Draft Preview: Cornerbacks

Draft expert Tony Pauline of our sister site DraftInsider.net breaks down the 2015 Cornerback class including scouting reports of all the top prospects.

Cornerback

Rnd

Full Name

School

Yr

1st

Trae Waynes

Michigan State

4Jr

1st

Kevin Johnson

Wake Forest

5Sr

1st

Marcus Peters

Washington

4Jr

1-2

Eric Rowe

Utah

4Sr

1-2

Byron Jones

Connecticut

5Sr

2nd

Quinten Rollins

Miami-Oh

5Sr

2nd

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Oregon

4Sr

2-3

Jalen Collins

LSU

4Jr

3rd

P.J. Williams

Florida State

3Jr

3rd

Alex Carter

Stanford

3Jr

3rd

Steven Nelson

Oregon State

4Sr

3-4

Ronald Darby

Florida State

3Jr

4th

D'Joun Smith

Florida Atlantic

4Sr

4th

Senquez Golson

Mississippi

4Sr

4th

Jacoby Glenn

Central Florida

3So

4-5

Doran Grant

Ohio State

4Sr

5th

Troy Hill

Oregon

5Sr

5th

Charles Gaines

Louisville

4Jr

5th

Craig Mager

Texas State

5Sr

5th

Josh Shaw

USC

5Sr

5th

LaDarius Gunter

Miami-Fl

5Sr

5-6

Tray Walker

Texas Southern

4Sr

6th

Bobby McCain

Memphis

4Sr

6th

Deshazor Everett

Texas A&M

4Sr

6th

Nick Marshall

Auburn

4Sr

6th

Julian Wilson

Oklahoma

5Sr

6-7

Donald Celiscar

Western Michigan

4Sr

6-7

Quandre Diggs

Texas

4Sr

7th

Jacorey Shepherd

Kansas

4Sr

7th

Cam Thomas

Western Kentucky

5Sr

7th

Tye Smith

Towson

4Sr

7-FA

Bryce Callahan

Rice

5Sr

7-FA

Lorenzo Doss

Tulane

3Jr

FA

Kevin White

TCU

5Sr

FA

Justin Cox

Mississippi State

4Sr

FA

Justin Coleman

Tennessee

4Sr

FA

Imoan Claiborne

Northwestern State

5Sr

FA

Damian Swann

Georgia

4Sr

FA

Tim Scott

North Carolina

4Sr

FA

Garry Peters

Clemson

5Sr

FA

C.J. Roberts

CSU-Pueblo

5Sr

FA

Travis Lee

Miles

4Sr

FA

De'Ante Saunders

Tennessee State

4Sr

FA

Saqwan Edwards

New Mexico

5Sr

FA

Cariel Brooks

Adams State

4Sr

FA

Stephan Dickens

CSU-Pueblo

5Sr

FA

Dexter McDonald

Kansas

5Sr

FA

Bernard Blake

Colorado State

5Sr

FA

Tevin Mitchel

Arkansas

4Sr

FA

Raymon Taylor

Michigan

4Sr

FA

Axel Ofori

Maine

5Sr

FA

Jeremiah Johnson

Maryland

5Sr

FA

Timothy Bennett

Indiana

4Sr

FA

Randall Evans

Kansas State

5Sr

FA

Brandon Reddish

Syracuse

4Sr

FA

Curtis Riley

Fresno State

5Sr

FA

Valdon Cooper

Georgia Southern

4Sr

FA

Stephen Godbolt III

Webber International

5Sr

FA

Eric Patterson

Ball State

4Sr

FA

Gegory Henderson

Colorado

4Sr

FA

Terell Floyd

Louisville

4Sr

FA

Jonathon Mincy

Auburn

5Sr

FA

Robertson Daniel

BYU

4Sr

FA

Wayne Lyons

Stanford

4Sr

FA

Norman Hayes

Harvard

4Sr

FA

Cody Riggs

Notre Dame

5Sr

FA

Jamerson Love

Mississippi State

5Sr

FA

Deonte Flowers

Montana State

4Sr

FA

Adrian James

UTEP

5Sr

FA

Corey Trim

La-Lafayette

4Sr

FA

Detric Allen

East Carolina

5Sr

FA

Jimmy Jean

Alabama-Birmingham

4Sr

FA

Al-Hajj Shabazz

West Chester

5Sr

FA

Ian Williams

Fordham

5Sr

FA

Ronnie Vinson

Tennessee State

5Sr

FA

Anthony Robey

Temple

5Sr

FA

Tyree Hollins

Grambling

4Sr

FA

Nick Waisome

Florida State

4Sr

FA

Travis Manning

Northwest Missouri

6Sr

FA

Deandre Jones

Wyoming

4Sr

FA

Isiah Wiley

Bellhaven

5Sr

FA

Drequan Hoskey

Virginia

5Sr

Full Name: Detric Allen School: East Carolina

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 40: 4.57 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting position on a full-time basis last season and broke up 6 passes.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback effective backed off the line of scrimmage. Works to keep the action in front of him, possesses a nice burst to the action and works hard defending the run. Keeps pass plays in front of him.

Neg: Bites on play action passes, falls asleep and blows assignments on occasion. Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks. Possesses average closing and downfield speed.

Analysis: Size is Allen’s greatest attribute but he played with a lot of inconsistency the past two years. He’s a possible dime back in zone coverage if he stands out on special

teams this summer.


Full Name: Timothy Bennett School: Indiana

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 183 40: 4.57 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who led Indiana with 52 solo stops as a senior after leading the nation with 20 pass breakups as a junior.

Pos: Feisty cornerback best facing the action. Aggressive, effectively recognizes routes and assignments in zone coverage and works hard to defend passes. Stays with responsibilities, possesses a quick closing burst and fires around the field trying to break up throws. Stays on the receiver’s hip, displaying a sense of timing and anticipation on pass defenses. Effectively reads the receivers eyes then locates passes in the air.

Neg: Not smooth or fluid backpedaling. Plays off-balance. Loses out to larger receivers. Average downfield speed.

Analysis: Bennett has been very productive at Indiana both defending passes and stopping the run. He lacks elite size/speed numbers and struggles making plays with his back to the ball but would be effective in man-off or zone coverage at the next level and comes with a special-teams mentality.


Full Name: Bernard Blake School: Colorado State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 175 40: 4.57 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting a career-best 64 tackles, 1 INT and 12 PBUs as a junior.

Pos: Taller, relatively instinctive cornerback best facing the action. Displays the ability to stay on the receivers hip out of breaks, shows good timing on pass defenses and has a nice move to throws. Has a burst to the ball out of his plant, competes to defend the pass and dives around the field attempting to break up throws. Quick up the field defending the run or screen passes.

Neg: Plays soft coverage and gives a big cushion. Lacks downfield speed and a liability in deep coverage. Slow getting his head back around to track the pass in the air.

Analysis: Blake is a thinly built cornerback with average speed who would be best in a zone system.
Full Name: Cariel Brooks School: Adams State

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 190 40: 4.49 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who finished with 40 tackles, 3 INTs and 14 PBUs as a senior.

Pos: Fluid, quick footed cornerback best facing the action. Smooth flipping his hips off the line of scrimmage, stays on the receivers hip out of breaks and displays both closing and recovery speed. Displays a sense of timing, has a nice move to the ball and gives effort defending the run. Very effective facing the action, tracks the pass in the air and stays with assignments.

Neg: Slow reacting to receivers moves off the line. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Not a strong open field tackler.

Analysis: Brooks possesses the skill to be a dime back in zone coverage at the next level if he plays well on special teams.


Full Name: Bryce Callahan School: Rice

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 180 40: 4.35 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who finished with 44 tackles, 2 INTs and 5 PBUs as a senior. Experienced punt returner.

Pos: Tough, instinctive cornerback who plays aggressive football. Quick flipping his hips off the line, runs downfield with opponents and effectively positions himself to defend throws. Mixes it up with opponents throughout the route. Quick up the field defending the run and is a solid open-field tackler. Does a good job recognizing or diagnosing plays and does not back down from a challenge.

Neg: Somewhat stiff backpedaling. Possesses just an average burst to the ball out of his plant. Tends to fall off plays and gives up underneath receptions.

Analysis: Callahan is an accomplished cornerback with less than desirable height but enough ball skills to line up as a dime back/return specialist on Sundays.


Full Name: Alex Carter School: Stanford

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 196 40: 4.50 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 59 tackles as a sophomore. Experienced kick returner. Father Tom was the first-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1993.

Pos: Developing cover corner with nice size and upside. Instinctive, quickly locates the ball and plays with suddenness. Keeps the action in front of him, stays with receivers out of breaks and quick closing to the action. Forceful, hard hitter and goes after runners. Mixes it up with receivers throughout the route, displays good recognition in zone coverage and a terrific athlete. Goes unchallenged by opponents.

Neg: Hasn’t produced in the interception department. Slow reacting to receivers off the line, not quick flipping his hips and struggles in deep coverage.

Analysis: Carter was a consistent cornerback the past three years at Stanford and offers the size as well as ball skills to develop into a starter in the NFL.


Full Name: Donald Celiscar School: Western Michigan

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 193 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors the past two seasons, intercepting three passes during each campaign.

Pos: Physical and aggressive cornerback well-versed in all areas of the game. Works hard to get off blocks, makes his way up the field and willingly defend the run. Wraps up when tackling and throws his body around the field. Displays a feel for coverage, has a burst to the ball out and outmuscles opponents to defend the throw. Keeps the action in front of him, remains disciplined in zone coverage and quickly locates the ball in the air. Displays the ability to stay on the receiver’s hip out of breaks. Used as a return specialist.

Neg: Lacks the quick and fluid backpedal. May be a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Celiscar is an underrated prospect with solid ball skills as well as a willingness to

defend the run or screen passes. Despite lacking elite physical skills, he has potential as a dime back/special teams player at the next level.


Full Name: Imoan Claiborne School: Northwestern State

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 189 40: 4.57 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors last season after registering 47 tackles, 4 INT’s and 7 PBUs. Effective special teams player on coverage units.

Pos: Developing cornerback effective in all facets of the position. Engages receivers at the line, fluid backpedaling and relatively instinctive. Works to keep the action in front of him. Quick up the field defending the run and stays with assignments. Aggressive in all areas of the game and does not have mental lapses on the field.

Neg: Tends to leave his backpedal too early. Not an explosive defender. Gives a cushion and lets receivers free in underneath coverage.

Analysis: After an injury-plagued junior campaign, Claiborne’s game took off last season he’ll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot this summer as a dime back/special teams play.
Full Name: Justin Coleman School: Tennessee

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 185 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 42 tackles and a career-best 4 interceptions last

season while also breaking up 5 passes.

Pos: Relatively athletic cornerback who projects as a dime player for the next level. Quick backpedaling, flips his hips in transition and stays with assignments in zone coverage. Displays a burst to the ball out of his plant, quick up the field defending the run and plays physical football. Works to keep the action front of him and wraps up tackling.

Neg: Possesses average deep speed and a liability in downfield coverage. Gives up inside positioning and too many unnecessary receptions.

Analysis: Coleman has a nice build, good short-area speed and could be an asset as a dime back in zone coverage who can also play special teams.


Full Name: Jalen Collins School: LSU

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 203 40: 4.46 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons finishing last year with 38 tackles, 1 interception and 17 pass break ups.

Pos: Well-sized cornerback with outstanding physical skills. Jams receivers at the line of scrimmage, mixes it up throughout the route and beats down receivers to defend the throw. Effectively positions himself against opponents, gets his head back around in downfield coverage and locates the ball. Fast, explosive and sudden. Solid open field tackler.

Neg: Very indecisive. Does not display route recognition in zone. Does not time his pass defenses well. Marginally instinctive and loses assignments.

Analysis: From a size/speed point of view Collins is a 1st-round pick but his cornerback techniques and overall wherewithal grade much lower. He’ll likely be over-drafted though Collins comes with tremendous upside potential and could develop into a starter with proper coaching.


Full Name: Valdon Cooper School: Georgia Southern

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 180 40: 4.50 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Illinois transfer who totaled 10 tackles as a senior when he played in just six games. Started prior two seasons posting a career-best 33 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore.

Pos: Small but feisty cornerback with solid ball skills. Quick flipping his hips off the line of scrimmage, plays faster than his 40 time and displays a closing burst to the ball. Gets his head back around and tracks the pass in the air. Mixes it up with receivers throughout the route, aggressive and shows good recognition facing the action.

Neg: Possesses poor hands for interceptions. Lack of deep speed will be a concern at the next level. Spotty production in college.

Analysis: Cooper flashed skill on the college level and has the ability to line up as a dime back/special teams player on Sunday if he completes his game.


Full Name: Justin Cox School: Mississippi State

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 191 40: 4.31 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who played in just nine games this season after suffering a leg injury. Finished the year with 21 tackles and one interception. Junior totals included 31 tackles.

Pos: Athletically gifted prospect who hasn’t translated his physical skills into full-time football ability. Gives effort defending the run, wraps up tackling and a solid open field tackler. Displays good footwork in every direction, has a nice burst to the ball out of his plant and solid closing speed. Effectively tracks the ball in the air.

Neg: Has a slim build. Slow reacting to plays and does not do a good job recognizing routes in zone coverage. Does not always take proper angles to the action.

Analysis: On paper Cox should be a top defensive back prospect but never progressed after being shifted from one secondary position to another then getting hurt. He possesses a good amount of upside and is a developmental prospect who should get practice squad consideration.


Full Name: Robertson Daniel School: BYU

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 199 40: 4.44 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who started the past two seasons. Senior totals included 44 tackles, 1 INT and 14 PBUs after career-best 66 tackles the prior year.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback best in zone coverage. Fluid backpedaling, tracks the pass in the air and shows good route recognition. Quick up the field defending screen passes or the run, has a burst of closing speed and shows good anticipation.

Neg: Gets turned on occasion. Bites on receivers moves then gets beat deep. Not a sure handed tackler.

Analysis: Daniels is a nice-sized prospect who showed more flashes than consistency and a cornerback who must play well on special teams this summer.


Full Name: Ronald Darby School: Florida State

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 193 40: 4.37 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-high 43 tackles last season.

Pos: Fast and athletic cornerback with a developing game. Stays with receivers out of breaks, possesses a burst of closing speed and explodes to the ball out of his plant. Shows good route recognition in zone, competes to defend passes and engages opponents throughout the route.

Neg: Gives a big cushion and a lot of underneath receptions. Shows hesitation and at times late to react. Does not display a sense of timing on pass defenses. Struggles getting off blocks when trying to defend the run.

Analysis: Darby is still more athlete than football player but shows the makings of a potential nickel/dime back at the next level who can also play on special teams.


Full Name: Stephan Dickens School: CSU-Pueblo

Ht: 5-7.5 Wt: 175 40: 4.43 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors after his sophomore and senior seasons. Named RMAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014. Defensive totals last year included 46 tackles, 7 INTs and 10 PBUs. Averaged 19.5 yards and 33 punt returns with two scores.

Pos: Slightly undersized but instinctive cornerback with game-changing return skills. Quick flipping his hips off the line, explosive and fast in every direction. Displays outstanding ball skills, makes a lot of athletic interceptions and displays a sense of timing on pass defenses. Fires to the ball out of his plant, displays a terrific burst of closing speed as well as the ability to recover. Quick up the field defending the run. Tremendous punt returner who picks up big chunks of yardage whenever the balls in his hands.

Neg: Small, gets out positioned by opponents and loses out in battles. Bites on ball fakes and blows assignments on occasion. Haphazard backpedaling.

Analysis: Dickens is small in stature but plays big and does not back down to a challenge. His return skills give him the upper hand in making a roster and he’s not a corner who will be a liability in defensive packages.


Full Name: Quandre Diggs School: Texas

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 196 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Senior totals included 73 tackles, 3 INTs and 5 PBUs. Freshman numbers included 4 INTs and 15 PBUs.

Pos: Instinctive, fundamentally sound cornerback with poor size/speed numbers. Smooth backpedaling, locates passes in the air and competes to defend the throw. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments, displays good route recognition in zone and willingly defends the run.

Neg: Slow transitioning to run with opponents off the line. One-speed cornerback who lacks a downfield burst. Average closing speed.

Analysis: Diggs was consistent on the college field and is not prone to mental breakdowns but comes with physical limitations, which may limit him to dime packages at the next level.
Full Name: Lorenzo Doss School: Tulane

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 182 40: 4.48 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors since his freshman season. Posted seven interceptions as a sophomore in 2013 and followed it up with three more last year.

Pos: Adequately sized cornerback best facing the action. Quick flipping his hips, plays to his size and displays a sense of timing on pass defenses. Quick up the field to defend running plays or screen passes, mixes it up with opponents and plays aggressive football.

Neg: Neither quick or smooth backpedaling. Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks. Struggles in downfield coverage and slow getting his head back around to locate passes in the air. Displays poor hands for interceptions. Does not play to his 40 time.

Analysis: Doss put up impressive numbers the past two seasons but struggles with his defensive back mechanics and looks marginally athletic on film. He offers some upside but maybe nothing more than a dime back at the next level.


Full Name: Saqwan Edwards School: New Mexico

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 189 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 42 tackles, 2 INTs and 9 PBUs as a senior after 42/1/4 the prior year.

Pos: Developing corner with a nice upside. Shows good route recognition in zone coverage, displays a sense of timing on pass defenses and a solid open field tackler. Engages opponents at the line of scrimmage, quick backpedaling and gets his head back around to track the pass in man coverage. Instinctive and does a solid job anticipating plays. Quick up the field and gives effort defending the run.

Neg: Loses assignments on occasion. Struggles covering receivers on crossing routes. Lacks a quick burst to the ball out of his plant.

Analysis: Edwards is an underrated cornerback prospect and a bit of an unknown but has the skill to play the next level and should get serious consideration on a practice squad this fall.
Full Name: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu School: Oregon

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season and named to numerous All-America teams the past two years. Senior totals included 63 tackles, 2 INTs and 9 PBUs. Missed the last two games of the year after suffering a knee injury in mid-December. Junior totals included 84 tackles.

Pos: Small but consistent shutdown corner with top ball skills. Fluid backpedaling, quick flipping his hips in transition and displays good route recognition. Effectively gets his head back around to locate passes in the air, recognizes routes in zone coverage and does a nice job diagnosing the action. Works hard getting off blocks to make plays on the runner. Possesses a closing burst and consistently positions himself to make plays on the ball.

Neg: Short and overmatched by opponents. Lacks elite next-level speed and now comes off a knee injury.

Analysis: A consistent cornerback in college, Ekpre-Olomu was rarely challenged by opponents. He lacks classic size and now comes off a serious knee injury, but if able to get back to prior form, he’s offers starting potential on Sundays.


Full Name: Randall Evans School: Kansas State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 194 40: 4.49 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 64 tackles, 4 INTs and 14 PBUs as a senior. Sophomore totals included a career-best 76 tackles.

Pos: Active defensive back with poor speed for the next level. Displays good route recognition in zone, effectively reads the quarterbacks eyes then makes a decisive move to the ball. Lines up over the slot receiver, relatively instinctive and displays good hands for interceptions. Remains disciplined with assignments, displays a sense of timing and sized well.

Neg: Has shown himself to be a liability in downfield coverage. Lacks great range in centerfield.

Analysis: Evans was quietly productive at Kansas State and is a defensive prospect who does not make mental errors. He’s tough against the run and shows skill in coverage, which could help him catch on as a dime back/special teams player at the next level.
Full Name: Deshazor Everett School: Texas A&M

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 188 40: 4.49 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 73 tackles each of the past two seasons. Senior totals also included 1 interception with 6 passes broken up.

Pos: Underrated cornerback with nice size. Quick flipping his hips off the line, battles with opponents throughout the route and has a burst to the ball. Tracks the ball in the air, effectively times pass defenses and flies around the field trying to break up the throw. Effective backed off the line of scrimmage displaying an explosive burst to the ball out of his plant.

Neg: Slow getting off blocks trying to defend the run. Not a stout tackler. Poor hands for interceptions. Struggles in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Everett was a steady player for Texas A&M and has the tools necessary to be a dime back in zone coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage.


Full Name: Deonte Flowers School: Montana State

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 181 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after totals of 57 tackles, 1 INT and 11 PBUs.

Pos: Physical cornerback with poor deep speed. Mixes it up with opponents, competes to defend throws and fights to get off blocks defending the run. Nicely tracks the ball in the air, has a burst out of his plant and effectively times his breakups. Quick up the field defending the run or screen passes. Solid open field tackler.

Neg: Overmatched by larger receivers. Lack of speed makes him a liability in downfield coverage. Slow transitioning off the line with opponents.

Analysis: Flowers possesses enough cover abilities to line up as a dime back in zone situations if he plays well on special teams.


Full Name: Terell Floyd School: Louisville

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 204 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 49 tackles as a senior. Junior numbers included 4 interceptions and 3 PBUs.

Pos: Aggressive but slightly undersized cornerback best facing the action. Quick up the field, voluntarily defends the run or screen passes and mixes it up with receivers throughout the action. Possesses an explosive closing burst, times his pass defenses well and works to knock away the throw.

Neg: Loses transitioning to run downfield with opponents. Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks. Lacks downfield speed and a liability in deep coverage.

Analysis: Floyd was a consistent cornerback on the college level but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a ninth defensive back/special teams player on Sunday.


Full Name: Charles Gaines School: Louisville

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 40: 4.37 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Former receiver who moved to cornerback as a sophomore then proceeded to start the following two seasons. All-conference selection last year after totaling 36 tackles, 2 interceptions and 10 PBUs.

Pos: Short but feisty cornerback with solid ball skills. Plays aggressive football, quick up the field defending the run and mixes it up with receivers throughout the route. Fast in both a straight line as well as laterally, displays good route recognition in zone coverage and covers a lot of ground. Displays an excellent burst to the ball, effectively times his pass defenses and shows good hands for interceptions.

Neg: Lacks the second gear and struggles with his deep responsibilities. Will be overmatched by bigger receivers.

Analysis: After moving from receiver to cornerback, Gaines showed steady progress in the secondary and has the size, instincts and ball skills necessary to line up in nickel or dime packages at the next level, primarily in zone coverage.


Full Name: Jacoby Glenn School: Central Florida

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 179 40: 4.62 Year: 3So

Bio: Two-year starter named to several All-America teams last season and voted American Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 40 tackles, 7 INTs and 10 PBUs. Freshman totals included 52/2/15.

Pos: Big and productive cornerback best facing the action. Engages receivers at the line of scrimmage, athletic and gets high to defend the pass or intercept throws. Effectively tracks the ball in the air and shows good hands for interceptions. Plays with balance, body control and slides off blocks to make tackles in the open field. Displays good route recognition in zone coverage and physically beats down opponents to defend throws. Times his pass defenses well.

Neg: Struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Average long speed and will be a liability in deep coverage.

Analysis: Glenn had two very productive seasons for Central Florida then decided to bolt for the NFL. He possesses the size and underlying ball skills but will only fit specific schemes due to his poor speed.


Full Name: Stephen Godbolt School: Webber International

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 199 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Tennessee State transfer who finished with 23 tackles and 1 interception in six games last season. Missed time due to eligibility issues after his transfer.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback who displayed flashes of ability prior to his disappointing senior campaign. Aggressive, works hard to get off blocks and makes plays against the run. Solid open-field tackler. Plays heads-up football, works well with safeties and displays good hands for interceptions.

Neg: Lacks deep speed and struggles in downfield coverage. Best facing the action.

Analysis: Godbolt showed next-level ability early in his college career then seemingly disappeared as a senior. He offers the skill and size to be used in a zone system and play special teams.
Full Name: Senquez Golson School: Mississippi

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 176 40: 4.43 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior and named to numerous All-America teams after totaling 43 tackles, intercepting 10 passes and breaking up 8 passes.

Pos: Slightly undersized but feisty cornerback who plays tough, aggressive football. Stays with receivers out of breaks, tracks passes in the air and displays a sense of timing. Effectively reads or diagnosis plays, quick and explosive and shows a sense of awareness. Possesses both closing and recovery speed as well as a terrific burst to the ball. Possesses good eye/hand coordination, good hands for interceptions and plays with outstanding balance as well as body control. Works well with safeties, plays smart football and quick up the field defending the run.

Neg: Small and overmatched by larger receivers. Despite his 40 time seems to struggle in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Golson was a solid college cornerback who displayed a developing game and is well-rounded in all areas. Sized deficient, he should be a competent nickel back

effective in man coverage or a zone system.


Full Name: Doran Grant School: Ohio State

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 200 40: 4.39 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons who posted a career-best 63 tackles and 5 interceptions as a senior when he was awarded All-conference honors.

Pos: Underrated cornerback best facing the action. Keeps the play in front of him, displays a sense of timing on pass defenses and has a burst to the ball out of his plant. Mixes it up with receivers throughout the route, voluntarily defends the run and a solid open field tackler. Quick closing to the action and works hard to get involved in the play.

Neg: Inconsistent with his footwork, prefers to side shuffle down the field and lacks a great burst to the ball out of his plant. Shows hesitation and slow getting his head back around to locate passes in the air.

Analysis: Grant is a physical zone cornerback who can also be used backed off the line of scrimmage in nickel or dime packages at the next level.


Full Name: LaDarius Gunter School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 202 40: 4.56 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons. Career-best numbers of 36 tackles and 3 interceptions came during his junior campaign.

Pos: Strong, well-sized cornerback best when the action’s in front of him. Aggressive, quick up the field defending the run and effectively uses his hands to get off blocks. Mixes it up with receivers, works to knock away passes and goes for the strip defending the run. Solid open field tackler and wraps up ball carriers.

Neg: Slow transitioning to run with opponents down the field. Possesses just an average closing burst and poor deep speed.

Analysis: Gunter possesses the size to play at the next level but lacks the speed and is not scheme diverse. He’d be best in zone coverage and should excel on special teams.
Full Name: Norman Hayes School: Harvard

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors since his sophomore season. Posted a career-best two interceptions as a junior. Lined up at safety as a senior.

Pos: Underrated defensive back with solid instincts. Effectively reads and diagnoses plays, has a quick step to the action and a burst to the ball out of his plant. Quick closing on passes, displays a sense of timing and plays heads-up football. Works to get up the field then wraps up ball carriers.

Neg: Lacks great range. Undersized for the safety position and gets washed from the action. Lacks deep speed and will struggle in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Hayes is an intelligent defensive back who rarely has mental breakdowns but lacks great physical skills for the next level. He does enough things well to get consideration as a ninth defensive back if he performs well on special teams this summer.
Full Name: Gegory Henderson School: Colorado

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 180 40: 4.63 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 51 tackles and broke up 14 passes as a senior. Posted 68 tackles, 4 INTs and 10 PBUs the prior year.

Pos: Smallish but explosive cornerback with possibilities in dime packages at the next level. Quick and fluid backpedaling, immediately locates passes in the air and has a nice move to the throw. Competes to break up passes and also fights to defend the run. Shows a nice burst to the ball and plays smart football.

Neg: Lacks size and overmatched by larger receivers. Possesses average playing speed and does a lot of trailing in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Henderson comes with average size/speed numbers but possesses the ball skills and special teams ability to make a roster as a ninth defensive back.


Full Name: Troy Hill School: Oregon

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 192 40: 4.47 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup last season and finishing with a career-best 71 tackles while also breaking up 18 passes. Terrific special teams player early in his Oregon career.

Pos: Understated cornerback prospect with terrific ball skills. Instinctive, effectively diagnoses plays and quickly tracks passes in the air. Displays a sense of timing and anticipation, fires out of his plant and has a quick closing burst. Effective facing the action, feisty and works hard to make plays. Gives effort defending the run.

Neg: Overmatched by larger receivers. Lacks elite speed and struggles in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Hill was a consistent contributor the four years he played at Oregon but comes with marginal size/speed numbers. He’s a good football player rather than a great athlete and as such should help out at the next level as a dime back/special teams player.
Full Name: Adrian James School: UTEP

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 195 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 37 tackles and 1 interception as a senior.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback best facing the action. Quick up the field defending the run or screen passes, works to get involved in the play and physical. Displays a decent burst to the ball out of his plant. Keeps the action in front of him.

Neg: Slow transitioning to run downfield with opponents, struggles making plays with his back to the ball and does a lot of face guarding. Average instincts. Minimal long speed and usually playing catch-up.

Analysis: James offers solid size but lacks the athleticism and speed for the next level. He must play well on special teams to have any chance of making it past the first cut.


Full Name: Jimmy Jean School: Alabama-Birmingham

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 200 40: 4.60 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 42 tackles, 1 interception and 6 PBUs a senior.

Pos: Well-sized cornerback best facing the action. Mixes it up with opponents, locates passes in the air and displays a burst to the ball out of his plant. Quick up the field and gives effort defending the run.

Neg: Slow transitioning off the line, gives a big cushion and possesses average closing and recovery speed. Does not consistently play like a 200-pound cornerback. Deep speed is a concern.

Analysis: Jean has the length and overall ball skills to be brought into camp this summer and offers potential as a ninth defensive back on Sunday.


Full Name: Jeremiah Johnson School: Maryland

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 183 40: 4.66 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Started seven games as a senior, finishing with 43 tackles and 1 interception. Suffered a season-ending knee injury during the first game of the 2013 campaign. Started 12 games as a sophomore, breaking up 10 passes.

Pos: Underrated cornerback with terrific ball skills. Instinctive, reads the action and keeps plays in front of him. Quickly locates the ball, has a nice burst out of his plant and works hard to make plays. Effectively times pass defenses and competes to come away with interceptions. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling.

Neg: Struggles in man coverage and does not show great downfield speed. Average production on the college level. Struggled to regain his starting position after returning from his knee injury.

Analysis: Off the 2012 film, Johnson was a better cornerback than teammate Dexter McDougle, the third-round pick of the New York Jets in 2014. He lacks elite size but offers enough cover and ball skills to make a roster as a dime back.


Full Name: Kevin Johnson School: Wake Forest

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 188 40: 4.45 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 43 tackles and 1 interception after career-best 58 tackles and 3 interceptions each of the prior two seasons.

Pos: Explosive shutdown cornerback flying under the radar. Stays in his backpedal, fluid transitioning with opponents downfield and mixes it up throughout the route. Gets his head back around tracking passes in the air, displays outstanding route recognition in zone coverage and possesses a terrific burst to the ball. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, diagnoses plays and effectively times pass defenses. Physical, but also remains disciplined with assignments. Stays on the receivers hip out of breaks and explodes to the ball.

Neg: Not a strong open field tackler. Has a thin build. Lacks elite downfield speed. At times too aggressive up the field.

Analysis: Johnson was a terrific cornerback who was rarely challenged by opponents and offers ability in both man or zone coverage. He needs to fine-tune the details of his position but is underrated moving towards the draft and could develop into a starting cornerback on Sundays.


Full Name: Byron Jones School: Connecticut

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 199 40: 4.37 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who played in 7 games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Totaled 88 tackles as a sophomore then broke up 8 passes and intercepted 3 the following season.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback with solid ball skills. Instinctive, athletic and plays with suddenness. Competes to break up passes and effective facing the ball. Plays while injured. Battles receivers throughout the route, rarely challenged by opponents and quickly tracks the ball in the air. Displays good awareness, gets vertical to defend throws and effectively positions himself against receivers to break up passes. Explodes to the ball out of his plant and shows a good closing burst.

Neg: Struggles getting his head back around and often does too much face-guarding. Struggles staying downfield with opponents despite his 40 time.

Analysis: Jones was a consistent cornerback on the college level and was rarely challenged by opponents. He’ll offer starting possibilities backed off the line of scrimmage or in zone coverage and should see action early in his NFL career.


Full Name: Travis Lee School: Miles

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180 40: 4.52 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Played in all seven games last season totaling 18 tackles, 4 INT’s and 3 PBUs.

Pos: Smart, disciplined cornerback with solid speed. Displays good recognition of the action, quick flipping his hips off the line and keeps the play in front of him. Instinctive, shows a closing burst and effective tackling in the open field.

Neg: Must improve his backpedal as he prefers to side shuffle down the field. Average size and overmatched by bigger receivers.

Analysis: Lee is a terrific small-school corner who competes to defend the throws and possesses the physical skills to line up as a dime back at the next level.


Full Name: Jamerson Love School: Mississippi State

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 175 40: 4.48 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 34 tackles and tied for the team lead with 9 pass breakups last season.

Pos: Undersized but instinctive cornerback who works hard to make plays. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, tracks passes in the air and effectively positions himself against receivers to defend the throw. Has a nice move to the ball, possesses a closing burst and effectively times his pass defenses. Solid special-teams player who makes plays on coverage units.

Neg: Lacks a fluid backpedal, which hurts his ability to break to the throw. Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks. Lacks size and overmatched by opponents.

Analysis: Low was a consistent player for Mississippi State but lacks the size and overall technique to make it out of camp this summer.


Full Name: Wayne Lyons School: Stanford

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 193 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 69 tackles as a junior.

Pos: Hard-working college cornerback with average skill for the next level. Effective facing the action and works to break up passes. Feisty, quick up the field and a solid run defender.

Neg: Gives a big cushion at the line of scrimmage and lacks an explosive burst to the ball out of his plant. Does not display good route recognition in zone. Poor recovery speed.

Analysis: Lyons offers good size but lacks the overall speed and ball skills to play at the next level.
Full Name: Craig Mager School: Texas State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 201 40: 4.40 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference as a senior after tallying 36 tackles, 3 INTs and 10 PBUs. Junior totals included 49 tackles and 9 PBUs.

Pos: Versatile cornerback also effective on special teams. Works to jam opponents at the line of scrimmage. Quick flipping his hips in transition and stays with receivers out of breaks. Effectively tracks the ball, instinctive and shows a quick closing burst. Works hard to get off blocks and make plays against the run.

Neg: Lacks great top-end speed and will be a liability in downfield coverage. Prefers to side shuffle down the field, which hurts his break to throws.

Analysis: Mager was a consistent player who doesn't have mental lapses on the field. He projects as a dime back/special teams player at the next level and could see live action early in his NFL career.


Full Name: Nick Marshall School: Auburn

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 204 40: 4.51 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who started at quarterback for Auburn the past two seasons. Senior totals included 2532 passing yards, 20 TDs and 7 interceptions. Also added 798 yards on the ground with 11 more scores. Lined up at cornerback during Senior Bowl.

Pos: Athletic college quarterback who projects to either cornerback or running back at the next level. Patient in the pocket, goes to check down receivers and possesses a strong arm. Shows a lot of elusiveness carrying the ball, outstanding vision and plays much faster than his 40 time. Effective leader and to his credit does not make poor decisions. Looked fluid and smooth at cornerback during the Senior Bowl displaying a solid backpedal, fluid hips and the ability to easily transition downfield.

Neg: Lacks the overall accuracy and pass placement to stay at quarterback in the NFL. Lacks long speed and will struggle with deep coverage responsibilities at cornerback.

Analysis: Marshall was very productive the past two seasons and did a terrific job leading the offense. He’s a skilled athlete who lacks true foot speed but could be very productive as a nickel back on defense or even a ball carrier in certain situations.


Full Name: Bobby McCain School: Memphis

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors the past two seasons when he totaled 11 interceptions. Experienced kick returner.

Pos: Underrated cornerback with solid ball skills. Instinctive, reads the quarterback’s eyes then displays a good move to the throw. Effectively times pass defenses, displays a burst to the ball out of his plant and keeps the action in front of him. Shows good hands for interceptions and is effective both facing the action or with his back to the ball.

Neg: Not a strong wrap-up tackler and drags down ball carriers. Possesses average playing speed. Doesn’t have great size.

Analysis: McCain was a solid defender the past three seasons and rarely has mental breakdowns or gets beat. He lacks deep speed but offers potential in nickel or dime packages and on special teams.


Full Name: Dexter McDonald School: Kansas

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 209 40: 4.40 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who started the past two seasons. Posted a career-best 28 tackles, 2 interceptions and 13 pass breakups as a senior.

Pos: Well-sized, aggressive cornerback who plays a physical game. Tracks passes in the air and fights to defend the throw. Gets positioning on opponents to make plays on the ball. Fights to get off blocks and defend the run.

Neg: Slow transitioning to run with opponents downfield. Despite his 40 time has shown himself to be a liability in deep coverage. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.

Analysis: McDonald is an aggressive cornerback with the size and ability to get consideration in a zone system.


Full Name: Jonathon Mincy School: Auburn

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 191 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who finished with a career-best 70 tackles last season while also intercepting 1 pass and breaking up 8 more.

Pos: Hard-working cornerback with limited physical skills. Quick flipping his hips transitioning with opponents, displays a sense of timing and works to get a hand in to knock away the ball. Fights to get up the field and defend running plays or screen passes.

Neg: Plays off-balance and struggles staying downfield with opponents. Gives a large cushion and consistently late locating the ball in the air. Overmatched by opponents.

Analysis: Quincy was productive at Auburn but lacks the physical skills and ball skills to make an active roster at the next level.


Full Name: Tevin Mitchel School: Arkansas

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 191 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who played in five games last season totaling 18 tackles, intercepting 2 passes and breaking up 8 more. Struggled during the early part of the season with a hamstring injury which forced into the sidelines. Junior totals included a career-best 47 tackles.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback with potential in dime packages. Keeps the action in front of him, battles to break up throws and nicely times pass defenses. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, shows a burst out of his plant and plays with a lot of quickness. Works to get off blocks then makes plays up the field against screen passes or the run.

Neg: Deep speed is a concern and is beaten downfield. Inconsistent throughout his college career and has a history of injuries.

Analysis: Mitchel has shown flashes of next-level ability the past three years and if able to stay healthy he offers possibilities as a dime back in either zone coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage.


Full Name: Steven Nelson School: Oregon State

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 197 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who started the past two seasons. All-conference selection as a senior after 60 tackles, 2 INTs and 8 PBUs.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback with solid ball skills. Effectively reads or diagnoses plays, fires to the ball out of his plant and displays a sense of timing. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, stays on the receivers hip out of breaks and mixes it up to defend the throw. Plays tough, aggressive football, quick up the field defending running plays or screen passes and gives effort.

Neg: At times struggles making plays with his back to the ball in downfield coverage. Not a big bodied cornerback and more of a drag down tackler.

Analysis: Nelson was consistent and productive during his time at Oregon State and will be a solid middle-round pick who can line up in nickel packages at the next level.


Full Name: Axel Ofori School: Maine

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 203 40: 4.57 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 3 interceptions as a junior.

Pos: Skilled cornerback with average size/speed numbers. Fluid flipping his hips transitioning with opponents downfield, mixes it up with receivers throughout the route and competes to break up the throw. Displays good route recognition in zone coverage, quickly locates passes in the air and has a nice move to the throw. Shows skill in man coverage and consistently positions himself to make plays on the ball.

Neg: Average downfield speed and struggles staying with opponents vertically. Has been inconsistent throughout his career.

Analysis: Ofori has been a bit of a tease as he’s a streaky defender who flashes big-time ability then disappears for stretches. When hitting on all cylinders he’s a dime who can lineup in zone or man coverage.


Full Name: Eric Patterson School: Ball State

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 193 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Nice-sized cornerback with average ball skills. Quick up the field on the blitz, sacrifices his body to make tackles and gives effort defending the run. Aggressive, lays heavy blows on opponents and competes hard.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback with average ball skills. Quick up the field on the blitz, sacrifices his body to make tackles and gives effort defending the run. Aggressive, lays heavy blows on opponents and competes hard.

Neg: Slow backpedaling, struggles staying with receivers out of breaks and does not display sense of timing on pass defenses. Blows assignments on occasion.

Analysis: Patterson offers potential as a dime back at the next level but his greatest value will be returning kicks.


Full Name: Garry Peters School: Clemson

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 191 40: 4.56 Year: 5Sr

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Full Name: Marcus Peters School: Washington

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 197 40: 4.50 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who played in eight games last season before being dismissed from the Washington program. Finished the year with 30 tackles, 3 INTs and 7 PBUs.

Pos: Talented cornerback with the size and ball skills to start at the next level. Quick flipping his hips, moves well laterally and shows an explosive burst to the pass. Physical, mixes it up with receivers throughout the route and effectively tracks the pass in the air then correctly times his pass defenses. Positions himself against opponents to break up throws, uses his size as an advantage and fights throughout the play.

Neg: Displays poor hands for interceptions and lets catchable throws slip by. Average long speed and struggles staying step for step with opponents. Very quick out of his backpedal. Has an impulsive personality.

Analysis: Peters possesses the physical skills to be a starter in the NFL as a bump-and-run or zone cornerback but has lapses in concentration both on and off the field.


Full Name: Brandon Reddish School: Syracuse

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 40: 4.59 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished his senior campaign with 43 tackles and 3 interceptions.

Pos: Hard-working cornerback with solid ball skills, best facing the action. Displays a sense of timing on pass defenses, quickly locates the ball in the air and has an explosive burst to the action. Aggressive, goes hard and gives effort defending the run. Gets up high and competes to defend the throw displaying good hands for interceptions. Rarely challenged by opponents.

Neg: Average deep speed and a liability in downfield coverage. Not a big or stout corner.

Analysis: Reddish was a solid defender for Syracuse and more than held his own in the starting role. He offers potential as a dime back who would be best in a system which employs zone coverage.


Full Name: Cody Riggs School: Notre Dame

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

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Full Name: Curtis Riley School: Fresno State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who began his career at D2 Mars Hill College. Totals last season included 53 tackles and 8 pass defenses after 53 tackles and 1 interception as a junior.

Pos: Nice-sized cornerback who shows flashes of ability. Stays with receivers out of breaks, nicely times pass defenses and plays with quickness. Agile, nicely adjusts or contorts to defend throws. Mixes it up with opponents, plays faster than his 40 time and displays a burst to the ball out of his plant. Gets his head around tracking the pass in the air and uses his frame to box out opponents.

Neg: Slow transitioning off the line. Does too much side shuffling rather than backpedaling. Bites on receivers’ moves.

Analysis: Riley turned in two productive seasons at Fresno State and though he needs work on his game, is worth considering for a practice squad.


Full Name: C.J. Roberts School: CSU-Pueblo

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 183 40: 4.43 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 56 tackles, 7 INTs and 8 PBUs.

Pos: Underrated cover corner with next-level size and skill. Keeps his head on a swivel, gets a good jump to the ball and has a burst of closing speed. Aggressive, hard-hitting and a strong open field tackler. Fluid backpedaling, quick flipping his hips and mixes it up throughout the route. Physically beats down receivers to defend throws.

Neg: At times slow getting his head back around to track the pass in man coverage and does a bit of face guarding.

Analysis: Roberts was an intimidating defender and a cornerback rarely challenged by opponents. Best backed off the line of scrimmage or in zone, he has potential as a dime back/special teams player.


Full Name: Quinten Rollins School: Miami-Oh

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 195 40: 4,47 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former college basketball player named MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Finished the season with 72 tackles and 7 interceptions.

Pos: Quick, fluid defensive back with a large amount of upside potential. Engages receivers at the line, aggressive throughout the route and smooth moving to every area of the field. Sized well, very athletic and displays the ability to make acrobatic pass defenses or interceptions. Easily gets up high over opponents to defend throws. Fights hard and competes to defend the run. For the most part keeps the play in front of him and does a good job recognizing the action.

Neg: Inconsistent backpedaling and prefers to side shuffle down the field. Struggles getting off blocks. Must polish his instincts.

Analysis: After a college career on the hardwood, Rollins decided to give football a chance last season and ended with astonishing results. Though there may be some bumps in the road, he possesses the tools necessary to develop into a starting cornerback at the next level.
Full Name: Eric Rowe School: Utah

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 205 40: 4.39 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who’s lined up at both cornerback and safety. Senior totals included 59 tackles, 1 INT and 13 PBUs. Junior numbers included 69 tackles with 7 PBUs.

Pos: Large, athletic defensive back prospect with a high upside. Quick both laterally and in a straight line, has a closing burst and displays terrific range when he played centerfield. Effective facing the action, displays a nice break to the ball out of his plant and a burst of closing speed. Stays with assignments, fierce up the field defending the run and a strong wrap-up tackler.

Neg: Struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Displays stiffness in his hips. More of a one-speed athlete.

Analysis: Rowe is a tremendous athlete who was consistently productive for Utah and has shown flashes throughout his college career. Best facing the action, he could line up at either cornerback or safety in a zone system and offers potential on special teams.
Full Name: De'Ante Saunders School: Tennessee State

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 188 40: 4.52 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who began his college career at Florida. All-America and all-conference selection as a senior after 51 tackles, 5 INTs and 6 PBUs. Also averaged 21.9 yards on five kick returns.

Pos: Under the radar cornerback with solid ball skills. Remains disciplined with assignments, effectively reads the quarterbacks eyes and shows good anticipation of the play. Has a nice burst to the ball out of his plant, good hands for interceptions and competes to defend throws. Keeps the action in front of him and effective in zone coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage. Solid open-field tackler.

Neg: Lacks closing and recovery speed. Struggles with deep coverage assignments. Short and loses out the taller receivers.

Analysis: Saunders is a well-rounded cornerback who can be plucked off the waiver wire after the draft’s seven rounds then compete in camp this summer to play in dime packages.
Full Name: Tim Scott School: North Carolina

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 190 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who’s lined up at both cornerback and safety. Posted a career-best 72 tackles last season.

Pos: Marginally athletic defensive back best in the short field. Effectively times his pass defenses, displays a good burst to the ball and aggressively works to shut down opponents. Solid run defender and works to stop the run. For the most part effectively diagnoses plays.

Neg: Lacks closing and recovery speed. Struggles in downfield coverage and a liability defending the deep throw. Slow getting his head back around tracking passes.

Analysis: Scott was a consistent performer at North Carolina but comes with limited upside. His tenacious run defense skills and ability to diagnose plays gives him an opportunity in a zone system.


Full Name: Al-Hajj Shabazz School: West Chester

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 200 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-America honors as a senior after posting a career-best five interceptions.

Pos: Solid small-school cornerback best facing the action. Plays heads-up football, effectively recognizes routes in zone coverage and possesses a sense of timing and anticipation. Fluid and quick flipping his hips in transition and gives effort in all areas.

Neg: Lacks foot speed and constantly playing catch-up in downfield coverage. Not overly aggressive defending the run.

Analysis: Shabazz was productive on the small-school level and offers possibilities as a dime back in the NFL if he plays well on special teams.


Full Name: Josh Shaw School: USC

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 201 40: 4.39 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Florida transfer who played in just three games last season after being suspended for off the field issues. Senior totals included 11 tackles. Junior numbers included 67 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Pos: Physically gifted cornerback prospect with an undeveloped game. Best facing the action, works well with safeties and quickly locates the ball in the air. Keeps the action front of him, displays a nice move to throws and fights hard to defend the pass. Physical, mixes it up with opponents and willingly defends the run.

Neg: Struggles making plays with his back to the ball and does a lot of face guarding. Seems intimidated when lined up against speedy opponents. Despite his 40 time does not display great long speed or a quick closing burst.

Analysis: After transferring from Florida, Shaw bounced between positions at USC before being suspended for the majority of the 2014 season. He possesses the size and physical skills to play the next level but may be limited to a zone system where he can face the action.
Full Name: Jacorey Shepherd School: Kansas

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 199 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Former receiver who moved into the starting line up two years ago then was awarded all-conference honors as a senior after totaling 23 tackles, intercepting 3 passes and breaking up 16 more.

Pos: Solid cornerback with the size and skill to play at the next level. Quick and fluid backpedaling, flips his hips in transition and loses nothing running downfield with opponents downfield. Mixes it up throughout the route, gets his head back around tracking passes in the air and competes to defend the throw. Displays a burst to the ball out of his plant, effectively positions himself to defend passes and consistently gets a hand in to knock away the throw.

Neg: Struggles in battles. Average deep speed and a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Shepherd is a cornerback who did not make mental errors and possesses enough skill to be kept on a roster as a dime back.


Full Name: D'Joun Smith School: Florida Atlantic

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 187 40: 4.39 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 53 tackles last season while also adding 1 interception and 8 PBUs. Numbers the prior year included 35/7/13. Experienced kick returner.

Pos: Athletic and explosive cornerback with a developing game. Fluid flipping his hips in transition, plays to his 40 time and displays a terrific burst to the ball out of his plant. Stays with receivers on crossing routes, displays a sense of timing and works hard to defend passes. Gives effort defending the run and flies around the ball.

Neg: Easily taken from the action by blocks. Not physically strong. Struggles getting his head back around to locate passes in the air and does a bit of face guarding.

Analysis: Smith is an athletic corner best in zone or backed off the line of scrimmage and can also help as a return specialist.


Full Name: Tye Smith School: Towson

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 40: 4.50 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors the past three years and named as an All-American after his senior campaign. Career totals of 103 tackles, 2 INT’s and 12 PBUs came during his junior season.

Pos: Feisty cornerback with solid ball skills. Quick flipping his hips, stays with receivers out of breaks and shows an explosive burst to passes. Plays heads-up football, keeps the action in front of him and effectively diagnoses plays. Aggressive, goes hard after opponents and gives effort defending the run. Displays a sense of timing, flies around the field and plays faster than his 40 time. Wraps up tackling and a solid open field tackler.

Neg: Possesses a thin build and may physically struggle at the next level. Lacks elite speed and will be a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Smith was a consistent performer on the college field and a cornerback with good ball skills and instincts. Unlikely to be drafted, he’s a solid free-agent signing with a real opportunity as a dime back/special teams player.


Full Name: Damian Swann School: Georgia

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 189 40: 4.48 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted career-best numbers of 65 tackles, 4 interceptions and 8 pass breakups as a senior when he was awarded All-conference honors.

Pos: Solid cornerback best facing the action. Plays with an aggressive attitude, shows a burst to the to the action and goes hard after ball carriers. Quick closing to the play, shows good route recognition in zone coverage and possesses solid hands for interceptions. Works to get up field to stuff the run and competes to defend throws.

Neg: Slow transitioning to run with opponents off the line. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Plays soft coverage and allows a number of underneath receptions.

Analysis: Swann possesses the physical and ball skills to line up as a dime back at the next level.
Full Name: Raymon Taylor School: Michigan

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 185 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 86 tackles and 4 interceptions in 2013.

Pos: Average-sized cornerback best facing the action. Displays good route recognition in zone, effectively defends crossing routes and has a burst to the ball. Physical, mixes it up with opponents and works hard to defend the run.

Neg: Slow getting his head back around and locating passes in the air. Average deep speed. Shows indecision and gives up a number of underneath receptions. Struggled with a leg injury throughout his senior season.

Analysis: Taylor was a solid college cornerback but lacks the size, speed as well as the ball skills to be anything other than a dime back in zone coverage at the next level.


Full Name: Cam Thomas School: Western Kentucky

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 45 tackles, 2 INTs and 5 PBUs as a senior. Junior totals included 41/5/10, when he was an all-conference player.

Pos: Instinctive and aggressive cornerback best facing the action. Displays good awareness, timing, and anticipation. Fluid backpedaling, stays on the receivers hip out of breaks and quickly locates the pass in the air. Displays a burst of closing speed, works hard to defend throws and also voluntarily stuffs the run. Quick up the field and wraps up when tackling.

Neg: Gives a big cushion, and as a result a lot of underneath receptions. Lacks long speed and can be a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Thomas is one of the more underrated cornerbacks in this year’s draft and possesses the measurables as well as ball skills to line up as a dime back in zone coverage.
Full Name: Corey Trim School: La-Lafayette

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190 40: 4.57 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer awarded all-conference honors as a senior after leading Louisiana Lafayette with 79 tackles. Also intercepted 2 passes and broke up 5 more.

Pos: Instinctive cornerback with an aggressive game. Quick up the field defending the run, displays a burst of closing speed and works to get involved. Defeats blocks and makes plays up the field against screen passes. Effectively diagnoses the action and shows an explosive burst out of his plant.

Neg: Inefficient. Does more knocking down rather than wrap-up tackling. Average ball skills.

Analysis: Trim was a tackling machine at the cornerback position but comes with average ball skills and will struggle making it out of camp this summer.


Full Name: Tray Walker School: Texas Southern

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190 40: 4.47 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Senior totals included 41 tackles, 4 INT’s and 14 PBUs.

Pos: Fast-rising small-school cornerback with excellent size and upside. Explosive, fires to the ball out of his plant and plays with an aggressive attitude. Jams opponents at the line scrimmage, mixes it up throughout the route and shows suddenness in his game. Rarely challenged by opponents and fights to get up the field to defend the run and screen passes.

Neg: Slow transitioning to run with opponents off the line and late reacting to their moves. Gets high in his backpedal and slow in reverse. At times does more hitting rather than wrap-up tackling.

Analysis: An intriguing secondary prospect, Walker is a physical specimen who needs to fine tune his mechanics but offers potential in dime packages as a zone cornerback.


Full Name: Trae Waynes School: Michigan State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 186 40: 4.25 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-conference and All-America honors last season. Totals included 46 tackles and three interceptions.

Pos: Well-sized cornerback with a ton of upside. Engages opponents at the line of scrimmage, mixes it up throughout the route and physically beats down receivers to break up throws. Aggressive in his entire game and quick up the field defending the run. Fluid and smooth, flips his hips transitioning with opponents down the field and has a closing burst to the ball. Effectively recognizes routes in zone coverage, plays with a lot of quickness and displays good hands for interceptions.

Neg: Gets confused and at times left flat-footed. Average production on the college level.

Analysis: Waynes started hitting his stride as a sophomore then displayed a ton of progress last season. He offers size, speed and developing ball skills which, in time, should help him earn a starting position in the NFL. He’s a solid prospect but not the top-10 pick some are making him out to be.


Full Name: Kevin White School: TCU

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 183 40: 4.61 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 51 tackles, 2 INTs and 11 PBUs as a senior.

Pos: Undersized college corner with a feisty game. Effective facing the action, times his pass defenses well and explodes to the ball out of his plant. Effectively tracks passes in the air, shows quickness in his game and remains disciplined with assignments. Fires up the field defending the run and works to make positive plays.

Neg: Isn’t consistent or smooth backpedaling. One speed cornerback who struggles in downfield coverage. Slow getting his head back around to locate passes in man coverage. Not a stout tackler.

Analysis: White made the most of his tools and was a solid cornerback on the college level but lacks the athleticism and size to be anything other than a dime back/special teams player in the NFL.


Full Name: Ian Williams School: Fordham

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 183 40: 4.61 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after totals of 75 tackles, 4 INTs and 19 PBUs. Junior numbers included 86/5/11.

Pos: Aggressive cornerback with a good head for the ball. Displays a sense of timing, stays with the action and has a burst to the ball. Effective facing the action, shows good recognition and stays with assignments. Works hard to break up throws or defend the run. Outstanding return specialist.

Neg: Slow backpedaling. Gives up a lot of underneath receptions. Does not consistently

position himself properly against opponents.

Analysis: Williams had a knack for breaking up passes as well as impacting games returning kicks. He’s a long shot but could make a roster as a ninth defensive back/return specialist.
Full Name: P.J. Williams School: Florida State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 194 40: 4.47 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-conference honors last season when he posted a career-best 74 tackles. Broke up 10 passes each of the last two years. Recently charged with a DUI.

Pos: Physically gifted cornerback prospect with an undeveloped game. Explosive, has a burst to the ball out of his plant and shows a nice move defending passes. Aggressive, competes to break up throws and forceful. Mixes it up with opponents and beats them down defending passes. Shows good recognition as well as timing in zone coverage.

Neg: Slow reacting to receivers moves off the line and loses transitioning to run with opponents. Consistently playing catch-up on crossing patterns. Marginally instinctive.

Analysis: Williams is a physically gifted cornerback who shows more flashes than consistency. He possesses tremendous upside but must develop on the field as well as mature off of it before he’s able to compete at the next level.


Full Name: Julian Wilson School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 205 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons who totaled 39 tackles as a senior. Posted a career-best 3 interceptions the prior season. Academic Big 12 selection throughout his college career.

Pos: Underrated defensive back with good size. Uses his size and strength as an advantage, mixes it up with opponents and physically beats down receivers to defend the throw. Keeps the action in front of him, plays with awareness and a solid open field tackler. Quickly locates passes in the air and has a nice move to the ball.

Neg: Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks. Will be a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Wilson was minimally productive on the college level but comes with the size and ball skills necessary to line up in dime packages and he should be a solid special-teams player at the next level.


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