Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
Tariq Castro-Fields was a four-year starter while at Penn State. Even before earning a starting job in 2018, he was holding his own as a freshman in 2017. In his first collegiate season, he played a total of 218 defensive snaps.
After earning the starting job, Castro-Fields showed flashes of how good he could be. In 2019, he played the best season of his collegiate career. He recorded 52 tackles, 10 passes defended, and two interceptions.
After not returning to that level the following seasons, many are wondering just how good he can be in the NFL. He has the size, speed, and athleticism to last in the NFL, but he has struggled to remain effective in coverage.
Over his final 15 career games, he recorded 54 tackles, seven passes defended, and zero interceptions. Even while he hasn't returned to the level he was at in 2019, he has still always managed to find his way to the ball.
Castro-Fields has also separated himself from other corners with how physical he can be. He can play rough with opposing receivers without drawing a ton of penalties, which is something that many others corners can't do. Over his five seasons, he had just 11 penalties called on him, and never had more than four in a single season.
Castro-Fields has the toolset to be a solid NFL player. If he can polish his game up and return to form, he can be effective early on in his career.