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S | (6'2", 209, 4.58) | LOUISVILLE
Strengths: Possesses good athletic ability, shows good burst out of cuts and has very good short-area man-to-man cover skills. Shows a second gear when tracking the ball downfield and is tall enough to compete for jump balls. Takes adequate angles to the ball while it's in the air and has the range to cover the deep half of the field. Reads opposing quarterbacks' eyes well, has much improved ball skills and has developed into a playmaker. Has good leaping ability and can challenge tall receivers on the jump ball. Has very good size and some upside in run support. Blocked one kick in each of the last three seasons and should make an immediate contribution on special teams.
Weaknesses: Doesn't play with a mean streak, isn't physical in coverage despite size and isn't an intimidating presence over the middle. While he is big enough to line up in the box he doesn't have great lower body strength and struggles to hold ground. Doesn't use hands all that well and takes too long to shed blocks. Doesn't take great angles to the ball and takes too long to read plays so is a step late getting to the ball at times. Lacks ideal recognition skills and is vulnerable to play-action, as well as pump fakes.
Overall: Rhodes red-shirted in 2000 and he appeared in six games in 2001. He provided good depth and contributed on special teams while appearing in thirteen games during the 2002 season. Rhodes started 13 games in 2003 finishing the season with 82 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one sack. He also forced a fumble and recorded three interceptions that year. Rhodes started all 12 games in 2004, finishing the season with 57 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, no sacks, two forced fumbles and six interceptions. Rhodes has the physical tools to take a chance on in the early stages of Day 2. He isn't physical enough, he needs to improve his overall strength, and he needs to develop his tackling skills. However, Rhodes has an impressive combination of size, speed and athleticism, and the light seemed to come on a little bit as he developed into more of a playmaker as a senior. If nothing else, Rhodes is worth taking a chance on in the fourth-to-fifth round range as a developmental FS prospect that can contribute immediately on special teams.
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Kerry Rhodes, FS, Louisville
Height: 6:02.4 Weight: 209
Overview: Rhodes is an unheralded athlete, but the unquestioned leader of the Cardinals' secondary. He has a great blend of size, range, tackling skills and leaping ability. He not only shows excellent range for deep zone coverage, but is also a standout kick blocker. His ability to leap incredible heights (42-inch vertical jump) runs in the family, as his cousin, Theo Ratliff, is a center for the Portland Trailblazers and one of the top shot blockers in the National Basketball Association. Rhodes was a three-year starter and Honor Roll student at Lanier High School. He was a two-time All-Metro choice by The Birmingham News and an honorable mention All-State performer as a senior, as he competed as a quarterback and defensive back. Rhodes threw for more than 1,600 yards and ran for another 850 in his senior season. He scored seven touchdowns on the ground while throwing for thirteen scores in 1999. Rhodes guided Lanier to a 10-2 record as a junior, throwing for more than 1,500 yards and fifteen touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards and three scores in '98. He was selected Metro Player of the Year and second-team All-State in basketball as a senior when he led his team to the Class 6A title game. He averaged more than 23 points and handed out nine assists per game on the hardwood. He enrolled at Louisville in 2000, spending the season as a redshirt. Rhodes then appeared in six games, mostly on special teams, in 2001. He finished with ten tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception. Rhodes continued to perform as a reserve in 2002, coming up with 18 tackles (12 solos), a forced fumble, two pass deflections, an interception and a blocked kick. In 2003, Rhodes took over free safety chores. He registered a career-high 82 tackles (61 solos) with a sack and three stops for losses. Rhodes also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown and had five pass break-ups. He also blocked a kick and caused a fumble. Finally recognized for his performance, he was accorded first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2004. Rhodes collected 57 tackles (32 solos), returned a fumble recovery for a score, caused two fumbles and blocked a punt. He deflected nine passes and intercepted six others, including one that he returned for a touchdown. Rhodes closed out his career with 167 tackles (101 solos), a 12-yard sack and four stops for losses of 16 yards while starting 25 of 44 games. He recovered a fumble, caused three others and blocked three kicks. Rhodes had 18 pass deflections and eleven interceptions for 106 yards in returns with a pair of touchdowns.
Analysis: Positives... Tall athlete with good upper body muscle definition, long arms and very quick feet. ... has the athletic ability and quickness to cover tight ends and backs in the short area, showing fluidity turning out of his backpedal. ... Best when stepping up in the box to make plays on the ball near the line of scrimmage. ... Long strider who can cover ground in pursuit. ... Has the leaping ability to get vertical and the body control to adjust to the ball in the air. ... Shows the ability to reach, pluck and snatch the ball away from the body's frame. ... Has the hip flexibility and timed speed to stay with the receiver on deep routes.
Negatives... Just adequate digesting the play, appearing a bit hesitant before making a play on the ball. ... He looks the part, but struggles in many areas of his game, especially vs. the run, as he seems reluctant to work in trash. ... Shows a tendency to be high in his backpedal and rounds his breaks when he does not stay low in his pads. ... Has range and closing speed, but is high in transition and gathers himself coming out of it. ... Takes bad angles pursuing the ball in space. ... Some scouts question his toughness, as he is known to turn down plays in run support. ... Usually hangs around the pile rather than stepping up to initiate contact.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.48 in the 40-yard dash...365-pound bench press...435-pound squat...240-pound power clean...38-inch vertical jump...Right-handed...16/31 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.6 in the 40-yard dash...2.72 20-yard dash...1.67 10-yard dash...4.12 20-yard shuttle...11.21 60-yard shuttle...6.94 three-cone drill...42-inch vertical jump...10'3" broad jump...Bench-pressed 225 pounds 12 times...32 -inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands...18 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Jess Lanier (Bessemer, Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Carol Cox...Three-year starter and Honor Roll student...Two-time All-Metro choice by The Birmingham News and an honorable mention All-State performer as a senior, as he competed as a quarterback and defensive back...Threw for more than 1,600 yards and ran for another 850 in his senior season...Scored seven touchdowns on the ground while throwing for thirteen scores in 1999...Guided Lanier to a 10-2 record as a junior, throwing for more than 1,500 yards and fifteen touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards and three scores in '98...Was selected Metro Player of the Year and second-team All-State in basketball as a senior when he led his team to the Class 6A title game...Averaged more than 23 points and handed out nine assists per game on the hardwood.
Personal: Communications major...Son of Jubrella and Jerome Rhodes...Cousin, Theo Ratliff, is a center for the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA...Born 8/02/82...Resides in Bessemer, Alabama.
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