2015 NFL Draft Profile: Cody Prewitt, FS Ole Miss


 Ole Miss free safety Cody Prewitt showcased his mobility during the 2015 NFL Combine when he recorded the fastest time in the 60 yard shuttle and excellent times in both the 40 yard dash and the 20 yard shuttle.  He even got a chance to show off some of his athleticism with a 125 inch long jump.  When you combine that athleticism with his speed and instincts, you have a player with a very solid chance of being a good professional football player.

However, he has some problems.  He gets overly aggressive at times and bites on too many fakes trying to make plays.  There are also some questions about his strength and power.  On tape, he hits well after a build up of power, but lacks that kind of explosiveness when unable to wind up.  At the NFL level, he’ll need to learn when to look at the defender and when to look for the ball, as he gets caught up too often playing the man and not the ball.

With a couple changes to his technique and some solid coaching, Cody Prewitt could be a great selection for a team in the second round of the draft.  He shows the kind of potential that could find his name called early in the second round and possibly even creeping up to the end of the first based on his position and how many teams need a player with his skillset.

Sep 6, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive back Cody Prewitt (25) prior to the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 208 pounds
  • Arm Length: 32 5/8″
  • Hand Size: 9 1/8″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds
  • Bench Press: 11 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 35.0″
  • Broad Jump: 125.0″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.12 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.23 seconds
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 11.44 seconds

Draft Projection

 Cody Prewitt is the #64 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is their #1 available free safety.  He is projected to be a second round selection.

NFL Player Comparison

  • NFL.com: Phillip Thomas, Washington Redskins
  • CBSSports.com: N/A

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota should be looking to the draft to bring in competition for the starting safety job opposite Harrison Smith as well as add depth to the team’s defensive backs.

My Take

I like Cody Prewitt quite a bit and I feel like he could really complement Harrison Smith well in the secondary. However, there’s a chance he won’t be there for the Vikings second pick and even if he were, there could be more pressing needs or better players available.  I wouldn’t mind seeing him with Minnesota, but I’d be much more comfortable risking a later pick than is probably needed to get him.

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