One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos on day two of the 2023 NFL Draft is former Miami Hurricanes cornerback Tyrique Stevenson. He is a 6’0”, 198-pound cornerback who is considered one of the better cornerbacks in this years draft. The Draft Network has Stevenson ranked as their 15th-best cornerback in the draft and their 88th overall prospect in the entire draft.
Stevenson played two seasons at Georgia before transferring to Miami where he put together two very good seasons for them. During his two seasons at Miami, he totaled 68 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 11 pass deflections.
Height: 6’0” | Weight: 198 pounds | 40-time: 4.45 seconds
Arm Length: 32 3/8” | Hands: 9 5/8”
Vertical Jump: 38” | Broad Jump: 10’5” | 3-Cone Drill: 7.09 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.41 seconds
- Your classic height/weight/speed prospect
- Good athletic ability and a smooth athlete
- Displays good play strength and is best used in a press-man defense
- A physical corner that disrupts wide receivers
- Good closing speed to track down a receiver
- Plays the ball in the air well and shows good body control
- A willing and at times physical tackler
- Is a bit of an asshole on the field, can get chippy, and will get into the head of receivers
- An ascending talent that should continue to get better
- Has experience playing special teams
- Really struggles in zone coverage and is likely a scheme-dependent player’
- His motor can go hot and cold at times
- Inconsistent angles in the run game
- Primarily a boundary corner
Tyrique Stevenson RAS
Tyrique Stevenson is a CB prospect in the 2023 draft class. He scored a 9.26 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 159 out of 2128 CB from 1987 to 2023. https://t.co/Fbdw3kf83N #RAS pic.twitter.com/q7tYk52nj0— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 30, 2023
What other analysts are saying about cornerback Tyrique Stevenson
Big cornerback with the size and play strength to help match up with bigger receivers in the league. Stevenson is patient but physical in press-man and has good recovery speed when he falls behind. He struggles as a pattern matcher in off-man and had issues with busts in zone, so he might be scheme-dependent. Stevenson is talented when attacking the catch point and has the ball skills to make plays on 50/50 throws. He needs to become more consistent in run support but has the physical attributes to become a starter in a press-man scheme - NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein
Tyrique Stevenson is a cornerback in Miami’s balanced man and zone defense. He plays primarily on the outside to Miami’s sideline, but was moved inside when necessary. He played in 46 career games, starting 26 of them. He transferred to Miami after playing for 2 years at Georgia (2019-20). While at Georgia, he was primarily their nickel, playing in the slot the majority of the time. Stevenson plays extremely physical and shows good speed and athleticism. He gets under the receiver’s skin often and isn’t afraid of getting chippy on the field. - SIS
Expectations for Stevenson will depend on the scheme he lands in. Placing Stevenson into a press-man-heavy system feels like the right pathway to NFL success for this player; although I could foresee a projection to safety and success there as more of a developmental prospect. - The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs
The Broncos' depth at cornerback behind star cornerback Patrick Surtain II is not the best. 2022 fourth-round pick Damarri Mathis had a solid end of the year, but will need to continue to grow as teams will target him early and often next season. Behind him, you have veteran slot corner K’Waun Williams and recently signed cornerback/returner Tremon Young and the returning Essang Bassey. That’s not the most exciting group overall, so some additions will be needed.
I singled out Stevenson because of newly hired defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s scheme. He runs an “attacking” defensive scheme that relies on press man coverage from his corners. Former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips did the same and Joseph calls him a mentor, so I expect the same from Joseph. Now, Stevenson is viewed as a press man corner only, so it is a perfect fit in my opinion.
I like Stevenson’s athletic ability and his demeanor on the field. He is chippy and would bring some fire to the Broncos' secondary while adding some much-needed depth. I believe Stevenson will be available in the third round and could be considered by the Broncos.