2018 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about JESSIE BATES: Wake Forest, 6011 200 4.51. Junior entry and two-year starter from Fort Wayne, IN. Bates is a two way safety prospect with experience in a variety of coverages. He only has two years of playing but plays smart football and shows a good understanding of multiple coverage. Has played strong safety in the box, half coverage as a part of a quarter, quarter half scheme, quarters and deep high safety in Cover 3. Shows zone awareness and the ability to read multiple routes in a zone. He will occasionally get attracted to a shallow route with a deep route in his zone. Shows fluid initial movement with a quick backpedal and has the ability to quickly flip his hips reacting to a route in a zone. Possesses good match-up skill and can mirror cuts well and stay in phase on vertical routes. Shows a good break on the ball on the throw and has good ball skills for the break and interception. Solid but not sudden in transition and there is an occasional hang up on a break. Has above average change of direction and shows range over the top. Very good in halves coverage balancing vertical routes and opening his hips to get to deep outside throw. Gets downhill quickly in run support and is a willing but inconsistent tackler. Will run by a tackle at times by taking a bad angle. His lack of playing experience shows at times as he is still developing. Has a good upside and can develop into a quality starter. 2017 stats: 72 T, 5.5 TFL, 5 PBU, 1 FF, 1 INT. BTR:left 4.50, right 4.75. OSR:14/21. Fourth/fifth round. (A-31 5/ 8, H-9 3/4, VJ-35.5, SS-4.26).