Drafted: ROUND: 3 - Pick Number: 95 (CIN)
Draft Profile: BioJordan Battle attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School and was rated a 4-star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 96. Following high school, Battle opted to join Ohio State but switched to Alabama.
In 2019 as a freshman Battle saw action in 13 games and played on a total of 400 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He recorded 19 tackles, one assist, while adding 6 stops. In coverage Battle notched up one pass break up, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 48.8.
As a sophomore he earned the starting job for the Crimson Tide and played in 13 games and took part on 820 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He made 51 tackles, 19 assists, and had 13 stops. In coverage Battle totaled 3 pass break ups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 91.2. In addition he forced 6 total pressures as a pass rusher.
In 2021 as a junior Battle played in 15 games and contributed on 964 snaps. He chalked up 63 tackles, 23 assists, and added 16 stops. In the secondary Battle forced 4 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and gave up an elite QB rating when targetted of 57.6.
In 2022 as a senior Battle saw action in 12 games while playing 907 snaps. He logged 42 tackles, 18 assists, and made 11 stops. In coverage, Battle had one pass breakup, an interception, and surrendered a QB rating when targetted of 87.9.
Honors & awards2022
- Earned second team All-America accolades from the AFCA and The Sporting News
- Named a third team All-American by the Associated Press
- Selected as a first team All-SEC honoree by the league coaches
- Picked up second-team honors from the AP
- Recorded 71 tackles, including half a stop for loss (-1 yard), to go with two pass breakups and an interception
- Earned semifinalist recognition from the Lott IMPACT Trophy
- Named to the watch lists for the Bednarik and Nagurski
- Earned a spot on the Thorpe Award watch list
- Tabbed to the watch lists for the Lott and Wuerffel
- A preseason first team All-America selection by the AP and TSN
- Named a second-teamer on Pro Football Focus' preseason All-American list
- First team All-American by Pro Football Focus
- Second team All-America honors from the AFCA and CBS Sports
- Third team All-American by the Associated Press
- All-SEC First Team honors from both the AP and the conference coaches
- Tied for the UA team lead and fifth in the SEC in interceptions with three
- Tabbed to the Thorpe Award Watch List to start the season
- Preseason third team All-American by PFF
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Physical safety that has the perfect size for the strong size position - brilliant in the box with linebacker-like skills
- A natural leader of the Alabama defense and possesses a high football IQ with great instincts
- Smooth hips and fluid in coverage
- Scares the hell out of smaller receivers over the middle - regularly blows them up with big hits
- In 2021 he was fantastic in coverage - excelling in man-to-man. Allowed only 111 yds when targetted all season
- Displays the speed to stay with receivers deep and doesn't allow much of a cushion
- Does a very good job of reading the eyes of the quarterback and reacting with good field awareness and ball skills.
- Aware in the red zone, stays on the backline to take away fade throws. Capable of making quarterbacks pay for late throws.
- Tough and scrappy with forceful nature to be physical at all levels of the field. Has good bulk on his frame to be aggressive in run support.
- Has good body control and balance to redirect and break down in the open field.
- Savvy using his hands to get to the ball without drawing flags. Willing tackler and high-effort leader.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Doesn't always wrap up his tackles and needs to be less sloppy and improve his technique
- Needs to tighten his angles in pursuit. Needs to show better tackling technique to consistently finish.
- Has a high backpedal and sometimes loses a step in transition. Plays with good speed but there are concerns about his ability to handle the truly explosive speedsters of the NFL.
- Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
- Lowers his shoulder for the big hit rather than wrapping up securely.
- Has played with poor timing when timing jumps and can miss interceptions as a result
- Willing but not threatening tackler. Doesn't have the quick-twitch reaction when he gears down to rebuild to top speed. More instinctive than explosive.
Scouting Report: SummaryBattle has great natural ability with ideal size for a strong safety, is a natural leader, and has proved super smart while leading the Alabama defense. He also is surprisingly adept in coverage for such a big safety and could even be trusted as a corner in a pinch. He however isn't as good a tackler as you would expect and misses more tackles than you would hope.
We consider Battle to be an excellent pro prospect who will likely be a week one starter at the next level with the potential to be a pro bowler as long as if he works on his tackling skills.
Battle is one the best safeties in this class and will likely hear his name called during the second ound of the 2023 NFL Draft.
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