College: Florida Atlantic
Position: Defensive Back
College Stats: 180 total tackles, 6 interceptions, 23 passes defended.
Florida Atlantic has long been know as a school that produces great, underrated players out of their secondary unit. With alumni of the program Damian Parms, Keith Reaser and D'Joun Smith currently holding on to or fighting for a spot in the NFL, scouts are aware that there is plenty of overlooked potential in Boca Raton.
Cre'von Leblanc could potentially join his fellow Owls after four solid years at defensive back, which culminated in All-Conference USA second team nod. While his career stats and measurables are far from overpowering, LeBlanc has shown enough on tape that he could have his name called during the draft.
For his whole career, LeBlanc was known for his press play being some of the best in CUSA. Being able to throw off another receiver's timing on routes is something most teams look for in their defensive backs, and LeBlanc has earned praise because of that ability. His on-the-ball skill has also developed over his time with the Owls, leading to a four interception year in 2015.
On top of his technical skill, LeBlanc possesses a great deal of athleticism. Scouts noted his quick footwork and skill on the ball, especially on the interior part of the field. He was able to get some time as a kick returner because of that, showing off a bit of versatility as well.
Despite his athleticism, LeBlanc's two major disadvantages are his lack of high and top-flight speed. Taller or faster receivers can possess a decidedly bigger advantage when it comes to playing on the outside or on long routes against LeBlanc. He ran a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash at FAU pro day. He will have to overcome that label coming into the day if he wants to thrive.
Because of his shortcomings in that area, he has been known to rely on being grabby at the tail end of routes. No coach likes technique that could lead to some costly penalties. His only other knock may just be that he doesn't have eye-popping numbers
Where will LeBlanc get drafted?
All things considered for LeBlanc, he has the talent and versatility that gets teams excited, but the lack of measurables that push him down the draft board. Some boards have him going as high as the sixth round, while others have him being undrafted.
It's hard to get a solid read on late-round draftees, but I think LeBlanc will go somewhere in the seventh round if he is picked at all. I see either Jacksonville at 217 or Miami at 218 taking a chance on the Florida kid.