BRR offseason outlook: Cornerback

Senior Josh Mitchell stepped up this spring, looking like a possible all-conference caliber player.

BigRedReport.com is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Huskers from spring practices heading into the bulk of the offseason.

CORNERBACK:

No Ciante Evans…no Stanley Jean-Baptiste...no problem.

The new look Husker secondary hasn't played a game yet, but showed this spring they should be a formidable foe for any offense in the Big Ten.

Josh Mitchell, who has started 15 games over the course of his career, looked like a player ready to add Big Ten all-conference honors to his resume. The senior played at a different level this spring and appears ready to step up as the Huskers top shutdown corner. Mitchell isn't lacking in confidence and his on the field swagger should become something fans appreciate.

The question is, who will join Mitchell? It appears Auburn transfer Jonathan Rose has the slight leg up after spring practices, but it's likely to be fall battle between the junior and junior college transfer Byerson Cockrell.

Cockrell was able to enroll early at Nebraska, meaning he got 15 practices to acclimate himself with Bo Pelini's system.

Byerson Cockrell (Josh Harvey)

"I like everything about Byerson Cockrell," said Pelini in April. "We have played him at nickel and at corner and I think he has really picked up things well. He competes, he is fast, he can change direction, he is fast and he is physical. He plays with an attitude. I like what he does for us. He's going to help us."

Redshirt freshman Boaz Joseph is waiting in the wings for an opportunity, but appears to have a long ways to go after getting first-team reps at various points in the spring. Another year to develop behind a guy like Mitchell should do the former Florida prep wonders.

The last upperclassmen who could make an impact is Daniel Davie, who missed spring practices while recovering from a knee-injury in November. The former Beatrice high school star has played 23 contests over his career, but mostly on special teams.

At nickel, Nebraska will likely turn to former high school All-American Charles Jackson, who made big strides this spring according to teammates and the coaching staff.

"You want to talk about guys that are light-years ahead of where they were a year ago – he's one of them. He obviously put some time in prior to spring practice," Pelini said. "I think things are starting to slow down for him and make sense to him, which is a good thing, because he's a really talented kid."

"You can just tell by the questions he asks and his approach how far he's come in the last year." - Pelini on C. Jackson

Joining the mix of corners will be true freshman Trai Mosley (Hendrickson HS in TX) and Chris Jones (Sandalwood HS in FL). Mosley was a highly coveted three-star recruit, who some feel could make contributions in year one – but is likely headed for a redshirt year.

PROJECTED BRR FALL DEPTH CHART:

CB:

1A.) Josh Mitchell
1B.) Jonathan Rose

2A.) Byerson Cockrell
2B.) Boaz Joseph

3A.) Daniel Davie
3B.) Trai Mosley

NICKEL:

1A.) Charles Jackson
2A.) Byerson Cockrell


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