The first thing you should know about Stanley Jean-Baptiste is how to properly pronounce his name. "Stanley" isn't difficult, obviously, but that last name that gets people because of the French genealogy. Phonetically, the last name is "Gene BAP-teest", said with a slight French flair, the flair one gets from, say, picking off a pass as Jean-Baptiste did in 2011 against the Ohio State Buckeyes in one of his first games as a cornerback . His play was a key moment in what became Nebraska's greatest comeback victory, made even more unique by the fact that 2011 was the first season that Jean-Baptiste played cornerback.
The next thing you should know is that few Husker fans ever say his name, preferring instead to go with "SJB", because you can't scream "Jean-Baptiste" in the amount of time it takes him to bat a ball down, which he did 12 times in 2013 against 16 passes defended, leading the team in that category. He tied for the lead in interceptions with four.
Now I understand that if you're a NFL fan that all of these college-based numbers mean nothing. Maybe more about the guy himself is in order? What about the fact that he hadn't played cornerback before 2011?
SJB was recruited to Nebraska as a wide receiver, and spent his first year in 2010 as a redshirt and practicing on the scout team as such. He was still playing as a receiver as the 2011 season started asked to switch to cornerback in 2011 because Nebraska's secondary depth was hurting and because the coaches thought SJB would be a great fit in the defensive secondary.
This is the same path taken by another former Nebraska cornerback currently playing for the New York Giants. Prince Amukamara had never played corner until he got to Nebraska, where Pelini told him he could get him to the NFL.
Now the same has happened with SJB.
(Note - Alfonzo Dennard is another Nebraska cornerback now playing in the NFL for the New England Patriots.)
Weight: 218 lbs
Arm Length: 32 3/8"
Hands 8 5/8"
40: 4.61 sec (not official)
Bench Press: 13 reps, 225 lbs
Vertical Jump: 41.5"
Broad Jump: 128"
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.33 sec
2010: Redshirt season as a wide receiver.
2011: Started as receiver, switched to corner. Played in nine games, starting one.
2012: Played in all 14 games, starting five. 24 tackles, 18 solo, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown against Minnesota.
2013: Started all 13 games at corner. Tied potential NFL draftee Ciante Evans for team lead in interceptions with four. Lead team in pass breakups with 12. 41 tackles, 27 solo. Had a sack against Georgia in the 2014 Gator Bowl. Earned Second-Team All Big Ten honors.
SJB's size gives him an advantage over other cornerbacks. He did not play a lot of press coverage at Nebraska, but can be expected to do so in the NFL. The knock on him will be his 40 time at the combine and he'll be seen as raw and undeveloped due to only playing three years at his position.
As I've stated Nebraska had three cornerbacks recently taken in the NFL draft, with SJB being the third. If I had to rank them, I'd put Amukamara at the top, and maybe Dennard just above Jean-Baptiste. Maybe other Husker fans can disagree with me in the comments section.
I have seen some analysis questioning his physicality which I find odd given he was tossed from a game last season for targeting.
Character-wise SJB has never been in trouble that I can recall.
UPDATE: He has a home, folks.
Saints pick Stanley Jean Baptiste! Good pick. Fill another need. This draft is looking dynamite so far!— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) May 10, 2014