2019 Raiders Draft Prospect
Name: Derrick Baity
School: The University of Kentucky
Weight: 192 pounds
Round Projection: 4
With Baity, his speed represents his frame. Normally, long-limbed, angular corners do not possess blazing explosion. However, Baity does use his adequate burst to his advantage. With longer strides, he covers more ground, breaking back on the ball. In addition, he will also gamble on his explosion, occasionally giving the wideout just a bit more cushion, Baity jumps the underneath routes. If Baity ever switched positions, and lined up as a free safety, his acceleration would turn into a major positive.
Despite his thin frame, Baity will get physical with a receiver. Yet, he approaches coverage like a perceptive vet. You can tell that he has watched extended film of Richard Sherman. If you look closely, he uses several big corner techniques. First, with the referee looking at his inside arm, Baity will contact the back of the wideout just enough to disrupt him with the outside arms. Granted, refs will not flag this. Meanwhile, when not in contact with the wideout, Baity turns his head around and always looks to swipe the ball away.
If there is an area that Baity struggles in, it is the ability to contend with the ultra-twitchy wideouts. However, Baity uses his instincts and the inability of some wideouts to not tip the route to keep up with the quick ones. One improvement needed is the ability to open his hips quicker.
When in flight, Baity closes on the ball, looking to pick it. His hands are solid and he will made quarterbacks pay for sloppy passes. In essence, his nose for the ball will force the throwaway or underthrow. If any wobble exits, the ball will find his hands.
With a long career as a corner in Lexington, Baity display the uncanny knack for driving through the ballcarrier. He stays behind his pads, wraps his arms, and using torque to properly drive the target. For a safety, he would tackle well. In contrast, as a corner, he’s a terrific striker.
With Karl Joseph and Gareon Conley, the Raiders look to fill out the secondary. With a player like Baity, a versatile hybrid, coach Derrick Ansley can mold Baity into a utility player. With the ability to cover on the outside, he will see snaps in subpackages. In addition, he provides more speed than Marcus Gilchrist at safety and provides better tackling ability.