumble vs. the Bear-cats … Delivered four tackles, two of them unassisted vs. West Virginia … Credited with six tackles (five solos) in the Texas Bowl victory over Kansas State, as he sacked K-State QB Josh Freeman on fourth down and picked off a pass, returning it 34 yards inside Kansas State territory.

2005 Season

Was hampered by a right hamstring pull in fall camp and then pulled his left hamstring vs. Pittsburgh, but still managed to start all twelve games at free safety … Recorded a career-high 86 tackles (53 solos), ranking third on the team … Added 4.5 stops for losses of 16 yards … Caused one fumble and recovered two others … Deflected a pass and blocked one kick … Gained 68 yards on three interception returns.

2005 Game Analysis

Posted a season-high 12 tackles vs. Villanova … Had eight tackles, including a stop for a loss and blocked a kick vs. Buffalo … Posted 10 tackles, including a pair of stops for losses of 3 yards vs. West Virginia … Sealed RU's win at Connecticut with a late interception … Was named to the Big East Honor Roll after registering 10 tackles and a pair of interceptions vs. Navy, as he picked off Navy's first pass of the game, setting up RU's first touchdown, while also recovering a fumble in the second quarter, keying another Rutgers score and blocked a field goal vs. the Midshipmen … Finished with four solo stops at Louisville … Recorded three stops in RU's 44-9 win over Cincinnati … Finished with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops, against Arizona State in the Insight Bowl.

2004 Season

Played in all eleven games, taking over free safety chores for the final six contests, as he led all Big East Conference freshmen with 61 tackles (38 solos), ranking second on the team … Had 1.5 stops for minus 3 yards and caused one fumble … Broke up two passes and intercepted three others for 38 yards in returns.

2004 Game Analysis

Earned Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors following his first start in a win over Temple, registering a season-high 13 tackles vs. Owls, adding a key, fourth-quarter interception … Had 10 tackles (5 solos) the following week at Pittsburgh … Posted 11 tackles at Boston College, with his second interception, and matched his season high with 13 stops in the season finale vs. Connecticut.

Injury Report

2005: Bothered in August camp with a right hamstring pull … Suffered a left hamstring pull vs. Pittsburgh (9/30).

2007: Suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Maryland (9/29), missing the next four games vs. Cincinnati (10/06), Syracuse (10/13), South Florida (10/18) and West Virginia (10/27).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash … 1.52 10-yard dash … 2.57 20-yard dash … 4.15 20-yard shuttle … 11.68 60-yard shuttle … 7.05 three-cone drill … 39.5-inch vertical jump … 10'2" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times … 410-pound bench press … 565-pound squat … 303-pound power clean … 31 1/2-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

High School

Attended St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) Catholic High School, playing football for head coach Tony Karcich … Earned first-team All-State honors from The Star Ledger … Was also a first-team All-Bergen County pick by The Record and two-time All-League and All-County selection … As a senior, Girault rushed for 1,844 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, averaging more than eight yards per carry … Led the team to the Group III Parochial State Championship and a 10-2 record in 2003, running for 327 yards and three touchdowns in state championship game … Also recorded 63 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back … In 2002, he gained 1,809 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground.

Personal

Sociology major … Born 3/07/86 … Resides in Spring Valley, New York.

 
 
 

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