Williams would likely land much higher on this list were it not for a torn ACL against, Ricks was a bit of a surprise declaration considering he made all of four starts this season due to a nagging back problem. Oregons Christian Gonzalez was already one of the drafts top corners but his athletic testing solidified him as a first-round prospect. pic.twitter.com/kt2hozbJ5L, Rayane M (@RayaneScout) January 19, 2023. Some teams really liked Gardner's interview, but others thought it was very poor. Riley Moss Iowa, rSr, 6003, 192, 4.54e, 0918, 3038, 7338, SRB, NIC, Rd5 | REPORT, 21. 4/27/22: Castro-Fields had a lot of buzz with evaluators entering the 2021 season, but his play dropped off and he had a rough year. . He faces some limitations for the NFL, however. SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL. *Tyric LeBeauf, Boise State, rSr, 6016, 180, 4.50e, UDFA, 68. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Kendrick had a very good season for the Tigers there and locked down the starting spot across from A.J. Larry Hawkins, Old Dominion, Sr, 6012, 190, 4.57e, 0958, 3200, 7800, HULA, UDFA, 63. Team sources say Evans is long and athletic, but lacks strength and finishing ability. Jalen Carter, Georgia. 2. He wasn't terrible at Senior Bowl, but moving to safety might be the best fit for him in the NFL. 2023 NFL Draft Slot Cornerback Rankings. Running an impressive 4.38 40-yard dash to go with a 41.5-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-1 broad jump. Trevius Hodges-Tomlinson out of TCU is one of the top SR prospects for the 2023 NFL draft, listed at 59 180 hes an elite mover, with an aggressive, and playmaking style at the CB position that Im excited to watch this upcoming season. The 2014 NFL Draft cornerback class has a little . His performance improve by leaps and bounds every season, as he finished with a career-high 89.3 coverage grade this past fall. *BJ Boohler, Florida A&M, Sr, 5072, 185, 4.40e, UDFA, 64. "No cornerback can contest Emmanuel Forbes' production over the course of his career with 14 interceptions and six being returned for a touchdown.". I love his coverage versatility. After an elite freshman season with LSU and a disappointing 2021 to follow, Ricks announced his transfer to Alabama. The good news is that not only were those four starts stupendous but also, hes been a starter since his freshman year at LSU in 2020. That is why cornerback has been the most selected position in recent drafts as teams try their hand . *Devon Witherspoon, Illinois, Jr, 5116, 185, 4.55e, NIC, Rd1 | REPORT, 4. While only listed at 6-foot, Forbes has a much longer wingspan than youd expect for a man that size, which is why hes consistently able to make plays from behind receivers. 7/17/21: Thompson has yet to produce a big statistical season, but he flashed at times for Texas during the past four years. pic.twitter.com/tmZromjz0r, Tru Maroon Nation (@TruMaroonNation) October 16, 2022. 4/27/22: McCollum is a tall cornerback with excellent length. He's a Press Corner with a good combination of size, strength and ball skills necessary to cover bigger, stronger NFL Receivers. There's a new No. In the modern NFL which features so many dynamic wide . Ameer Speed, Michigan State, Sr, 6034, 210, 4.52e, NFLPA, PFA | REPORT, 40. View Ranking History. Anthony Johnson, Iowa State, rSr, 6001, 208, 4.50e, 0868, 3200, 7548, NFLPA, PFA | REPORT, 38. Player Summary Gardner is an athletic lanky press corner who's a throwback type player who can get in a receiver's face and dominate. Bryan Bresee, Clemson. 1. The issue was that even with the relatively lax college rules, Horn was still flagged five times. He has a good skill set, but his lack of consistency was shown in busted coverage too often. Witherspoon is an outstanding pro corner, he's super aggressive without being particularly handsy, has the speed that allows him t Christian Gonzalez has elite speed and quickness showcased by his almost Olympic track time. 7/17/21: Durant has not produced a lot of tackles in the past two seasons, but he did well producing at turnovers, snagging five interceptions. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/ubG8hNyP0t, ???????????????????????? Unlock all tools and content including Player Grades, Fantasy, NFL Draft, Premium Stats, Greenline and DFS. 7/17/21: Kendrick transferred to Georgia after getting in some trouble. Christian Braswell, Rutgers, Sr, 5104, 181, 4.55e, 0928, 3018, 7378, HULA, PFA | REPORT, 46. Hes undersized for the position, but theres not much else in Samuels game you can poke holes in. 7/17/21: Elam played well in 2020, recording 39 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes broken up. Smith also possesses some of the best ball skills in the class with 16 pass-breakups and six interceptions on 94 career targets. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Evans has good size, speed and athleticism. Still, he has risen, helped by his decent week at the Senior Bowl and an excellent combine. The ones who love him see a corner with excellent ball skills, some length, and quickness. Justin Layne, Michigan State. For final scouting reports on over 500 players for the 2023 NFL Draft, be sure to reserve your copy of the Official 2023 NFL Draft Bible. If Johnson covers well as a senior, he could be a riser. In 2021, he had 50 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Surtain was the highest-graded cornerback in college football this past season and has seen his PFF grade increase every single year since his freshman campaign. 7/17/21: Lucas has been a solid player for the Sun Devils across the past four seasons, but he has some size and speed limitations for the NFL. Diggs only allowed a 42.3% Pass Completion rate into his coverage area in 2019 Season. Clark Phillips III, Utah. His effortless ability to mirror wide receivers led to four interceptions and six pass breakups for the Ducks this past fall. Projected Round (2021): 1-2. Joey Porter Jr., Penn State, rJr, 6020, 192, 4.46e, NIC, Rd1 | REPORT, 2. *Cam Smith, South Carolina, rJr, 6006, 190, 4.50e, NIC, Rd2 | REPORT, 6. 7/17/21: Fields is a gritty corner who has competed well for Texas Tech over the past four seasons. * - denotes 2019 prospect. He's earned a 90.7 coverage grade in his college career compared to Stingley's 91.9 mark. INDIANAPOLIS We all remember gym class in elementary school, when being the fastest kid in the class was the greatest mark of respect. Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin. *For exclusive year-round coverage of the NFL Draft follow us @NFLDraftBible, bringing you the names you need to know first, since 2002! To be qualified for this list, it's important to note that a player must be classified as a true sophomore or a redshirt freshman. Smith is what we in the scouting world affectionately refer to as a football player. Hes not a high draft pick because of what hes going to do at the combine but rather due to the way he plays the game. Ohio State's CJ Stroud is one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. Last year was a wee bit lacking, but this year is loaded with at least 20 who could legitimately end up starting, or at least get starting consideration. In his first season, he was a freshman All-American with four interceptions and four pass-breakups on only 28 targets. 4/27/22: Johnson recorded 35 tackles, five passes broken up and two interceptions in 2021. He's got good size and length, and he can run just enough to be fine. To go along with his size, sources say Gardner is fast and has ball skills but is a little raw. Will Riley Moss play Safety or Corner in the NFL. Beautiful PBU by Eli Ricks one on one with Justin Robinson! CB. Gowan only has one season of major college football under his belt back in 2019 before opting out this past season. The draft guide also includes three-year grades, advanced stats, player comparisons, 2021 NFL Scouting Combine data, 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl grades and much more. Forced the PBU!pic.twitter.com/rsJ6yEAL58, Full-Time Dame ???? 4/27/22: Stingley played well in very brief action for LSU before going out with a foot injury. He flashed some coverage ability and a good skill set there. Daniel Jeremiah's updated rankings of the 50 best prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft has 46 players changing spots, including three of the top four QBs. He appears to be able to keep pace with the . One-year starter who didn't sulk after losing a competition to McDuffie earlier in career . We witnessed one of the all-time great rookie cornerback classes in 2022 with alumni such as All-Pro first round pick Sauce Gardner (Jets) and Pro Bowl selection Tariq Woolen (Seahawks). March 4, 2023 3:12 pm ET. Makes a play at the catch point, too. 1 corner similar to Jalen Ramsey. 4/27/22: Durant recorded five tackles, two interceptions and two passes defended in 2021. 9. Melifonwu has rare physical tools for the position at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with a 41.5-inch vertical and 11-2 broad jump. All Scouts Average Overall Rank 16.9. However, he carries that size extremely well. After a top-heavy cornerback class that turned out to be excellent in 2021, the 2022 version is littered with talent throughout the class. Team sources like Elam's cover skills, but they have some concerns about his speed for matching up with NFL receivers. Browns meet with potential backup QB candidate at NFL Scouting Combine, A diehard fan growing up, Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott would love to come home, Northwestern defensive lineman Adetomiwa Adebawore breaks the bank at the combine, Underwear Olympics: Stock up/down on EDGE prospects after testing, Browns have met with duo of speedy wide receivers at the combine, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. With plenty of talent at the outside corner position as well as some intriguing options for teams like the Browns looking for a slot cornerback. 4/27/22: Prior to a late-season injury, Jobe was Alabama's most talented corner in 2021, but he needs to become more consistent in his technique for the NFL. He also had two interceptions and five passes defended that season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. He has quality size and plays tough. Hes one of the lankiest corners youll see in the draft and that length presents a ton of problems for receivers in press coverage. He really helped himself by running faster than expected at the combine, but teams hate that Elam is a weak tackler and very finesse despite having excellent size. isty, as the TCU corner was flagged 14 times this past season. Hes a sticky & twitchy corner. He broke out in 2019 as a freshman, recording 45 tackles, two forced fumbles, an interception and two passes defended. Hes got the best feet of any corner in the class and can plug into any scheme in the league. Siaki Ika, Wisconsin. Banks is the first of many big corners on this list. Steven Jones, Appalachian State, rSr, 5095, 185, 4.44e, 0778, 3078, 7348, NFLPA, PFA | REPORT, 44. Armour-Davis helped himself by working out well at the combine. Joey Porter Jr is the son of NFL standout linebacker Joey Porter, and while he doesn't have his father's size, he plays with his physicality and relentlessness. Tyler Richardson, Tiffin, Sr, 5101, 177, 4.50e, 0878, 3178, 7768, HULA, UDFA, 69. If theres a worry with THT besides his size, its that he can. Arquon Bush, Cincinnati, Sr, 5114, 180, 4.50e, NIC, Rd5 | REPORT, 23. A very quick and very confident cover co Can track the ball downfield and gets his head around when playing in a trail position, and Williams shows excellent ball skills w Changes directions with ease and has the frame to hold up at any spot in the secondary. He has a good skill set, so he could help himself in pre-draft workouts. https://brownswire.usatoday.com/lists/2023-nfl-draft-cornerbacks-stock-nfl-scouting-combine/. What a show Michigans DJ Turner put on in Indianapolis as the Wolverine slot corner shined with his athleticism. 7/17/21: Jobe was solid for Alabama in 2020, but he also wasn't especially dominant. In 2021, Elam totaled 27 tackles, three passes broken up and an interception. 4/27/22: Williams recorded 41 tackles and 11 passes broken up in 2021. This past season, 187 of his 339 coverage snaps still came in press coverage a rarity for a slot corner. 2023 NFL Draft Slot Cornerback Rankings. Emerson could end up being a candidate for a Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft. He could be a solid second-day pick who becomes a quality starter in the NFL. Times up contesting the catch perfectly. Prospects like Alabama's Bryce Young, Ohio State 's C.J. 7/17/21: Stingley totaled 27 tackles, a forced fumble and five passes broken up in 2020. Thats going to take a massive leap next fall, as hell be coveted by man-heavy teams. As part of Athlon Sports' 2022 NFL Draft Guide, we have ranked each position, including 30 cornerbacks. 7/17/21: Williams is a small slot-corner type who had an excellent 2020 campaign for the Hoosiers. No need for concern because while Devon Witherspoon is listed at 6-0, 180 lbs it turns out that, well, he does not care. 4/27/22: Bryant played well for Cincinnati in 2021, recording 44 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defended. He showed a nice change of direction and mobility in his hips while also having an impressive vertical at 38.5 inches to go with a 10-foot-11 broad jump and an overall Relative Athletic Score of 9.13. 2021 NFL Draft Big Board | 2021 NFL Draft Guide | 2021 NFL Draft Stats Export | NFL Mock Drafts | NFL Mock Draft Simulator. https://t.co/aZXZhQds0q pic.twitter.com/CuHgioEhlc, ryan wilson (@ryanwilsonCBS) January 13, 2023. Since he joined the New Orleans Saints as the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, he . He was respectable in 2019 and 2020, but his ball production dropped. Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes6000, 190-pounds. He was wise return to the Crimson Tide in 2021. ???? Anthony Cook, Texas, Sr, 6000, 185, 4.55e, 0918, 3218, 7558, HULA, PFA | REPORT, 59. The importance of defending the pass forces fans to ask who the best cornerbacks in the NFL are in 2022. One of the deepest CB classes in recent memory: Even with 10 prospects listed below, there is still top-100 cornerbacks on PFF's draft board that didn't make the list. *Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State, Jr, 6002, 180, 4.40e, NIC, Rd2 | REPORT, 8. 4/27/22: McCreary is a good player, but he lacks size for the NFL. He allowed all of 12 catches on 34 targets for 93 yards. Forty Time Secs 4.47. Defensive Back s prospect rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft. He did not stand out in Mobile, but he was not abused either. Here's our updated list of this year's top . Ranking top 10 cornerbacks in NFL for 2022: Jalen Ramsey remains king, Trevon Diggs explodes onto list . "He's 6-foot-3, but real raw. He also played well in 2017 while with USC making, 40 stops, four interceptions and seven breakups for the Trojans. He has an excellent combination of size and speed. 7/17/21: Brown has quality size and physicality, but he needs to improve his ball skills in 2021. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Devon Witherspoon (31) celebrates a win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the fourth quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Some limitations in speed and athleticism cause some team staff to question whether Taylor should move to safety in the NFL. With his skill set and upside, he could explode. Hill was even better in the shortened 2020 season, recording 45 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up. Its the games like Tennessee (92.3 coverage grade) and Alabama (85.9) that get you excited about what hes physically capable of doing at the next level. % allowed in 2022 (1st for CBs) 28.6 QBR against (5th) 0.143 Points Saved/play (2nd) Smart, fluid and scrappy with NFL bloodline pic.twitter.com/ZLYsFWcBW4, Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) December 23, 2022. Quavian White, Georgia State, rSr, 5083, 187, 4.50e, 0918, 3100, 7448, NFLPA, PFA | REPORT, 53. Jakorian Bennett came into the season with all the hype in Maryland's secondary, and while he remains a quality under-the-radar prospect in his own right, Deonte Banks effectively broke onto the scene across from him and has morphed into a potential early-round prospect. Specifically, Castro-Fields needs to improve at not biting on double moves and improve his eye discipline. Witherspoon is an outstanding pro corner, he's super aggressive without being particularly handsy, has the speed that allows him to stay wit Christian Gonzalez has elite speed and quickness showcased by his almost Olympic track time. Unlike the last draft cycle, this year's crop of quarterbacks is garnering buzz at its top. With the Big Tens shortened schedule, however, those came on only 223 coverage snaps. After a banged-up sophomore year, he transferred to Alabama, where he gave up almost nothing on 224 coverage snaps. He has 17 passes defensed and four . *Julius Brents, Kansas State, rSr, 6030, 202, 4.50e, 0948, 3368, 8278, SRB, NIC, Rd3 | REPORT, 13. This 2023 NFL Draft cornerback class is a good and intriguing one with plenty of talent for teams looking for corner help. Some team sources see McCreary as a second-rounder, although others have him possibly going off the board late in Round 1, and another had him as a top-20 pick. Kelee is a physical player with a huge potential that still needs to be developed.Able to deliver big hits in run support and endowed with a nice closing speed, he still has work to do to dominate WR in press and especially on his reads, Early 2nd round talent???? His vertical was not good either with just a 33-inch vertical and a middle-of-the-pack broad jump at 10-foot-2. Similar to cover 2, made famous by Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay, but with a twist; the middle . 4/27/22: Watson has excellent size and length to be an outside corner in the NFL. As a redshirt freshman, Lucas had 59 tackles with eight passes broken up and two interceptions. Kendrick totaled 18 tackles, six passes broken up and an interception in 2020. *Christian Gonzalez, Oregon, rSo, 6010, 200, 4.36e, NIC, Rd1 | REPORT, 3. This past season, he played 357 snaps on the outside and 196 from the slot, and he still only allowed 211 yards on 302 coverage snaps. All defensive backs are in man coverage except for the free safety who is responsible for the deep middle of the field. He has the speed and athleticism to play in the slot in the NFL running a blazing 4.26-second 40-yard dash. In 2021, he had 50 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Team sources are concerned about how McCreary will survive on the outside at the next level because his arms are alarmingly short, but he is a talented corner who blankets receivers.
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