Vikings 2024 NFL draft scouting report: Iowa CB Cooper DeJean

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Cooper DeJean

  • Alabama

  • Height-6010

  • Weight-207 lbs

  • Third-year junior

  • 5-Star recruit per 247 Sports

  • Stats: 120 tackles, 85 solo, 5.0 tackles for loss, 13 passes defended, 7 interceptions, 4 total touchdowns

  • Games watched: Wisconsin 2023, Penn State 2023, Michigan State 2023


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The first thing that stands out about DeJean is the athleticism. He can move with ease and has the speed to play with anyone.

Technically, DeJean is a sound defender. Keeps his knees bent, allowing him to move any direction that is needed. He stays in phase with the receiver really well at the beginning on the route and doesn’t get flustered.

While in phase, he attacks the ball when it’s in the air. Has 13 pass breakups over the last two seasons with seven interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns in 2022.

Was a borderline lockdown cornerback in 2023. DeJean only allowed 20 catches on 46 targets for 194 yards and no touchdowns with a passer rating allowed of 37.8.

Is a dynamic punt returner. Had one return touchdown in 2023 and another controversially called back against Minnesota due to a “fake fair catch.”


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Has a tendency to get beat on stop routes and comebacks. Doesn’t explode forward when the receiver makes his break. Not 100% sure if that’s a technique thing that was taught or if he just doesn’t quite have the awareness to get back.

Displays stiff hips, especially in man coverage. Can get taken advantage of in man coverage by nuanced route runners.

Overall is great with the ball in the air, but struggles to track the ball with his back to the quarterback. Needs to get more comfortable turning his head and seeing the ball.


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84.2/100 Second Round

DeJean is a talented player but there are some real concerns about how good he will be in man coverage with the stiffness in his lower half. DeJean is likely to thrive in a zone-heavy scheme that will allow him to attack downhill and be aggressive.

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Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire