NFL Scouting Combine: Top 5 Cornerbacks

The Giants Beat examines the top 5 cornerbacks featured at the Scouting Combine in Indy.

1.    Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

Breakdown: It has been discussed throughout the build up to the 2016 NFL Draft what position Ramsey should be considered. I think that he can play the CB position in the NFL, but is versatile enough to serve in the role of a safety or slot corner as well. Ramsey, a track and field athlete who finished third in the long jump at the indoor and outdoor Championships, is a versatile playmaker who will more than likely be selected in the top 5 in the 2016 NFL Draft.


2.    Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

Breakdown: Hargreaves is another very explosive athlete at the cornerback position. However, he doesn’t come without concerns. Some view his size (5”11, 192 lbs) as a question mark, and others are concerned that his teammate and fellow cornerback at Florida, Jalen Tabor may actually be a better player. Having said that, Hargreaves doesn’t back down from good opposing receivers and he isn’t afraid to play the run, which is does well. Hargreaves athletic ability and aggressiveness will allow him to be a top 15 selection in the NFL Draft.


3.    Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

Breakdown: Mackensie Alexander came into college as a blue-chip prospect when he arrived in Clemson. After redshirting his first season, Alexander has proved to be a very talented player, yet he didn’t have an interception throughout his entire college career. Alexander, who didn’t compete at the combine, did have plenty to say about a lot of things. He doesn’t lack confidence or competitiveness, and his man to man coverage skills and athletic ability are reasons for that, but he needs to be weary that he doesn’t let his trash-talk become more important to him that his play. Alexander deserves to be a first round pick in the draft and all signs point toward that occurring.


4.    Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech

Breakdown: The younger brother of Kyle and Corey Fuller of the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions respectively, Kendall might just be the best. Fuller, who was lost for the season due to a torn meniscus, after gutting it out and playing through the injury for three games is flying under the radar due to his injury, but he wont be overlooked by NFL GM’s. That type of toughness combined with his aggressive could turn him into a first round pick. As a freshman, he had six interceptions and was named the ACC rookie of the year. Fuller can be susceptible to double moves as he tries to make plays, but he is a good player who could hear his name on Thursday night in the first round.

5.    Eli Apple, Ohio State

Breakdown: Another highly touted recruit, Apple could be yet another cornerback selected in the first round. Apple has good size and strength for the position at 6”1 200 lbs. However, he can be prone to flags, as he was in the 2014-2015 season. He needs to trust in his ability and refrain from using his hands in the NFL. He is very good at attacking the ball in the air, and isn’t afraid to come up and play the run. Apple is one of many Ohio State Buckeyes who will be picked, and should have a successful NFL career if he can avoid the penalties.




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