Displays decent flexibility when asked to press and uses his long frame and hands to get into the body of receivers and re-route off the snap. However, again is a bit stiff when asked to turn and run and although he does do a nice job getting his head around and locating the football, just doesn't have the type of body control to physically go up attack the football and make a play. Isn't a real physical tackler at this stage either, fails to consistently generate a pop on contact and isn't a real secure wrap-up guy.
Impression: Possesses good size and can track the football once he gets going. However, his lack of footwork and overall body control really hinders his ability to get up to speed quickly and close on the ball."
Positive: Nice sized cornerback who has displayed a lot of ability the past two seasons. Quick flipping his hips transitioning off the line, will battle throughout the action, and plays a physical brand of football. Shows a burst of speed, effectively follows receivers across the field, and works hard to defend passes. Is a willing run defender also effective on the blitz, and shows a burst of closing speed. Displays good recognition of routes in zone coverage.
Negative: Lacks a smooth and quick backpedal. Slow to react at times and loses a half step to opponents off the snap. Lacks great quickness.
Analysis: Rutland was a solid college cornerback and projects well as a dime back in a zone system at the next level."
Strengths: Tremendous speed and fine athletic ability. Natural cover corner with loose hips and the ability to turn and run with receivers. Very fluid and sticks to his man like glue. Fine ball skills and excellent anticipation; jumps many routes. Plays outside and in the slot, where he often is called on to blitz. Excellent range in the open field.
Weaknesses: Very raw as a tackler, and a liability versus the run, though he has worked very hard to improve in these areas.
Projection: As a cover man, he's what you want, but his lack of tackling ability will push him down the charts. Still, corners are a high priority, so he'll be a mid-low round pick who has a chance to stick as a fifth/six corner. Assuming he improves his tackling, should be a regular contributor down the road."