With 10 draft selections (currently), the Pittsburgh Steelers are almost guaranteed to select a cornerback. Where in the draft could this selection come? That’s to be determined but what’s guaranteed is that Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin is certain to get their attention.
Rock Ya-Sin, Senior, 6’0″ 192 lbs
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Real first name is Abdurrahman… Originally played at FCS Presbyterian before transferring as a graduate senior to Temple for 2018… First-team All-AAC… Was a two-time state champion wrestler in high school… Was awarded a single-digit number which Temple hands out only to its’ ‘toughest players’… Majored in Psychology
Key Combine Stats: 4.51 forty yard dash… 18 reps bench press (225lbs)39.5″ vertical… 120″ broad jump… 7.31sec Three-Corner Drill… 4.31 sec 20yd Shuttle
2018 Stats: 47 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 INT, 12 Pass Breakups
What’s To Like
Has the exact body type coaches are looking for these days… Decent height, long arms, well-built and strong frame… Sets a decent edge when needed to… Rarely gets beat by a receiver… Good timing on the ball out of his break… Willing tackler in run support… Upper body strength is a problem for weaker receivers at the line of scrimmage… Has the attitude you want to see from an NFL cornerback… A man-to-man type of guy who will be most comfortable in a system that allows him to do just that.
Lack of top level competition is considerable… Played just one year of FBS football… Heavy feet at times… Needs to get off blocks better… Play recognition is average/Sometimes doesn’t see things develop as quickly as he should… Technical skills need some work which should come with some NFL-level coaching… Needs to get head around quicker on end zone routes/Often relies on hands or face-guarding… Did not play a lot of zone and when he does can look uncertain about himself… Hands are average at best
When you watch his tape the first thing that sticks out about Rock Ya-Sin is that he is always glued to the receiver. Very seldom do you see a guy get separation unless Ya-Sin gives it to him. The ceiling on this young man is very high. He has tons of potential and all of the tools needed to get coached up at the NFL level. I have some concerns about his recovery speed and just how quickly he processes things happening in front of him. Perhaps the biggest question he’s facing is how quickly can he get up to speed as an NFL Corner. His technical skills need work especially with his hands and feet but I have a feeling he will get on the field sooner rather than later.
Final Grade: Mid-Second Round to Early Third Round
Games Watched: vs Maryland (2018), vs UCF (2018), vs Boston College (2018), vs Buffalo (2018)
Credits: sports-reference.com, youtube.com, owlsports.com