Noah Igbinoghene Scouting Report By Charlie Campbell
Flexility to play any scheme, technique
Has twitchy athleticism
Burst to close space
Drives hard on routes, passes
Can run the route to prevent seperation
Plays the ball well in air
Contributes to run defense
Added value on special teams
Has experience returning kicks on special teams
A little short
Above average speed but not elite
Vision could improve
Can be a bit too physical at times
Summary: Igbinoghene was one of the breakout players in the 2019 season, emerging as one of the best cornerbacks in college football. He recorded 42 tackles with seven passes broken up on the year and made a lot of big plays in coverage for Auburn. In 2018, he totaled 45 tackles with an interception and 11 breakups. On top being a solid cover corner, Igbinoghene brought added value by being a skilled returner.
At the combine, Igbinoghene checked in smaller than expected, as teams thought he would measure in at 5-foot-11 or 6-foot, so being in the 5-foot-10 range was disappointing. While Igbinoghene had a good 40 time of 4.48 seconds, it was a little slower than expected by teams, as Igbinoghene comes from a family that ran and coached track. Teams thought Igbinoghene might have rare blinding speed, and instead, they feel he has above average, though not elite, speed.
Team sources say that Igbinoghene does not have scheme limitations in pass coverage. He has the flexibility to play off-man, press-man, or zone coverage. Igbinoghene runs well and is athletic, so he has the ability to run the route to prevent separation. He has enough twitchy athleticism to break on the ball and drive down hard on defensive backs. With a nice burst, Igbinoghene has recoverability with the ability to play the ball, and he does a nice job of tracking the ball in air.
Igbinoghene is a willing tackler in run defense and coming over on receivers. He shows some nice ability to strike and hits harder than most cornerbacks coming into the NFL.
For the next level, Igbinoghene has some areas of improvement. He can be a bit physical downfield at times, so cutting down on contact will help him to avoid penalties. Igbinoghene also has some raw elements and could use development with his vision.
Multiple team sources say Igbinoghene graded out in the second round, which is where they believe he will go.
Player Comparison: Trae Waynes. Igbinoghene reminds me of Waynes. They are physical and have good, but not elite, speed. Both play the ball well and have the ability to run the route. Waynes is a little bigger, while Igbinoghene is more athletic. Waynes had a rough start to his pro career, but has turned into a solid NFL corner, and I could see Igbinoghene following a similar path.