Draft Profile: BioSteve Stephens IV attended Edison High School and was rated a 4-star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.943, going unranked by ESPN. Following high school, Stephens IV opted to join Oregon after being heavily recruited.
In 2018 as a freshman Stephens IV saw action in just 3 games and played a total of 16 snaps at Safety for the Ducks. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops. In coverage Stephens IV notched up no pass breakups, no interceptions, and a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 158.3.
As a sophomore in 2019 he played in 5 games and logged 66 snaps for the Ducks. He made just 3 tackles, 2 assists, and had one stop. In coverage he totaled no pass breakups, one interception, and an elite QB rating when targetted of 47.9.
In 2020 as a junior Stephens IV played in just 3 games and contributed on 69 snaps. He chalked up just 7 tackles, 2 assists, and added one stop. In the secondary Stephens IV forced no pass breakups, no interceptions, and gave up a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 118.8.
In 2021 as a senior Stephens IV saw action in 8 games while playing 449 snaps. He logged 27 tackles, 9 assists, and made 5 stops. In coverage Stephens IV had one pass breakup, no interceptions, and surrendered QB rating when targetted of 97.7.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Strong hands to make plays on the ball, effective blitzer who shows well-coached technique and awareness.
- Reads the QB and gets good breaks on the ball. Bigger hitter than his slight frame implies. Closes quickly and generates explosion.
- Stephens tracks the ball well and does a nice job of getting his head around in plenty of time to avoid flags.
- Willing in run support, coming downhill quickly when Stephens has a chance to make a play.
- Fluid mover with decent speed and his length allows him to cover effectively downfield
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Isn’t great in route recognition when he’s facing the action, is hesitant and susceptible to double moves, and too often gets unnecessarily handsy when playing trail position
- Tends to play conservatively and give too much cushion when playing off.
- Lowers his shoulder for the big hit rather than wrapping up securely.
- Despite his size, he’s not an overly physical tackler. Stephens might have to add some weight at the next level in order to become more physical.
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