With the 25th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Vikings select Florida St. CB Xavier Rhodes. Strong and physical Rhodes is the rare cornerback with the size to physically match-up with tall receivers and the athleticism and speed to stay with the fastest ones.
Quick to jam receiver, Rhodes can turn and run with receiver off the LOS and has the speed to stay on receiver’s hip on routes all over the field. Instinctive and aware, Rhodes reads the QB/Pass and route combinations well to consistently close explosively on the receiver.
Showing no hesitation, Rhodes uses his front arm well to reach in front of receiver to break up pass without committing the penalty. When lined up off the LOS he reads the quick pass to receiver behind the LOS, closes explosively and can make the blow up hit/tackle right after the catch.