April 26, 2017

2017 Cornerback Prospects

#2 Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State


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From top to bottom, this is the strongest position group the 2017 NFL Draft has to offer. A few injuries may have skewed some things,
but the cornerback rankings are all over the place if you look around. You have some guys who project as top tier boundary corners, some guys who project as high quality slot corners, etc. 13-15 corners could come off the board within the first 3 rounds, maybe even the first two.

Prospect rankings are based on film breakdown provided by Draft Breakdown with a minimum of 3 games watched per prospect in most cases. Measurables, athletic testing, future roles and projections are also taken into effect.
Injuries, off the field issues, etc. will mot be taken into consideration. These rankings are based on talent and projections on the field. Players are grouped into "tiers" to separate them. Players that I project as early round picks will be placed in the "All-Pro"/"Pro Bowl" tiers for example. Prospects that I saw limited film of or was unable to watch at all will not be ranked, but listed under "Other Notable Prospects". Specifically, prospects well known in the scouting community and draft sites like CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus will be listed here.



Tier One: All-Pro Prospects


1. Marshon Lattimore**
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Ohio State
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 194 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 7/8" | Arm Length: 31 1/4" | Grade: Top 10


40 Time: 4.36 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 38.5" | Broad: 132"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: One of the superior athletes in this draft. Boasts good size for a corner, and tested very well at the combine. Fluid corner who can turn and run. Usually does a good job of forcing receivers to the sideline by taking away the inside. Not afraid to use his hands, but needs to improve his technique. Lack of experience will show at times. Shows pretty good change of direction skills. Solid in run support, though needs to look to improve the angles he takes. Ball skills are a plus. Tracks the ball well and can attack the ball in the air. Blankets receivers. Doesn't give many opportunities for YAC. Consensus top corner prospect.




2. Sidney Jones*
Experience: Junior | School: Washington
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 184 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Top 15


40 Time: 4.47 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 123"
3 Cone: 7.02 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.28 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Very unfortunate that Sidney Jones suffered an Achilles injury at his pro day. He had a chance to be the first corner drafted. Based on the tape, Jones projects as a potential shut down corner at the next level. He doesn't mind getting physical and coming up in run support. He won't be a liability in this regard. As a cover man, he has good technique, can anticipate routes, and has some of the best ball skills in the draft. Teams didn't throw his way much this season. His combine performance suggests that he is just an average athlete for the position, but he looks quicker and more athletic on tape. Great awareness. Experienced DB. Needs to add weight to his thin frame. Some evidence on tape that he can be muscled by opposite receivers, though not very often.




Tier Two: Pro Bowl Prospects


3. Kevin King
Experience: Senior | School: Washington
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 196 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/2" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: Round 1


40 Time: 4.43 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 39.5" | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: 6.56 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 3.89 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.14


Analysis: Went back and watched Kevin King again (first time around I was not a fan). I've come around. Although he doesn't have great length for a 6'3" corner, he still has above average length in general. Combine that size with his excellent speed and freakish athleticism, and you have a special talent. He is smooth in coverage. Can excel in zone, but has the skills to succeed in man. Excellent closing speed. Did not force many turnovers, yet flashed great hands and ball skills. Tracks the ball well in the air and can high point it. The running game is where he is lacking a bit. Flashes physicality and ability to tackle in space, but needs to work on his form and improve his play strength. Will be in play for round one.




4. Obi Melifonwu
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Connecticut
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 219 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 32 1/2" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.40 | Bench: 17 | Vertical: 44" | Broad: 141"
3 Cone: 7.06 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.30 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Big, physical, fast, athletic, and rangy with ball skills. Could move to corner, but has the skill set to play either safety position. Smooth in coverage. Flies all over the football field. Above average run defender. Will attack the ball carrier. Reacts well to screens and shuts them down. Fluid hips, can change directions well. Can jump routes and break on the ball very fast, but needs to do a better job of tracking the ball in the air and playing the ball rather than the receiver. Also needs to a better job of getting off blocks more consistently. Can be a little overaggressive at times. Not a finished product, but he has a ton of upside.




5. Quincy Wilson*
Experience: Junior | School: Florida
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 211 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 32 1/4" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.54 | Bench: 14 | Vertical: 32" | Broad: 118"
3 Cone: 6.86 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.02 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: This guy has all of the tools to be a special corner. One of the bigger big name corners in this class, and has the tape to back it up. Love how physical he is. Better athlete than most people think. Not afraid to use his hands. Maybe too reliant on them at times? A bit grabby, which could lead to some frustrating penalties. Prototype corner who can play press and should be an excellent man corner that can also play zone. Ball skills are there. Quicker than fast. Two concerns: 1.) Will be able to recover when beaten by speed? 2.) Will he show any interest in defending the run? As physical as he is in coverage, this needs to translate to the running game, because it can look ugly at times. Regardless, he has the mental and physical make up to be a lock down corner. If teams have concerns about him at corner, a move to safety could be appealing, but he can't play in the box.




6. Teez Tabor*
Experience: Junior | School: Florida
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 196 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 5/8" | Arm Length: 32" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.62 | Bench: 9 | Vertical: 32.5" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 6.86 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.02 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: A brutal combine for Tabor will in all likelihood push him out of the first round. It's a shame, because on tape, he's a first round corner. I like his teammate Quincy Wilson a lot, but Tarbor is also an outstanding cover corner with above average ball skills. Can match route patterns really well. He's not as aggressive as his Florida counterpart (playing as far off as 15 yards), but he did not get beat in the games that I watched and showed natural ability in coverage. The only real knocks on him are that he is an average athlete at best, and he's not going to offer much in run support. I actually think he fared a little better than Wilson in the games I watched, but he is far from perfect as a run defender. He's more of a finesse player. His poor combine and concerns about his personality are going to cause him to fall on Draft day, but he could wind up being a steal for some team.




Tier Three: Future Starter Prospects


7. Gareon Conley*
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Ohio State
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 194 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/2" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.44 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 37" | Broad: 129"
3 Cone: 6.68 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.18 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: More experienced than his Ohio State counterpart, but doesn't have quite as much upside. What he does have is exceptional length to match his ideal frame and plus athleticism. Has experience in the slot as well as on the outside. He's displayed really good ball skills and closing speed. Definitely could be a little more aware when the ball is in the air. Definitely looks the part of a starting NFL corner. Michigan's receivers as well as Clemson's Mike Williams were able to get separation, but it could have been a case of just needing to improve his technique and anticipation of route patterns. Biggest weakness is run support, where he doesn't show the strength or ability to get off of blocks. Gets manhandled too easily. Projects best as a man-to-man corner, as he has some struggles in zone. Physical cover corner.

*A few days removed from a report that Conley is being accused of the rape of a woman in Cleveland, more information is coming out that suggests that Conley is innocent. NFL teams will have to make their own judgement and get as much info as they can, but it looks like Conley might still be a draftable prospect.




8. TreDavious White
Experience: Senior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 193 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 32 1/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.47 | Bench: 16 | Vertical: 32" | Broad: 119"
3 Cone: 6.90 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: I wouldn't describe White as a very physical corner. Not a great tackler and a bit hesitant to come up and play the run. However, he'll use his hands to fight for position and is one of the better corners in this class when it comes to making a play on the ball. Not the greatest athlete, and slightly smaller than some of the top corners, but he doesn't get beat much... especially deep. Can read routes and does a good job of anticipating throws. May not fit what every team is looking for, but he's got the skill set to be an above average starter.




9. Jourdan Lewis
Experience: Senior | School: Michigan
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 182 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 31 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.45 | Bench: 15 | Vertical: 34.5" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: 6.88 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.29 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Lack of size could push him to the slot, but his length is great for a 5'10" corner. Not sure about his long speed, but he has the short area burst and quickness to excel in zone, and his ability to play tight in man coverage makes him a potential high draft pick. He is also a solid tackler in space and is far from a liability against the run. Too aggressive in coverage in times. Gets a bit grabby. Broke up a lot of passes.




10. Ahkello Witherspoon
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Colorado
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 7/8" | Arm Length: 33" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.45 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 40.5" | Broad: 127"
3 Cone: 6.93 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.13 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.60


Analysis: Physically fits the mold of what NFL teams are looking for in a boundary corner. Tall, long, fast, and athletic. Raw potential and upside to be a lock down corner at the next level. Can turn and run, appears to have long speed, and can break on passes. Would like to see him be more physical. Willing tackler in the running game. Not the worst tackler, but needs to be more aggressive and square up. Has some balance issues that need to be worked out. Not a lot of interceptions. Tracking and locating the ball in the air needs to improve. Needs to get stronger.




11. Chidobe Awuzie
Experience: Senior | School: Colorado
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 196 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 1/2" | Arm Length: 30 5/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.43 | Bench: 16 | Vertical: 39.5" | Broad: 132"
3 Cone: 6.81 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.14 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Has experience playing in the slot as well as safety. Good sized corner with decent length. Not afraid to be physical in coverage. Smooth player in coverage. One of the most effective blitzing corners in the draft, which aids his projection to the slot. Reads and reacts to screens really well. Has good speed, but what about recovery speed? Saw signs of him being beat deep and unable to catch up. Ball skills below average. Can breakup passes and close on receivers, but struggles to create turnovers. Looks to make the big hit and at times this causes him to miss tackles. Needs to improve technique overall. Willing run defender who takes decent angles, but struggles to get off of blocks. Generating first round buzz, but more of a solid day 2 option.




12. Fabian Moreau
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: UCLA
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 203 lbs.
Hand Size: 9" | Arm Length: 31 3/8" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.35 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 38" | Broad: 136"
3 Cone: 6.94 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.12 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.45


Analysis: Was generating late first round buzz before tearing a pectoral muscle at his pro day. I need to see more cutups before I can truly feel comfortable about grading him. His top level speed and athleticism are always on full display. Can recover if he is beaten, but his closing speed and ability to stop on a dime and accelerate to break up passes is top level stuff. Overall ball skills are a question mark. Not a lot of evidence of him making plays with the ball in the air. Willing to play the run, but a little hesitant. More of a finesse corner without a lot of physicality.




13. Cameron Sutton
Experience: Senior | School: Tennessee
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 187 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 1/4" | Arm Length: 30" | Grade: Round 2


40 Time: 4.52 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 34" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 6.81 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.18 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: His lack of size and length could push him down the board, but Sutton is one of the better pure cover corners in the draft. He has good technique in coverage, and is physical in man, but also has good instincts and ball skills. A bit passive in the run game, but flashes at times. Probably won't be a press corner at the next level. Think he could thrive in zone coverage as well. Has a tendency to bite on double moves, but shows the speed to recover. Also has experience as a punt returner. Role in the NFL could be in the slot.




14. Cordrea Tankersley
Experience: Senior | School: Clemson
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 197 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/8" | Arm Length: 32 1/4" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.40 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 30.5" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: 7.00 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Above average size, strength, and length for a cornerback. Ran well at the combine, but didn't test that well as an athlete overall. It shows on tape. He's very stiff, which hurts him when making transitions. Receivers will be able to separate from him, and he could get susceptible to the deep ball which is a concern. I think he could improve how he finds and locates the ball in the air, but has shown the ability to make some plays on the ball in general. Could be a really good press corner at the next level. Raw in zone coverage.




Tier Four: Developmental Starter Prospects


15. Rasul Douglas
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: West Virginia
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 206 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 1/4" | Arm Length: 32 3/8" | Grade: Round 3


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: 16 | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 120"
3 Cone: 6.97 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.26 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Big, tall corner with long arms. Projects well as a zone corner who can also play press--though has limited experience as a press corner. Showed off some really good ball skills. Able to break up passes consistently and has very good closing speed. Great hands to make interceptions. Lack of long speed and twitchiness could limit his potential. Very good tackler, but doesn't look very comfortable or fluid in space or show necessary aggression as a run defender. High in his backpedal and has stiff hips. Can be to handsy downfield which could result in frustrating penalties. Scheme he played in makes his projection tough, but his skill set is that of a Day 2 pick.




16. Howard Wilson**
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Houston
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 184 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 5/8" | Arm Length: 31 3/8" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: 10 | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 119"
3 Cone: 6.68 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 3.94 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Taller corner with long arms. Not strong enough to be an effective press corner, and does not have great long speed to be reliable in man-to-man. He may be strictly a zone corner. He has the awareness, short area quickness, closing speed, and ball skills necessary to succeed as such. Usually leads with his head instead of wrapping up, so he isn't the most effective against the run.




17. Corn Elder
Experience: Senior | School: Miami
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 184 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 3/4" | Arm Length: 31 1/4" | Grade: Round 4


40 Time: 4.50 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 35" | Broad: 116"
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Despite having below average size for a boundary corner, Elder actually has really good length. Still, he projects best as a slot corner. He has great speed, quickness, and toughness. He snuffs out screens very well and reacts quickly. He's aggressive against the run and a good tackler, but needs to improve the angles he takes to the ball. His closing speed is great and he rarely gives up big plays. Will struggle against bigger receivers. Can he defend the jump ball? Will be drafted later than his talent warrants. Can play man, but will fit better with a team that plays zone.




Tier Five: Developmental Backup Prospects


18. Brian Allen
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Utah
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 209 lbs.
Hand Size: 10" | Arm Length: 34" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 4.48 | Bench: 15 | Vertical: 38" | Broad: 127"
3 Cone: 6.64 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.18 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Tall, long, athletic corner. Raw prospect with plenty of upside. Needs to be coached up. Has shown the ability to be a successful press corner at the next level. Lacks great long speed, and has some struggles making a play on the ball in the air. Stiff hips. Tackling needs a lot of work. He's worth a day 3 pick as a developmental guy.




19. Shaquill Griffin
Experience: Senior | School: Central Florida
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 194 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 3/4" | Arm Length: 32 3/8" | Grade: Round 5


40 Time: 4.38 | Bench: 17 | Vertical: 38.5" | Broad: 132"
3 Cone: 6.87 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.14 | 60-Yard Shuttle: 11.62


Analysis: Was only able to see a very limited sample size. He has the raw athleticism and tools to make NFL scouts salivate. He needs plenty of work. He struggles to defend inside routes and there are questions about his long speed despite impressive combine testing. Also plays too tall and has some struggles in space. Ability to make plays on the ball elevates his stock.




20. Channing Stribling
Experience: Senior | School: Michigan
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 1/2" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: Round 6


40 Time: 4.57 | Bench: 5 | Vertical: 33.5" | Broad: 121"
3 Cone: 6.94 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.24 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Analysis: Yet another big corner with long arms. Plays the ball well in the air, and has some of the aggression and play making ability you look for in a corner, but he has his flaws. He over plays routes a lot, possibly gambling for INTs. He is an excessive grabber down the field, likely due to not having the long speed to cover deep. He should be able to play some zone, but will likely struggle in short areas due to lacking the quickness and fluidity of a top tier corner. Receivers will be able to separate from him consistently. Willing tackler, but needs to be more consistent against the run. Should look to add some weight to his frame.




Other Notable Prospects:


Damontae Kazee
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: San Diego State
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 185 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 5/8" | Arm Length: 30 7/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.54 | Bench: 11 | Vertical: 34" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 7.11 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.50 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Jalen Myrick
Experience: Senior | School: Minnesota
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 203 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 3/4" | Arm Length: 31 5/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.28 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 37.5" | Broad: 124"
3 Cone: 7.02 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.15 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Marques White
Experience: Senior | School: Florida State
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 192 lbs.
Hand Size: 10" | Arm Length: 32 1/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.59 | Bench: N/A | Vertical: 36" | Broad: 123"
3 Cone: 7.28 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.36 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Jeremy Cutrer
Experience: Senior | School: Middle Tennessee State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 170 lbs.
Hand Size: N/A | Arm Length: N/A | Grade: N/A


40 Time: N/A | Bench: N/A | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Jeremy Clark
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Michigan
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 204 lbs.
Hand Size: 9 3/8" | Arm Length: 32 7/8" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: N/A | Bench: 20 | Vertical: N/A | Broad: N/A
3 Cone: N/A | 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A




Ezra Robinson
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Tennessee State
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 182 lbs.
Hand Size: 8 3/4" | Arm Length: 31 1/2" | Grade: N/A


40 Time: 4.47 | Bench: 13 | Vertical: 36" | Broad: 130"
3 Cone: 7.43 | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.44 | 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A