S Ahmad Black – Florida

“Too small & too slow” Black has heard those 5 words more times in his career more than he cares to remember. At 5’9 190lbs, the safety continues to prove his doubters wrong after a stellar career at Florida where he finished first in the SEC and sixth nationally among active player with 13 interceptions. Black saw little action as a freshman and was switched to quarterback where then coach Urban Meyer told him he was too slow. During the BCS national championship game against Oklahoma Black came up with an interception during the 4th quarter that preserved Florida’s 24-14 win; Black went across the middle and ripped the ball out of Sooner receiver Juaquin Iglesias’ hands. It was his seventh interception of the season which tied for tops in the nation. Two years later Black came up big for the Gators again in the Outback Bowl against Penn State recording six tackles and two interceptions. His second interception of that game sealed the victory for Florida as he raced 80 yards down the sideline for a touchdown with 55 seconds remaining. He is an impact defender against the run and in coverage and is quick, agressive and a violent tackler. He read the quarterbacks eyes as well as anyone in the country and always seems to come up with the play in big games. Lacks ideal height which makes for a poor matchup in deep coverage and occasionally gets beaten due to keeping his eyes in the backfield too long. He has the talent to make plays in all areas in the next level but for him to become an NFL starter he must improve his focus. Overall, I see Black as a top prospect that if given the opportunity will excel at the next level regardless of his size.

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~ by jay dunton on April 4, 2011.

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