NFL Draft Prospect Profile: S Dezmen Southward

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Dezman Southward
Safety Dezman Southward

Packers prospect profile: S  Dezmen Southward

Player Information:

Dezmen Southward,  S  Wisconsin, 6-0, 210 pounds,  Hometown: Sunrise, FL

STATS

Pro Day:

40 time: 4.35

Vertical jump: 42″

225 lb. bench: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

News and Notes:

Played in every game during his collegiate career, never missing one and starting the last 28 consecutive games of his college career. . . a Concensus Honorable Mention All Big 10 in 2013. . . was not allowed to participate in the NFL Combine when he was informed that a X-ray showed a hairline fracture in his neck at the C-5 level.  Curiously, who determined this is still unknown and several other doctors have cleared Southward, saying he should have been able to participate in the Combine.

 What they’re saying about him: 

  • NFL.com:  Excellent size. Good straight-line speed. Bends his knees and pedals softly. Reacts well to plays in front of him. Played a hybrid safety role at UW, including defending slot receivers.  Played come cornerback. Special-teams experience.  Average flexibility and range. Still developing positional instincts and diagnostic skills. Man-coverage limitations — dull transitional quickness and closing burst. Ordinary production on the ball — not a playmaker. Does not punish or intimidate.

Video:

Video Analysis:

  • There aren’t many highlight reels on Southward out there so I put up his Pro Day workout interview

If drafted by the Packers:

I wanted to mix it up a bit so I threw Southward in there following his impressive Pro Day at Wisconsin earlier this week.  CBS Sports has Southward listed as a strong safety and projects as a seventh round draft pick.  It’s very likely that Southward becomes an undrafted free agent and as Packers fans, we all know that he could be someone who piques general manager Ted Thompson’s interest.  I would hope that the Packers will have addressed the safety position by that time, but this could be another option to provide depth.  Southward has the measurable to play safety at the NFL level.  His workout results show quite a bit of athletic ability, although his strength is unknown.  He would likely not come in as starting safety material and would need to be developed by the Packers.  Nothing that I have seem screams “special” about him, but he does speak well and seems to be on the more intelligent side.  He could contribute on special teams and if nothing else, would be a better option than M.D. Jennings (not saying much).

 

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6 thoughts on “NFL Draft Prospect Profile: S Dezmen Southward

  1. I love the Badgers but I agree, Southward should be 7th round or UFA. All the athleticism but rarely made plays at UW and I watched virtually every game. Could be a great ST gunner, while he learns the nuances of the S position. GoPack!

    1. Agreed Scheny. The games that the Badgers played against a passing team, Arizona St, Penn St, and South Carolina in the bowl game, Southward didn’t look very impressive at all. Who cares how fast he ran in spandex? I for one am happy so many NFL General Managers do. We ended up with Hayward and Hyde at great spots in the draft because of it. Hyde was a steal.

      1. What I don’t get is Southward is a coaches son. Usually those are guys w/ terrific instincts. Southward is just the opposite. He’s got some athletic ability, but its straight speed and vertical jump kinda stuff. From what I watched of him he doesn’t play to his timed speed and has poor quickness and change of direction.

        Packers already have a bigger, better version of Southward in Richardson. I don’t see the Packers having any interest in him.

  2. Does he have a cousin? Sounds like Jerron McMillian. A whole college career and no highlight reel…

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