Seahawks final draft selection: Brendan Radley-Hiles, CB
The Seattle Seahawks have recently bucked the trend with cornerbacks and finally opened their doors to smaller players. Both DJ Reed and Tre Brown have helped open the door for these players with the largest of the two at just 5’9″.
Brendan Radley-Hiles stands at just 5’9.” However, he doesn’t let that stand in his way. He is a very instinctive player who utilizes both his agility and speed to stick to the receivers hips. He has exceptional closing speed and phenomenal hands.
Radley-Hiles can play in both man and zone coverage. However, his real strength lies in zone coverage. His closing speed and anticipation make for a big play waiting to happen.
His biggest weakness belongs to his tackling form. He plays every bit of his 5’9″ and 180lb frame. Because of his smaller size, he can be bullied by bigger receivers and tight ends. However, he plays the cornerback position closer to the mentality of a receiver than a defensive back.
He runs the routes and plays the ball more than he plays the person, unlike safety Jamal Adams. Because of this he keeps windows very small and gets quite a few pass breakups and interceptions.