Names like Julius Peppers and Quinten Jammer have been two popular choices, but an athlete that may not be getting the noteriety he deserves is CB Phillip Buchanon (5'10, 185) out of the University of Miami(Fla).
Buchanon has outstanding speed and coverage skills to succeed in the NFL. He is a powerful defensive back that can get very physical in bump-and-run coverage, even though he is only 5'10. He's not the top cornerback on the board in terms of strength, but he might be the best guy in staight-up coverage situations.
|CB Phillip Buchanon|
Buchanon was an exceptional big-play producer who earned First-Team All-America as both a cornerback and a punt return specialist for the Miami Hurricanes in 2000. He was also one of three finalists for the Mosi Tatupu Award awarded annually to college football's top special teams player.
He has an outstanding knack of coming up with the big play in crucial situations, and once he brings in an interception- look out. He'll likely take it the distance. He returned 3 INTs, a fumble, and a punt for touchdowns in the past 2 years. He finished the 2001 season with 5 interceptions.
Buchanon's stock has been rising steadily over the course of the last two seasons, and many experts are predicting that he'll be a top 15 choice in the 2002 NFL draft. He has excellent recovery speed and he shows great overall technique for a cover cornerback.
The only question is....will Jerry Jones pull the trigger to get him? It seems logical that the Cowboys could possibly trade down and still grab Buchanon somewhere between the tenth and sixteenth picks.
Quentin Jammer, arguably the most recognizeable cornerback in the draft, is a more physical version of Buchanon, but he's not quite up to par with Buchanon's pure coverage skills.
With all the noteriety Jammer has been receiving, he will likely go earlier in the draft than Buchanon. Hence if you are Jerry Jones, you have to ask yourself: could I trade down 7 or 8 spots and still land Buchanon, or do I go with the sure fire skills of Quinten Jammer with the number 6 pick?
We'll have to wait until April 20th to find out the answer to that question.