Ok, this article comes with a disclaimer. First of all I’m a Florida State Seminole, I have three degrees (two BA’s and an MFA) from that University and on Saturdays I bleed garnet and gold. It hurts me to write this because I want to hate the Black-pick so much. But I just can’t. This young man passes the eye-test every chance he gets. You realize that if you covered up the part of the scouting book that said 5’8-1/2, 185, you wouldn’t realize he was undersized.
He plays like a big safety, he hits like a big safety and if you watch this highlight reel you’ll see he has some of the best vision of any safety I have scouted on a long time. Watch every pass and you will see that Black is breaking on the ball as soon as it comes out. Black is always around the ball, even if he’s grabbing it off the tip his instincts and vision put him in perfect position almost every single time. I really don’t know if Black’s lack of height really will prevent him from playing in the NFL (or being durable, see Bob Sanders), but this young man is a talent and I am extremely impressed by his potential.