It was a relatively tame NFL Free Agency, but all 32 teams now have their attention directed toward the 2023 NFL Draft in order to add talent to their rosters. The first round of the draft is kicking off on Thursday, April 27th. Of course, draft analysis, projections and rumors will be dominating the NFL news until then. Among the players expected to hear his name called early on is Devon Witherspoon out of Illinois.
The following is a complete Devon Witherspoon NFL Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.
When is the 2023 NFL Draft?
As always, the 2023 NFL Draft will be a three-day event. The first day will feature the first round of players, which is only 31 this season. All of these picks will be broken down here at FlurrySports. Day 2 will be Rounds 2-3 and Day 3 features Rounds 4-7.
The 2023 NFL Draft will take place from April 27-29 in Kansas City, MO. The Devon Witherspoon draft projection expects him to hear his name called early on.
Devon Witherspoon NFL Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Position: Defensive back
Weight: 170 pounds
Devon Witherspoon Stats 2022 | Illinois
Solo Tackles: 32
Forced Fumbles: 0
Passer Rating: 25.3
Devon Witherspoon Draft Profile
It’s not often you see a high-profile prospect from the University of Illinois, but Devon Witherspoon checks nearly every box for a defensive back. He breaks on the ball with incredible speed and does a decent job getting off blocks to help with run support. Witherspoon does a good job keeping his eyes on the ball while making sure to seal off the receiver on contested plays. He doesn’t shy away from contact and loves laying big hits on ball carriers.
There aren’t many weaknesses in Witherspoon’s game, but he does have his flaws like everyone else. While he doesn’t let many receivers get behind him, he doesn’t have the speed to catch up when he is beat. He also has trouble accelerating and changing directions quickly, which makes him susceptible to get beat by double moves. This was obvious in Illinois’ game at Michigan. While he is a willing participant in run support, he often overruns the tackle and whiffs more than he should.
Devon Witherspoon Highlights
Devon Witherspoon Draft Projection
All 2023 NFL Draft Projections are taken from the latest CBS NFL Mock Draft by Chris Trapasso.
Devon Witherspoon is currently projected to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 10.
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