Deion Belue, CB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tuscambia, AL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 182 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2013 Season
Has started 10 games at cornerback for Alabama, with a toe injury keeping him out against Colorado State ... has 14 tackles, one tackle for loss (4 yards), a quarterback hurry and three pass breakups ... picked off one pass and returned it 28 yards ... his presence on either side of the field has kept opponents looking for other opportunities in the passing game.
2012 Season
Has started all 13 games in his first season in a Crimson Tide uniform ... junior college transfer who has totaled 36 tackles (5.5 for loss), plus two interceptions and a fumble return (57 yards) for a touchdown ... also has broken up six passes and forced a fumble. Michigan: Registered three solo tackles in first career start at Alabama. Western Kentucky: Made three solo tackles (one for loss) and came up with an interception. Arkansas: Recorded four tackles, broke up a pass, forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss in shutout victory against the Razorbacks. Florida Atlantic: Broke up a pass in his fourth consecutive start on the season. Mississippi: Registered five tackles, including one for loss ... picked off his second interception of the season while helping limit Rebels to 138 yards passing.Missouri: Recorded one solo tackle and broke up a pass in win against the Tigers. Tennessee: Had a solo tackle and broke up a pass in win over the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Played one of his better games of the season against the Bulldogs, making four tackles and knocking down two passes. LSU: Totaled season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops ... recorded 1.5 tackles for loss (four yards). Texas A&M: Delivered one tackle for a loss of three yards. Western Carolina: Picked up a Catamounts fumble and sprinted 57 yards for a score late in the second quarter. Georgia: Totaled five tackles, including two solo stops, in SEC title-game win against the Bulldogs.
High School
Coming out of high school at Deshler, was rated as the No. 7 player in the state of Alabama by the Tuscaloosa News and was No. 16 in the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 ... listed as the No. 21 cornerback by Scout.com and the No. 39 athlete by ESPNU ... a two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association 4A All-State selection, named as a defensive back in 2008 and an athlete in 2009 ... rated 12th in the Birmingham News' 2010 Super Senior rankings ... competed in the Alabama/Mississippi High School All-State Game.Recorded 70 tackles as a junior in 2008 with four interceptions -- with two returned for touchdowns ... also returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns while hauling in over 800 yards receiving and five touchdowns ... picked the Crimson Tide over Auburn and Southern Miss.
Player News
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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