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Vikings 2024 NFL draft scouting report: Georgia CB Kamari Lassiter

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This series will be your guide to the 2024 draft class. From scouting reports to mock drafts and exploring different scenarios, we will be covering the NFL draft and the future of the Minnesota Vikings from all angles.

The focus of the draft class in this space will be on the Vikings’ major needs at quarterback, running back, defensive line and edge rusher. We will also focus on wide receiver since it’s a loaded class and an increased chance to get a Stefon Diggs-type steal in the later rounds.

The Vikings are slated to have 9 picks going into the NFL draft and they need to make the most out of them.

Background

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Kamari Lassiter

  • Georgia

  • Height-6000

  • Weight-180 lbs

  • Third-year junior

  • 4-Star recruit per 247 Sports

  • Stats: 86 tackles, 60 solo, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 9 passes defended, 1 interception

  • Games watched: Texas 2023, Texas A&M 2023, LSU 2023, Georgia 2023

Strengths

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Lassiter is a solid mover in space and doesn’t waste motion. Can change direction out of his backpedal to attack the football.

He displays plenty of speed and agility to keep up with anyone on the field. Can stop on a dime to attack hitches and comebacks.

Stays in phase with the receiver down the field and has the speed to carry them all the way.

In open space, Lassiter is aggressive when it comes to tackling. He identifies what is happening in front of him and shoots downhill with aggressiveness. Lassiter also wraps up well when tackling.

Displays really good route recognition in zone concepts. Understands what is happening in front of him and attacks it the right way consistently.

Weaknesses

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Lassiter gets a little grabby during the route. When he does, it feels like a panic move to stay in phase with the receiver but he has the speed to keep up.

Displays some tightness in his lower half especially when changing directions.

Doesn’t have consistent ball skills. Only has nine PBUs per Pro Football Focus and one interception on 108 career targets. Lassiter needs to work on turning his head more consistently.

Play strength can be an issue, especially when holding the edge in the running game. Can get bowled over a little too easily.

Overview

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Man

8.1/10

Zone

8.3/10

Hips/Fluidity

7.9/10

Recognition

13.5/15

Quickness

8.2/10

Run Support

8.4/10

Speed

8.2/10

Recovery

8.3/10

Tackling

4.2/5

Ball Skills

7.8/10

Grade

82.9/100 Second Round

All in all, Lassiter is one of the better cornerback prospects to come out of Georgia over the last few years. He is aggressive in stopping the run with the recognition skills to thrive in zone coverage. If he can figure out some of the little nuances, he could be a steal in the second round.

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Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire