Iowa State 2016 Class Review: Cornerbacks is taking a position by position look at Iowa State's 2016 class. Up in this edition is a look at the four new cornerbacks for cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald.

Who Iowa State Added


The Scouting Report

D'Andre Payne: Payne isn't huge a 5-foot-10, but is a very talented cornerback who excels in coverage. As a mid-year signee who is already on campus, Payne is in position to start immediately at cornerback for Iowa State in 2016. Payne, who was a Scout 300 four-star prospect out of high school, is a lockdown defender who played at Tenneesee (mostly on special teams) as a true freshman, giving him valuable experience. — Scout's Alex Halsted

Lonnie Johnson: Johnson is a long, 6-foot-3 cornerback with tremendous length who some have compared to NFL corner Josh Norman according to Scout analyst Allen Trieu. Given his length and athleticism, Johnson is a rare find in a defensive back and also has valuable JUCO experience and maturity.  — Scout's Alex Halsted

Arnold Azunna: At 6-foot, 180 pounds, Azunna has good size and length. He has good ball skills and is physical, certainly willing to come up and lay big hits on receivers. He shows good instincts and an ability to jump routes as well. — Scout's Allen Trieu

Romelo Webster: At nearly 5-foot-11, Webster is a versatile cornerback who could also play safety depending how his body develops. Webster's best asset is his coverage and his ability to play in space. He has great closing speed.  — Scout's Alex Halsted


The Position Situation

Iowa State was seeking to add some depth to the cornerback position and got valuable experience in D'Andre Payne and Lonnie Johnson from the JUCO ranks. In both, the Cyclones landed players who could make immediate impacts in the secondary alongside Brian Peavy, Nigel Tribune and Jomal Wiltz among others. Additionally, Iowa State continued to bolster the position for the future with Azunna and Webster, two well-regarded corners in the 2016 class who can develop in the years to come. 

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