Ranking the Roster: CB

Fall camp starts later this week at Miami so lets continue taking a closer look at the roster. This piece focuses on the cornerback position. Read on.

1. Artie Burns -- A heavily recruited recruit out of high school, Burns was in the rotation as a freshman in 2013 and then became a full-time starter in 2014. He went into spring as Miami's top returning player at the position but spent a lot of time doing track instead. He has ideal size, athleticism, and ability to play the position at a high level. With just one pick in two seasons, you wonder about his ball skills but he's a top notch talent who could have a strong enough junior season to become a very high NFL prospect after the season.

2. Tracy Howard -- A former five-star recruit out of high school, Howard played in the rotation as a true freshman in 2012 and then started most of the 2013 season and did well. He picked off four passes and had big expectations going into his junior season in 2014. For whatever reason, it didn't pan out the way people had hoped. He was unable to retain his starting job and was rarely on the field at times. He lacks ideal size and speed but he has excellent cover skills and he has lots of game experience. He's fresh off a strong spring and should be able to put together a strong senior season.

3. Corn Elder -- A late addition to Miami's 2013 recruiting class, Elder was quickly converted from running back. He played mostly on special teams as a true freshman and then became part of the regular rotation at cornerback last season. He is one of the fastest players on the team and at times looked like the team's best cornerback in the spring. He's very talented and has a chance to have a breakout season.

4. Ryan Mayes -- An early entry into school before last season, Mayes saw action in the first couple games as a true freshman in 2014 but was still able to redshirt. He has ideal size and could even be better suited to play safety. For now, though, he's playing cornerback and is clearly fourth on the depth chart of the returning players.

The Canes signed three cornerbacks in their 2015 class -- Michael Jackson, Sheldrick Redwine, and Terrance Henley. Jackson made a very early commitment and brings a lot of size. He reminds some people of a young Ladarius Gunter. Redwine was a late addition after the Canes pulled him away from Louisville. He was considered one of the top local cornerback prospects. Henley signed after signing day when scholarships became available, and Miami needed more help at this position. Jackson and Redwine will likely see the field this fall while Henley is a good redshirt candidate.


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