Corner joins a loaded corner bunch

After drafting a cornerback in the first round, Buffalo took another corner in the fourth round - Reggie Corner. He'll compete next with a group of eight cornerbacks in Buffalo.

The Bills placed heavy emphasis on revamping their secondary during this off-season. Three of their 10 picks were for the cornerback position, one of them being Reggie Corner, out of Akron. Corner was picked during the fourth round, the 115th overall pick.

At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Corner is a tad undersized to be covering tall and physical receivers. However, he does possess great speed and ability in staying with receivers in coverage. He also shows natural ability with his hands, making him a threat to opposing quarterbacks. While playing at Akron, Corner started 46 out of 48 games, recording 197 tackles, eight of them for losses. He also compiled 35 pass breakups, 15 interceptions, and 225 interception return yards, which placed him third all-time in school history.

Corner most likely will not see much playing time this year as there are currently eight CBs listed on the Bills roster. He was brought in mainly for roster depth, and to encourage competition during minicamp and training camp over the summer.

The Bills' secondary was nothing to brag about last year, so the front office needed to bring in fresh players to fill gaping holes in numbers, and talent. In addition to Corner, the Bills drafted Leodis McKelvin, their first round selection. They also drafted Kennard Cox in the seventh round, to add even more numbers. In addition to the draft, the Bills signed Will James, a CB from Philadelphia, during free agency. Add them to McGee, Jabari Greer, Ashton Youboty, and Dustin Fox and suddenly the Bills are very deep at cornerback.

McGee has been solid over the past few years and will keep his starting job, with McKelvin starting opposite him. The nickel and dime spots, along with the backup roles, will likely be determined by the performances of the remaining six players. The coaches won't keep any more than six CBs for the season, so there will be cuts. With six players vying for four positions, expect the competition to be quite fierce during camps, and with competition comes better performance. Corner will have to prove himself worthy of one of these spots and overachieve this summer.

One place where he can show his value to the team would be on special teams. Bobby April, the special teams coordinator, loves the opportunity to get fresh new players to turn into special teams aces. With the departure of several special teams veterans, he'll be looking for younger talent to fill in these spots. Corner, with his impressive speed, can really prove himself on the coverage units, and catch the eyes of April, and hopefully Dick Jauron, when it comes time to make final cuts.

Corner could be another fourth-round success story, much like the veteran CB he will be learning from this summer: Terrence McGee. McGee was chosen 111th overall, in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. Like Corner, McGee is undersized at 5-foot-9, but possesses great speed. McGee worked his way up the depth chart, originally starting behind Nate Clements and Troy Vincent. He proved himself by becoming an elite kick-returner and then earning a starting role opposite Clements. With both Vincent and Clements gone, McGee is now the No. 1 CB on the team, and a seasoned veteran just five years later.

Reggie Corner has the ability to be the next Terrence McGee, but he will have to work for it though. The competition will be tough this summer and with the amount of CBs on the roster now, he will have to work that much harder. Come September, it will be interesting to see not only who makes the roster, but also just how much better the Bills secondary has become.

Marc Heintzman is a BFR Contributor. Contact him at mdheintz@syr.edu


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