'13 Draft: CB Rankings

It's a deep year at cornerback, led by Alabama's Dee Milliner. Here's a look at the top 30 cornerback prospects in the FoxSportsNext '13 NFL Draft rankings.

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1) Dee Milliner (5-11.5/201)
Milliner had 22 passes defended this past season and comes into this draft at the top corner prospect. He participated at NFL Combine with a torn labrum. This is a player with a good combo of size/speed and he certainly answered any question he had regarding his speed at the NFL Combine with a great forty. Milliner can flips his hips and run/change directions very well. He finished with six career interceptions and 38 passes defended in three years as a starter at Alabama.

2) Xavier Rhodes (6-1/210)
Florida State
Rhodes came to FSU as a receiver but quickly moved over to the defensive side of the ball. He's a big and physical cornerback who started for three seasons in Tallahassee. Rhodes excels in press coverage but needs to work on his zone play. He showed the NFL that he can run with the forty times he posted in Indy at the Combine. The Seahawks have shown the rest of the league that big corners can be a force in the NFL. Rhodes's stock should continue to climb.

3) Desmond Trufant (5-11/5/190)
Trufant earned All-Pac 12 honors this past season after recording one pick and eight pass breakups. He played virtually all four years for the Huskies, He has good size and runs well. Trufant is also good in run support. He ran sub-4.4 forty at the NFL Combine and cranked up a great short shuttle of 3.85. With a premium at this position he will most likely work his way into the first round of the draft.

4) D.J. Hayden (5-11/191)
Hayden will be another potential first round selection that first started at the Junior College route (Navarro). He had 11 pass breakups as a junior at Houston and two interceptions. The following year during a fall practice he tore a vien (inferior vena cava) which carries blood back to the heart. It was a scary injury and he was recently cleared to play. Prior to the injury Hayden had four interceptions. No doubt with a clean bill of healthy Hayden possesses all the corner skills to be a high pick and a very good pro. He's got enough size and ball skills and good speed. Hayden can play in man and is good in run support.

5) Jamar Taylor (5-11/192)
Boise State
Taylor was a three-year starter and first team All-Conference member in 2012. This is a corner not afraid of contact. He's a good athlete that runs well. Taylor is solid in man coverage. Taylor had a big senior season with four interceptions.

6) Johnathan Banks (6-2/185)
Mississippi State
Banks came to Starkville as a safety but made the switch to cornerback during his sophomore season. His best year was in 2011, where Banks had five interceptions, three sacks and forced three fumbles. He possesses outstanding size for the position, is tough in the air and excels in run support. Big corners that can really play the position are just too hard to find.

7) Leon McFadden (5-10/193)
San Diego State
McFadden went to San Deigo State to play wide receiver but after two weeks moved to cornerback because of early opportunity to play. He was all-conference for three straight seasons, something that only three Aztec players have done. McFadden is a quality cover man who possesses good speed, quickness and ball skills.

8) Blidi Wreh-Wilson (6-0.5/195)
Wreh-Wilson missed most of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He bounced back as a fifth year senior to earn team MVP honors. Wreh-Wilson didn't start playing football until his last year in high school. This is a big corner with long arms, good speed and skills. He had a terrific showing at the Senior Bowl.

9) David Amerson (6-1/205)
North Carolina State
It's a tale of two seasons for Amerson. He had an incredible junior campaign with 13 interceptions. In 2012 he did get beat often during the year. Amerson was beat with double moves or by simply playing too aggressively. Having said that he has elite size and speed for the position. He runs sub 4.4 [forty] and can jump through the gym.

10) Robert Alford (5-11/188)
SE Louisiana
Alford had nine interceptions over the past two seasons. This is a former high school 400 meter guy that runs well and can press. He did miss 2010 season with a shoulder injury. This kid is doesn't back away from contact.

11) Tyrann Mathieu (5-8.5/186)
The Honey Badger went from almost winning the Heisman to being kicked off the LSU football team for drug use in a few short months. Now he has to prove to the NFL that the past is behind him. Mathieu had to have a strong showing at the NFL Combine. He ran 4.5 [forty] and looked very good in drills. Just has important for Mathieu was interviewing well with the NFL scouts and coaches and answering all their questions regarding his checkered past. This is a ball hawk and playmaker that should remind many of Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber.

12) Darius Slay (6-0/192)
Mississippi State
Slay played a ton over the past two seasons in Starkville, starting every game this past season opposite Johnathan Banks. This past year he made the All-SEC Second Team. He had five picks. Slay has very good speed and even better speed. He can play in zone and man effectively. Slay needs to improve in run support.

13) Logan Ryan (5-11/191)
This two-year starter has been an active presence in the Rutgers secondary. He has had 35 pass breakups and seven interceptions over the past two seasons. That's making some plays on the ball. Ryan doesn't have great size or elite speed for the position but he possesses good cover skills, footwork and the ability to flip his hips to stay with receivers.

14) Dwayne Gratz (5-11/201)
Gratz was a three-year starter at UConn. He recorded 53 tackles, three inceptions and had 14 pass breakups this past season. This is a strong player with a 38-inch vertical jump. He's physical, aggressive, has quick feet and good ball skills.

15) Jordan Poyer (5-11.5/197)
Oregon State
Poyer is not going to blow you away with his measurables. He has good size and average speed for the position. But Poyer does possess quickness and a closing burst you need to play the position. He looks better suited for more of a zone scheme than man to man. He's physical and good in run support.

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FULL DATABASE OVERALL RANKINGS WILL BE UPDATED from 1-300 on April 24. The current top 300 doesn't reflect the new positional rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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