We banged the table for Telvin Smith, Pierre Desir (guilty), "Tiny" Richardson, Robert Herron, etc. The Florida grown ballhawk Gettleman selected in the 4th round out of Chapel Hill may have come as an initial disappointment; our proverbial basket filled to the brim with eggs. Whether we like it or not, Telvin Smith is a Jaguar, Pierre Desir is a Brown, Antonio Richardson is a Viking, Robert Herron is a Buccaneer, and Tre Boston is a Carolina Panther -- which is far more more exciting than you think.
What he lacks in size, standing at 6'0" and weighing in at 204 lbs., falling short of the prototype NFL free safety, he makes up for with with impressive top speed, movement skills, fluidity, and fundamental tackling. But Boston's most impressive trait is the ability to track the QB's eyes deep down the field, time his break, take the angle, and earn his place on the highlight reel -- attacking the point of the catch and coming down with the ball in his hands. Amassing 9 interceptions in his final two years as a Tar Heel.
I broke down some tape last night from his page on Draft Breakdown but plan on digging up more content via Kareem Martin. Below are some links to vines I recorded including clips from that tape Description is in the caption just below the video loop. Some good, some bad.
Overall, I'm a fan of Tre Boston. Thought he was a late 3rd-early 4th round value player. He made a slight slide to 128. Acceleration and burst is very impressive. Can get too locked in to QB's eyes in zone at times but that's very coachable. As the dust settles, I think we can all conclude that this was a solid selection in the 4th. Year 1, he's a rotational DB. Can play nickel corner and deep safety. A year or two later, Tre Boston could be starting at Free Safety on Sundays at The Bank. Grade: B+