2012 Free Agent Profile: Stanford Routt

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This is Stanford Routt, the surprise Free Agent that who will visit One Bills Drive tomorrow. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
This is Stanford Routt, the surprise Free Agent that who will visit One Bills Drive tomorrow. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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The Good:
Stanford is a larger cornerback (6’ 1” 195 lbs.) so he can line up against bigger Wide Receivers and has shut them down with press coverage. He can read double moves very well and seldom bites on them. He also knows where his help is in zone coverage, so he knows when he can make plays on the ball.

The Bad:
He does not help in run support, on backside runs he gives up and puts his hands on his hips. Stanford can be beat inside, needs to work on pressing Wide Receivers to the sideline where he thrives. I do not know if this is he just being in a Raiders uniform or not but he does get a great deal of penalties throw his way.

The Skinny:
I like Routt for exactly what he is: a cover corner. He can cover up top tier receivers and seriously limit their production. On the other hand, if you ask him to blitz or help you in run support you will be seriously disappointed. He is best when he can jam his person on the Line of Scrimmage, but he is still a pretty good in when he has to give a cushion. Will not wow you with his ball skills, but he seems to know when they are in his area. I would sign him similar to Terrence McGee’s deal: a five-year, $27 million contract, and maybe guarantee about 12 million of it.