Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9-1-10: #23 CB, #178/750 Overall, 6-7 2010: Patrick recorded a team-high five interceptions his senior season and landed on the BIG EAST's first team defense in 2010. The defensive back finished the season with 51 tackles and tied for the conference lead with 17 passes defended. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown this season and capped off the year with an outstanding bowl game--forcing a fumble and blocking a kick in a win over Southern Miss. Patrick finished his career having started his final 27 games. He totaled 171 total tackles and nine interceptions over his four year career...2009: Was one of two players to start all 12 games... recorded a career-high 53 tackles and notched a pair of interceptions...2008: Finished third on the team in tackles... recorded six tackles and one pass-breakup against West Virginia... had five tackles (four solo) against Cincinnati.. had five solo tackles at Pitt... picked off South Florida's Matt Grothe to seal Cards' win over No. 14 South Florida...2007: Appeared in nine games, making four starts... tallied a career-high nine tackles against Utah... made first career start against NC State where he notched his first interception...2006: Redshirted.
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Patrick was at least a part-time starter throughout his career at Louisville, lining up on the team's first play in each of the last three seasons. His All-Big East performance in 2010 (6.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 12 pass breakups) moved him up draft boards. Two of his five interceptions came in the regular-season finale, which the Cardinals needed to become bowl eligible. He then deflected a pass and blocked a field goal attempt in the team's 31-28 Beef O'Brady's Bowl win over Southern Miss.
In 2007, Patrick played in nine games, starting four, making 19 tackles and intercepting one pass as a true freshman. He started every game as a sophomore (50 tackles, four pass breakups), with the biggest moment coming when he intercepted South Florida QB Matt Grothe to seal an upset victory. Patrick's game took another step forward in 2009, as he made four tackles for loss, intercepted two passes, and deflected five others, whetting the appetite of scouts just a bit.
Before his senior season, Patrick was involved in a domestic incident that eventually was ruled by the courts to be an accident. He had also been charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license at the time, however, so scouts are going to have some questions about his off-field conduct. Still, his NFL-caliber physical attributes and cover skills make him a potential starter who should go in the top-100 selections of the 2011 draft.
Read & React: Heady corner with very good backfield and receiver awareness. Senses the block coming and attacks the play using his quickness. Will get overaggressive on ball fakes but generally recovers well.
Man Coverage: Lined up well off the line of scrimmage regularly to eliminate big plays, but can step up into press or press-bail coverage or even cover slot receivers. Only adequate hips to turn and run with receivers, but owns the thick upper body to battle down the sideline. Average backpedal; good foot quickness but needs to get a bit lower to transition more fluidly; occasionally takes an extra step to get moving forward.
Zone Coverage: Should excel in zone at the next level because of his closing speed and physicality. Knows his responsibilities, comes off initial receiver and stays alert for underneath routes. Reads the quarterback and receiver routes to find targets when his zone is clear.
Closing/Recovery: Good speed to close on receivers in front of him or downfield in coverage. Able to get back into the play if beaten early, also closes well if turned around by double-moves. Inconsistent finding the ball in the air. Fast off the edge as a blitzer but only truly effective when free, gets stone walled too easily by tackles and fails to beat running back blocks.
Run Support: Strong enough to push around smaller blocking receivers and able to shed with violent hands. Typically keeps outside position to funnel plays to the linebackers. Quick enough to get inside-out to take away the sideline.
Tackling: Has good strength for the position, capable of bringing down big backs in space and throwing receivers to the ground. Brings enough force when lining up a receiver to create turnovers. Chases down ballcarriers from behind, even taking deep angles across the field. Not a regular cut-tackler, but he rarely fails to bring down a ballcarrier when he does. Tries to make the big hit too often, lowering his shoulder and head instead of facing the target and bringing his hips. Misses tackles when closing at incorrect angle or leaving his feet.
Intangibles: Arrested for aggravated assault in June 2010; girlfriend reportedly suffered scrapes to knee and elbow after hitting a table as she fell to the ground as they wrestled over his cell phone. Eventually the charges were dropped. Suffered shoulder injury against Cincinnati in 2010, but did not miss a game.
Patrick recorded a team-high five interceptions his senior season and landed on the BIG EAST's first team defense in 2010. The defensive back finished the season with 51 tackles and tied for the conference lead with 17 passes defended. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown this season and capped off the year with an outstanding bowl game--forcing a fumble and blocking a kick in a win over Southern Miss. Patrick finished his career having started his final 27 games. He totaled 171 total tackles and nine interceptions over his four year career.
Was one of two players to start all 12 games... recorded a career-high 53 tackles and notched a pair of interceptions... closed out the season with two tackles versus Rutgers... credited with four tackles and one pass break-up at USF... recorded four solo tackles in win over Syracuse... had four tackles at West Virginia... finished with five solo tackles in win over Arkansas State... recorded three solo tackles at Cincinnati... had five tackles at Connecticut... finished with nine tackles against Southern Miss, including two for loss... had three tackles against Pittsburgh... finished with five tackles at Utah... had nine tackles, including seven solo against Kentucky... also had one interception, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Kentucky... finished with one interception and one pass break-up in the Cards' season-opening win over Indiana State.
Finished third on the team in tackles... recorded six tackles and one pass-breakup against West Virginia... had five tackles (four solo) against Cincinnati.. had five solo tackles at Pitt... picked off South Florida's Matt Grothe to seal Cards' win over No. 14 South Florida... had a 26-yd touchdown on a blocked punt against Middle Tennessee... had six tackles, one fumble recovery and a blocked field goal in win at Memphis... returned a fumble for a touchdown... registered team-high seven solo tackles in win over Kansas State... Recorded seven tackles, including five solo stops and one for loss against Kentucky.
Appeared in nine games, making four starts... tallied a career-high nine tackles against Utah... made first career start against NC State where he notched his first interception.
Deland High School...Played for Dean Fabrizo at Deland High School... transfered from Deltona High School... rated as the 99th-best player in the state of Florida... rated as one of the top 100 players in the state of Florida by Scout.com... rushed 82 times for 820 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also pulling in 19 catches for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns... averaged 26.3 per kick return and recorded a career-high best of 85 yards... added 23 catches for 471 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior... recorded 43 receptions for 506 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.
Son of Debbie and Johnnie Patrick... born 8/17/88... justice administration major.
Draft Scout Player News
02/21/13 - DB Johnny Patrick was waived by New Orleans and claimed by San Diego. Seattle and Indianapolis also placed claims on Patrick.
12/28/12 - CB Johnny Patrick will probably be the fifth defensive back on the field in the nickel package if Jabari Greer can't play Sunday.
12/27/12 - CB Johnny Patrick will likely go into the game as the fifth defensive back in the nickel package if Jabari Greer can't play against the Panthers.
12/24/12 - CB Johnny Patrick had to go in at left cornerback when Jabari Greer was knocked out the game with the Cowboys by a concussion.
12/24/12 - CB Johnny Patrick went in at left cornerback when Jabari Greer was sidelined by a concussion in the second half of the game with the Cowboys.
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