CB Rankings 2017 NFL Cornerback Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: 30 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 defensive touchdown Top 10 Pick, 2. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: 23 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 33 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 2 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack Round 1, 3. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington: 27 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 39 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3 interceptions, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and 1 forced fumble Round 1, 4. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: 18 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 33 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 3 interceptions Round 1, 5. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: 21 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 26 total tackles, 8 deflections from pass breakups, and 4 interceptions Round 1, 6. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson: 39 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 52 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, and 6 tackles for a loss Round 1, 7. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: 19 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 35 total tackles, 14 deflections from pass breakups, 4 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 defensive touchdowns Round 1, 8. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: 26 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 36 total tackles, 5 deflections from pass breakups, 3 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 defensive touchdown Round 2, 9. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC: 46 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, 5 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown, and 1 punt return for a touchdown Round 2, 10. Desmond King, CB, Iowa: 42 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 58 total tackles, 7 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 defensive touchdown Round 2, 11. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee: 19 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 23 total tackles, 4 deflections from pass breakups, 2 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception Round 2, 12. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA: 24 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 31 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions Round 3, 13. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: 53 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 65 total tackles, 12 deflections from pass breakups, 6 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception Round 3, 14. Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia: 49 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 70 total tackles, 8 interceptions, 8 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 defensive touchdown, and 1 forced fumble Round 3, 15. Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State: 45 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 65 total tackles, 8 deflections from pass breakups, 7 interceptions, and 3 tackles for a loss Round 3, 16. Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar: 28 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 43 total tackles, 7 deflections from pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 2 tackles for a loss, and 1 forced fumble Round 4, 17. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan: 18 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 25 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 2 interceptions Round 4, 18. Corn Elder, CB, Miami FL: 55 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 76 total tackles, 12 deflections from pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks Round 4, 19. Marquez White, CB, Florida State: 19 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 25 total tackles and 4 deflections from pass breakups Round 4, 20. Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee State: 52 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 64 total tackles, 10 deflections from pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 4 tackles for a loss Round 4, 21. Treston Decoud, CB, Oregon State: 46 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 58 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions Round 4, 22. Breon Borders, CB, Duke: 20 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 27 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble Round 4, 23. Kevin King, CB, Washington: 26 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, 13 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 2 interceptions Round 5, 24. Ezra Robinson, CB, Tennessee State: 31 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, 42 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, and 5 interceptions Round 5, 25. Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida: 30 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 15 deflections from pass breakups, and 4 interceptions Round 5, 26. Howard Wilson, CB, Houston: 45 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 54 total tackles, 10 deflections from pass breakups, and 5 interceptions Round 5, 27. Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota: 29 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception Round 6, 28. Brad Watson, CB, Wake Forest: 49 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 63 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions Round 6, 29. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado: 19 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 23 total tackles, 21 deflections from a pass breakups, and 1 interception Round 7, 30. Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan: 19 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 28 total tackles, 13 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and 3 tackles for a loss Round 7


2017 NFL Draft: Cornerback Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 27, 2017.



  1. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State Projected Round Top 10 Pick

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 192 lb Marshon Lattimore lined up at both field cornerback and boundary cornerback in 2016. His 9 deflections bested Gareon Conley's 8 deflections and Lattimore did much better in coverage than Conley this past season. When you take his 9 deflections and 4 interceptions into account along with his defensive touchdown that's 14 plays where Lattimore contributed on defense in 2016.


    Marshon Lattimore SWOT Report

    Strengths: Marshon Lattimore is nicknamed Lattimore Island similar to Revis Island due to his exceptional ability to play man, zone, and press coverage. He's not as durable as Revis was coming out of Pittsburgh, but is more physical at the line of scrimmage when jamming receivers. Has tremendous instincts and the football IQ to shadow any route. Lattimore is a natural run stuffer. Lattimore has fluid hips and knows how to move his hips to match up with receivers when dropping back into coverage. Lattimore can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Lattimore knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    Weaknesses: I think Lattimore is a pretty complete cornerback for the most part. The only weakness with him is the fact that he has only one year of experience as a starter. He played boundary more than field cornerback, but he also showed he could play both sides plus he fatigued less then Gareon Conley which makes up for Lattimore playing boundary cornerback more than field cornerback.


    Opportunities: 6. New York Jets, 10. Buffalo Bills, 13. Arizona Cardinals, 14. Indianapolis Colts, 15. Philadelphia Eagles. Marshon Lattimore is a top 15 prospect and the top cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has a chance to get drafted in the top 10 with a strong 2017 NFL Combine.


    Threats: Marshon Lattimore has dealt with durability issues. He suffered injuries in both 2014 and 2015. He got injured against Clemson in the 2017 College Football Playoff in the first quarter. Lattimore's durability is really the only threat to a raw instinctive cornerback with Revis potential if he goes to the right situation.



    Before 2016

    Marshon Lattimore redshirted most of 2014. He made a tackle in the 2015 College Football Playoff game versus Oregon. He did a good job frustrating Marcus Mariota. He played 7 games at nickel cornerback in 2015 with Gareon Conley and Eli Apple before suffering a season ending injury against Rutgers. With Eli Apple in the NFL, Lattimore will finally get promoted to boundary cornerback.




  2. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 191 lb Jalen Tabor complimented Vernon Hargreaves in 2015 as a boundary cornerback. Tabor will be Florida's field cornerback in 2016.


    Jalen Tabor nicknamed "Teez" Tabor has had excellent tape in 2016. Tabor missed Florida's opener, but having 4 interceptions against all 4 SEC opponents Florida has faced does make Tabor stand out on tape. Tabor continues to showcase the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage needed to start in the NFL. Tabor dominated against #1 flanker receivers in 2016 after facing #2 wide receivers in 2015.


    Tabor dominated in coverage against LSU. Tabor has made the adjustment from boundary cornerback to field cornerback while being more physical in 2016. Tabor can stop the run as well as drop back into coverage.


    Tabor dominated in coverage against Florida State. Tabor had 3 deflections from pass breakups despite the loss to Florida State.


    Tabor limited Calvin Ridley to 4 receptions for 48 receiving yards against Alabama in the 2016 SEC Championship game. Tabor is capable of starting right away.


    Teez Tabor SWOT Report

    Strengths: Teez Tabor can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Tabor knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Tabor is an effective blitzer and can stop the run.


    Weaknesses: Teez Tabor misses tackles on running plays sometimes. Tabor fatigued versus Tennessee. His teammate Quincy Wilson outplayed him when he moved to field cornerback. Tabor did better when he was a boundary cornerback to Vernon Hargreaves III in 2015.


    Opportunities: 10. Buffalo Bills, 12. Cleveland Browns, 13. Arizona Cardinals, 14. Indianapolis Colts, 15. Philadelphia Eagles. Teez Tabor is a top 15 prospect. He'd be better off on a team where he could start at the boundary and move into a #1 cornerback role over time, but Tabor can play field cornerback.


    Threats: I don't see any threats with Tabor. He has been suspended and got into a fight with a teammate in practice once but I'd put Tabor's character concerns at a 2 out of 10 on a grading scale since I think any potential character issues with Tabor are so minor at this point.



    Before 2016

    Jalen Tabor had 21 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 40 total tackles, 14 deflections from pass breakups, and 4 interceptions in 2015. Jalen Tabor may not have the same success without Vernon Hargreaves, but if he does have the same success without Hargreaves he could be the first cornerback drafted in 2017.


    Tabor can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage. Florida lined Tabor up at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, dime cornerback, quarter cornerback, strong safety, and free safety. Tabor is more versatile than Hargreaves on tape, but unlike Hargreaves, Tabor faced #2 receivers rather than #1 targets. Tabor never missed tackles on tape which was something Hargreaves did at times.


    Tabor isn't as physical as Hargreaves though. One thing Tabor struggles with is adjusting when a quarterback is throwing the deep ball on the run. This was highlighted in Florida's game on tape against LSU.


    Tabor can have all the talent in the world heading into this season. If he does not show up to play well against a teams best receiver, then it will affect his stock in a negative way. That's just common sense. The secondary stops the passing game as a team and with three starters gone, we could easily see Tabor's play decline even though some have him as a top 10 pick.


    Jalen Tabor can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Tabor knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  3. Sidney Jones, CB, Washington Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 191 lb Sidney Jones was awesome on tape against JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2015. Washington is great at developing NFL cornerbacks.


    Sidney Jones was solid against Rutgers. He wasn't spectacular though. I don't think it will affect his draft stock much at this point.


    Sidney Jones was spectacular against Stanford. Jones has anchored Washington's defense only being targeted 9 times in Washington's first seven games thanks to superb man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage on tape. Jones may not have a deflection yet, but he's so lethal in coverage on tape that opposing quarterbacks are throwing towards his teammate Kevin King. Jones has a big game on National TV against Utah this weekend and Jones can solidify his status as the #2 cornerback in this draft if Washington wins.


    Sidney Jones locked down JuJu Smith-Schuster once again. Jones has done enough on tape to convince me he is the #2 cornerback in this draft after strong games against Utah, California, and USC. Jones did a superb job covering Chad Hansen and JuJu Smith-Schuster on tape.


    Not only did Jones dominate at at cornerback in coverage. He also showed he can stop the run on tape. That is going to get a lot more teams interested in drafting Sidney Jones.


    Washington State receiver Gabe Marks dominated and had some success against Sidney Jones. Jones didn't struggle since he did a good job blanketing Marks, but he has to play better in the PAC 12 Championship game. Jones rebounded by blanketing Calvin Ridley in the 2017 College Football Playoff.


    Sidney Jones SWOT Report

    Strengths: Sidney Jones can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Jones knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Jones is an effective blitzer and can stop the run. Jones has the best foot speed of any cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Weaknesses: Sidney Jones does have the best foot speed of any cornerback. Jones struggles against bigger receivers. He can still cover bigger receivers, but bigger receivers have an easier time creating separation from Jones. JuJu Smith-Schuster had a few plays where he got by Jones even though Jones blanketed him in Washington's loss to USC.


    Opportunities: 12. Cleveland Browns, 13. Arizona Cardinals, 14. Indianapolis Colts, 15. Philadelphia Eagles, 16. Baltimore Ravens. Sidney Jones is a top 16 prospect and can play field cornerback right away.


    Threats: I don't see any remote threat with Sidney Jones. He may not have the upside of Marshon Lattimore or Teez Tabor due to how he plays against bigger receivers, but you can argue that Sidney Jones is the safest cornerback to draft.



    Before 2016

    Sidney Jones played boundary cornerback next to Marcus Peters in 2014 as a true freshman. Jones 48 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 61 total tackles, 5 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions in 2014.


    In 2015, Jones took over as the field cornerback where Marcus Peters played covering #1 wide receivers. Peters had 31 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 46 total tackles, 10 deflections from pass breakups, and 4 interceptions.

    The Washington Huskies have a good track record for developing first round cornerbacks. I expect Sidney Jones to make a huge splash during either his junior or senior season at Washington to put himself in position to be a first round pick as Jones enters his junior season.


    If Jones struggles against JuJu Smith-Schuster this year, I will move him down, but right now I like him slightly more than JuJu Smith-Schuster based on what I've seen on tape.


    Sidney Jones can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Jones knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  4. Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 213 lb Quincy Wilson was a nickel cornerback to Jalen Tabor and Vernon Hargreaves in 2015. Wilson is moving up to boundary cornerback in 2016.


    Quincy Wilson faces mostly #2 receivers on tape. Despite facing weaker competition, Wilson has excellent size and can play man, zone, or press coverage. Wilson struggles against the run.


    Some mocks have Wilson in the top 10. Even though I disagree with that assessment, I can understand why people feel that way with Wilson having the best speed and size among the cornerbacks along with excellent coverage.


    Quincy Wilson dominated in coverage against Missouri, LSU, and Florida State. Wilson plays like a first round cornerback the more I watch him on tape.


    Wilson may not have a lot of experience. He has the football IQ to play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 though. Having that immense football IQ despite, the best size, and speed among the 2017 NFL Draft cornerbacks makes you a first round pick even with limited experience.


    Wilson is expected to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft along with Tabor. Both Florida cornerbacks should be first round picks.


    Quincy Wilson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Quincy Wilson can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Wilson knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Wilson is very physical and one could argue he's the best press coverage corner in the entire draft. Some scouts prefer him to his teammate Teez Tabor.


    Weaknesses: Quincy WIlson misses tackles on running plays quite frequently. Wilson is worse against the run. Wilson is tougher at the line of scrimmage than Tabor, but he lacks the foot speed that Tabor has. Wilson is also a one year starter which works against him too.


    Opportunities: 16. Baltimore Ravens, 18. Tennessee Titans, 26. Seattle Seahawks, 27. Kansas City Chiefs, 28. Dallas Cowboys. Quincy Wilson is a first round prospect. I think a team like the Ravens will end up taking him at 16, but anyone who takes him before Baltimore at 16 is reaching.


    Threats: Wilson's lack of experience is my only concern as far as a weakness and threat goes. You can argue that Wilson is a safer prospect than Tabor and you can also argue he has more upside with a higher ceiling and possibly more potential than his Florida teammate at cornerback.



    Before 2016

    Quincy Wilson was a dime cornerback in 2014 as a true freshman. Wilson started two games in 2014.


    Wilson got promoted from dime cornerback to nickel cornerback in 2015. Wilson started 9 games showcasing excellent speed on tape. Wilson showed the versatility to play nickel cornerback, free safety, strong safety, 4-3 right outside linebacker, or 4-3 left outside linebacker.


    Wilson showcased excellent speed and versatility on tape with 5 deflections in 2015. One thing Wilson needs to correct is his ability to stop the run.


    Quincy Wilson is getting promoted from nickel cornerback to boundary cornerback in 2016. Can Wilson play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively? Wilson can be a huge riser if he answers that question on tape in 2016.




  5. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 195 lb Gareon Conley is Ohio State's field cornerback. He played that role last year and created opportunities for top 10 pick Eli Apple. The junior redshirt cornerback could declare with a strong junior season.


    Gareon Conley had 1 deflection for Ohio State against Bowling Green. Conley is showing more leadership on this defense though and that's a good thing after Ohio State lost 3 starters on their secondary.


    Conley has 6 deflections so far in 2016. His only games without a deflection came against Tulsa and Indiana. Conley's 2 interceptions on the season came against Tulsa and Wisconsin.


    Gareon Conley struggled agaisnt Northwestern receiver Austin Carr. Carr has done enough to jump JuJu Smith-Schuster for second round consideration and Conley dominated at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, and nickel cornerback against Michigan State. Conley had the game-winning interception against Michigan State.


    Conley can play man coverage and zone coverage effectively. Conley pressed against Michigan. Conley gave up two third downs to a Michigan receiver, but he also had 1 deflection from a pass breakup.


    Gareon Conley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Gareon Conley is a three year starter at the field cornerback position and has faced numerous #1 flanker receivers throughout his career at Ohio State. Conley can play man, zone, and press coverage. Conley has fluid hips and knows how to move his hips to match up with receivers when dropping back into coverage. Conley can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Conley knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Conley did an awesome job blanketing Mike Williams in the 2017 College Football Playoff. Has the leadership to be a field cornerback and may have the best leadership traits of any cornerback in this draft.


    Weaknesses: Conley has the speed and explosion off the snap to be a field cornerback. I also feel like he has the foot speed and first step of a nickel cornerback which is why guys like Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr, Penn State's Chris Godwin, and Michigan's Amara Darboh had some big plays against him. Conley struggled against the run as well. He's not aggressive enough on running plays and gets ran over quite a bit when running backs come charging at him.


    Opportunities: 18. Tennessee Titans, 24. Oakland Raiders, 27. Kansas City Chiefs, 28. Dallas Cowboys, 30. Pittsburgh Steelers. Gareon Conley is a top 30 prospect and should be selected in the back half of the first round.


    Threats: There are no threats with Gareon Conley. I have a pet peeve with Conley though. That's his inconsistency. One play he plays like Pro Bowl corner Champ Bailey. The next play he plays like Shawntae Spencer and sometimes he plays like a less physical version of Mike Rumph making Conley the boom or bust prospect at cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft. I think he will succeed as long as he goes to a situation where he can start out as a nickel cornerback and work his way up the depth chart like David Amerson who started as a nickel corner in Washington, then struggled in the boundary in Washington. Goes to Oakland and then dominates in the boundary in his third year and gets promoted to field cornerback. I think Conley would have a lot of success if utilized like Amerson and I see a lot of Amerson in Conley at this point.



    Before 2016

    Gareon Conley had 33 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 49 total tackles, 5 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions in 2015. Eli Apple, Von Bell, and Tyvis Powell complimented Conley at Ohio State last season. With those three defensive backs in the NFL, Conley becomes the leader of Ohio State's secondary.




  6. Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 191 lb Cordrea Tankersley was a boundary cornerback next to Mackensie Alexander in 2015. Mackensie Alexander, T.J. Green, and Jayron Kearse are all gone meaning that Tankersley will be the new leader of Clemson's secondary.


    Cordrea Tankersley did an awesome job against Auburn. Tankersley had 2 tackles for a loss and 1 deflection for a pass breakup in Clemson's win over Auburn.


    Tankersley had 3 deflections for pass breakups against Troy. Lamar Jackson threw away from Tankersley when Louisville faced Clemson's defense. Tankersley has 6 deflections on the season with his deflections coming against Auburn, Troy, Louisville, and North Carolina State.


    Tankersley dominated on tape against both Florida State and Wake Forest. Tankerlsey has 9 deflections from pass breakups. Tankersley got called for pass interference against Pittsburgh and can unleash dirty hits which is his only concern.


    Tankersley can play against the run well. I've seen Tankersley in the first round of a lot of mocks. The more I watch Tankersley's tape, the more I can buy into the notion of Tankersley being a first round pick despite giving him a third round grade at the beginning of the year.


    Right now I have Tankersley as my top second round cornerback prospect. If he finishes the year on a strong note for Clemson, I will move Tankersley into my first round. Tankersley ended the year on a high note blanketing Isaiah Ford in the 2016 ACC Championship before blanketing Calvin Ridley in the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship game.


    Cordrea Tankersley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Cordrea Tankersley has started at both field and boundary cornerback. Tankersley can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage at a high level very consistently. Tankersley dominates against the run. Tankersley knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Practicing against Mike Williams in practice prepared Tankerlsey for the NFL.


    Weaknesses: Cordrea Tankersley is a pretty complete cornerback for the most part. My only concern with him is that he plays too aggressively and that leads to him getting penalized. Tankersley has 8 pass interference penalties in the last two years at cornerback.


    Opportunities: 24. Oakland Raiders, 27. Kansas City Chiefs, 28. Dallas Cowboys, 29. Green Bay Packers, 30. Pittsburgh Steelers. Cordrea Tankersley is a top 30 prospect and should be selected in the back half of the first round.


    Threats: As long as Tankersley doesn't screw up at the 2017 NFL Combine or Clemson's Pro Day he won't fall out of the first round. I really like what I see with Tankersley on tape so I don't see any threats with him at this point.



    Before 2016

    Cordrea Tankersley was a boundary cornerback next to Mackensie Alexander who had 9 deflections from pass breakups as well as 5 interceptions as a junior in 2015. He is expected to be a field cornerback in 2016 and did line up at field cornerback when Mackensie Alexander played boundary cornerback.


    Cordrea Tankersley can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Tankersley knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  7. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU Projected Round 1st Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-11 190 lb Tre'Davious White was awesome on tape in 2015. White should have declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, he had a lot less competition at cornerback and now will have a lot more competition at cornerback in 2016.


    Tre'Davious White was a turnover machine against Wisconsin. He had an interception and a fumble recovery for LSU.


    White has been a guy that SEC quarterbacks have been actively trying to avoid throwing to. White had 1 deflection against Auburn, Missouri, and Ole Miss on tape. White deserves a lot of credit for the success he is having in 2016 despite the departure of Les Miles.


    White stepped up in the second half of the season. White has 14 deflections from pass breakups in 2016, but still has issues with press coverage and stopping the run.


    Tre'Davious White SWOT Report

    Strengths: Tre'Davious White has started at both field and boundary cornerback. White dominates in man and zone coverage. Being a four year starter gives White arguably more experience than any cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft. White knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    Weaknesses: Despite dominating in man and zone coverage he also struggled against faster receivers in man coverage and took plays off against bigger receivers. He corrected these issues with his consistency in Mobile. His big issues were struggling in press coverage and struggling against the run.


    Opportunities: 28. Dallas Cowboys, 30. Pittsburgh Steelers, 32. New England Patriots, 35. Jacksonville Jaguars, 39. New York Jets. I have Tre'Davious White in the first round of my mock draft, but the truth is White is a first to second round prospect who may fall to day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Threats: Outside of Sidney Jones, Tre'Davious White may be the safest cornerback in this years draft. He has potential to be a great starting cornerback, but he's also extremely raw at this point. As long as he's not forced into a situation where he is the #1 field cornerback right away he should succeed.



    Before 2016

    Tre'Davious White lined up at field cornerback and boundary cornerback for LSU in 2015. He could be a solid boundary cornerback as he had 30 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles, 44 total tackles, and 7 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. White needs double digit deflections in 2016 if he wants to be a first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Tre'Davious White can play man coverage and zone coverage effectively. White knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    White has the speed and coverage to cover effectively. He's not physical enough to have an impact in press coverage and also looked very obsolete when trying to stop the run on tape against Alabama. White got constantly pushed on the ground by Alabama's fullbacks and tight ends. He has to play much better against Alabama in Death Valley during his senior year at LSU if he wants to be a first round pick.




  8. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 196 lb Marlon Humphrey was awesome on tape in 2015 as a field cornerback at Alabama. The only question is will the sophomore redshirt play well enough to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Marlon Humphrey dominated against JuJu Smith-Schuster showcasing the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage to be a lockdown cornerback in the NFL. Humphrey showed the same coverage against Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk. This sophomore redshirt is talented enough to get picked in the top half of the first round if he declares.


    Humphrey had 3 of his 4 deflections from pass breakups against Western Kentucky and Ole Miss. He finally got his 4th deflection against Texas A&M this past weekend. Humphrey is also excellent at picking up on running plays and blitzing corners. Even if Humphrey is not the best cover corner you could easily argue he's the most complete cornerback against the pass and run on tape despite having fewer deflections than Desmond King.


    Marlon Humphrey got injured in the Iron Bowl against Auburn. Humphrey did not return to the game.


    Marlon Humphrey SWOT Report

    Strengths: Marlon Humphrey has started at both field and boundary cornerback. Humphrey can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Humphrey knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    Weaknesses: Despite dominating in man and zone coverage he also struggled against faster receivers with crisp route running. Taywan Taylor of Western Kentucky gave Marlon Humphrey fits getting as far as five yards ahead of him.


    Opportunities: 35. Jacksonville Jaguars, 39. New York Jets, 42. Philadelphia Eagles, 45. Arizona Cardinals, 46. Baltimore Ravens. I had a top 20 grade on Humphrey during the regular season. After watching his tape, I bumped him down to the second round.


    Threats: Marlon Humphrey is raw as a sophomore redshirt, but has huge potential if a team can remain patient with him. Marlon Humphrey could still crack the late first round with a strong 2017 NFL Combine. I cannot see any threats with Humphrey.



    Before 2016

    Marlon Humphrey is the son of former NFL player Bob Humphrey. Marlon Humphrey was a 5 star recruit in high school before committing to Alabama. Marlon had 8 deflections from pass breakups along with 3 interceptions after taking the field cornerback job as a freshman redshirt in 2015.


    Marlon Humphrey can play man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage effectively. Humphrey knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  9. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-11 185 lb Adoree Jackson is USC's #1 field cornerback. Jackson also plays boundary cornerback too.


    Adoree Jackson did a great job in coverage against Calvin Ridley. Jackson showcased the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage that you want to see from a first round cornerback. Jackson has the speed and hands that NFL teams rave about.


    Jackson didn't do as well against Utah State, but he's impressed on tape against Stanford, had 2 deflections against Utah, did well against Arizona State, before locking down Colorado, and Arizona's wide receivers on tape.


    Adoree Jackson has addressed and corrected his concerns with coverage. My biggest question with Adoree Jackson is does he have the football IQ to recognize cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. This isn't a knock on Jackson. It's just something I'd like to see Jackson show me at some point in the draft process.


    Adoree Jackson missed 4 tackles against Washington wide receiver John Ross. Jackson also gave up a touchdown to Ross. Jackson had 2 interceptions against Washington's other receiver along with a blocked field goal.


    Adoree Jackson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Adoree Jackson finally cultivated his coverage skills in 2016. Jackson has deadly speed and the hands of a wide receiver.


    Weaknesses: Jackson may have learned how to cover effectively. He's too small to be a field corner against #1 receivers and many believe he's a nickel cornerback at best after getting torched by Washington wide receiver John Ross.


    Opportunities: 39. New York Jets, 42. Philadelphia Eagles, 45. Arizona Cardinals, 46. Baltimore Ravens, 52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Adoree Jackson had a late first round grade before getting torched by John Ross. I now have a second round grade on him.


    Threats: Adoree Jackson has no threats. I just see him as a nickel or boundary cornerback at best though.



    Before 2016

    Adoree Jackson does not have first round coverage, but I love his speed and hands on tape. Jackson can be used as a cornerback and a return specialist here. Jackson had 1,453 total yards on offense, defense, and special teams in 2016.




  10. Desmond King, CB, Iowa Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-10 206 lb Desmond King lined up at both field cornerback and boundary cornerback in 2015. I see King as a field cornerback that can cover any opponents best receiver in the NFL.


    Desmond King had 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackles, and 5 total tackles. King needs to do more moving forward, but he's still my top ranked cornerback.


    King did not have a deflection in his first three games. He dominated on tape against Rutgers, Northwestern, Minnesota with Mitch Leidner at quarterback, and Purdue. King did okay against Wisconsin in coverage, but he did get knocked down on a running play. I'm looking past that at this point since I honestly believe Desmond King is the top cornerback in the draft with his man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage with 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2016.


    Desmond King now has 7 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. King did a good job stopping the run against Michigan while dominating in coverage against the Wolverines.


    Desmond King SWOT Report

    Strengths: Desmond King is extremely sound in coverage. He's more of a ball hawk than a cover corner, but he can play on an island though.


    Weaknesses: Desmond King mainly played boundary cornerback and nickel cornerback at Iowa in 2016. Struggled against SEC receivers in Outback Bowl. Got knocked down on the first day of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile. Needs to get stronger. Some NFL teams think he's a better fit at safety than cornerback and King has no experience at safety.


    Opportunities: 45. Arizona Cardinals, 46. Baltimore Ravens, 52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 61. Green Bay Packers, 62. Pittsburgh Steelers. I had a top 5 grade on Desmond King at the beginning of the regular season. King isn't that good, but still has enough overall skill and talent to get drafted in the first two rounds.


    Threats: Desmond King needs to get drafted as a developmental cornerback. I actually think he will do worse at safety due to having a lack of experience.



    Before 2016

    Desmond King had 46 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 72 total tackles, 13 deflections from pass breakups, 8 interceptions, and 949 total yards on special teams returning both kickoffs and punts.


    Desmond King can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. King knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  11. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee Projected Round 2nd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 181 lb Cameron Sutton dominated in 2014 as a field cornerback. When Justin Coleman left, Sutton moved to the nickel and struggled in 2015. Sutton should be a field cornerback again in 2016.


    Cameron Sutton fumbled a punt return in the first quarter. After that he bounced back with 2 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 4 total tackles, 1 deflection from a pass breakup on the final play of the game, 1 interception, and 1 tackle for a loss which kept Appalachian State from winning in regulation.


    Cameron Sutton dominated on tape against Virginia Tech receiver Isaiah Ford. Sutton got injured against Ohio. It is not a season ending injury and with Sutton's injury progressing he will return later in the season. I still think Sutton is a fringe first round prospect when watching his tape.


    Sutton returned for Tennessee against Kentucky. Sutton dominated on tape against Kentucky and Missouri. Tennessee has lined Sutton up at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, or nickel cornerback. Sutton has done a much better job stopping the run at this point and should be a first round pick.


    Cameron Sutton SWOT Report

    Strengths: Cameron Sutton can fly around the field. He's a plug and play corner in this draft.


    Weaknesses: Sutton needs to get stronger. His lack of size and physical ability is his only weakness at this point. He's far more polished then his predecessor Justin Coleman.


    Opportunities: 46. Baltimore Ravens, 52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 61. Green Bay Packers, 62. Pittsburgh Steelers, 64. New England Patriots. Cameron Sutton should get drafted in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Threats: Durability is the only threat with Cameron Sutton. As long as Sutton stays healthy he will be effective.



    Before 2016

    Cameron Sutton began his freshman career as a boundary cornerback in 2013. In that role he had 34 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 39 total tackles, 7 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions.


    The following season, Sutton became a #1 field cornerback. Sutton had 31 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, 37 total tackles, 13 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 interceptions.


    Cameron Sutton had 27 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 28 total tackles, and 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 when moving to nickel cornerback. Sutton has the ability to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, or nickel cornerback.


    Cameron Sutton saw a huge drop off in deflections in 2015. Despite that, he still looks like the best press coverage cornerback on tape at times.


    Cameron Sutton can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Sutton knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  12. Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 202 lb Fabian Moreau had 9 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. Moreau put together his best season and dominated during the 2017 East West Shrine Game all throughout the week.


    Fabian Moreau SWOT Report

    Strengths: Fabian Moreau can blanket receivers with his man coverage and zone coverage. Moreau knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Moreau has an extremely high football IQ.


    Weaknesses: Fabian Moreau struggles in press coverage. JuJu Smith-Schuster got by him without breaking a sweat.


    Opportunities: 76. Buffalo Bills, 77. Arizona Cardinals, 82. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 93. Green Bay Packers, 96. New England Patriots. Fabian Moreau is a third round prospect. Mike Mayock is calling him a second roudn talent, but that is really stretching it.


    Threats: Durability is the only threat with Fabian Moreau. As long as Moreau stays healthy he will be effective.



    Before 2016

    Fabian Moreau did not become a starter until his sophomore season in 2013. Moreau had 8 deflections from pass breakups as a junior in 2014.


    Moreau took a medical redshirt after suffering a season ending injury in 2015. Moreau played the first three games, but got placed on injured reserve after that.


    Fabian Moreau can play man coverage or zone coverage. Press coverage is the biggest issue with Moreau. Moreau knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  13. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 195 lb Chidobe Awuzie can play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, strong safety, or free safety with his versatility. Awuzie is the top NFL draft prospect for Colorado in the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Chidobe Awuzie began the season on a very high note against Colorado State. Awuzie had 8 solo tackles, 1 deflection from a pass breakup, 1 interception, and 1 tackle for a loss against Colorado State. Awuzie kept Jehu Chesson to 0 receptions for 0 receiving yards. Awuzie did well against USC even though he was not on JuJu Smith-Schuster who dominated in that game.


    Awuzie had a season best 2 deflections for pass breakups in a 10-5 win VS Stanford showcasing the same man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage that Sidney Jones showed on tape. Awuzie already matched his 7 deflections from pass breakups from 2015 so far in 2016.


    Awuzie has stepped up without Ken Crawley. Awuzie looks like a cornerback that can play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 on tape.


    Awuzie contained JuJu Smith-Schuster. Awuzie had his worst game of the season against Washington State getting burned in coverage on plays. Awuzie had the same problem against Utah, Washington, and Oklahoma State. Awuzie still has way too much talent to fall out of the third round and would be a steal on day 3 if he fell to the fourth round. Awuzie's size and speed are the two things keeping him from being a first round cornerback despite being incredibly versatile on tape.


    Chidobe Awuzie SWOT Report

    Strengths: Chidobe Awuzie can blanket receivers with his man coverage, zone, and press coverage. Awuzie knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Awuzie has an extremely high football IQ. He's versatile enough to play anywhere at defensive back on the secondary.


    Weaknesses: Chidobe Awuzie struggles against speed receivers. Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks and Washington receiver John Ross picked Awuzie apart.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Chidobe Awuzie goes. Awuzie is a third round prospect.


    Threats: Chidobe Awuzie missed the 2017 Senior Bowl with an injury. Durability with Awuzie is more of a question mark than a concern at this point.



    Before 2016

    Chidobe Awuzie had 78 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 90 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, and 7 deflections from pass breakups.


    Chidobe Awuzie played with Kevin Crawley last year. Now he has to anchor Colorado's secondary while improving his coverage. This guy has the size of a cornerback and the skills of a linebacker which lead me to believe he's going to be a nickel corner that blitzes and plays very aggressive in the NFL.




  14. Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 204 lb cornerback will transition from nickel cornerback to field cornerback in 2016. Rasul Douglas has dominated with 8 interceptions and 7 deflections from pass breakups in 2016.


    Rasul Douglas SWOT Report

    Strengths: Rasul Douglas can blanket receivers with his man coverage, zone, and press coverage. Douglas knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    Weaknesses: Rasul Douglas looked like a complete corner in Mobile. Don't let his Mobile performance fool you he has issues with foot speed and is a guy with limited experience as a starter.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Rasul Douglas goes. Douglas is a third round prospect.


    Threats: There are no threats with Douglas. Despite the lack of experience Douglas could end up being a riser leading up to the draft because of that.



    Before 2016

    Rasul Douglas was a JUCO transfer before finally seeing the field as a nickel cornerback in 2015. Douglas will get promoted to field cornerback in 2016 so we will get to see what Douglas can do this upcoming season despite a lack of experience.




  15. Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State Projected Round 3rd Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-10 183 lb Damontae Kazee nearly declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. Kazee wisely returned to school though for his senior season.


    Damontae Kazee had 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, and 4 total tackles in San Diego State's season opener. He needs to do more in week 2 if he wants to impress NFL scouts.


    Damontae Kazee had 3 deflections from pass breakups against California. Kazee did give up a passing play in zone coverage. He seems more like a hard hitting man coverage corner. Kazee did not cover Chad Hansen when watching the tape. Kazee looks like a third to fourth round pick at best when watching his tape against California.


    Damontae Kazee SWOT Report

    Strengths: Damontae Kazee excels in man coverage and zone coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 in Mobile during practice sessions.


    Weaknesses: Kazee was projected to weigh 5-11 190 lbs. He's only 5-10 183 lbs and he's not as big as advertised. Kazee also still has issues in press coverage.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Damontae Kazee goes. Kazee is a third round prospect.


    Threats: There are no threats with Kazee. He is a third round prospect due to how well he did in Mobile, but could fall to day 3 with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Damontae Kazee had 58 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 75 total tackles, 7 deflections from pass breakups, and 8 interceptions in 2015. Kazee also won Mountain West Defensive Player Of The Year in 2015.


    Damontae Kazee flies after the ball like a wrecking ball. He's a hard hitter that is as fast as a bullet when it comes to delivering hits. Kazee is great in man and zone coverage, he's not the best press corner and does need to improve his understanding of coverage schemes. Kazee makes up for this with his incredible vision and hard hitting.




  16. Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 199 lb Brendan Langley is Lamar's #1 field cornerback. There are as many as five FCS cornerbacks that could get drafted in 2017, and Lamar cornerback Brendan Langley is the best of those FCS cornerbacks.


    Langley had a deflection in his 2016 opener. Langley also had 5 total tackles in that game and showed why he's the top FCS cornerback.


    Langley corrected his issue with dropping passes in 2015. Langley had 6 interceptions and 7 deflections in 2016 and one of the reasons he is so successful is because he is mainly focusing on playing defense.


    Brendan Langley can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage. Does Langley have the football IQ to understand cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4. Langley had an interception against Houston when playing the FBS opponent in Houston.


    Brendan Langley SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brendan Langley excels in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 in Mobile during practice sessions.


    Weaknesses: Brendan Langley struggled against the run. His poor week in Mobile caused him to drop from a third to a fourth round pick.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Brendan Langley goes. Langley is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: There are no threats with Langley. He is a fourth round prospect who can fall further with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Brendan Langley transferred from Georgia to Lamar in 2015. Langley played both wide receiver and cornerback at Lamar. Langley drops a lot of passes on offense though and would be better as a defensive back getting deflections rather than a wide receiver that catches passes. Langley had 11 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 in his first season at Lamar and if he can match that, he could shoot up draft boards.




  17. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-10 188 lb Jourdan Lewis is undersized. He makes plays though and has moments that really stand out on tape.


    Lewis missed the first three games of the season. Lewis added 16 lbs of muscle in the offseason to improve to 5-10 186 lbs. Lewis improved in zone coverage in 2016 after dominating in man and press coverage while struggling in zone in 2015. Lewis had a deflection in every game he started except the game against Illinois this past weekend. Lewis made an excellent one-handed interception against Wisconsin on tape.


    Jourdan Lewis now has 10 deflections in 2016. I think he's done enough on tape to be drafted in the first three rounds despite being undersized.


    Jourdan Lewis SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jourdan Lewis excels in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 in Mobile during practice sessions.


    Weaknesses: Jourdan Lewis has no weaknesses. His lack of size limits him to a nickel role at the NFL level though.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Jourdan Lewis goes. Langley is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: There are no threats with Lewis. He is a fourth round prospect who can fall further with a poor 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Jourdan Lewis is undersized, but he had 20 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. Lewis lined up at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, dime cornerback, and quarter cornerback.


    Lewis can play man and press well. He struggles in zone. That will limit him to cover 0, cover 1, and cover 2 schemes. If Lewis has to line up in the nickel due to his size, teams will have to use him as a man coverage corner in the slot.




  18. Corn Elder, CB, Miami FL Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-10 179 lb Corn Elder is Miami FL's #1 field cornerback. Corn Elder had 55 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 76 total tackles, 12 deflections from pass breakups, 4.5 tackles for a loss, and 3 sacks in 2016.


    Corn Elder SWOT Report

    Strengths: Corn Elder excels in man coverage and zone coverage. Elder showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 in 2016.


    Weaknesses: Corn Elder is undersized. He also struggles in press coverage.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Corn Elder goes. Elder is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: Corn Elder's lack of size limits him to a nickel role. Elder also has durability issues.



    Before 2016

    Corn Elder had 11 deflections in 2015. Elder caused more deflections from pass breakups than 2016 first round pick Artie Burns. Just imagine what he can do if he improves without Burns.




  19. Marquez White, CB, Florida State Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-11 184 lb Marquez White played field cornerback at Florida State. White's lack of size porbably limits him to a nickel role though.


    Marquez White SWOT Report

    Strengths: Marquez White has lockdown ability in man coverage. Only allowed 1 touchdown in two seasons as Florida State's field cornerback.


    Weaknesses: White struggles in zone coverage, press coverage, and against the run. White is a man coverage nickel corner at best.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Marquez White goes. White is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: Marquez White's lack of size limits him to a nickel role. White will be a career backup unless he goes to a team with a great defensive backs coach.



    Before 2016

    Marquez White had Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James bailing him out at safety. Jalen Ramsey is no longer on the team and White will have to step up.




  20. Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee State Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 170 lb Jeremy Cutrer did not become a starting cornerback on Middle Tennessee State until 2015. Cutrer had 13 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 and needs to show NFL scouts he's not a one-year wonder.


    Jeremy Cutrer has 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. Half of those deflections came against Northern Alabama. The other three deflections came against Louisiana Tech, North Texas, and Missouri. Cutrer had his worse game in 2016 against Vanderbilt.


    Cutrer now has 10 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. Cutrer still runs fast on tape, but now he's harnessed how fast is fast enough and how fast is too fast. Mastering that can make a huge difference in how he performs in the NFL.


    Jeremy Cutrer SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jeremy Cutrer excels in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4.


    Weaknesses: Cutrer runs too fast. He misses easy tackles and has trouble wrapping up defenders.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Jeremy Cutrer goes. Cutrer is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: Jeremy Cutrer did not get invited to the 2017 Senior Bowl or the 2017 NFL Combine. His only opportunity to impress NFL Scouts will be at Middle Tennessee State's Pro Day.



    Before 2016

    Jeremy Cutrer showed the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, strong safety, or free safety in 2015. Cutrer has great speed and hands. He stands out with that speed if you watch his tape against Alabama.


    Cutrer has great man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage on tape. Cutrer has the football IQ to play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 schemes. Cutrer is amazing in the red zone.


    Cutrer's biggest problem on tape is that sometimes he runs too fast to the point where he misses tackles. Cutrer can become a day 2 pick if he corrects that flaw on tape in 2016.




  21. Treston Decoud, CB, Oregon State Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 208 lb Treston Decoud is an excellent field cornerback with amazing size. Decoud could shoot up boards if he stays healthy in 2016.


    Treston Decoud 11 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 13 total tackles, 6 deflection from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions so far in 2016. Decoud had strong games against Minnesota, Idaho State, California blanketing Chad Hansen, and Utah. Decoud got picked apart by John Ross.


    Decoud did well in man and press coverage against Washington. John Ross picked Decoud apart in zone coverage and made Decoud miss two tackles. Decoud will do well in cover 0, cover 1, and cover 2 schemes, but could struggle in cover 3 and cover 4 schemes.
    Treston Decoud SWOT Report

    Strengths: Treston Decoud has lockdown ability in man coverage and press coverage. Oregon State's corner is excellent at wrapping up tacklers.


    Weaknesses: Treston Decoud struggles in zone coverage and will struggle in cover 3 or cover 4 schemes. SOmetimes does not display the first step quickness you want in press coverage.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Treston Decoud goes. Decoud is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: Treston Decoud needs a huge 2017 NFL Combine. Decoud did not get a chance to play in Mobile in the 2017 Senior Bowl.



    Before 2016

    Treston Decoud had 31 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, and 50 total tackles in 2015. Decoud did great against the run and could be a sleeper at cornerback if he can become more consistent in coverage in 2016 after having only 5 deflections in 2015.




  22. Breon Borders, CB, Duke Projected Round 4th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 180 lb Breon Borders is Duke's field cornerback. He played that role last year and did well in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Borders was overshadowed by strong safety Jeremy Cash.


    Breon Borders had 4 deflections from pass breakups against Northwestern. Borders had 3 more deflections from pass breakups in a win over Notre Dame. Borders did so well in coverage that Kizer threw away from Borders.


    Borders has 10 deflections in 2016. Borders had a mixed outing against Virginia Tech with 2 deflections on Isaiah Ford. Borders limited Ford to 4 receptions for 62 receiving yards, but one of those receptions was a 50 yard passing play plus Borders got called for pass interference in that game.


    Borders got injured and missed Duke's games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh. Borders has impressed on tape, but has also been inconsistent. The injury Borders suffered kept him from moving into day 2 territory despite having impressive moments on tape at times in 2016.


    Breon Borders SWOT Report

    Strengths: Breon Borders excels in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4. Has great awareness and vision for a cornerback.


    Weaknesses: Breon Borders isn't physical enough. He needs to get stronger.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Breon Borders goes. Borders is a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: Breon Borders did not get invited to the 2017 Senior Bowl or the 2017 NFL Combine. His only opportunity to impress NFL Scouts will be at Duke's Pro Day.



    Before 2016

    Breon Borders began his career as a boundary cornerback next to Ross Cockrell in 2013 having 8 deflections from pass breakups in 2013. He didn't do as well with only 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2014. When Cockrell left, Borders had his best season transitioning to field cornerback having 9 deflections from pass breakups.


    Borders dominated on tape against North Carolina showing the man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage that you look for in a starting cornerback. Borders has the football IQ to play in a cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 scheme.




  23. Kevin King, CB, Washington Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 192 lb Kevin King was a nickel cornerback in 2015. King will move to a boundary cornerback role next to Sidney Jones in 2016.


    Kevin King had 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 7 total tackles, and 2 tackles for a loss in 2016. King needs to do more for Washington in week 2 even though he impressed against Rutgers.


    Kevin King has 5 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. Kevin King is getting a lot of deflections mainly due to teams throwing away from the cornerback across from him in Sidney Jones.


    Kevin King has dominated in coverage in 2016. King has 10 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. King has stepped up at boundary cornerback after being a safety in 2014 and a nickel cornerback in 2015. Kevin King's fantastic tape has earned him a fourth round grade assuming he declares for the 2017 NFL Draft.


    Kevin King SWOT Report

    Strengths: Kevin King has the versatility to play cornerback or safety. King excels in zone coverage and his man coverage improved in 2016.


    Weaknesses: Kevin King struggles in press coverage. Also lacks the foot speed to be consistent in man coverage at times. He may end up moving to safety.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Kevin King goes. King is a fifth round prospect.


    Threats: Kevin King has durability issues. His senior season was the only season where he stayed completely healthy.



    Before 2016

    Kevin King started 12 games at safety in 2014. King moved over to nickel cornerback in 2015.


    Kevin King started eight games in 2015 playing in eleven of the teams thirteen games. King had an interception in each of Washington's first three games.


    Kevin King now has the versatility to play nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. He will get his chance to be a boundary cornerback across from Sidney Jones in 2016.




  24. Ezra Robinson, CB, Tennessee State Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 180 lb Ezra Robinson enters his senior season as a great cornerback that can dominate in man and press coverage. Robinson struggled in zone though.


    Robinson dominated in 2016 with 11 deflections from pass breakups and 5 interceptions. Robinson got an invite to the 2017 Senior Bowl which is why he is moving up to my third round until I see what he can do against superior competition in Mobile. If Robinson fails to impress in Mobile, I will move him back down since this draft is loaded with cornerbacks.


    Robinson dominated against Arkansas Pine Bluff, but was inconsistent against Jackson State. Robinson had some moments against Vanderbilt in 2016.


    Ezra Robinson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ezra Robinson can play man coverage and press coverage. Robinson is probably going to be a nickel cornerback.


    Weaknesses: Ezra Robinson struggles in zone coverage. He also lacks the functional strength to press consistently against NFL receivers without fatiguing. Wide receivers in Mobile exposed this flaw in Robinson's game.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Ezra Robinson goes. Robinson is a fifth round prospect.


    Threats: Ezra Robinson needs a strong 2017 NFL Combine. He struggled in Mobile during Senior Bowl week.



    Before 2016

    Ezra Robinson transferred from Michigan State to Tennessee State. Robinson can play man and press coverage. Robinson struggles with zone coverage though as well as the run which limits him to cover 0, cover 1, and cover 2 schemes.


    Robinson had 7 deflections from pass breakups in 2015. Robinson can jump in the air though and is effective in the red zone in coverage.




  25. Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 200 lb Shaquill Griffin had 30 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 15 deflections from pass breakups, and 4 interceptions in 2016. Griffin got picked apart by Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh who I have a sixth round grade on.


    Shaquill Griffin SWOT Report

    Strengths: Shaquill Griffin excels in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4.


    Weaknesses: Shaquill Griffin isn't physical enough. He also struggles against faster receivers.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Shaquill Griffin goes. Griffin is a fifth round prospect.


    Threats: Shaquill Griffin has a window of opportunity to impress at the 2017 NFL Combine. Griffin's stock will drop if he does not impress at the 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Shaquill Griffin had 38 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 13 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions in 2015. Griffin could be a late round pick if he improves on that as a senior in 2016.




  26. Howard Wilson, CB, Houston Projected Round 5th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-1 185 lb Howard Wilson is one of the best cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft despite being a sophomore redshirt. Howard Wilson has the same man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage ability that William Jackson III had in 2015. Wilson only had 10 deflections compared to Jackson's 23, but Howard is much better in press coverage then William Jackson III was coming out of Houston.


    Howard Wilson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Howard Wilson excels in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. Finally showed he could play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4.


    Weaknesses: Howard Wilson is extremely talented, but extremely raw too with only one season as a full-time starter. Wilson could have been a 2018 first round pick if he went back to school.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Howard Wilson goes. Wilson is a fifth round prospect.


    Threats: Howard Wilson has a window of opportunity to impress at the 2017 NFL Combine. Wilson's stock will either rise or fall depending on what happens at the 2017 NFL Combine.



    Before 2016

    Howard Wilson had 27 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 48 total tackles, 3 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 interceptions in 2014 as a true freshman. Wilson got injured in 2015 which caused him to take a medical redshirt. Wilson needs to stay healthy in 2016 in order to convince NFL Scouts he does not have durability issues.




  27. Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 5-10 205 lb Jalen Myrick was a nickel cornerback to Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun in 2015. In 2016, Jalen Myrick will be Minnesota's #1 field cornerback with those two corners in the NFL now.


    Jalen Myrick had 5 solo tackles, 1 deflection from a pass breakup, and 1 tackle for a loss in his first game as Minnesota's field cornerback. Myrick did well against Oregon State, but will have more competition moving forward.


    Jalen Myrick had 2 of his 4 deflections against Iowa. Myrick will be a huge project for any team in the market for a cornerback.


    Jalen Myrick shut down Austin Carr on tape. Carr left the game against Minnesota injured at wide receiver for Northwestern.


    Jalen Myrick SWOT Report

    Strengths: Jalen Myrick excels in man coverage. He shut down Austin Carr.


    Weaknesses: Myrick is a one-year starter at field cornerback. He struggled in zone and press coverage and had bad foot speed versus Chris Godwin.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Jalen Myrick goes. Wilson is a sixth round prospect.


    Threats: Jalen Myrick has a window of opportunity to impress at the 2017 NFL Combine. Myrick's stock will either rise or fall depending on what happens at the 2017 NFL Combine after having mixed reviews at the 2017 East West Shrine Game.



    Before 2016

    Jalen Myrick saw limited action in 2015. He will get more action as a #1 field cornerback in 2016.




  28. Brad Watson, CB, Wake Forest Projected Round 6th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-0 190 lb Brad Watson can be used as a field or a boundary cornerback. He gave Jameis Winston problems in 2014 and Deshaun Watson problems in both of his seasons as Clemson's starter. Watson enters 2016 as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation.


    Brad Watson had 4 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 7 total tackles. Watson was third on Wake Forest in tackles during their 7-3 win over Tulane. Tulane's quarterback threw away from #25, Brad Watson at all times.


    Watson did a good job with a deflection against Indiana. Watson really impressed me on tape against Florida State. Watson showed the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. Watson also gave up a touchdown to the 6-5 225 lb Auden Tate. Watson did a good job covering him, but had trouble containing him due to only being 6-0 190 lbs. Watson has the football IQ to be a starting NFL corner on tape, but he may struggle against bigger receivers in the red zone. Watson also got knocked down on a running play against Dalvin Cook so Watson may struggle against the run.


    Watson added 10 lbs of muscle during Wake Forest's bye week. Watson dominated against James Quick when Wake Forest played Louisville. Lamar Jackson was held to 10 points in the first three quarters and had to play keep away from Brad Watson.


    Brad Watson did an awesome job blanketing Artivis Scott. Watson wasn't as consistent against Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams who made Watson miss two tackles with his speed on tape. Watson did have some plays where he covered Williams effectively, and probably gave Williams the most problems on tape among any cornerback I've watched facing Williams. Williams still got the better of Watson on running plays, showing off his blocking pushing Watson backwards on tape.


    I like Watson in coverage. Watson has problems against the run though and bigger receivers will abuse Watson on tape in running situations if those receivers can block.


    Brad Watson SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brad Watson is versatile enough to play anywhere on the secondary. He covers speed receivers well. Brad Watson can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Watson knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    Weaknesses: Brad Watson struggles against bigger receivers. He also has trouble stopping the run.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Brad Watson goes. Watson is a sixth round prospect.


    Threats: Brad Watson did not get to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl or the 2017 NFL Combine. His only opportunity to impress NFL Scouts will be at Wake Forest's Pro Day.



    Before 2016

    Brad Watson had 47 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles, 72 total tackles, 16 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions in 2015. Watson is a guy that can shoot up draft boards if he matches his 2015 numbers in 2016.


    Brad Watson can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage effectively. Watson knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.




  29. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-3 190 lb Ahkello Witherspoon had 19 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 23 total tackles, 21 deflections from a pass breakups, and 1 interception in 2016.


    Ahkello Witherspoon SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ahkello Witherspoon is versatile enough to play either side at cornerback. Ahkello Witherspoon can play man coverage and zone coverage effectively. Watson knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. Witherspoon did well in the 2017 East West Shrine Game.


    Weaknesses: Ahkello Witherspoon has short arms. He struggles in press coverage and does terrible against the run as well.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Ahkello Witherspoon goes. Witherspoon is a seventh round prospect.


    Threats: Ahkello Witherspoon does not tackle and hit enough. That alone may be enough to take teams off their draft boards.



    Before 2016

    Ahkello Witherspoon earned a starting cornerback job in 2015 as a nickel cornerbac. Witherspoon had 4 deflections from pass breakups in 2015 and will move to boundary cornerback with Ken Crawley now in the NFL.




  30. Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan Projected Round 7th Round

    2016 Season Recap The 6-2 175 lb Channing Stribling 19 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 28 total tackles, 13 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and 3 tackles for a loss in 2016.


    Channing Stribling SWOT Report

    Strengths: Channing Stribling can play man coverage and zone coverage effectively. Stribbling knows the cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.


    Weaknesses: Channing Stribling needs to bulk up and add more muscle. His press coverage also needs work.


    Opportunities: I'm not sure where Channing Stribling goes. Stribling is a seventh round prospect.


    Threats: Channing Stribling needs a huge NFL Combine. A bad combine makes Stribling an undrafted prospect.



    Before 2016

    Channing Stribling only started four games in 2015. He will get a chance to be a full-time starter in 2016.







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