2014 NFL Draft: Scouting Texas CB Carrington Byndom

Darren Carroll

The last two seasons for relatively disappointing for the Lufkin native.

At some point on Saturday, former Texas Longhorns cornerback Carrington Byndom will likely hear his named called in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Projected as a seventh-round draft pick, the 5'11, 177-pounder had a breakout sophomore season for the Longhorns in 2011, when he was an All-Big 12 selection, made 58 tackles, tied for the team lead with 15 passes broken up, and recorded two interceptions.

The next two seasons were largely disappointing for Byndom, though he did recover in the second half of 2013 to earn a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the coaches. During that senior season, he tied for the team lead with 45 solo tackles and also recorded seven passes broken up.

For his career, he started the final 39 games with 29 pass break ups and five interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Also a baseball player at Lufkin, Byndom was a four-star prospect by Rivals rated as the No. 14 player at his position.

At the Texas Pro Day, Byndom helped himself by running a blazing 4.35 40 that has likely played a role in the continued projection that he will end up being drafted instead of having to go the free agent route. However, given his fast 40 time on the fast track at a Texas facility that has produced a number of extremely quick times over the years, the fact that Byndom ran a 4.30 shuttle time is not particularly impressive.

For comparison purposes, the top shuttle time at the combine at the position this year was a 4.00 by Notre Dame's Bennett Jackson and Byndom's time wouldn't have ranked in the top 15 among cornerback attendees.

Byndom is capable of getting physical as a tackler, but at times last season he struggled to beat blocks, showing little want-to in that regard. And over the last two seasons, there were plenty of instances when he struggled to make tackles in the open field, often combining with safety Adrian Phillips in making critical mistakes.

The fact that he weighed in at 177 pounds at the Texas Pro Day is also a potential cause for concern for teams evaluating him -- it's going to be tough for him to deal with bigger receivers at the line of scrimmage to re-direct them and to make tackles against players to whom he's giving up a significant amount of size in the NFL.

Once getting to the NFL, Byndom would benefit tremendously from adding about 10 pounds of muscle to his frame, which it could certainly support.

However, Byndom does understand how to use his hands in press coverage, though he's better when playing off and using his quickness and fluidity to flip his hips and run with receivers. He's also going to have to learn how to play zone coverage effectively, an area in which he did not gain a great deal of experience while at Texas.

The height is there for Byndom, as well as the speed and the hips, but he has to get stronger and learn some zone-coverage techniques to ever see the field much in the NFL -- there's a lot of work ahead of Byndom and Saturday will just be the start of that process.

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