2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Rob Rolle, FS, Villanova

Number: #4 | Hometown: Newfield, NJ | Birthdate: 05/12/96 | Height: 6010 | Weight: 195 | Forty: 4.55E | Twitter: @quaddyrolleIV ‏| Projection: Day Three | Class: 2019

PROS

Pro scouts will love his size/length, range and natural instincts. He possesses a true nose for the football, plus an understanding of taking correct pursuit angles, to go along with outstanding read and reacts skills. A very versatile player who moves around the field like a chess piece, he’ll line up at safety, on the boundary and will even play in the box/backer type role on third downs. Has tremendous timing on tipping balls and looks to have an above average vertical when competing for jump balls. He shows excellent vision on interception returns and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands – he has had two 100-yard interception returns for touchdown (one was called back due to a penalty). He also had a fumble return for a touchdown against Pittsburgh. A two-time team captain for both Villanova and Delsea High School, he’s a natural born leader and is the first person to give credit to teammates after a big game performance.

CONS

Appears to have subpar speed on film, was a raw athlete coming out of high school. He must do a better job of being a more consistent tackler and work on keeping his feet underneath of him in the open field. He’ll also need to show that he is back to full strength coming off an Achilles injury, he has said to be back to where he was prior to the injury in terms of functioning and stability, as of July 2018. He has the frame to continue to bulk up a bit.

MEDICAL

Tore his ACL in left knee during fourth game of the season against Albany in 2017, missing the remaining of the season and was granted a medical redshirt. It was the only major injury of his playing career.

FACTOID

Earned All-CAA First Team Honors in 2016 with seven interceptions, which led the entire FCS.

PERSONAL

A scholastic standout in high school and college, he majored in communications, with a minor in sociology. He wants to work in the criminal justice or education fields after his playing days are over. Does quite a bit of volunteer work in the community and participates in summer internship programs during the offseason. Enjoys drawing (he draws all of his own tattoos) and riding bikes, dirt-bikes and quads during his free time. Son of Robert Rolle III and Crystal Perdue.

QUOTE OF NOTE

“It’s a great honor especially seeing the guys before me that were captains and what they went on to do on and off the field.” — Rob Rolle, on being named a two-time captain (July 2018)

2018 OUTLOOK

This will be a determining season in terms of evaluation for this player, as he’ll face many of the common labels an FCS prospect is scrutinized for when making the transition from college to pro, such as level of competition and speed. Just about every NFL team has been intrigued enough to make the visit to campus to get an up close look, according to head coach Mark Ferrante. He took it upon himself to learn the responsibilities of all the positions in the Wildcats defensive scheme during the offseason heading into the 2018 campaign. He is the unquestioned leader of the team and quarterback of the defense. A strong final year will prove that he is back from injury and help solidify his draft stock.

SUMMARY

He played seven games at cornerback (and special teams) as a freshman, before switching over to safety during the spring of his sophomore season. He is most comfortable playing the free safety spot, where he is free to roam the field and which is where he projects at the next level. However, he has proven capable of playing the perimeter and in the box during his collegiate career, in addition to showcasing the ability to return kicks. He constantly shows up around the football and as been praised by the coaching staff for his leadership and discipline characteristics. His role for the Wildcats is one that is similar to the ‘STAR’ position that Minkah Fitzpatrick played for Alabama and he possesses the same type of ball-hawk demeanor. When speaking to him, he takes strong pride in his dedication to the film room, a big reason why he constantly shows up in the right place, at the right time. He has starter traits, which currently translates to a day three selection with the ability to ascend, according to the NFL Draft Bible Advisory Board.

DRAFT BIBLE Q&A

What characteristics or traits were instilled in you from your family/growing up in New Jersey that translate over to the football field?

I think just my passion and genuine love for the game. My family in Jersey is really big so football played a big role in always bringing everyone together for all of the games. If one person wasn’t playing that day or the game was too far of a drive there was always three-to-four more games we could go to and support other family members. And when so many people are involved in your success and your journey the game becomes bigger than you, and that’s how it is for me. Every time I go home we don’t talk about anything but football, so overall my family instilled a real love for the game in me which made it much easier to do those tough workouts when you feel like you’re working for people other than yourself.

What does it mean to represent Delsea Football?

If you look up the definition of tradition, Delsea Football will pop up in your google results. It means there’s a standard of excellence and high expectations for the players on AND off the field. You know we have a group of guys who bought into the program and will work extremely hard to find a way to win. All of those South Jersey championships, winning four in-a-row at one point and five of the last six, just shows that Delsea breeds competitors and regardless of the talent on the team, we compete on the field and in the classroom. And our senior running back Aidan Borguet verbally committing to Harvard recently, which is a prime example of exactly what I’m describing.

What separates you from other players?

Probably my preparation and determination to make those game-changing plays. I watch so much of my opponents film to the point where I begin to scheme and visualize what I will have to do to make plays, that way when the game comes I don’t have to think about anything I can just let the game come to me and be ready when the opportunity presents itself. But I learned that the opportunity never presents itself if you don’t prepare the right way, so I probably spend more time preparing than most, and I watch film a little differently than we do in those team meetings, because my focus is shifted slightly to pick up on more things than most players typically do.

CAREER

2017 (rSr): Was injured during the fourth game of the year, ending his season prematurely. Finished with 14 tackles (seven solo), one and a half tackles for loss, two pass deflections and a 63-yard fumble recovery.

2016 (Jr.): Earned first team CAA Football All-Conference honors … Named to the CAA Football All-Academic Team … Started all 13 games and had 63 total tackles along with an FCS-high seven interceptions … Also had five pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and scored two defensive touchdowns … Returned a fumble three yards for a touchdown and also recorded seven tackles at Pittsburgh … Tallied three solo stops and four assisted tackles versus Lehigh … Named CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine total tackles and returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown against Towson

2015 (So.): Played in all 11 games and had 13 solo tackles, five assisted stops and one tackle for loss … Made one solo tackle at Fordham … Tallied four solo tackles and one assisted stop to go with one tackle for loss versus Penn … Had two assisted stops at Towson … Posted one solo tackle at Rhode Island … Totaled two solo stops versus Richmond … Made a career-high seven total tackles at James Madison.

2014 (Fr.): Played in 12 games and had 12 total tackles and a pass breakup … Made one solo tackle at Penn … Tallied one solo tackle, one assisted stop and a pass breakup at Maine … Credited with three solo tackles versus Rhode Island … Made one assisted tackle at William & Mary … Posted one assisted tackle at Richmond … Tallied three total tackles versus Towson … Had one solo stop against Albany.

HIGH SCHOOL

First team All-South Jersey and Brooks Irvine All-South Jersey as a senior. First team all-conference selection as a junior and a senior. Five-time South Jersey Player of the Week. Earned Super 100 All-State honors as a senior. Two-time team state champion (Public Group 3). Also an all-county performer in track & field Ranked as the ninth best hurdler in the state. Team captain; honor roll student academically.

 

(Pic: USA TODAY)

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