Senior Bowl: Cornerback Rankings

As we sift through the cornerback talent at the Senior Bowl, one of the top-rated ones proved why and others showed they are deserving to be ranked in the top five in attendance. From cover corners to those not afraid to mix it up physical, there is something for every taste here in Mobile.

1. Desmond Trufant – Sure, the name recognition helps with his brotherly bloodlines in the NFL, but the route recognition he possesses says even more. He reacts quickly, is physical with receivers and then lets them know he got the best of them. A brash cornerback? No, never!

2. Leon McFadden – Even if he is a little slow to get to the ball on occasion, he always seems to be raking at it. Most of the time, he gets a good jump on the route and he looks comfortable in a zone setting.

3. Robert Alford – He may be from Southeastern Louisiana, but he showed a small-school defensive back can make big strides. He has the quickness and can stay with receivers step-for-step.

4. Jordan Poyer – The Oregon State cornerback has the speed for the position and plays the man in front of him well. He looks like he could still use work on getting his head around and locating the ball to capitalize on his interception potential.

5. Marc Anthony – There were several times the Cal corner got a good break on the ball once it was in the air and knocked it away from the receiver. He also recognized a screen nicely and reacted to defend it quickly.

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