Round 3: Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, CB
Once a sure-fire 1st round, early 2nd round talent has taken a fall throughout the season. In 2012, he played tremendously well in coverage and stayed with his man step for step. In 2013, there were certainly high expectations for him. Purifoy had numerous huge splash plays where he would get turnovers, block kicks, and get safties; however he started to struggle in coverage.
Extremely fluid with his hips and movements, he was not very physical with receivers; basically allowing them to continue on their routes with little to no trouble. The benefit of Purifoy is that not only does he play corner, but he is a monster on special teams as well. He has come up with numerous clutch plays, which include forced fumbles and blocked kicks and punts. Playing inside and outside corner, Purifoy is used to playing anywhere on the field, including safety.
Purifoy has immense talent and great potential, but will definitely have to improve his game play to raise his draft stock. The NFL combine is going to be huge for this guy, as not only will it give teams a better chance to see his skill-set; but also allow them to ask him questions about some off the field concerns. The Bengals will need a new cornerback, and Purifoy fits the Bengals scheme very well.
With great turnover ability, he gives the Bengals a ball-hawk they desperately need. With his speed, he does not get beat deep, and under Mike Zimmer this guy could end up being a star.