Name: Andre Seldon, Jr.
Weight: 172 lbs.
High school: Belleville (MI) Belleville
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #0
Last year: I ranked Seldon #32 and said he would start at nickel corner (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating: 83
Seldon was an Under Armour All-American and seemed destined for early playing time in a Michigan uniform, especially for a team lacking corners.
Then 2020 rolled around, and he almost never played.
That can be partially explained by the fact that Seldon suffered an injury, but he supposedly got healthy partway through the season and still was kept off the field.
I still think Seldon could be an excellent nickel corner because of his quickness, man coverage, and willingness to come up and stop the run, despite his diminutive stature. It remains to be seen how this staff will use a player in that mold. Talk is that safety Daxton Hill could move to the nickel spot when that position is necessary, but I would think that would be dependent on who’s available to play in the slot.
If the extra safety is better, move Hill to nickel. If the extra corner is better, keep Hill at safety.
I don’t know how much Seldon will play in 2021, but I do think he’s one of the top five most talented defensive backs.
Prediction: Backup cornerback