Scouting Report: Quin Blanding, FS, Virginia

Virginia Beach, VA | 6012 | 215 | 4.50E | 2018

A versatile player in the secondary who possesses the skill-set to play strong, free or slot and has been used in that capacity by the Cavaliers—an excellent tackler; physical and strong. Shows splendid flexibility at the joints. An extremely smart player according to head coach Bronco Mendenhall—he doesn’t waste any steps, he knows exactly what to do, he communicates well and he has the capability to cover and tackle. He will hesitate to take on much bigger backs head-on when they hit their stride in the open field. However, he doesn’t shy away from engaging with bigger, stronger opposing blockers. He has started all 36 games played entering 2017 but reportedly dealt with an undisclosed injury for much of 2016, which prevented him from practicing during the week for much of the year. He has had three consecutive seasons of at least 115 tackles and needs 78 to break the school record of 435 held by Jamie Sharper (1993-96). He considered declaring early after his junior campaign and applied for feedback from the NFL Advisory Board but was told that he was not projected to go in the first three rounds. His senior season will be critical in changing the minds of NFL decision-makers.


2016: Finished 2016 No. 9 all-time at UVA with 358 career tackles, the most in program history by a defensive back … started all 12 of UVA’s games … finished season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 9 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game … finished the season No. 1 in the ACC and No. 11 in the nation with 5.8 solo tackles per game.

2015: Started all 12 of UVA’s games … finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 20 in the nation with 115 tackles … it’s the second year in a row he finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles … registered double-digit tackles in seven of UVA’s 12 games … led UVA with 38 tackles on passing plays … recorded 76 tackles on rushing.

2014: One of four true freshmen to see playing time and one of two to start at least one game … one of 10 cavaliers to start all 12 games … was the first UVA true freshman to start a season opener at one of the two safety positions since Tony Blount did so at Washington on Sept. 11, 1976 … finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 12 nationally with 123 tackles … broke UVA’s freshman record for tackles that was previously held by Ahmad Brooks’ 117 tackles in 2003 … led the nation’s freshmen with 123 tackles … tied for the team lead with three interceptions (Richmond, UNC, Miami).

High School/Personal: Played safety and wide receiver at Bayside High School for former head coach Darnell Moore and current head coach Jon White … made 111 tackles and five interceptions as a junior … father Kevin played football at NCAA Division II Glenville State (W.V.) for current Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez … has two older sisters, Jordan Lee and Myki Lee … sister Jordan Lee currently serves in the Navy aboard the USS Oscar Austin, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer … mother, Cory Lee, named him after the 1989 film titled “The Mighty Quinn”… has an affinity for colorful socks … major is sociology.