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Draft Talk – CB Edition

This year’s cornerback class is deeper than it has been for the past few years. There are a lot of day 1 starters on the board, which makes my job and Tony’s job of ranking the prospects difficult. Actually, to be honest I played the roll of chief editor for this post, Tony did all the heavy lifting and film study. With that being said, Don’t be surprised the top five players on this list get their name called tonight. I hope you enjoy.

1. Marshon Lattimore (OSU)

  • Height: 6’0 Weight: 193 lbs
  • 41 Tackles, 4 Ints, 1 TD
  • 40 Time: 4.36, Vertical: 38’5
  • 1st Year Starter

Strengths:

  • Elite Speed
  • Toughness
  • Explosiveness
  • Physicality
  • Press Coverage (man)
  • Uses technique well
  • Great hips and feet

Weaknesses:

  • Injury Issues
  • Lack of experience
  • Inconsistent
  • Too aggressive in coverage

Overall: Marshon Lattimore is an exemplary football player. He’s a true man to man corner with elite speed and great ball skills. He has ideal size with great hips and feet. The only red flags with Marshon is his lack of experience. Also, on film at times he would be over aggressive leading to him being beat off the line of scrimmage. He also experienced many injuries during his collegiate career, which are a cause for concern. Marshon is the clear number one corner off the board.

2. Chidobe Awuzie (Colorado)

  • Height: 6’0 Weight: 195 lbs
  • 65 Tackles, 1 Int
  • 40 Time: 4.43, Vertical: 34’5
  • 4 Year Starter

Strengths:

  • Fluidness
  • Versatility
  • Physicality at the LOS
  • Athleticism
  • Explosiveness
  • Great Nickleback player

Weaknesses:

  • Ball skills
  • Recovery speed
  • Reading keys
  • Trusts eyes in coverage
  • Run support

Overall: Chidobe Awuzie is my guy. His gameplay and athleticism are exciting to watch. He played corner, free and strong safety, nickelback, and outside linebacker at Colorado. That shows that Awuzie is versatile and will be an impact on any team no matter the position. His red flag is his recovery speed. In the NFL there’s great speed and quickness in the slot, which could be a nice challenge for him. His ball skills aren’t as impressive as you would like. Awuzie is the steal of the draft.

3. Kevin King (Washington)

  • Height: 6’3 Weight: 200 lbs
  • 44 Tackles, 2 Ints
  • 40 Time: 4.43, Vertical: 39’5
  • 3 Year Starter

Strengths:

  • Size and range
  • Great ball skills
  • Toughness
  • Versatility
  • Good speed

Weaknesses:

  • Agility
  • Tight hips
  • Awareness
  • Sluggish feet in press coverage

Overall: Kevin King size has separated into being the tallest cornerback in this year’s NFL draft. I believe he will be the first Washington cornerback taken. He’s a flat out playmaker with great range and with the NFL emerging with these Julio Jones and AJ Green wide receiver body types this is crucial. The red flags on him are his thin frame and upper body strength. He was exposed in the run support against Alabama. Also, in man to man coverage with tight hips and sluggish feet at times he was beat off the line of scrimmage. His transition to the NFL will be focused on mental toughness and technique.

4. Marlon Humphrey (Alabama)

  • Height: 6’0 Weight: 197 lbs
  • 36 Tackles, 2 Ints, 1 TD
  • 40 Time: 4.41, Vertical: DNP
  • 2 Year Starter

Strengths:

  • Good run support
  • Toughness
  • Athletic ability
  • Great zone corner
  • Physicality
  • Good speed
  • Explosiveness

Weaknesses:

  • Recovery Speed
  • Ball skills
  • Impatient in man coverage

Overall: Marlon Humphrey is outstanding football player. I believe he will be taken mid first round. Athleticism runs in his from his father and mother. The skills set he has is unbelievable because he can recover from his mistakes almost instantly. He’s a student of the game with a high football IQ. His red flag is transitioning in and out his cuts in man to man coverage. On film he seems more comfortable playing zone coverage. With his aggression he normally goes for the wideout first reaction, so he has be cautious expecting teams to try double moves and quick routes against him. The most physical cornerback in this year’s draft will start as nickelback and develop into a starting cornerback.

5. Tre’Davious White (LSU)

  • Height: 5’11 Weight: 192 lbs
  • 35 Tackles, 2 Ints, 1 TD
  • 40 Time: 4.47, Vertical: 32’
  • 4 Year Starter

Strengths:

  • Great footwork
  • Elusiveness
  • Toughness
  • Man coverage
  • Patience

Weaknesses:

  • Tight hips in zone coverage
  • Struggles in playing nickelback
  • Consistency at run support

Overall: Tre’Davious White is an all around football player. He’s a dynamic punt and kick returner and with his speed and quickness he’s a good man to man cornerback. Tre’Davious has decent ball skills. The red flags on him are guarding in the slot and playing zone coverage. He’s a gambler sometimes in zone and that tends to hurt him. His hips seems tight in zone coverage leading him to struggle with quick wideouts. Tackling is his weakest trait, more times than not he appears to not want to be involved in outside tackles. He might slide into the first round with Conley off the field problems coming out this week.

6. Gareon Conley (OSU)

  • Height: 6’0 Weight: 195 lbs
  • 26 Tackles, 4 Ints
  • 40 Time: 4.44, Vertical: 37’
  • 2 Year Starter

Strengths:

  • Good press corner
  • Ideal size
  • Plays ball in the air very well
  • Instincts
  • Fluid hips

Weaknesses:

  • Physicality and strength
  • Tackling
  • Recovery Speed
  • Usage of hands and jamming

Overall: Gareon Conley is a heck of an cornerback. His athleticism is off the charts with decent speed. Conley has the ability to play  in the slot and mirrors wide receivers very well. The red flags on Conley are that he gives wideouts to much separation and is not physical when it comes to man to man coverage. He will have to start using his hands more in the NFL. With all that being said, I see a lot of potential in him to being a good professional. He will drop due to the off the field allegations, but after that situation is settled, he will be a valuable asset.

I encourage you to comment below and share your thoughts and feelings on who you think the top cornerbacks are. Also, you can email me (hartshornthomas@gmail.com) if you’d like to discuss the draft in more detail or talk about any sports topics you would like me to write about in the future.

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