Dallas Cowboys draft 2023: CB Devon Witherspoon scouting report

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We continue with our 2023 NFL Draft draft prospect review of players that could interest the Dallas Cowboys. Today we look at a cornerback Devon Witherspoon from Illinois Fighting Illini.

Previous prospect reviews:

DT Bryan Bresee
CB Kelee Ringo
LB Andre Carter II
CB Joey Porter Jr
WR Jalin Hyatt
OG O’Cyrus Torrence
RB Bijan Robinson
C John Michael Schmitz
RB Devon Achane

Devon Witherspoon was ungraded coming out of high school and received a couple of offers from colleges like South Alabama and UMass. He took the best offer made to him and signed at Illinois in 2019.

In his freshman year, Witherspoon was given an opportunity early and was thrown into the fire playing a total of 321 snaps on defense as a cornerback. He recorded 18 tackles and three stops. He also allowed seven receptions for 145 yards whilst having two passes breakups. For his first year playing he was impressive allowing a quarterback rating of only 76.3.

In 2020, Witherspoon played in seven games for Illinois. He recorded 31 tackles and added five defensive stops. He struggled in the passing game allowing four touchdowns with only two interceptions. He made no PBU’s and allowed 381 yards and a QB rating of 122.6.

In 2021 as a junior, Witherspoon played 10 games for Illinois. He made 42 tackles, 19 defensive stops and also added two sacks for the year. Although Witherspoon had no interceptions he was improved as a cornerback. He made six PBU’s and a QB rating of 86.9 allowing only one touchdown.

In Witherspoon’s senior year, he exploded as a defender. He played 12 games and 738 snaps, while making 32 tackles and missing five tackles. He allowed a reception rate of only 35% for 206 yards. He made 14 PBU’s and had three interceptions for the year. What was most impressive was his elite QB rating allowed of only 25.3. Against Northwestern in his final game, Witherspoon allowed only one reception for six yards, while making two interceptions and a QB rating allowed of just 2.8.

Devon Witherspoon
Illinois Fighting Illini
0-star high school recruit
Height- 5”11
Weight- 181
Arm Length- 31 1/4
Wingspan- 75”

NFL Combine:

2022 All-American first team
2022 All-BIG10 First Team


Overall- 91.2/100
Tackling- 82
Run Defense- 85
Zone Coverage- 75
Man Coverage- 91
Speed- 91/100
Strength- 79/100
Acceleration- 95/100
Agility- 92/100




Devon Witherspoon is a starting cornerback on virtually every team in the NFL. He may only be the nickel corner on most teams, but the way the NFL is evolving, the nickel corner position is as much a priority on the roster as an outside corner. His physical play style and mentality tied with his natural skills to make plays on the ball will put him high in this year’s prospect rankings. If a team can spend more time coaching the art of zone defending or tweaking some of his negative flaws he has in man coverage, he could become one of the better corners in the NFL.

Mid-first round value.

(All scout consensus ranking: 9th)

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