Often overshadowed on the stacked Michigan defense, Channing Stribling turned in a solid year and started every game on the outside at cornerback alongside fellow draft prospect Jourdan Lewis. Stribling doesn’t quite have the hype brewing at the moment, but he has the potential to go big at the combine. His combination of size, speed and athleticism will be sure to draw interest from many teams.
Name: Channing Stribling
Draft Grade: 4th Round
Positives: Combines ideal height, solid arm length and surprising speed. Quick feet. Can mirror receivers well. Flips his hips and recovers quickly for his size. Disruptive hands. When out of position has a knack for knocking the ball out. Played receiver as a prep and it shows with above-average ball skills. Makes plays on the ball and is always a threat with his size and hands to make the quarterback think twice. An average guy who likes to have fun and enjoys the game. No character concerns. Liked by coaches and teammates.
Negatives: Height to weight ratio is off. Naturally thin body. Lacks elite athleticism. Not naturally physical and has more of a basketball playing temperament. Needs to become more consistent in all aspects but especially in run support. Lacks strength. Body has to get stronger. Not overly intelligent. Makes mental errors. Can let his emotions overtake him.
Outlook: Channing Stribling is not a well known prospect at the moment playing with some big names at Michigan but has the size and ball skills that will make a name to know next spring. Stribling has very intriguing qualities but he also has limitations in consistency, run support and play strength. Much more needs to be seen but at this moment his value appears to be in the fourth round.