Demarco Cuffey: DB Evaluation Inquiry

Demarco Cuffey at around 5’11” 180 lbs. is a playmaking defensive back for North Point High School. A player that on film showcases great speed and ball skills that make him a constant threat to create turnovers. Demarco Cuffey allowed me to pose a few questions I had about him recently. This after writing about […]

Demarco Cuffey at around 5’11” 180 lbs. is a playmaking defensive back for North Point High School. A player that on film showcases great speed and ball skills that make him a constant threat to create turnovers. Demarco Cuffey allowed me to pose a few questions I had about him recently. This after writing about him as part of my evaluation of defensive backs in the DMV area. This article will look to present his responses to 4 questions I posed to defensive back Demarco Cuffey. Analyzing his answers and how they describe his opinions of his overall game.

            The first question I presented to him dealt with improvements he wants to make in his game. Asking, what parts of your game do you most want to improve? Cuffey stated. “The main parts of my game I want to improve are my IQ as a DB, being able to know what’s going to happen before it happens.” Continuing, “Also have quicker feet and break without hesitation so I can get to the ball faster.” This shows how Cuffey believes if he increases his knowledge of the game, he will be able to make more plays. Cuffey already shows good anticipation as he reads and reacts well to jump routes often. The better he can understand route concepts and read the body movement of receivers the more he can sit on routes and take more calculated gambles. Cuffey also mentioned how he wants to develop quicker feet and be more decisive in his breaking on routes. The more he commits to his reads and instincts he could produce even more interceptions. Further showing how he wants to strengthen parts of his game that he is solid at currently.

            The next question I posed to Cuffey had to do with how his skillset affects his ability to make interceptions. Asking, what part of your skillset do you think best helps you generate most of the interceptions you make? Cuffey described, “I think my physicality and speed helps with being one step ahead of the receiver which puts me in the area at the right time and the best position to capitalize with interceptions.” The film supports his response as he displays these traits in man coverage especially. He displays good physicality in man coverage using his hands to disrupt the timing of receivers running routes. He uses his good speed to be more aggressive in certain situations knowing he can make up ground if initially beaten. Plus, he always does a great job positioning himself to make a play on the ball when it is in the air. Trusting his feet and eyes to lead him to where the ball is headed. Cuffey because of these physical tools along with his great ball skills make him a constant interception threat.

            The third question I had for Cuffey was about the coverage he sees himself more effective in. Inquiring, do you consider yourself better at man or zone coverage as a DB? He responded, “I consider myself better at man because when I’m down and putting hands on my opponent I know he will be eliminated from the play.” Continuing, “I am also confident in my speed, attitude, and technique, that I don’t need to be in off coverage unless the play calls for it.” The film certainly shows he makes most of his plays in man coverage. While all his physical is shown off the most in man coverage. He is very physical in man and his quick feet are showcased when breaking on footballs. He has good technique always positioning himself to be in the best position to prevent a completion. Using the sidelines and boundaries to pin his opponents giving them no room to try for the ball. Cuffey clearly has faith in his abilities and technique to be effective on the field. With the skillset he has he has the makings of a true shutdown corner.

            The final question I had for Cuffey was in relation to his tackling and as a run defender. Posing the question, how would you describe yourself in terms of a tackler and run defender? Cuffey explained, “I like to be in the mix. I love tackling. A focus of mine next season is to catch a lot more interceptions along with exhibiting I am a corner who is capable of coming down and laying the boom.” Describing further, “Plus, I love to be physical and hit, it shows my versatility from being this at corner and safety.” Cuffey exclamation of his love of tackling is something you always want to hear from a defensive back. He shows no fear or shyness when coming up to make tackles at the line of scrimmage or in the open field. He is very sound in his tackling technique and rarely misses a tackle. Cuffey shows up several times on film coming down and playing contain in run defense and doing this well. Cuffey as he physically matures should become even more effective as a run defender. As defensive backs who can stop the run as much as cover are valuable.

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