JL Skinner NFL Draft

JL Skinner

  • SAF Boise State
  • Senior
  • #63
  • 6'4"
  • 218lbs
  • Prospect
  • Mountain West

Prospect Summary

JL Skinner 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report


  • All-Mountain-West Second Team
  • Lettered three times each in basketball and track & field.
  • Ran 11.30 in the 100-meter dash


  • Scheme tendencies: 3-3-5 
  • 2022 projected role: Starting safety

Pros: JL Skinner is a big and physical enforcer at the safety position. He’s experienced in both strong and free safety alignments. Skinner is an intelligent defender that communicates well with his teammates pre-snap. He reads backfield action and motions with patience and confidence before adjusting his path. He has a tremendous motor and plays with high effort. Skinner has an explosive closing burst to squeeze routes and/or ball carriers. He offers a potential tight-end matchup with his size and athleticism. His downhill trigger comes with a burst to close quickly on the football. He projects best as a split-safety in two-high coverages and an underneath robber. He has a Kam Chancellor-like playing style. 

Cons: Due to his size and length, JL Skinner is not an ideal candidate for nickel alignment against receivers. He is a long-legged prospect, which can hinder transitions out of press alignment. He can improve his pursuit angles to better defend the run from high depth. His drops and pivots are a bit restricted due to his angular frame and high-hipped movements.

JL Skinner NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson