Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Orwin Smith (17) with ball as North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Kevin Reddick (48) and safety Tre Boston (10) defend in the first half at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Round 6: Tre Boston, CB/S, North Carolina
His projections have been down lately for some reason, but this guy is a consistent defender and would look great in stripes. It adds depth to the cornerback position, but also adds another nickel corner as Boston can also play the safety position. Versatility is a great thing with him, as he has a lean body and is extremely athletic, allowing him to cover a lot of ground and hang with any receiver.
He excels in deep coverage; he also can read the quarterbacks eyes and use his instincts and athleticism to make a play on the ball. However, his biggest weakness is his inconsistent tackling. Granted, he improved since last year, but he still needs to work on it and build his strength before the draft. Boston gives the Bengals a possible play-maker in the secondary as his ball skills are certainly his biggest asset.
As Crocker is not getting any younger and free agency may take a toll on the secondary, Boston adds quality depth and talent that Zimmer could build up throughout the year. Boston’s stock has fallen mainly due to his tackling ability, but he is not afraid to come up for run support. Boston could end up becoming a key situational player for the Bengals defense when playing against some of the toughest offenses in the NFL.