Per Dane Bulger of the Athletic's scouting report:Dont know Stone. What's there to like?
Zero penalties in his career? That's impressive man. Especially as a DB.Per Dane Bulger of the Athletic's scouting report:
STRENGTHS: Instinctive player with a quick trigger...specializes in tracking the eyes of the quarterback, reacting quickly...aggressive, but sound downfield angles, avoiding blockers and making open-field stops...calms his feet, comes to balance and finishes in close quarters...explodes through his target and not shy sacrificing his body...natural ball reactions and hands to capitalize on mistakes by the quarterback //...zero penalties in his career...intense competitor with the unforced energy that rubs off on his teammates A.J. Epenesa: “Geno sets the tempo at practice and in games.”...team captain who rarely came off the field (played 98% of defensive snaps in 2019).
WEAKNESSES: Short and compact, appearing more like a running back than a safety...lack of length dings his ability to corral shifty athletes in space...late to correct himself after an overaggressive angle...reacts well with the play, but late to anticipate to get a head start...eyes spend too much time in the backfield instead of reading routes or recognizing frontside combinations...can be manipulated by quarterback eyes...looked like he was stuck in mud when covering explosive receivers one on one.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Iowa, Stone was the strong safety in defensive coordinator Phil Parker’s nickel scheme, lining up to the field side. After leading the team in special teams tackles as a freshman, he was too valuable to keep off the field and forced the coaches to shift from a 4-3 to a 4-2-5 midway through the 2018 season, moving Amani Hooker to nickel and Stone to strong safety. Stone shows excellent pursuit effort, which boosts his batting average as a tackler, although his lack of length lowers his margin of error when filling downhill. In coverage, he maintains leverage and stays in position, although he doesn’t take a ton of chances, which likely limits his playmaking upside vs. NFL offenses. Overall, Stone is a smart player who won’t make many mental mistakes, but his lack of size and top-tier athleticism project him as more of a special teamer and subpackage performer who will need to prove himself before competing for starting reps.
GRADE: 4th-5th Round
He is seriously squeaky clean as a prospect. There is zero downside other than length and limited athleticism, but his iq and anticipation are up there with the top safeties in the class which really goes a long way in making up for it.Zero penalties in his career? That's impressive man. Especially as a DB.
You just spoke of Chuck Clark no?He is seriously squeaky clean as a prospect. There is zero downside other than length and limited athleticism, but his iq and anticipation are up there with the top safeties in the class which really goes a long way in making up for it.