Updated: Jul 26
With the success current cornerback Mike Hilton during his four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, size should not determine a player's ability to make an impact.
During his time with the University of Miami, defensive back Trajan Bandy was a consistent playmaker, beginning in his freshman season. That year, he featured in 13 games and contributed 25 total tackles with six passes defended. The following season, Bandy earned 13 starts and broke out in a big way. In addition to eight passes defended, Bandy seemingly had a nose of the ball, as he collected three interceptions. For his efforts that season, he earned All-ACC third-team honors, and was one the top defensive backs in his conference.
Bandy finished his career with 23 career passes defended, averaging seven per season. Yet the concerns have been about the technical aspects of his game. As noted in his NFL Combine profile, there was seemingly a disconnect with his production on the field and his athletic ability.
Even with these concerns noted, Bandy had proven production as a slot or outside, supporting the run, or making bone-crushing hits such as the one in week zero last year against current New York Jets running back, Lamical Perine.
Whether he plays on special teams or as a nickel cornerback, Bandy is the type of player the versatility and capability of contributing in different areas. If given the right stages, Bandy could find himself in a backup role and perhaps more.