With the 212th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Kavon Frazier, safety, Central Michigan. He was 2nd team all-conference and led his team in tackles with 108, earning Defensive Player of the Week honors for a 13 tackle game against Oklahoma State University. One of the team's players died of leukemia and they took turns wearing his jersey as an honor. Frazier was selected for this honor twice, including Central Michigan's bowl appearance.He was second in the conference in solo tackles (with 69 prior to the bowl game), had 4.5 TFL, 1 INT, 4 passes defensed, 2 fumbles forced, 1 recovered, and a blocked punt. He had five career interceptions for 79 return yards and 269 tackles.
As you'll see below, Frazier is often compared to current Cowboys safety Barry Church. Both are tough in the box safeties and Frazier is a physical tackler who packs a wallop when he hits ball carriers. He sounds like a big hitter who might need to learn better technique in tracking the ball and needs to refine his coverage abilities. He might not break into a regular playing rotation at safety, although it's possible, but he should be an excellent candidate for special teams.
Lance Zierlein (NFL.com) says:
StrengthsHas the physical build of a grown, NFL man with broad shoulders and muscular frame. Classic, height/weight/speed prospect. Comes downhill looking for work in run support. Explodes through his target as a hitter and looks to make statements. Has experience high and low as a safety. Good stop-start foot quickness for a big safety. Special teams demon with 14 tackles in punt and kick coverage over the last two seasons. His college coach was a longtime NFL special teams coordinator who praises Frazier's special teams potential. Should test well at the combine.
WeaknessesStrong desire to thump against the run forces him out of position when biting on playaction. His downhill tracks sometimes include questionable angles to the ball and he will run himself into traffic and lose contain. Has issues overreacting to head fakes at the break points of routes. Shows some confusion sifting through combo routes at times. Average instincts from zone and is slow to anticipate quarterback's intentions
Sources Tell Us"I really like his potential because he's a big athlete who will hit you and immediately brings special teams value to the table." -- NFC South scout
NFL ComparisonBarry Church
Bo Marchionte (CBS Sports.com) says:
STRENGTHS: Superb size and knows how to enforce it on opposing players. Frazier brings an attitude to the secondary that puts all opposing offensive players on notice with his big-hitting ability. The tempo-setting safety with a physical and nasty demeanor, Frazier's energy and passion elevates those around him.
Made big plays in key moments throughout his collegiate career, including a blocked a punt against Eastern Michigan this season and in 2013 he was also named MAC Defensive Player of the Week after he forced two turnovers against Ohio. Very aware of his surroundings on the field and supports the run fast and gets downhill.
WEAKNESSES: It is noticeable that receivers catch the ball in front of him instead of Frazier making a play on it. Can be overemotional at times, and can play too recklessly against the run and over-pursue the football. Susceptible to biting on play-action fakes.
COMPARES TO: Barry Church, Cowboys - Another MAC product who excelled against the run and has some mishaps in the passing game. Church is a superb in-the-box safety and will have those moments in coverage to allow a big play. Frazier appears to be better suited for defending the passing game.
Fraizer ran a 4.58 forty and put up 18 bench press reps at his pro day. This is not reflected in his spider graph.