Ennis Rakestraw Jr.
Ennis Rakestraw Jr.  CB  Missouri | NFL Draft 2024 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Ennis Rakestraw Jr.
Height
5-11
Weight
183
College
Missouri
Position
CB
Class
Junior
Home town
Dallas, TX
87.2/100
Player Rating
6
PositionRank (DB)
4.51
FortyYD Time
Interceptions
Interception YDS
Passes Defensed
4
Tackles
35
Sol tackles
24

Ennis Rakestraw Jr. CB Missouri | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Ennis Rakestraw Jr. CB Missouri
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Outside Man/Press CB
Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.51 seconds (44%*)
Measurables:
Height: 5-11 (41%*) Weight: 183 (14%*)
Hands: 8 1/2 (19%*) Arm: 32 (64%*)
Forty: 4.51 (C) (44%*) Ten Yard: 1.54 (C) (63%*)
Broad: 120 (C) (36%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: Outside Man/Press CB
Last Updated: 03/13/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.51 seconds (44%*)
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 5-11 (41%*) Weight: 183 (14%*)
Hands: 8 1/2 (19%*) Arm: 32 (64%*)
Forty: 4.51 (C) (44%*)
10 Yard: 1.54 (C) (63%*)
Vertical: Broad: 120 (C) (36%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 87.2 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
79%
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QB Rating When targeted: 90.6
Tackling:
82%
Run Defense:
90%
Coverage:
87%
Zone:
76%
Man/Press:
88%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd - Top 10
Overall Rank: #35 Position rank: #6
College Games: 35 College Snaps: 1889
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 79/100
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 86 Stars 247 RATING: 86/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.5 (90%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
DJ Turner - Michigan
78%
Jalen Pitre - Baylor
78%
Trent McDuffie - Washington
77%
Draft Profile: Bio
Rakestraw Jr., hailing from Dallas, Texas, emerged as a standout cornerback for the Missouri Tigers. Joining the team as a three-star recruit in 2020, Rakestraw quickly made his presence felt on the field. Despite facing an ACL injury in 2021 that sidelined him for the majority of the season, he demonstrated resilience and skill upon his return, contributing significantly to one of the nation's top cornerback tandems alongside Kris Abrams-Draine.

In 2022 as a junior Rakestraw Jr. played in 12 games and contributed on 664 snaps. He chalked up 30 tackles, 9 assists, and added 15 stops. In the secondary he forced 10 pass breakups, an interception, and gave up QB rating when targetted of 83.3.

In 2023 as a senior Rakestraw Jr. saw action in 9 games while playing 466 snaps. He logged 26 tackles, 7 assists, and made 10 stops. In coverage Rakestraw Jr. had 2 pass breakups, made no interceptions, and surrendered an unipressive QB rating when targetted of 96.9.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Instinctual player with a keen understanding of the game, showcasing an ability to anticipate plays and react swiftly.
  • Exhibits superior man coverage skills, using a blend of physicality and technique to disrupt opposing receivers.
  • Remarkable twitch and agility allow for quick direction changes, staying on the hip of receivers throughout their routes.
  • His length is a significant advantage, enabling him to contest catches effectively and disrupt passing lanes.
  • Displays excellent football IQ, identifying offensive schemes and making smart plays in both zone and man coverage.
  • Despite a lighter frame, shows a willingness to engage physically, especially in run support and tackling where he is close to elite
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Ran slower than expected at the combine with a 4.51 forty and a very poor broad jump. May not be the athlete we anticipated
  • Light frame could hinder effectiveness against more physically imposing receivers and in shedding blockers.
  • Zone coverage skills are underdeveloped. May be a liability if thrown into a complex zome scheme as a rookie
  • Limited ball production raises questions about his ability to convert pass deflections into interceptions.
Scouting Report: Summary
Ennis Rakestraw Jr. has solidified himself as a premier man-coverage CB out of Missouri, showcasing elite press skills and a natural ability to shadow receivers downfield. His tape reveals a corner with fluid hips, quick feet, and an aggressive punch at the line, disrupting routes from the snap. While competent in zone, Rakestraw's skill set is maximized in man schemes where his lock-down capability and instinctual play are on full display. His physical play extends beyond pass defense; Rakestraw is a willing and effective tackler in run support, demonstrating the ability to shed blocks and make plays in the backfield.

Rakestraw's transition to the NFL is marked by a high ceiling, especially for teams employing press-man heavy schemes. His proficiency in man coverage, combined with surprising physicality against the run, ticks essential boxes for a starting-caliber cornerback in the league. Despite concerns typically associated with lighter frames, his college production against SEC competition speaks volumes about his ability to handle the physical demands at the next level.

NFL teams prioritizing versatility in their secondary will find Rakestraw's skillset particularly compelling. His readiness to contribute in run defense adds another layer to his profile, making him a three-down cornerback capable of bolstering a defensive unit's effectiveness against both the pass and run. As the NFL continues to evolve into a pass-heavy league, corners like Rakestraw, who can dominate in man coverage and hold their own in run support, become invaluable assets.

Ennis Rakestraw Jr. percentiles vs other Cornerbacks (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
43.8
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
9.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.