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2018 Prospect Preview: UCLA S Adarius Pickett’s coverage skills set him apart

By Sam McGaw
Aug 18, 2017

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COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Adarius Pickett #6 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates his interception with Darren Andrews #7 in the third quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 3, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
  • UCLA redshirt-junior S Adarius Pickett enters the 2017 college football season as a Day 2 projection for the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Pickett’s PFF coverage grade of 88.4 last season ranks No. 1 among returning FBS safeties. He allowed an average of 0.46 yards per snap he was in coverage, which is good for No. 26 in the class.
  • Pickett’s overall passer rating when targeted of 58.2 ranks No. 8 among this year’s draft-eligible safeties who saw at least 30 targets into their coverage in 2016.
  • Pickett spent 213 of his 625 snaps in the slot, allowing just 0.78 yards per snap in slot coverage.
  • An area Pickett must improve in is defending the run as he posted a PFF run defense grade of 54.3 last season. His 3.3 tackle efficiency rating against the run ranked No. 248 for his position.

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