2018 Raiders Draft Profile
Name: Kameron Kelly
School: San Diego State
This Aztec embodies the big physical cornerback NFL teams covet. As a result, Kelly piqued a lot of scouts’ interest after successfully making the transition from safety to cornerback this past season. He arguably played better at the position than the “Warrior” spot for San Diego State.
The converted wide receiver racked up 68 tackles, two sacks three picks, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles in an all-conference effort.
If he plays corner in the NFL, he will need further development and refinement in movement skills and anticipation. That said, he has the upside to become a top corner. At safety, his ballhawk nature and aggressive nose in run support will draw the attention of several teams in the league searching for a playmaker on the backend.
Kelly is the low-profile type that Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie likes to key on. Also, Oakland’s depth at cornerback is a tragedy. Any help is welcome at that spot. Can develop into shadow ballhawk corner defensive coordinator Paul Guenther prefers. Versatile to be deployed in a subpackage role as either a corner or safety. His aggressive nature also entails a roster spot as a special teamer, namely gunner.
As a former receiver, will attack the ball and go up and get it when he sees it. Quick read and reaction skills on tipped passes. Sustained the physicality he had at safety down to corner. Shows sound pop on tackles, namely blowing up bubble screens. Ready and willing to get nose dirty in run support. Runs well for his size. Started at both corner and safety, versatility will help him find a role.
Can tell he’s a former WR due to fact running forward he’s great. However, backpedal and hip movement leaves something to be desired. In addition, inexperience shows when his back is to the ball. Thinner than hoped in lower body. Missed tackles torpedo big-hit capabilities. Short area quickness needs to improve at next level. Requires tutelage on how to disengage from blocks.