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Orlando Scandrick, CB

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 192 | College: Boise State
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Orlando Scandrick opted to skip his senior year and enter the NFL draft. He's an unfamiliar name to some, but pro scouts are fully aware of Scandrick's ability.

Scandrick capably claimed the leadership role in a very young secondary after the graduation of Gerald Alexander (Detroit). With the junior left cornerback calling the defensive signals in the backfield, Boise State improved its pass defense from 45th in 2006 to rank 26th nationally in 2007.

At Los Alamitos High School, Scandrick was an all-around player, competing as a wide receiver and defensive back, in addition to returning kicks. He was named to the first-team Long Beach Dream Team, first-team All-Sunset League, and Prep Star 2004 All-American team. He was also a member of the Cal Top 100 squad selected by Rivals.com.

As a senior, Scandrick caught 52 passes for 832 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 54 tackles and three interceptions that season. He also returned 22 kickoffs for 1,024 yards (league record 46.5 yards per return) and one touchdown.

Scandrick enrolled at Boise State in February 2005, in time to compete in spring drills. He was heavily pursued by Colorado State, Oregon, Washington State, Wyoming, Fresno State and Nevada, but felt that BSU offered him a better opportunity to start. He earned Freshman All-American honors, starting 12 games at right cornerback. He totaled 50 tackles (41 solo) with a sack and three stops for losses. He broke up 11 passes and scored on a 50-yard interception return. He also blocked two kicks vs. Hawaii, returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

In 2006, Scandrick switched jerseys from No. 16 to No. 8 while also switching from left cornerback to the right side, as Gerald Alexander moved to free safety. He finished fourth on the team with 52 tackles (32 solo), adding two stops, six stops for losses and a pair of forced fumbles. He deflected six passes, picked off another and blocked an extra point try that he returned for a defensive score.

As a junior, Scandrick started all 13 games at left cornerback. He produced 50 tackles (36 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage and caused two fumbles. He had two interceptions and seven pass break-ups. He gained 54 yards on two punt returns and 78 yards on four kickoff returns (19.5-yard average). He also set a school record with four blocked kicks.

Scandrick started 38 of 39 games he played in at Boise State. He recorded 152 tackles (109 solo) with 3.5 sacks for minus-24 yards and 12.5 stops for losses of 70 yards. He caused five fumbles and recovered another for a score. He deflected 24 passes and gained 117 yards on four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. He blocked seven kicks, returned four punts for 78 yards (19.5-yard average), had two blocked punt returns for 54 yards and recovered a blocked extra point try for a defensive score.


Positives: Has a lean, angular build with room on his frame to carry more weight without it impacting his impressive timed speed … More fast than quick, but shows the loose hips to run stride-for-stride with the receiver (when he gets too high in his pedal, he takes extra steps and lacks explosion) … Has very good body control attacking the ball at its high point, making him one of the better kick blockers in the draft … Late to react to the pass in the deep secondary, but is more comfortable and alert taking on action in the box than most cornerbacks (12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage) … Better when he shuffles his feet in his backpedal than when he gets too tall in his stance … Has the ability to jump on the hip and run with the receiver coming off the line (problems occur when he has to turn out of breaks) … Breaks quickly on the play when asked to take on the ballcarrier (has better closing urgency vs. the run than the pass) … Likes to come up and support vs. the run, avoiding blocks when attempting to disrupt the pocket … Takes good angles to close vs. the run, but needs to get stronger in order to have better success playing off blocks … Quick to arrive when asked to fill the rush lanes and has a knack for getting low … Times his leaps well, using his long arm extension to reach around and deflect the ball away before the receiver can adjust..His explosive leaping ability contributed to him blocking seven kicks during his career … Even though he needs to refine his backpedal, his loose hips help him recover when he takes false steps in transition … Has excellent range, but just needs to show that sudden closing burst more often (lacks urgency at times) … When he locates the ball, he is quick to close … Lacks an ideal feel for routes, but takes good angles when closing … Has the speed to close and make plays near the line … When he doesn't bite on pump fakes and keeps his assignments, he shows the acceleration to catch up and defend in the deep zone … As a junior, he was more efficient as a zone defender, making proper switch-offs … Adequate cut tackler when he stays low in his pads … Has the open-field quickness, fluid agility and excellent hip swerve to recover when beaten on long routes (needs to explode out of his breaks better) … Shows better stop-and-go action on short and intermediate routes than he does in the deep third of the field … Not afraid to jump and extend for the ball in tight quarters.

Negatives: Needs to upgrade his overall strength and physical receivers have had success pushing off him (struggles to reroute bigger opponents in press coverage) … Has very good timed speed, but he lacks explosion and suddenness coming out of his breaks or when redirecting (takes extra steps) … Looks awkward in transition when he gets too high in his backpedal … Is slippery when avoiding blocks in backside pursuit, but if blockers gets into his jersey, he is easily washed out … Does not have the upper-body strength or hand jolt to disengage … Will ankle-bite or take a side when tackling and needs to do a better job of facing up and breaking down taking on ballcarriers along the perimeter … Perhaps due to his rolling start, he does not close with great urgency, especially on plays in front of him … Gets a lot more pass deflections than pass thefts due to marginal hands (traps the ball or lets it into his body rather than reaching and plucking for it), but has the timing and leaping ability to compete for jump balls or to elevate when attempting to block kicks … Struggles with route recognition and, when he gets back in the zone, he will eyeball the pocket too long or bite on pump fakes … Must not allow so much cushion, as his lack of explosion out of his breaks can make him a step slow in recovering when a receiver gets behind him.

Compares To: ERIC WRIGHT-Cleveland … Scandrick is not the most physical cornerback, but he brings instant value in the sub package as a nickel back due to his short-area coverage skills, and on special teams, where he excels as a kick blocker. He needs to show more urgency in his play and despite his timed speed, he fails to show the explosive burst coming out of his high backpedal to stay tight with the receiver. He needs patient coaching to help him develop, as his instincts seem to be lacking, despite three years as a starter. His speed is unquestioned, along with his elevation skills, and he could be drafted earlier than his marginal strength and adequate man-coverage skills merit.

Career Notes

Holds the school record with seven blocked kicks … Four of his blocked kicks produced Boise State scores … Also holds the BSU single-season record with four blocked kicks in 2007.

2007 Season

All-Western Athletic Conference first-team choice as a special teams player by The NFL Draft Report … Started all 12 games at left cornerback, ranking sixth on the squad with 50 tackles (36 solo), including an assisted sack for minus-5 yards and three stops for losses of 17 yards … Caused two fumbles and blocked four kicks, as two resulted in BSU touchdowns … Deflected seven passes and intercepted two others for 42 yards in returns … Gained 78 yards on four kickoff returns (19.5-yard average) and 54 yards on a pair of blocked punts.

2007 Game Analysis

Weber State … Opened the season with four tackles (3 solos) and a 17-yard kickoff return … Knocked down a Jimmy Barnes third-&-3 pass at the WSU 34, resulting in the opposition being forced to punt at the start of the second quarter … Lost track of the ball, resulting in a 21-yard scoring grab by receiver Bryant Eteuati in the third frame.

Wyoming … Scandrick was beaten by 6:04, 240-pound receiver Marcel Reece on a 54-yard touchdown catch, but made five solo tackles with a pass break-up and gained 63 yards on three kickoff returns … Batted away a third-&-8 pass by QB Karsten Sween to force a Wyoming punt six minutes into the game … Took down Devin Moore for a 3-yard loss on a third-&-26 run at the start of the second quarter … Assisted in sacking Sween for minus 10 yards on a third-&-10 snap with 2:36 left in the first half.

Southern Mississippi … Had a quiet day with one pass deflection and five solo hits.

New Mexico State … Did not record any tackles, but his early second quarter interception of a J.J. McDermott third-&-5 pass set up an 18-yard touchdown toss from BSU QB Taylor Tharp to Ryan Putnam … He blocked a Jared Kaufman punt for a 16-yard return, setting up a 9-yard touchdown run by tailback D.J. Harper in the fourth quarter.

Nevada … Scandrick delivered just two solo tackles.

Louisiana Tech … The left cornerback posted six tackles, as he caused a fourth quarter fumble when he stripped the ball from receiver Joe Anderson at the BSU 17 that Boise State recovered to set up Taylor Tharp's 83-yard scoring bomb to Jeremy Childs three plays later … Closed out the game by picking off QB Zac Champion's fourth-&-21 pass at the BSU 23, returning the ball 42 yards as the Broncos ran out the clock in a 45-31 win.

Fresno State … Followed with three tackles, as he assisted in taking down tailback Tim Lang for an 11-yard loss on a late first quarter carry … Blocked a Clint stitser 47-yard field goal in the second quarter that BSU's Marty Tadman recovered for a 21-yard gain, setting up a Broncos' 43-yard field goal.

San Jose State … Scandrick registered two tackles, breaking up an Adam Tafralis third-&-5 pass in the second quarter to force a SJSU punt … Recovered a fumbled punt return by teammate Marty Tadman, advancing the ball 38 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by BSU's Ian Johnson.

Utah State … Had just an assisted tackle, but blocked a first quarter 42-yard field goal that BSU recovered.

Idaho … Made six tackles (5 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one on fourth-&-2 at the start of the game, as he took down T.J. Conley for minus 2 yards at the UI 39 on a fake punt … Later tackled Brian Flowers for a 4-yard loss on a run off left tackle at the start of the fourth quarter.

Hawaii … Made two solo tackles and blocked an extra point attempt midway through the second quarter, but left the game after fracturing his left thumb on the play and did not return.

East Carolina (Hawaii Bowl) … Scandrick closed out his career with four solo tackles … He broke up a third-&-5 pass by Rob Kass at the BSU 48, forcing the Pirates to punt with 7:01 left in the game … With 1:25 remaining on the game clock, he stripped the ball from tail-back Chris Johnson that was recovered by BSU's Marty Tadman for a 47-yard touchdown return that knotted the score at 38-38 in an eventual 41-38 loss.

2006 Season

Started all 13 games, exchanging his jersey No. 16 for No. 8, as he also moved from right cornerback to the left side … Ranked fourth on the squad with 52 tackles (32 solo) … Had two sacks for minus-12 yards and 6.5 stops for losses of 28 yards … Caused two fumbles and blocked an extra point that he returned for a defensive score … Deflected six passes and intercepted another for a 25-yard return.

2006 Game Analysis

Opened the season with six solo tackles, including one for a four-yard loss vs. Sacramento State … Totaled five tackles (four solo), as he caused a fumble after sacking QB Matt Moore for an eight-yard loss vs. Oregon State … Returned an interception 25 yards, returned a blocked extra-point attempt for a defensive conversion and added two tackles in the Hawaii game … Posted five tackles with 1.5 stops for minus-5 yards vs. Utah … Credited with five tackles and a blocked kick vs. Louisiana Tech … Added four tackles (three solo) with a stop for a four-yard loss and a pass breakup vs. Idaho … Followed with six tackles (three solo) and a four-yard sack vs. Fresno State … Had two tackles and caused a fumble vs. Nevada … Broke up a pass and delivered six tackles (three solo) vs. Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

2005 Season

Freshman All-American second-team selection by Scout.com, earning honorable mention from The Sporting News … Started 12 games at right cornerback as a true freshman, recording 50 tackles (41 solo) with a seven-yard sack and three stops for losses of 25 yards … Caused a fumble and recovered another … Deflected 11 passes and had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown … Also blocked two kicks, recovering a blocked field goal in the end zone for a touchdown … Added 19 yards on a kickoff return.

2005 Game Analysis

Began his career with three solo tackles and a 19-yard kickoff return vs. Georgia … Made six tackles (four solo), deflected a pass and blocked two kicks, as he recovered a blocked field goal in the end zone for a touchdown vs. Hawaii, as he also blocked an extra point for a two-point defensive conversion … Broke up two passes and delivered four hits (three solo) vs. Portland State … Had six solo tackles, including one for a five-yard loss and batted down two passes vs. Nevada … Made five tackles with a seven-yard sack and a pair of pass breakups, as he returned his first career interception 50 yards for a touchdown vs. Idaho.

Injury Report

2007: Missed the second half of the Hawaii game (11/23) with a left thumb fracture.

2008: Could not lift at the Combine, as he was still recovering from his left thumb injury.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.34 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 8 times … 4.37 20-yard shuttle … 6.76 three-cone drill … 38 1/2-inch vertical jump.

Combine: 4.32 in the 40-yard dash … 1.47 10-yard dash … 2.49 20-yard dash … 6.83 three-cone drill … 33 1/2-inch vertical jump … 10'5" broad jump.

High School

Attended Los Alamitos (Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach John Barnes … Competed as a wide receiver and defensive back, in addition to returning kicks … Named to the first-team Long Beach Dream Team, first-team All-Sunset League, and Prep Star 2004 All-American team … Member of the Cal Top 100 squad selected by Rivals.com … As a senior, he caught 52 passes for 832 yards and 12 touchdowns … On defense, he recorded 54 tackles and three interceptions that season … Returned 22 kickoffs for 1,024 yards (league record 46.5 yards per return) and one touchdown.


Criminal Justice major … Resides in Los Alamitos, California.


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