RSP Film Room No.44: Safeties Damarious Randall and Clayton Geathers


Ryan Riddle and I check out two safeties: One who could be overrated and one who might be underrated. 

Session Notes:

  • Randall’s skill for tracking the ball.
  • The pattern of less-than-impressive tackling technique.
  • Randall’s tendency to bite on plays he shouldn’t.
  • Geathers pass coverage skill.
  • Notable points about Geathers’ production. and it says about his game.
  • The importance of arm length and how it applies to defensive backs.
  • Geathers’ balance between aggression and patience.

I watched subsequent games of Randall after this session. He is a good open field tackler when he can attack as the ball arrives to the target. He also has skill sticking with a receiver one-on-one on vertical plays where he’s picking up the receiver in the back end of the route and he can gain position inside his opponent. Randall’s physicality as a tackler is lacking and I’m still concerned that he takes too many chances breaking on the ball and bad angles in run support in the box.

There’s a difference between opportunism and play making and his approach to tackling, playing the run, and judging the pass leans more towards the first than the second. It makes him a viable prospect, but I can’t endorse him as the top safety in this class.

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