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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: DJ Turner, CB, Michigan

D.J. Turner has proven to be an effective defender in Michigan's secondary, implementing excellent speed as a corner. Hula Bowl scout Jacob Waxman breaks down Turner as an NFL Prospect in his report.
DJ Turner has proven to be an effective defender in Michigan’s secondary, implementing excellent speed as a corner. Hula Bowl scout Jacob Waxman breaks down Turner as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #DJ Turner, #5
School (Code)MIUN
DOB, Class Yr11/9/2000, Senior
Height, Weight6000, 180
40 Yd Dash4.32e
Arms, HandsN/A
Position/DepthRCB/1
Honors/CaptainshipAll-Big Ten performer (honorable mention, coaches and media, 2021)
Season Viewed (yr)2021 & 2022
Games WatchedOHST ‘21, GAUN ‘21, NEUN ‘22
Scout Name / DateJacob Waxman- 11/18/22

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202213 GP, 33 Tackles (25 Solo), 1 TFL, I INT, 10 PBU, 1 FR (Incomplete Season)
202114 GP, 33 Tackles (26 Solo), 1 TFL, 2 INT, 7 PBU
20204 GP
20194 GP

Player Summary:

SR. Aligns at LCB for MIUN. CB in the NFL. Average HT/WT combo for NFL, skinny and lean build all the way through. Good AA with elite speed.. On the field, he is an average man cover corner, who shows the ability to cover all types of receivers, identify routes and concepts, and plays with good instincts to locate the football and stay in phase. In man coverage, he is average, good in press man. Good AA and patience allow him to mirror receivers at the LOS, stay in phase, and make a play on the ball. Stays in the hip pocket on deep routes and does a good job at playing through the hands, and locating the football. Good, clean footwork at the LOS and throughout vertical routes, but struggles with the transition at the top of routes. Does allow for some separation but with his AA and technique is within closing distance more often than not, and has good acceleration and quickness to make up ground. Strong receivers are able to get him off balance as well as shed tackles. In off-man and zone, he is a little slow to recognize routes and concepts but does a good job at keeping receivers in front of him. Has a very good trigger and acceleration to make up ground. Attacks screens quickly and with aggression but smaller frame and below-average play strength hinders him from making hard contact. Good drive on breaks to routes in front of him, footwork can get sloppy at the top of the route causing him to slip. Against the run, he is average, loses contain, and allows runs to get up the sidelines. Has below-average play strength which affects his ability to get solo tackles and wrap up. No blitz exposure. Overall he is an undersized average man-cover corner, with experience against the best competition in the country, and good athletic traits to build off of. 

Scheme Fit:

CB- Man

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Power Statement:

Average man-corner with good AA and instincts. Undersized for the position and struggles at the top of routes although is able to recover due to elite speed. 

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