Originally Posted by D-Unit
It's just a matter of understanding of what his assignment should be. For some, that can be more difficult compared to man. It's a mindless game when all you gotta do is stick to a guy and follow him if you got the skills. It's another thing when you have to think about your zone and pick up where your other teammate is handing off coverage. Wouldn't put it past a team to think they could coach him up in that area.
Some teams actually have bigger safety problems than corner problems. In a draft that is chalk full of SS prospects and zero elite FS prospects, a CB as big as Xavier...with his length, speed, jump ball skills and ability to stick on a guy deep. It looks pretty damn attractive.
My concern would only be if he's a piss poor tackler... and that doesn't seem to be the case.
Another benefit of using him as a cover safety is that he is easier to shift around to man up on those freak TEs in the league now. If your playing against Gronk, Graham , Jason Witten types multiple times a year you almost need a guy like this.
For that reason, I could see him very early.
Problem is, if he is just a man to man guy, he better be Revis and be able to shut down his side of the field, because schematically if he is not you are rather quite limited.