Devon Witherspoon
Devon Witherspoon  DB  Illinois | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Devon Witherspoon
Height
6-1
Weight
170
College
Illinois
Position
DB
Class
Junior
Home town
Pensacola, FL
79.0/100
Player Rating
35
PositionRank (DB)
4.39
FortyYD Time
Interceptions
1
Interception YDS
40
Passes Defensed
8
Tackles
17
Sol tackles
15

Devon Witherspoon DB Illinois | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Devon Witherspoon DB Illinois
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #210 Position Rank: #35 (DB)
40 time: 4.39 seconds
Height: 6-1 Weight: 170
Hands: 8 7/8 Arms: 31 5/8 Span: 75
Date of Birth: 12/11/2000 Age: 21.9
Overall Rating: 79.0 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Tackling:
80%
Run Defense:
79%
Coverage:
75%
Zone:
71%
Man/Press:
76%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 7th Position rank: #35
College Games: 33 College Snaps: 1828
Draft Profile: Bio
Following high school, Witherspoon opted to join Illinois.

In 2019 as a freshman Witherspoon saw action in 12 games and played a total of 389 snaps at Cornerback for the Fighting Illini. He recorded 16 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 6 stops. In coverage Witherspoon notched up 2 pass breakups, no interceptions, and a decent QB rating when targetted of 76.6.

As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 7 games and logged 467 snaps for the Fighting Illini. He made 24 tackles, 12 assists, and had 5 stops. In coverage he totaled no pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 122.6.

In 2021 as a junior Witherspoon played in 10 games and contributed on 740 snaps. He chalked up 46 tackles, 3 assists, and added 19 stops. In the secondary Witherspoon forced 6 pass breakups, no interceptions, and gave up a decent QB rating when targetted of 86.9.

In 2022 as a senior Witherspoon saw action in 4 games while playing 232 snaps. He logged 12 tackles, 2 assists, and made 6 stops. In coverage Witherspoon had 7 pass breakups, one interception, and surrendered an elite QB rating when targetted of 32.8.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Not a major liability in man coverage. Good enough foot speed and length to stay with slot receivers in four-wide sets on short patterns.
  • Has the length and speed to emerge as a starter two or three years down the line.
  • Reads receivers' routes and anticipates throws at the first down marker. Covers a lot of ground in a hurry when in space. Reads the quarterback's eyes and sees the routes very quickly, then has straight-line speed to arrive with or just after the ball.
  • He’s also very good in zone coverage, showing a great understanding of routes and the ability to close quickly.
  • Has the quick feet to mirror receivers underneath. Witherspoon also has the fluid hips and top-end speed to turn and run downfield. Witherspoon shows good awareness when dropping into zone coverage, with good route recognition and the ability to break quickly and cover a lot of ground.
  • Should excel as a zone defender because of his closing speed to wrap receivers after the catch.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Needs to tighten his angles in pursuit. Needs to show better tackling technique to consistently finish.
  • Is undersized and underpowered when lining up in press coverage. Witherspoon simply lacks power in his punch.
  • Has poor recognition skills when facing the action in zone coverage.
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How other scouting services rate Devon Witherspoon (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
87.5
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
25.0