In spite of his size, I really like this guy as a tremendous difference-maker on defense. He's undersized, but not much more so than some other guys, such as Earl Thomas for example. He can play cornerback or safety, if the 49ers need a terrific slot corner, he's the guy. He has very good athleticism, plays with high intensity, loves to hit, a very reliable tackler, a guy who simply goes after the football and shows outstanding natural instincts. Those blitzes that Fangio sent Rogers on repeatedly? Joyner has shown tremendous ability to get home and drop the quarterback too. He has the potential to be a similar type of player as Mathieu was for the Cardinals. Have him play in the slot, provide depth at safety, play on special teams....etc.
Breakdown from NFL.com-2-Above average overall discipline and makes sound reads when given deep responsibilities. Flashes the ability to get an early break on the ball. Reads quarterback and shows above average route recognition facing the line of scrimmage. Reads keys and quickly diagnoses runs."
-1-High-energy player with professional work ethic. Loves the game and it shows on tape. Moved from corner to safety in 2011 and named team's most improved player on defense. Strong student. Has a young son named Jamarcus.
-2-Reliable open field tackler with above average body control. Squares up and latches on. Flashes the ability lower shoulder and deliver big hit. Flashes the ability to slip blocks in tight spaces but not big or strong enough to regularly line up in the box. Above average angles and effort help prevent against longer runs.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM ]