By: Steve Johnson
Justin Layne, CB, Michigan St.
6’1 3/4″ 192lbs
33″ arms. 9 1/3″ hands
4.5 40 37 1/2″ Vert. 134″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
6.9 3 Cone Drill 4.09 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 9 games. 18 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 int, 43 yards, TD, 1 pass break up
2017: 12 games. 40 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 int, 8 pass break ups, 1 FF
2018: 12 games. 72 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 int, 6 yards, 15 pass break ups
Misc. Stats: 1 rec for 11 yards in 2018
Accolades: 2018 2nd-team All-Big Ten
History: Played both sides for Benedictine High School, he was All-State WR as a Senior. Also a four-year letterman in basketball and competed in track. Will forego his Senior season, has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Excellent length. Gets his hands on and re-routes receivers. Physical. Not afraid to mix it up. Aggressive in run support, who is a consistent wrap up tackler and can also bring a little pop. Good awareness, makes good plays on the man. High energy player.
Weaknesses: Footwork is a little choppy. Play strength is average. Still a little raw as a cornerback. Has some balance issues when flipping his hips. Has trouble getting off blocks, can easily be taken out of the play.
Overview: Layne is an outside corner, that is a plus athlete and offers good size and length. He is still new to the position and needs to work on his transitions, but he has good upside.
Draft Projection: Late 2nd-Early 3rd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.65
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