Thursday, January 3, 2013

Prospect Profile: FS Bacarri Rambo - Georgia

UGA Profile:

Name:  Bacarri Rambo
Height:  6' - 0"
Weight:  210 lbs.
Class:  Redshirt Senior 
Hometown:  Donalsonville, GA
DOB:  June 27, 1990 (22 years old)
High School:  Seminole County

Georgia Statistics:

2012 Senior Year: 2nd Team All-SEC....missed the first 4 games of the season for disciplinary reasons....finished the season with 67 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 5 passes defended, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery in 9 games....tied Georgia school record for career INTs.  

2011 Junior Year: Named First Team All-American by AP, Yahoo Sports and Team All-SEC by AP, and SEC coaches....55 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 16 passes defended, 8 interceptions (lead SEC, 2nd in nation) and 1 touchdown returned 24 yards vs #24 Auburn.

2010 Sophomore Year: 3rd Team All-SEC, started all 13 games, recording 82 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 6 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown returned 39 yards vs Idaho St.....earned team's Most Improved Player Award on defense.

2009 Freshman Year: Appeared in 11 games, notching 25 tackles, 7 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown returned 18 yards vs Tennessee....named one of team's Newcomer of the Year awards on defense.

2008 Redshirt Year

2012 Senior Highlights:

2011 Junior Year Highlights:

2010 Sophomore Year Highlights:

Strengths (+):
+ Terrific playmaker, both against the pass and run
Rangy, covers a lot of ground playing deep center
Phenomenal ball skills, consistently makes plays and creates turnovers
Does a great job reading the QB's eyes, making quick breaks toward the ball
Fast acceleration speed, gets to the ball carrier in a hurry
Willing run defender, stands up RBs and goes for the strip
Capable of making the big hit
Sifts well through traffic to make the tackle
Plays well inside the box against the run

Weaknesses (-):
- Can get overly aggressive and take bad angles
Tackling technique needs to be more consistent
Tends to be more of a wrap up, drag-down tackler
On-field aggression can be inconsistent; sometimes is too finesse
Suspended twice for marijuana, 1 game in 2011, 4 games in 2012

NFL Player Comparison: FS Morgan Burnett - Green Bay

NFL Analysis:
Bacarri Rambo is the prototypical FS prospect.  Fast, strong and extremely talented, Rambo has the type of ball skills to be a big difference maker on any team's secondary.  He's adept at playing single deep by utilizing his acceleration and closing speed to make plays against the pass and in run support. He's also capable of delivering the big hit. The majority of Rambo's on-field weaknesses can be fixed with experience and NFL coaching.  His draft position could be anywhere between the 2nd to the 4th round.  Rambo's biggest issues during the draft process will be having to answer to his multiple team suspensions for marijuana use.  Some teams could have him completely off their boards or have him rated a few rounds lower than he should go based on his football skills.

Raiders Outlook:
The Raiders secondary outside of Tyvon Branch could use improvement across the board.  It will be interesting to see where Michael Huff's future will be in 2013.  Though Huff has shown he's capable of playing CB, GM Reggie McKenzie has already gone on record saying Huff will go back to playing FS.  The availability of Rambo in Round 3 could change those plans.  Rambo has had some issues with marijuana, but it doesn't seem to be a chronic issue moving forward.  Some could argue that Stu Schweigert was a similar playmaker, but Rambo is a more impressive physical specimen, with the speed to play in the NFL.  Like the Packers having interchangeable S in Morgan Burnett and MD Jennings, Rambo teamed with Tyvon Branch would be a great way of fortifying the back end of the secondary.  For a team desperately in need of playmakers, the addition of Rambo would be a boon for Dennis Allen's defense.

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