TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 3: Defensive back DeQuan Menzie #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after making a tackle for a loss during first half action during the game with the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 3, 2011 at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Kent State 48-7. (Photo by Greg McWilliams/Getty Images)
The Colts have yet to make a move in free agency to address the CB position and it's hard to gauge just how much this new regime will value the current CB core. However, I do expect them to draft a #2 to play opposite of Jerraud Powers. So, that brings us to De'Quan Menzie from Alabama: A versatile, physical corner who is definitely worth a look. Or two.
Menzie was a junior college transfer, hailing from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He earned seven starts for the Crimson Tide in his first year and started opposite of Dre Kirpatrick in 2012. He received first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association and was considered for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award. Menzie was part of a defense that led the nation versus the pass and shined throughout 2012.
As mentioned, Menzie is extremely versatile. He possesses superb coverage skills and is not afraid to get physical with receivers (also contests the run). He was prevalent as a nickel back on passing downs and is an efficient pass-rusher off the corner. Heavily relying on instinct, Menzie is a cerebral player who can predict routes with ridiculously accurate anticipation. He's not a burner, but the quickness in his feet allows him to latch onto a receiver's hip and stay there. If anything, the exceptional hip fluidity can get him in trouble while often trying to go for that big play.
This is the case, specifically in man. Menzie is impressive when breaking to the ball, but he is susceptible to double moves and instinctual misses. However, he can read the field very well and is a consistent threat in zone play. It's also hard to find a corner that isn't afraid to lay down the hammer and actually tackle someone, but Menzie has no such problem. He is simply not afraid to get physical and will contest the run without hesitation.
Menzie is viewed as a second round talent, which could be perfect for the Colts. It's assumed that #34 is reserved for a nose tackle and rightfully so, but don't be surprised if this doesn't happen on draft day. Menzie isn't an athletic freak, but his coverage abilities (complimented by long arms) and physicality will allow him to be effective and explosive at the next level. The largest concern about Menzie's game would have to be his over-aggressive mentality in man, but some would view this as a compliment, rather than a con.
"A physical kid who can bully receivers when he gets his hands on them, will tackle and get early jumps on the football. But is a tighter athlete who lacks the straight-line speed needed to hold up at the next level."
"Tough, competitive, versatile cornerback who projects better to safety, where his physicality plays better. Intangibles are a plus."