Packers prospect profile: S Dezmen Southward
Dezmen Southward, S Wisconsin, 6-0, 210 pounds, Hometown: Sunrise, FL
40 time: 4.35
Vertical jump: 42″
225 lb. bench: N/A
Broad jump: N/A
News and Notes:
Played in every game during his collegiate career, never missing one and starting the last 28 consecutive games of his college career. . . a Concensus Honorable Mention All Big 10 in 2013. . . was not allowed to participate in the NFL Combine when he was informed that a X-ray showed a hairline fracture in his neck at the C-5 level. Curiously, who determined this is still unknown and several other doctors have cleared Southward, saying he should have been able to participate in the Combine.
What they’re saying about him:
- NFL.com: Excellent size. Good straight-line speed. Bends his knees and pedals softly. Reacts well to plays in front of him. Played a hybrid safety role at UW, including defending slot receivers. Played come cornerback. Special-teams experience. Average flexibility and range. Still developing positional instincts and diagnostic skills. Man-coverage limitations — dull transitional quickness and closing burst. Ordinary production on the ball — not a playmaker. Does not punish or intimidate.
- There aren’t many highlight reels on Southward out there so I put up his Pro Day workout interview
If drafted by the Packers:
I wanted to mix it up a bit so I threw Southward in there following his impressive Pro Day at Wisconsin earlier this week. CBS Sports has Southward listed as a strong safety and projects as a seventh round draft pick. It’s very likely that Southward becomes an undrafted free agent and as Packers fans, we all know that he could be someone who piques general manager Ted Thompson’s interest. I would hope that the Packers will have addressed the safety position by that time, but this could be another option to provide depth. Southward has the measurable to play safety at the NFL level. His workout results show quite a bit of athletic ability, although his strength is unknown. He would likely not come in as starting safety material and would need to be developed by the Packers. Nothing that I have seem screams “special” about him, but he does speak well and seems to be on the more intelligent side. He could contribute on special teams and if nothing else, would be a better option than M.D. Jennings (not saying much).