2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Rock Ya-Sin
School: Temple University
Weight: 189 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 2
Despite various pre-all star games declaring Ya-Sin as too slow, he shows up well on tape. With a little bit of a long stride, he looks comfortable in deep with wideouts. Moreover, his elongated stride there helps him cover more ground than a standard gait. When the route breaks in front of him, Ya-Sin can stop, pivot, and collapse on the ball. In all honesty, he possesses good speed. At the Senior Bowl, he timed with the fifth fastest mph during his workout.
Granted, Ya-Sin’s wrestling background comes into play in this aspect. He shows no hesitation in feisty coverage. That is to say, he will bring physicality to the jam and handfighting/body positioning to the route. Meanwhile, if Ya-Sin is beaten for a catch, look for his ability to recover and make the play.
When playing off, watch for Ya-Sin to open his hips, depending on what he envisions the route would be. Secondly, when flipping his hips, there is no hitch or slide in his movement. This allows for that extra split-second of coverage.
In space, Ya-Sin does back down for a challenge. He will drive on the ball carrier, drop his shoulders, and make the play. He will break down, gather his leverage, and pop the target. More importantly, he will not drag and pull.
In all of Ya-Sin’s tape, you will see a player that is a fighter, from snap to whistle. Emblematic of being a Temple standout, the team gave him a single-digit number. This is an honor bestowed upon the toughest of the team.
With the Raiders, Ya-Sin profiles as a bookend to Gareon Conley. DB Coach Derrick Ansley could mold Ya-Sin’s innate toughness and competitiveness and shape that into a top-level corner. Imagine the battles between Ya-sin and Keenan Allen. For those five yards, Ya-Sin will attempt to batter Allen and disrupt his route. Presently, the Raiders should evaluate him as a Day 2 draft pick.