Small School Cornerback Jeremy Lane Receiving "Attention" From The Cincinnati Bengals

Little known cornerback from a small school starting to generate some buzz.

According to Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated and DraftInsider.net, the Cincinnati Bengals are one of three NFL teams that's giving a lot of attention to Northwestern State cornerback Jeremy Lane, who generated 42 tackles, three passes defensed and two interceptions.

National Football Post's Scouting Report on him:

Flashes an explosive first step and obvious change of pace to his game. He showcased a quick/balanced drop, was able to stay low out of his breaks and routinely created a burst when asked to close. He isn't the most natural of players and at times had a tough time feeling/recognizing routes/tells off the line. Nevertheless, he's a talented kid with some growth potential to his game.

Impression: Has the size and talent to get drafted. Needs to get a bit stronger and clean up his footwork, but has the skill set to play both inside and out in the NFL.

Greg Gabriel with the National Football Post called him a "geniune sleeper" in an article dated in early December, writing:

Lane is a good athlete who is about 5-11 and 175. He has a lean frame but very long arms. He looks like he could gain 10-15 pounds without a problem. He is a fluid athlete with good play speed. He has loose hips and can pedal and turn. He shows no wasted movement in transition. He plays press coverage probably 65 percent of the time and that is his forte. With his long arms he has a good jam and is able to redirect receivers. He has the suddenness to stay with receivers through moves and the speed to mirror deep. At times he tries to get too physical with his jam and that came back to haunt him versus Sam Houston. He missed the jam and got beat deep for a TD. Still, though he is lean, he tries to be physical and is a good hitter and tackler. He needs to add some some upper body strength, as he will have some tackles broken if he doesn’t wrap well. In saying that he shows some blowup hitting ability (Delta State, LSU)

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