Kamari Lassiter is the next Georgia defensive back to be in contention for early-round capital, but where does he rank in the 2024 NFL Draft cornerback class? Does his scouting report earn him real estate as one of the top CB prospects?
Kamari Lassiter Draft Profile and Measurements
- Height: 5’11 1/2″
- Weight: 186
- Length: 30 7/8″
- Wingspan: 73 3/4″
- Hand: 8 7/8″
- Position: Cornerback
- School: Georgia
- Current Year: Junior
Lassiter was born in Savannah, Ga.; the Georgia cornerback was a consensus four-star prospect coming from American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Although ESPN did not hand him a national ranking, 247Sports and Rivals had him outside of the top 175 players in the country.
Despite his lower billing, Lassiter played immediately upon arriving on campus. He was a special teams player and reserve cornerback as a true freshman but started in all 15 games as a sophomore and was named to the All-SEC team as a rising junior.
The 2023 season was Lassiter’s best year yet. The Bulldogs star amassed 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a half-sack, and a career-high eight pass deflections while elevating himself into the early-round conversation of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Now, next in line to carry on Georgia’s pipeline of NFL talent in the secondary, where does Lassiter rank with his 2024 NFL Draft scouting report? Let’s find out.
Kamari Lassiter Scouting Report
- Sports a lean, wiry frame with decent proportional length.
- Can accelerate with ease vertically and cover expansive amounts of ground.
- Has the long-strider speed to limit separation vertically and stick to hip pockets.
- Snappy short-area athlete with high-end foot speed and gnat-like transition freedom.
- Can make swift 180-degree transitions to adjust leverage and sustain acceleration.
- Able to sink and use curvilinear motion on stems to maintain positioning and speed.
- Consistently uses feet first, and is disciplined with his applied physicality and timing.
- Brings great blind spot IQ and can throttle up and shift in phase to seal throwing lanes.
- Can maintain spatial leverage over wheel and seam routes with side-saddle technique.
- Has great reaction to stimuli when hovering on delayed digs and posts in side-saddle.
- Intelligent and instinctive DB on match zone concepts who can pass off and carry WRs.
- Flashes playmaking upside with over-shoulder tracking and coordination on extensions.
- Exhaustively plays the ball through the hands when he gets his eyes on passes.
- Relentless support defender who explodes downhill with unhinged tenacity and zeal.
- Forcefully engages and deconstructs blocks and can wrangle runners with his length.
- Is lighter than the average CB, which could bring questions of frame translatability.
- Over-arching speed and explosiveness, while exceptional, may fall short of elite mark.
- Is prone to giving up a step to elite explosive threats at WR when tracking vertically.
- Doesn’t always show the quantifiably elite recovery speed required to erase gaps.
- Isn’t always natural snapping his hips and chopping his feet to put the lid on comebacks.
- Is at times prone to extraneous physicality past the contact window, inviting penalties.
- Is occasionally too comfortable in side-saddle, delaying responses on in-breakers.
- Can occasionally improve at getting his head back around in trail to track passes.
- Conversely, sometimes peeks too early and loses speed and positioning vertically.
- Has room to be more consistent converting on interception opportunities.
- With lighter frame, sometimes struggles to halt runners’ momentum on solo tackles.
Current Draft Projection and Summary
Kamari Lassiter grades out as a top-75 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. He’s one of the better, more versatile CB prospects in the class, and he should be able to provide starting utility for press-man, off-man, and zone-heavy teams.
Lassiter isn’t an overwhelming size threat, and he doesn’t quite have elite size-adjusted athleticism. But with Lassiter, there’s a very sound confluence of natural talent and intangible strength, and that combination should help him thrive at the NFL level.
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In press-man, Lassiter is a fleet-footed mover with great targeted physicality, tenacity, and discipline. He has a solid pedal and catch arsenal in off-man, and in side-saddle and zone, he’s a smooth mover with sharp eyes and a quick trigger.
For Lassiter, the biggest question might rest in his ceiling. Sometimes, he struggles to fully sink and decelerate overtop comebacks and in-breakers, and he also has room to grow and become more consistent as a playmaker at the catch point.
Nevertheless, while Lassiter might not have the elite physical foundation to be an impact starter out of the gate, he has more than enough physical talent to be a quality NFL starter, and with more time to iron out minute deficiencies, he can be a productive playmaker with schematic versatility and a tone-setting edge in support.
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