Eric Berry Scouting Report

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Eric Berry Scouting Report

Position: FS
Conference: SEC
School: Tennessee Volunteers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #14
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 203 lbs.
Drafted 1.5 in 2010 by KC

2010 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.47
Bench press19
Vertical jump43.0
Broad jump10'10

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee

Berry was considered by many to be the best player in college football early last season, although that probably changed due to the performances of other defensive stars like Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. Still, Berry is right up there. He did it all for an otherwise mediocre Tennessee football team throughout the past two and a half seasons. In 2009 he ranked second on the team in both total tackles (87) and solo tackles (57). Berry also had seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, two fumbled recoveries, and one forced fumble. Not only does the safety have a nose for the football, but he also knows what to do with it when it is put in his hands. While he is extremely effective in pass coverage, Berry was also a major asset to the Volunteer run defense as well, and he is no stranger to highlight reels thanks to frequent heavy hitting. It's hard to find any kind of weakness in Berry's game; all you can really say is that he does not quite have imposing size at 5'11' and 203 pounds. He has had minor left shoulder trouble in the past, but he has to be considered a durable player having started every single game in his college career dating back to his 2007 arrival in Knoxville. He did, however, sprain a toe during his pro day in March and had to cut the workout short. Still, that should be a non-issue. Ready to be an immediate impact player at the next level, Berry obviously departed Tennessee after his junior campaign. It does not look like he will be No. 1 overall as the Rams could use Sam Bradford at QB if they don't go with Suh. Berry, however, has No. 1 overall talent and he will be a major steal if he somehow drops out of the Top 5.

Last Updated Mar-22-2010 by Ricky Dimon

12 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Could drop a bit due to the nature of the position not going high historically, but if a team could go back in time and draft Ed Reed (24th) or Troy Polamalu (16th) higher I'll bet they would. Berry won't fall that far though. definitely top 10.

Posted by:
FantaC 04/20/10 01:53 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

You are exactly right reggerlad, thats why the Lions need him at the other S spot! Detroits blitz packages were the worst in the league last year. We never got the the QB because wideouts were wide open with our CB's off the ball 12 yards= horrible! With two great safeties, we can press on the outside with cover 2 all day! This will improve our pass rush, and we can get great value picks on the D-line in the 2nd and 3rd round. Suh is gonna be gone, and McCoy benched 225 20 times for a DT, pathetic! I see him being a bust for the Lions and we can find a DT in the second round! Our best bet is probably to trade the pick so we can get a LT and DT for one number 2 pick!

Posted by:
B atch 03/01/10 03:12 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

As for his size 5'11'' 203 here is a couple of pretty good safety's:
Polomalu 5'10'' 207
Bob Sanders 5'8'' 206
Ed Reed 5'11'' 200
Jairus Byrd 5'10'' 200

He is a Bob Sanders Ed Reed cross, he is the best player in the draft but saftey's are underrated. A ballhawk should not be in my opinion cuz a ball hawk S and press CB's open up blitz packages.

Posted by:
RUGGERLAD 02/24/10 07:57 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Lions need tackles OT and DT. Delmas is a solid safety in Detroit. FS's slide and if the Dolphins draft him at 12 I'll be happier than Terence Cody at an all you can eat buffet.

Posted by:
RUGGERLAD 02/24/10 07:45 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

Well I am a old broken hearted Detroit Lions fan.I have seen what look to be great #1 choices on paper and that's what they were.Problem was it was flash paper.I think Detroit made a great pic in Mat Stafford,when he got hurt last year he show his team he was a true mans QB something Detroit hasn't had in years.You can bet the offensive line respects him far more now and will try harder to protect him in the future.But what Mat needs is a defense that can put him back on the field again and again.My money says Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska or Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma.Sorry we had a Barry and this Berry is just as special but don't fit in Detroit at this time.

Posted by:
ronp2000 02/24/10 10:39 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

I will agree that the Lions need some pieces on the O line, but we have made bad 1st round draft picks on the O line. We need to stop somebody on defense, and I hope we draft all defense and find offensive needs in the free agency.

Posted by:
B atch 02/23/10 12:35 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

I think the same B atch. I think an offensice lineman would be a good selection for the Lions. But how can you pass on a guy like Berry?

Posted by:
lockhart985 02/18/10 06:24 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

If the Rams take Suh, I will be praying to god for the couple minutes we have between picks that the Lions draft this guy! We just signed DT Terrance Taylor, so I hope we don't take McCoy! Delmas and Berry roaming in the secondary, look out!

Posted by:
B atch 02/14/10 09:00 PM
Prediction: 1st Round

I have always lived in Knoxville and I have been to many, many Tennessee games, I have seen great players in Neyland Stadium. I watched Peyton Manning become the quarterback he is now, but I never heard an entire stadium chant Manning every game six or seven times. Eric Berry is probably the best defensive player to step foot on UT's campus since the late Reggie White. He covers like a corner, and hits like a linebacker. He is football fast, and when he has the ball in his hand you simply hold your breath, because you know something amazing could, and probably will happen. He is a team player who will sacrifice personal stats for the good of the team, like playing the run instead of free roaming this year. He just has a certain feel for the field that very few players have. Eric Berry will be an All-Pro for the next ten years with whoever he goes to. If the monster named Suh were not in this class he would be the best player in the draft. Whoever gets lucky enough to select Berry will solidify their defense for the next decade.

Posted by:
irishdriver77 01/24/10 02:13 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

hope dolphins trade up to get him. would make the their first two picks from last year even better.

Posted by:
dolfan420 01/21/10 01:09 AM
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