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Xavier Rhodes | Cornerback

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 217

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Vikings selected Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes with the No. 25 overall pick.
Rhodes (6-2, 210) is a physical, long-armed (33 3/4") press corner who ran 4.43 at the Combine with a tremendous 40.5-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. A 38-game starter for FSU, Rhodes tallied eight career INTs and seven tackles for loss. Rhodes displays loose hips, quick feet, ample recovery speed, and standout ball skills on tape. Consistency and technique were sometimes issues, but Rhodes' overall game is reminiscent of Aqib Talib. The former receiver is very aggressive and could start opposite Josh Robinson or Chris Cook in 2013. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:56:00 PM

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Saints beat writer Mike Triplett believes FSU CB Xavier Rhodes is a "very realistic option" for the Saints at No. 15.

Tripleet added that Desmond Trufant is also a first-round possibility. The Saints are in a good spot to find a prospect who fits their needs, likely selecting a pass rushing outside linebacker or physical corner, but offensive line is another possibility.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 10:26:00 AM

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports the Tennessee Titans are having Texas S Kenny Vaccaro, FSU CB Xavier Rhodes and Cal C Brian Schwenke in for a visit.

Vaccaro has been connected with the Titans earlier this draft season, so there is no surprise that he is linked once again. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is a first, though, and a fit for the defense because of how much it uses Cover 2. Rhodes is very physical and might be best suited for the scheme. Cal's Schwenke is a versatile lineman, with the ability to play guard or center.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 02:11:00 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco tweeted that the Jaguars "would love to move down."

We think there are plenty of teams at the top of the draft that share this sentiment. The sweet spot of this draft is between picks 15 and 50, although it is never a bad thing to be picking at the top. If the Jaguars do move down, Florida State Xavier Rhodes could be a target.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times believes it is a "near certainty" that the Bucs will select a CB with the 13th pick.

"Yes, they still want Darrelle Revis," Holder writes. "But I don't sense that getting him or not getting him changes their stance on drafting cornerbacks versus signing (in their view) overpriced veterans with limited upside." Dee Milliner, Xavier Rhodes, Desmond Trufant, and Jamar Taylor are possibilities, although the last two might be deemed "reaches" by some.
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 09:42:00 AM

The Dolphins are working on scheduling a in-house visit for Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes.

Rhodes has been a popular mock draft projection for the Dolphins after the team lost press corner Sean Smith to free agency. We've read that the Dolphins are likely to implement more zone coverage, which doesn't exactly fit Rhodes game. However, we would be comfortable selecting the Seminole corner in the top-15.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 09:17:00 AM

Phil Savage of the Senior Bowl tweeted Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes struggled at his pro day.

"X Rhodes measured 6017/207 and only did position work. Slipped a bunch and had trouble in short area COD. Did not catch ball well," Savage tweeted. This does not come as a surprise considering there were questions about Rhodes' hip flexibility and plant and drive ability on tape. He's a talented player but is slightly overrated, according to our own Alen Dumonjic.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 04:00:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes that Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes is not a surefire first round pick.

"His choppy footwork and length made it look hard and awkward trying to transition and change directions at the Combine despite displaying the ability to be good in this area on film," Lande writes. "If he moves well and shows the ability to COD fast then he could ease concerns and lock up a spot in the first round." Many have been slotting Rhodes in the Top 15 picks but Lande implies that is not a certainty.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 05:44:00 PM

Scouts Inc. ranked Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes as the 40th overall prospect for April's draft.

Rhodes, who many think is a top 20 talent, ranks behind Dee Milliner, Desmond Trufant, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson. The FSU product might not fit every defensive scheme, but he thrives when able to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and ride their hip pocket downfield.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Due to the amount of completed contested catches in the league, NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes teams will be more intrigued by taller and longer CBs moving forward.

"You can have 5'10", 5'11" corners. They can be explosive, have great hips, great change of direction skills... but if they are 5'10" it doesn't matter since taller receivers still catch the ball," Cosell said. "I'm wondering if the NFL will look at taller corners, even if they aren't as good athletically, to make it more difficult to make those contested catches." Xavier Rhodes obviously fits the bill, but other possibilities include Johnthan banks, David Amerson, and Tharold Simon.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 12:00:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes wasn't impressive in interviews.

"Rhodes struggled throughout the drills looking upright, stiff and mechanical trying to flip hips and change directions," Lande writes. "Additionally, he battled the ball nearly every time and did not show the hands to be counted on to make plays when he gets the chance at the next level. Lastly, Rhodes interviews were not impressive." Rhodes is one of 10 players Lande lists who struggled at the combine.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes arrived at the NFL Combine weighing 210 pounds and measured in at 6'1 and 1/2 inches.

Rhodes is a pure press man corner, thriving when getting a jam and riding his opposition downfield. He does flash slower hips and feet when that jam is missed, however, but Rhodes will fit very well in specific schemes. He's a physical tackler as well.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Scouts want to see if FSU CB Xavier Rhodes has the speed to stick with wideouts on the edge, according to SI's Peter King.

"A 6-2 cornerback in a league demanding cover guys who can play on islands more and more?" King questions. He calls Rhodes "a heady player with good bump skills at the line of scrimmage," but if the Seminole shows the necessary speed, "he'll be a top-half-of-the-first-round player."
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench believes there are enough concerns with FSU CB Xavier Rhodes to "to drop him into the late Day 2/early Day 3 range."

Muench lists three main issues with Rhodes' game, first writing "like a lot of taller corners, he doesn’t sink his hips and transition out of breaks as well as elite cover corners. Secondly, Rhodes’ instincts and discipline are just average. He can gamble and he lacks the second gear to consistently recover when he gets caught out of position. Third, he’s had some problems staying healthy." We think Rhodes has a legitimate chance to be a top-25 pick.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes received a top-20 grade from CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Rhodes is "too hands-on" at times downfield, but Brugler likes corners who press and also flip their hips to stick with receivers. Additionally, Rhodes offers a large frame for the position, which only strengthens his style of play. Corners must fit a certain scheme, but Rhodes should be high on the list for teams that covet physical boundary defenders.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 08:56:00 AM