Cordrea Tankersley is the total package.
Height? Tankersley measured in at 6-foot-1 1/4.
Speed? Tankersley ran his 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds.
Production? During two seasons in the starting lineup, Tankersley intercepted nine passes and broke up an additional 20 passes — not to mention 9.5 tackles for losses that demonstrate his physicality.
The Green Bay Packers held formal interviews with several of the top cornerbacks at the Scouting Combine, with Tankersley among them.
Green Bay has an obvious need at cornerback. Sam Shields no longer is on the roster after missing most of last season with a concussion. Shields’ absence, coupled with the injury-plagued seasons of second-year players Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, forced former undrafted free agent LaDarius Gunter to be the No. 1 corner — a role he was ill-equipped to handle.
If Tankersley lasts until the 29th pick of the first round, he’d be difficult to pass up for general manager Ted Thompson.
“I’m a man-press corner,” Tankersley said. “I played a lot of man. At Clemson that’s all we do is play a lot of man.”
The combination of press-man experience and ball skills are why Tankersley stands out in one of the deepest cornerback classes in memory. Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, Washington’s Sidney Jones, LSU’s TreDavious White, Florida’s Teez Tabor and Tankersley are considered first-round options. As many as 18 corners could go in the first three rounds.
“I’m all about competition, that’s what I tell the coaches,” Tankersley said. “I love to compete. We’ve got a lot of great cornerback prospects here. We’re all going to go out there and lay it out on the line.”
Tankersley said he came to the Combine with “nothing to prove” other than that his speed. “A lot of people say I’m not too fast,” he said. Mission accomplished. Of the six first-round options, Tankersley’s 4.40 was the second-fastest. Lattimore ran in 4.36 seconds, followed by Humphrey at 4.41, Jones and White at 4.47 and Tabor at 4.62.
There’s more to the Combine, of course, than the 40. His three-cone time of 7.00 seconds was slightly below average and his 29.5-inch vertical leap was the worst among any defensive back who went through that drill at the Combine.
Still, Tankersley need only point to the production. Among the top six corners, Tankersley and Tabor tied for No. 1 with nine interceptions. Tankersley’s, however, came during the last two seasons. Only three players from a Power 5 conference had more picks during that span.
“My film speaks for it all,” he said. “I just want to go out here and be a consistent player. Just go out here and be the best corner I can be. Just go out here and show the coaches I can play at this level.”
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