Aside from having arguably the coolest name in this year’s NFL Draft, Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin is one of those players you could see go very early on draft day, possibly as high as early in Round 2.
Yet there’s also a chance the 6-foot-0, 192-pound Ya-Sin winds up slipping into day three.
Ya-Sin is a bit shorter than what the 49ers would ideally like on the boundary. And his 32-inch arms aren’t a terrible length, but his overall size could spell matchup problems against bigger-bodied wide receivers at the pro level.
Another reason why Ya-Sin could slip during the NFL Draft is the notion he’s pretty raw. Ya-Sin has a good physical makeup for the position. But with only one year’s experience starting, it’s understandable why he had trouble diagnosing routes and recovering when beat at the line of scrimmage.
Still, that lone season generated positive results, as he managed two interceptions and 12 passes defended last year.
A strong NFL Scouting Combine from Ya-Sin might convince scouts his intangibles are too good to pass up, even though he’ll require a lot of coaching at the next level to fine tune his technique.