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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Christian Roland-Wallace, CB, USC

Christian Roland-Wallace is an experienced DB who transferred to USC from Arizona. He possesses above-average lateral quickness and solid change of direction. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks him down as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Christian Roland-Wallace is an experienced DB who transferred to USC from Arizona. He possesses above-average lateral quickness and solid change of direction. Hula Bowl scout Ian McNice breaks him down as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Christian Roland-Wallace, #17
School (Code)CASC
DOB, Class Yr11/23/2001, rSr
Height, Weight5113, 201 lbs 
40 Yd Dash4.50e
Position/DepthCB/2nd
Honors/Captainship2022 PAC-12 honor roll
Season Viewed (yr)2022
Games WatchedCOUN, CASC, UTUN, WAUN
Scout Name / DateIan McNice, 09/05/2022

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202212 GP, 12 GS, 58 TKL, 6 PD, 2 FF 
202112 GP, 12 GS, 48 TKL, 3 TFL, 1 SK  2 PD, 1 INT,
20205 GP, 5 GS, 26 TKL, 0.5 TFL, 3 PD
201912 GP, 8 GS, 37 TKL, 1 INT, 4 PD 

Player Summary:

Redshirt Senior from Palmdale, California. A 2023 transfer from Arizona University, coming out of high school he was a 3 star recruit across different platforms playing both ways for HC Chance Tapia. Solid height, good weight with solid arm length and AA. Displays good lateral quickness, solid COD, foot speed, and adequate acceleration. Solid skills at the LOS, primarily plays a soft jam where he jabs with his inside hand guiding the WR outside while opening his hips with good timing. Above average lateral quickness allows him to play a zone technique efficiently, staying in phase vs 9 routes and posts while playing reactionary to anything underneath. Solid catching WR’s 4-6 yards downfield prior to their stem, physically alters their route slowing them down so he can get in good trail position on crossing patterns. He can be manipulated with good COD and shake at the top of routes when he cannot land his hands on the WR. Adequate recognizing outward breaking routes, he constantly opens his hips in the wrong direction, he turns his body towards the QB and away from the WR when he could execute a zone turn to get in trail position. Very good zone integrity and concept recognition, he understands the way the offense is trying to stretch the defense, making smart decisions when to bail for another route while communicating well with the rest of the secondary. Good ball skills, he is very good timing his jumps to get his hand in at the highpoint of the throw and is solid playing through the WR hands when he cannot get his head around. Marginal in run support due to being late reading run/pass as well as poor play strength in his hands, cannot shed WR blocks with adequate size. Displays below-average effort in open field tackle situations, does not embrace physicality as a tackler.           

Scheme Fit:

Boundary CB in Zone scheme where he can either play a deep 1/3rd or play underneath in Cover 2.

Power Statement:

Roland-Wallace is an experienced CB with 37 starts as a Arizona Wildcat. He brings solid man and good zone coverage skills to your team, can improve on his backpedal as well his overall desire to leave an impact in run support.  

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