Note: These are ordered in regards to general overall rating. This is not necessarily a reflection of predictive draft order as other variables such as scheme, coaching, etc. will alter each team’s rating of each prospect.
- Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State – Coming off an injury, but elite combination of physical attributes and talent. If he stays healthy, could become a top level cornerback. Is progressing so far this season, so scouts keeping a very close eye on him, could rocket up draft boards.
- Gareon Conley, Ohio State – A high ceiling prospect that hasn’t had much experience being the primary defender, but has the height weight speed combination that has scouts thinking he could thrive in the NFL.
- Tre’Davious White, LSU – Does an excellent job of staying with receivers on the perimeter, definitely an outside cornerback at the next level. Coverage skills in press are his strong point. With his combination of size, athleticism, football smarts, and coverage skills, could make an excellent press cover corner in the NFL.
- Fabian Moreau, UCLA – Very experienced, has 36 starts. Physical and competitive, with excellent ability to locate the ball and get his body and hands in position to make a play. Excellent open field tackling ability. Eager and able to contribute against the run. Had an excellent week at the East-West Shrine game.
- Adoree Jackson, USC – Absolutely explosive and electric as a returner. Has played at wide receiver as well, but concentrating on cornerback now. Role in the NFL will definitely be as a returner, and will need to work throughout this season to polish his skills as a cornerback. Off the charts athletic ability, but technique is raw as a defensive player.
- Quincy Wilson, Florida – To start the year, he was in the shadow of teammate Teez Tabor, but through the season he has looked as good, and perhaps better than Tabor. He possesses excellent size, speed, agility, and has the experience that teams are looking for with lots of good tape.
- Marlon Humphrey, Alabama – An ultra fast, potential shut down corner with good length, Humphrey is still growing into his role as the top cornerback in the Alabama secondary after years of stars have been rolling through the roster. Teams will look at his trajectory as a Saban-trained defensive back and combination of rare size and speed, and should go quickly in the draft. Track star, gets to the football quickly. Needs to work on his ball skills.
- Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson – Has the physical attributes you look for in a corner- good size, strength, very good speed. Excellent ball skills, and able to stay with receivers in man coverage. Gets sloppy with hand placement, and needs to learn better technique if asked to do a lot of press coverage. Productive and experienced.
- Desmond King, Iowa – Superb ball skills, a bawl hawk. Very instinctual player with experience playing outside and inside. Strong hands, and fights for balls as if he were the wide receiver. Sufficient at press, but takes too long to redirect receivers. Good speed, doesn’t lose receivers in coverage.
- Sidney Jones, Washington – Possesses everything that you would need to be a shutdown corner in the NFL – Intelligence, instincts, and talent. Able to play press and zone equally well. Excellent recognition skills, and can stay with any receiver in coverage. Really excels at ball skills, and will need to keep up the consistency to stay near the top of most teams’ draft boards for corners.
Comments: This is an excellent draft if you need a cornerback. The top of the draft is going to be loaded with big, physical, versatile defensive backs. Smaller db’s that still play an important role, like Jourdan Lewis, could drop because of the increased need for bigger backs. This could provide some real steals. Even deep into this draft teams are going to find a lot of talent at cornerback.