Sean Bunting – CB, Central Michigan
Sean Bunting is earning second-round grades throughout the NFL Draft community largely in part to his measurements and impressive combine. Measuring in at 6-feet, 195-pounds, Bunting has a nice, albeit lighter, frame. Mix that frame with combine results that included a 4.42 second 40-yard-dash, 41.5-inch vertical, and 126-inch broad jump and Bunting projects as a good building block.
Luckily, Bunting isn’t a development. He’s a sticky boundary cornerback that looks to dominate receivers from the press. The Central Michigan product is best when used in man coverage — he can stick to the quickest receivers with his equally as quick feet and hip. He’s physical, but he’s constantly looking for the ball, which is indicative of his nine career interceptions.
In his final season in the college ranks, Bunting allowed just 17 receptions for 210 yards and 0 touchdowns, per Pro Football Focus. He allowed a target once in every 20.59 coverage snaps, which is seventh in the class, per PFF. In three seasons of play, he had 106 total tackles and averaged a run-support PFF grade of 73.9, a good mark.
Ultimately, for as good as Bunting’s combine was, the film shows that his burst is about average, which may hinder his ability in a zone defense. However, if Vance Joseph is looking to add man-coverage corners in the draft, Bunting would be a nice choice in the middle rounds.
Round projection: 3rd-4th round, I’m skeptical about his fit as a zone or nickel cornerback, but he offers upside as an outside cornerback.