Kenny Tate, Senior, Safety, Maryland
Kenny Tate was granted draft eligibility last year but opted to remain in college. A season ago he broke up two passes and had 44 total stops, including 3.5 for a loss. He is a very active player, always finding his way to be around the ball, although does not always make the play when he gets there. He has great size for a safety, although he is listed as a linebacker for the Terrapins since he transitioned there from safety last season. He flourished at linebacker but is a hybrid player, roaming to safety and even lining up on the defensive line. His new position on the team is named the “Star”, which appropriately fits Tate. He is extremely athletic and has a combination of size and strength that NFL teams crave.
Much of Tate’s draft stock will rely on what position teams think he will play as well as his 40 time. He is a solid tackler but has missed his fair share. Watching his tape, the tackles he missed seem to be due to lack of strength and sometimes technique. What jumps out immediately about Tate is that he lines up anywhere and excels, including defensive end. He is a great athlete and loves to compete. His versatility will have NFL teams drooling and the fact that he was willing to switch positions shows his competitive and team driven nature, another plus. Kenny Tate could find himself drafted in the second round, but if he has a great combine, he is the type of player that could push his stock into the first round.