Not long ago the idea of a “shutdown” cornerback was emerging as a jewel in the crown for a defensive coordinator. Now, the idea of a pure shutdown cornerback seems to be a bit of a myth, most probably because of how offenses have adapted. For the draft, teams will have varying levels of priority on the cornerback position. Some teams leave their corners on an island in man coverage. Other teams play the majority of time in zone, and others mix coverage constantly. Teams that play press and man will generally need bigger, more physical corners that can disrupt routes at the line of scrimmage. Zone teams will generally need corners that don’t need the ability to stay with receivers all the way down the field. Moreover, the slot corner is becoming a major part of defenses as offenses have concentrating on creating mismatches with tight ends and running backs.
The Goods: School: Ohio State Position: CB Class: Junior Height: 6-0 Weight: 195 lbs Projected Draft Round: 2-3 Quick Quote: “If he can add a little muscle and strength, he could be a potential shutdown […]