December 07 2013: Duke Blue Devils safety Jeremy Cash (16) celebrates the fumble recovery during the NCAA football game between Florida State Seminoles and Duke Blue Devils at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

December 07 2013: Duke Blue Devils safety Jeremy Cash (16) celebrates the fumble recovery during the NCAA football game between Florida State Seminoles and Duke Blue Devils at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

IDP Rookie Impact Series: Jeremy Cash WLB CAR

Written by Bruce Kimbrough (@fatkat52)

Intro
Jeremy “Walk the Line” Cash was a three star recruit and ranked #25 in safeties in the country coming into high school in 2011. He had offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, and Stanford, but decided on Ohio State. He played some special teams in 5 games but didn’t see eye to eye with new head coach Urban Meyer and with help from ex-football coach of Ohio State Jim Tressel transferred to Duke to play for coach David Cutcliffe. This, Cash sat out all of 2012 because of the NCAA transfer rules. It would seem that in 2013 Cash saw eye to eye with coach Cutcliffe. As a sophomore, he started him in 14 games. Cash put up 121 TKS, 64 of them Solos, 9.5 TFL, 4 INTs, 3 PD, 3 FR and 2 FF; that earned him Second Team All-ACC honors. In his junior year of 2014 he had another excellent year wit 111 TKS, 68 of them Solos, 10.5 TFL, 5.5 SKs, 2 INT, 7 PD, 1 FR and 4 FF and again was named Second Team All-ACC as well as other honors. As a senior, Cash started 11 out of 12 games, but was off on his tackles with 100, 57 of them Solos, but made up for it with 18 TFL, 2.5 SKS, 4 PD, 1 FR and 3 FF and was named 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous first team All-America honors just to name a few. He did not play with his team in their final game in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl because of undergoing surgery on his wrist in December.

Draft Day:
Even though being the best Defensive prospect to come out of Duke in many years, three years with 100 or more tackles, he did not get drafted or compete (hamstring) in the 2016 NFL Draft. But he was picked up by the Carolina Panthers as a UDFA right after the draft and is consider one of the best UDFA pick in 2016. A lot of analyst thought that Cash would be drafted in day two of the draft; I was thinking 4th or 5th round, but the wrist surgery made him fall out of the draft.

Measurables: 
He only bench 225 lbs 13 times at his school Pro Day but he had a private work out and ran a 4.60 40-yard dash (he plays quicker), Broad Jump 10′ 4″, Vertical Jump: 34.5, 3-cone: 7.13, 20-yard shuttle:4.26. Cash was about 95% at the time of the work out and in comparison with players he would have been matched up with at the combine:

40-yard dash: 7th out of 18 (I think he could run in the 4.5 range)
Broad jump: T-6th out of 17
Vertical jump: T-10th out of 16
3-cone: 10th out of 13
20-yard shuttle: 8th out of 13

Size–
6’0″, 212 lbs, 32 3/8″ Arm Length, 10 1/2″ Hand Size; Can put on a little more weight and muscle.

Athleticism– 
I think he’s very athletic for the type of role that he will be asked to play in the NFL. May be a little stiff and not he best foot work but he’s not a F-in dancer, he’s a NFL player that luv’s to tackle.

Medical–
Only thing is his wrist surgery and he’s good to go on that one and ready for training camp.

Pass Rush
Cash was used as a hybrid safety with a quick first step (LB in a Safety’s body) in college and in the last two years rushed the QB a 135 times alone and put up 8 SKs, 15 QBHits, 21 QBHurries and in the last three years 38 TFL . He was the highest graded 2016 safety as a pass rusher by PFF with +13.9. When he’s rushing the QB as he hands off to a RB, Cash floats (quick in the box) though the blockers to make the tackle which remind me of a RB floating behind his blockers. He also can close when chasing the ball on the back side.

Run Defense–
Jeremy “Walk the Line” Cash is a excellent run stopper (highest grade in the run by PFF for safety’s +20.4) as he goes down the line to shoot the gap to disrupts the back field or plug the hole. He is always aware where the ball is and where he should be to make the tackle. He plays the edge well to make that quick burst to stop the RB before he hits the hole.

Tackling–
The “Machine” had 100+ (333 TKS-total) tackles for three years in a row. What more needs to be said. Well maybe that he is an excellent tackler that finishes his tackles through the ball carrier. With an unbelievable 33 out of his 98 tackles (33.7%) impact tackles came in a two yard radius of the line of scrimmage. He is also a excellent open field tackler and does a good job wrapping up.

Coverage–
This his biggest weakness. It’s not that he sucks but, as right now, he needs to work on his back coverage. He does great dropping back in the flat to cover the TE or RB, and if the QB breaks he comes up and makes the tackle. So I think he has the coverage’s skill as a LB but not Safety right now. I really didn’t see anyone get behind him or blow a coverage when I was watching the films of him. He can sniff out screens and swing pass every time.

Instincts–
Very smart player on and off the field as he earned his psychology degree and master degree in 2015. He is a take charge guy and a team leader on the field and is always striving for excellence in himself and others. Always two steps ahead of the other team and knows where the ball is on the field.

Versatility–
Can play all over the field from outside to inside shooting the gaps, and he can fall back in coverage.

Motor–
Mr hustle on the field that never stops trying to get to the ball and never takes a play off.

Veteran Player Impact:
Well it’s not going to be a easy path to be a starter with Cash behind Thomas Davis, but he can move ahead of 4th year player Ben Jacobs who only had 5 solos and 6 AST in the past 3 years and played 26.85 of the snaps last year. I Luv Davis, but he has had some injury issues with three ACL tears. That said, he has been rock solid since 2012 and that is why Cash will have to put his time in on special teams and wait for his break. But with all the NFL teams playing so many sub-packages he has a chance.

Dynasty/Re-Draft Fantasy Value:
Cash is my #23 ranked DFW Rookie LB so as a Dynasty pick we’ll have to see how training camp turns out to see if he moves up the depth chart behind Davis; he could be a deep stash. As for Re-Draft, we’ll have to wait for an injury to see if he starts picking up more snaps.

Dynasty ADP:
Cash is going off the DFW Dynasty Rookie OFF/IDP ADP Board in the 4th to 5th round.

So now we’re at the time to give you my take on “I Walk the Line’ Cash. He had a crazy three years of production in college and does have the skill to play in the NFL. The question is, to what extent is he a special team player, a two down backer, a sub-package guy, or all of the above. At this time, I envision him playing in sub-packages as a in-the-box LB and learning the safety coverages. But it could all change in training camp if he can learn the playbook and different schemes of the Panthers to move himself up the depth charts. Some analysts think that he doesn’t have elite speed and can’t cover the back end, but most of the starting LBs in the NFL can’t either. I think with his great instincts and his excellent tackle skills and burst, he can earn more snaps. And as a hybrid or box player it’s not all about covering the jet WR, it’s more about being a STUD-in-the-BOX (PFF notes just 2% of Cash’s snaps came at safety, compared to 41% in the slot, and 57% at linebacker. ). The NFL teams are always figuring out new sub-packages to fit the players they have. Analysts have made the comparison to T.J. Ward, Deone Bucannon  as far as who he may remind me of is a Troy Polamalu S PIT, slower in forty times (Forty is over rated for me) but still as quick in the Box. Bottom line: this child has skills and I think they’ll find a spot for him to play when it comes down to it. #UGot2Make The Tackle in the NFL and he can with 100+ for three years in a row!!!!

This is why I think forty times are some times over rated.

Safety:                   Outside Linebacker:        Middle Linebacker:

Troy Polamalu – 4.33 Von Miller – 4.42 London Fletcher – 4.38
Nick Collins – 4.36 DeMarcus Ware – 4.56 Patrick Willis – 4.51
Earl Thomas – 4.43 Clay Matthews III – 4.62 Derrick Johnson – 4.52
Michael Griffin – 4.45 Cameron Wake – 4.65 Jerod Mayo – 4.54
Eric Weddle – 4.48 Ahmad Brooks – 4.69 Brian Urlacher – 4.57
Antrel Rolle – 4.50 Aldon Smith – 4.74 Daryl Washington – 4.58
Malcolm Jenkins – 4.51 Chad Greenway – 4.76 Ray Lewis – 4.58
Ed Reed – 4.57 Terrell Suggs – 4.84 Brian Cushing – 4.64
Dashon Goldson – 4.60 James Harrison – 4.85 NaVorro Bowman – 4.70
Jairus Byrd – 4.68 Tamba Hali – 4.87 Jon Beason – 4.72

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