Picks to Pop: SMU's Jordan Wyatt

Jordan Wyatt's position is cornerback, but we'd like to suggest that we change it to ballhawk. If you want to find the ball, look for Wyatt, he's either by it, or he's got it. 

The Wylie East product started 31 games for SMU and caused eighteen turnovers. I don't think there's a player in college football with that ratio. He's scored on five of those interceptions. Wyatt comforted SMU fans when he announced via Twitter that he would return for his senior season. 

He spent the offseason recovering from two surgeries, one for an ACL, the other for a torn labrum. Assuming he's back at full speed by the fall, his presence helps new defensive coordinator Kevin Kane integrate his system. The Mustangs return their entire secondary two-deep, but Wyatt helps close part of the field. 

Wyatt has ideal length to play the position, and he's a rarity at the position who plays physical. His height gives him an edge because he doesn't wow you with athleticism. He does play smart with excellent ball skills. His long arms help close distance and interrupt passing lanes. He's also a sure tackler in the open field, not afraid stick his neck in. Those traits might be better suited for the safety position at the next level. 

Here he is on a corner blitz into run vs. TCU. This is great execution and the right call at the right time. Wyatt gets to ball carrier, breaks down and makes the tackle for no gain. 

Here's Wyatt in coverage vs. Tulane. 

Wyatt does a great job staying with the post route and using hands to climb the receiver. This interference if Wyatt doesn't continue to work up and around the receiver to make the play. Again, length and physicality. 

SMU opens the season at North Texas. 

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Posted on May 12, 2018 and filed under SMU, Southwest Round-Up.