Draft Profile – CB Jamell Fleming



Jamell Fleming

Born – May 5, 1989 in Arlington, Texas.

Family – Parents are Sharon and Ralph Fleming. Dad played college football at McAlester College and East Central University in Oklahoma. Ralph has been a high school football coach for years, coaching at both Martin and Seguin High; he’s now the offensive coordinator at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District’s Boswell High School in Forth Worth. Mom is also a teacher and a middle school coach. They have an older daughter Clara who lives in Austin with her husband Torrey Prather, who is an athletic trainer.


  • Height – 5-feet, 10½ inches.
  • Weight – 206 pounds.
  • Arm – 31¼ inches.
  • Hand – 9½ inches.
  • Wingspan – 75 1/8 inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.53 seconds
  • Bench press – 23 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 34 inches.
  • Broad jump – 10-feet, 5 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 6.71 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 3.97 seconds.


Fleming grew up in Arlington, Texas, a city of more than 365,000 people that sits almost exactly halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth in what the folks in Texas call the Metroplex. It’s home to Cowboys Stadium, the new roofed stadium built by Jerry Jones. It’s also home to the baseball stadium, the Ballpark in Arlington. Six Flags over Texas is the original Six Flags amusement park.

High School

Fleming was part of the graduating class of 2007 at Juan Seguin High School, part of the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas. He played three seasons of varsity football for head coach Ricky Albus at Seguin, including a junior season in 2005 where the Cougars went 9-3 on the season.

2006 — As a senior, he was listed as a first-team All-District as a cornerback. He was also named to the second team Associated Press All-Texas team. As a senior he caught 29 passes for 481 yards and 4 TDs.

2005 – Fleming was injured early in the 2005 season and ended up watching most of the season from the sidelines.

2004 – As a sophomore getting his first real playing time, Fleming had 75 tackles and 7 INTs while earning all-district honors.


Rated a 4-star recruit and No. 35 player in Texas by Rivals, Fleming was listed as 5-11, 187 pounds. The Scout recruiting service had the same physical numbers, ranking him a 3-star recruit and the 47th cornerback talent in the country.

He was heavily recruited by Baylor, Florida, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and Wisconsin. He committed to Oklahoma in June 2006 largely because his family’s roots are in Oklahoma.


During five years in Norman, Fleming had to deal with a pair of academic suspensions that cost him spring practice time after his freshman season and before his senior year.

2011 – He missed spring practices due to academic misconduct that has never been defined. He came back and earned first-team defensive honors in the Big 12. Fleming was named Big 12 defensive player of the week along with another handful of designations for his career-high 13 tackles against Texas that included forcing a fumble and returning it 56 yards for a touchdown. He missed two games because of an ankle injury.

2010 – First season as starter, Fleming had his fist INT against Utah State. He ended the season being named Defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl victory by the Sooners over Connecticut.

2009 – Appeared in 12 games, second on the team with 9 special tackles. He did not take part in spring practices, enrolling at Oklahoma City Community College for the semester because of grade problems .

2008 – Appeared in all 14 games 18 special teams tackles.

2007 – Redshirt season.

Year G/S Tkl TFL Ski


2011 11/11 60 4 0


2 10 2 2 10-3*
2010 13/13 71 8.5 1


5 14 0 0 12-2*
2009 13/0 14 0 0


0 0 0 0 8-5*
2008 14/0 23 0 0


0 0 0 0 12-2*
Total 51/24 168 12.5 1


7 24 2 2 42-12

*-(2011) Insight Bowl; (2010) Fiesta Bowl; (2009) Sun Bowl; (2008) BCS Championship Game.


Insight Bowl vs. Iowa – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU3LOO5bT_4

(Fleming is No. 32 and matched up a lot against Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt #7)


Strengths – A very good athlete who has outstanding body control. He seldom shows any situation in coverage where he loses himself or his man because he couldn’t handle the physical aspects of the job. Little wasted motion as he goes into coverage. He’s got good, not great speed for the position. He plays fast because he bends his knees and keeps his upper body low through cuts and coverage. He plays with good instincts and he’s very good at getting a jump on the ball. Patient on the corner, he seldom overreacts.

Deficient – Not a real physical player, who sometimes allows receivers to get into his body, and that makes him a subject of double moves. Too inconsistent in bending his knees and keeping his pad level down, especially when he’s on the move to cover an out move. Aggressively goes after the ball carrier and tries to strip the ball away, even at times when he does not have a secure hold on the man. His continued problems with academic issues from early in his career to his final season is a concern to some teams since it didn’t appear to be important enough for him to keep himself on track and eligible for spring drills in 2009 and 2011.

Analysis – Overall very good athlete and uses all those skills – speed, quickness, body control – in playing defense. The only thing he really lacks is good strength. As a cover two defensive back, he should leave an impression in the NFL thanks to his ability and hit after the pass has arrived. Fleming also has a lot of special teams experience and that’s something every NFL team is seeking from rookies.

What the scouts say

An NFC scout said – “He’s a good athlete but sometimes he allows his game to lag because he relies on his athletic skills and not his knowledge or study of the game.”

An AFC scout said – “Fleming comes across as a nice kid and the only red flag on him was this academic problem he kept having. He just seemed to be a knucklehead when it came to keeping himself eligible. It’s not a tough thing to do at Oklahoma and the fact had problems doesn’t make you worry about his intelligence, but his dedication and common sense.”

What Jamell Fleming said

“I think I’m really good at coverage. I’m also a very solid tackler, but I like playing in coverage. Zone is easier to do – because it’s all about reading – but man-to-man is challenging. That’s what I love about the position. I love being challenged.”

“At the boundary corner you have to be physical. It’s kind of like playing outside, outside linebacker. That’s how we scheme up our stuff. That’s what’s expected of me and that’s what I try to do.”

What others say about Jamell Fleming

“He was one of the better corners we faced. We put his name with some of the best guys we played against. Very instinctive. Very aggressive. He was a guy on Oklahoma’s defense who we knew where he was, where he lined up. Great player. Great future.” Oklahoma State QB Brandon Wedden.

How does Jamell Fleming fit with the Chiefs?

There’s not an obvious fit there. He’s a good athlete and every team in the league is looking for good athletes who can be taught. It’s doubtful that he’s going to be on a short list for the Chiefs, but may turn out to be a board pick in a later round if he’s still there.

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