Packer Report concludes its annual NFL Draft positional previews with the cornerbacks.
The Green Bay Packers fielded one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. Green Bay ranked 25th against the pass and 31st in opponent passer rating. The unit’s disintegration started with Sam Shields’ season-ending (and perhaps career-ending) concussion in Week 1. Second-year players Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins were huge disappointments. Those factors turned Ladarius Gunter, a second-year player who went undrafted in 2015, into the No. 1 corner. Not surprisingly, the Packers’ Super Bowl hopes were trashed by Matt Ryan and the explosive Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.
What general manager Ted Thompson must sort out is whether Randall and Rollins were bad draft picks or did they play poorly because they were injured. The answer to that question, obviously, will dictate Thompson’s draft strategy. Green Bay lost versatile defensive back Micah Hyde but re-signed Davon House, who should contribute immediately on the outside.
With that as a backdrop, here are our Top 22 cornerbacks. This is a superb class, even when eliminating several players due to the Packers’ historical preferences for height and athleticism.
Note: Tackles, interceptions and passes broken up/defensed are from STATS and/or the schools. Other pass-coverage numbers are from ProFootballFocus.com’s Draft Pass. The rankings used in this story are based on 25 prospects — our Top 22 (minus one-small school player without data) plus four who might be eliminated based on testing.
Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State (6-0, 193; 4.36 40; DNP shuttle; DNP 3-cone; 38.5 vertical): Redshirt sophomore. In 2016, Lattimore intercepted four passes and broke up nine others for a team-high total of 13 passes defensed. According to Pro Football Focus, Lattimore ranked ninth in yards per pass route (0.79), fourth in passer rating (30.2) and eighth in completion percentage (43.9). He’s a terrific tackler, having missed zero last season. He was first-team all-conference after missing all of 2014 and the second half of 2015 with hamstring injuries. Surgery and yoga got him on the field and kept him on the field. Those hamstrings, a lack of length and small hands are knocks on his game threatening his perch as No. 1 corner. “It’s a lot of talent here from top to bottom. A team is going to get a great player from the first round to the fourth round. It’s a deep draft and I’m honored to be considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft. Just coming from where I came from it’s a blessing.” In his hometown of Glenville, Ohio, only 12.8 percent of the population has a high school diploma. Crime and violence was a way of life. "I know this sounds incredibly cliché, but I didn't want to fall into the gangs and violence. My environment is one of my main motivations. Football is my way out," Lattimore said.
Gareon Conley, Ohio State (6-0, 195; 4.44 40; 4.18 shuttle; 6.68 3-cone; 37 vertical): Redshirt junior. First and foremost, Conley has been accused of sexual assault, TMZ reported on Tuesday. No doubt the NFL, the Packers and the other 31 teams are in scramble mode trying to figure out the facts before the start of Thursday’s first round. Conley was second-team all-Big Ten this season with four interceptions, including the clincher vs. Michigan State, one vs. Wisconsin and another in the playoff loss to Clemson. He added eight breakups for a total of 12 passes defensed. According to PFF, he ranked second in yards per pass route (0.51), first in passer rating (13.6) and third in completion percentage (32.6). He missed five tackles. “The ability to play press man and versatility at nickel and corner” are what separate him from the pack, he said at the Combine. Conley notched a pair of interceptions in 2015, his first year as a starter. He originally committed to rival Michigan. Conley didn’t start playing football until his sophomore year of high school in Massilon, Ohio. The football coach watched Conley playing basketball and thought he’d be “special” in football. He was right. Until the allegation, Conley might have wound up being the first corner off the board, due in part to 33-inch arms (second-longest in our group) that were made for press coverage. Whether he’ll still join Lattimore as top-15 picks is an enormous question. For now, he remains No. 2 on our board.
Kevin King, Washington (6-3, 200; 4.43 40; 3.89 shuttle; 6.56 3-cone; 39.5 vertical): King started at safety as a sophomore before spending his final two seasons as a press-man cornerback. During those two years, he tallied five interceptions and a total of 29 passes defensed. He had two picks and 15 passes defensed as a senior. According to PFF, King ranked 14th in yards per pass route (0.87), 12th in passer rating (55.6) and 14th in completion percentage (50.0). “Not too many guys are used to having that constant pest on them, nasty and long. And I'm going to get the ball. When the ball's in the air, that 50/50 ball isn't really 50/50. There are bigger guys in this league, and you've got to go up and get the ball.” One of those interceptions came against Arizona State — a remarkable, one-handed grab that sparked a blowout victory. King missed way too many tackles (nine). Not only does King have elite height but check out those testing numbers, which blew away the cornerback field. He was almost one-tenth of a second faster than anyone else in the shuttle and three-cone. He didn’t always play with that type of change-of-direction agility but at least he can be coached into it. Due to his height and length and injuries to other players at corner, King probably will be gone before Green Bay is up at No. 29. He certainly knows the game: King’s head coach at Bishop O’Down High School in Oakland was former NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson and his defensive backs coach was former NFL safety Donovin Darius.
Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (6-0 1/4, 197; 4.41 40; DNP shuttle; 6.75 3-cone; DNP vertical): Redshirt sophomore. Humphrey redshirted in 2014, was a Freshman All-American in 2015 and earned some first-team All-American honors in 2016. In 2016, he had two interceptions — including a pick-six in the opener vs. USC — and five additional pass breakups. According to PFF, he ranked 18th in yards per pass route (0.98), 21st in passer rating (80.5) and 14th in completion percentage (50.0). He started all 29 career games and finished with five interceptions. Small hands could impact his big-play production, though his arms have above-average length. He missed 16 tackles in his two years, including six last year. He is a press-man corner. “I think my best attribute is my speed and toughness. I think I can run with any guy. There isn’t a receiver besides (Washington’s) John Ross that I played that I ran with that I said, ‘This guy’s really, really fast.’ I think I can run with just about anybody. I think that’s my best trait.” While he lacks elite agility, he is tall and can run. In a league with an increasing population of wide receivers who are tall and can run, Humphrey should be a consideration for Green Bay if available at No. 29. Humphrey has the DNA: The five-star recruit is the son of former Alabama and NFL running back Bobby Humphrey and his mom owns the school record in the 400 meters at Alabama-Birmingham. In high school, Marlon Humphrey won the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles at the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials. He won seven Alabama state championship event titles across the indoor and outdoor track seasons in 2013.
Quincy Wilson, Florida (6-1 1/2, 211; 4.54 40; 4.02 shuttle; 6.86 3-cone; 32 vertical): Junior. Wilson was second-team all-SEC in 2016 with three interceptions and six additional pass breakups. Wilson and Teez Tabor formed one of the best cornerback tandems in the nation. “It’s kind of like little brother, big brother type of thing, where growing up, you don’t want your brother to be better than you,” Tabor said. “You want to be better than your brother. And just that competition every day for three years since we’ve been here.” Ultimately, Wilson has passed Tabor in the eyes of the scouts we have spoken to. He is a physical press-man cornerback with excellent length and hand size. You wish he were a touch faster but his shuttle was the third-fastest in our group. According to PFF, he ranked third in yards per pass route (0.63), third in passer rating (29.9) and fourth in completion percentage (32.7). However, he missed 10 tackles. Wilson’s father, Chad, played cornerback for Miami (Fla.) in the early 1990s. Younger brother Marco signed to play for Florida in January.
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (5-11 7/8, 202; 4.43 40; 4.14 shuttle; 6.81 3-cone; 34.5 vertical): Awuzie was a jack-of-all-trades defender during his four seasons, playing cornerback, nickel, safety and even some outside linebacker. He has the unusual combination of ranking fifth in school history with pass deflections (35) and first among defensive backs with nine sacks and 26 tackles for losses. As a senior, he had one interception, 13 pass breakups, four sacks and two forced fumbles. According to PFF, he ranked 21st in yards per pass route (1.10), 23rd in passer rating (84.3) and 19th in completion percentage (55.4). Awuzie missed eight tackles, though that at least was better than his 13 in 2015. Some of that unsightly number, however, is being stationed so close to the action. He’s one of the few corners in this class with extensive slot experience. “Instincts,” he said when asked about nine career sacks. “I'm just a ballplayer. I always have the mentality of 'See ball, get ball.' No matter where I'm lined up, I'm going to tackle him. If the ball's in the air, I'm going to tackle him on a play. And that's the way my mentality is.” Awuzie has a Micah Hyde skill-set by with much better athleticism. The third-shortest arms and the second-smallest hands in our group of corners might forever limit his big-play production. He had only three picks for his career. As a kid growing up in San Jose, Calif., Awuzie wasn’t allowed to play backyard football games. “I didn’t get to really play with kids because I was too rough. We’d play games, and they’d say I couldn’t play with them because I was just going to hurt somebody.” That toughness was put to the test when he suffered a lacerated kidney as a sophomore.
Tre’Davious White, LSU (5-11 1/4, 192; 4.47 40; 4.32 shuttle; 6.90 3-cone; 32 vertical): White had a tremendous senior season, earning consensus first-team All-American honors and being a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back. He registered two interceptions and 14 additional breakups for a total of 16 passes defensed, including a pick-six against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. According to PFF, he ranked 10th in yards per pass route (0.75), 14th in passer rating (61.0) and seventh in completion percentage (42.6). Among regulars in the slot, he led our group of corners with 0.80 yards per route in slot coverage and yielded an 83.9 rating. The four-year starter finished his career with six interceptions, 34 breakups, 11 tackles for losses and 10.0 yards per punt return. The PBU count ranks fifth in LSU history. He missed five tackles last year and 22 in three years. “I know tackling is an attitude. I bring that attitude. It’s definitely something I’m going to keep working on in the future.” White returned to school to earn his degree rather than entering the NFL as an early-round draft pick. “Getting a football scholarship from LSU was my way out of a poverty stricken neighborhood that was full of violence,” he wrote in a letter to students. “I will be leaving LSU with a college degree, becoming one of the first people in my entire family to graduate from college. My hope is that by graduating from college I can set a great example for my younger brothers and sisters to follow and hopefully inspire others who come from a similar background as me to get an education and make a difference in the world.” Growing up, he loved watching Al Harris. “No. 31 with the dreads.” Like Harris, White likes to press. While not tall, White has above-average length to get that job done.
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson (6-1 1/4, 199; 4.40 40; 4.32 shuttle; 7.00 3-cone; 29.5 vertical): As a senior, Tankersley started all 15 games for the national champions. He had four interceptions, 11 additional breakups (15 passes defensed) and six tackles for losses. Two of the picks came in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech. According to PFF, he ranked fifth in yards per pass route (0.64), fifth in passer rating (40.6) and 10th in completion percentage (47.6). As a junior, with opponents targeting star Mackensie Alexander (now with the Vikings), Tankersley intercepted five passes. The Packers no doubt will find that production appealing. He has the odd combination of being a physical cornerback — almost too physical — but a poor tackler with six misses in each of the past two seasons. His vertical leap was horrible and somewhat mitigates his outstanding size and length. “I’m a man-press corner. I played a lot of man. At Clemson that’s all we do is play a lot of man.”
Sidney Jones, Washington (6-0, 186; 4.47 40; 4.28 shuttle; 7.02 3-cone; 33.5 vertical): Junior. Jones was in contention to be the No. 1 corner off the board until he tore his Achilles at Washington’s pro day. He intends to be back on the field in October, though “hoping” and “playing” are two entirely different things. He was a three-year starter who earned All-American honors in 2016 and Academic All-American honors in 2015. In 2016, Jones intercepted three passes, broke up six others and forced two fumbles. According to PFF, he ranked seventh in yards per pass route (0.70), seventh in passer rating (42.1) and 11th in completion percentage (47.9). In 2015, Jones was first in the Pac-12 with 14 pass breakups, fourth with four interceptions and tied for second with three forced fumbles. His three-year totals were eight interceptions, 21 additional breakups and six forced fumbles. He is at his best in press-man coverage, though there’s really no scheme Jones couldn’t play. “I’m a lockdown corner. I bring everything to the table. I’m an all-around football player. I bring great ball skills to the table, instincts and high football IQ.” Teammates called Jones “Sidney Lake” because Jones’ highlights showed up on defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake’s teaching tape all the time. “What do you know about that?” Jones said with a laugh when that was brought up. “They say I’m Sidney Lake because I do everything basically the right way and I’m kind of the example when he puts an example on the screen of how to do things.” Jones missed four tackles last year and 16 in three seasons. His arm length and hand size is slightly below average.
Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado (6-2 3/4, 198; 4.45 40; 4.13 shuttle; 6.93 3-cone; 40.5 vertical): Witherspoon tied teammate Tedric Thompson for No. 1 in the nation with 23 passes defensed, coming on one interception and a school-record 22 breakups. According to PFF, he ranked 12th in yards per pass route (0.86), 10th in passer rating (50.9) and second in completion percentage (31.8). It was an incredible season, considering Witherspoon had four pass breakups while starting eight games as a junior. He missed eight tackles in 2016 and 10 in 2015 and was a liability vs. the run. With 33-inch arms (tied for second-longest) and 9 7/8-inch hands (third-largest), he is a press-man corner. Adding to the tools is the best vertical in our group. Witherspoon played only one year of high school football, focusing instead on basketball, baseball and soccer as a kid. Witherspoon is a late riser, so to speak. He was only 5-foot-8 as a high school senior. He took his 4.4 grade-point average to Sacramento City College in 2013. Then he grew 7 inches in 16 months and was on his way to Colorado, where he has perfect grades as a pre-med student. “Being a small guy most of my life, you have to learn to be technical because you don’t have a physical presence. Combining that with the physical presence that I have now, that technical savvy is something that I understood and it’s something that I have focused on in my training.”
Cam Sutton, Tennessee (5-11 1/4, 188; 4.52 40; 4.23 shuttle; 6.81 3-cone; 34 vertical): As a four-year starter, Sutton intercepted seven passes and broke up 30 others for a school-record 37 passes defensed. Plus, he had 13 tackles for losses, forced three fumbles and averaged a sizzling 14.6 yards per punt return with three touchdowns. He returned for his senior season in hopes of becoming a first-round pick. Instead, he missed half of the season with a broken ankle sustained in a September game against Ohio. In seven games, he had one interception, four passes broken up and two tackles for losses. According to PFF, he ranked 23rd in yards per pass route (1.15), 18th in passer rating (68.4) and 24th in completion percentage (60.0). He missed 25 tackles the past three seasons, including five last year. “I just don’t see myself fitting at one position. I am a guy that is willing to work at any position they need me to. I didn’t do it much at school because they needed me on the outside but, starting with the Senior Bowl, they were able to move me around from strong safety to free safety, I played nickel, I played corner. So I was able to show that versatility that I was able to move. Whatever teams need from me, I am able to do those things.” Sutton is tied for the shortest arms and has the smallest hands in our group. He lacks the length and strength for press coverage but has the toughness necessary for the nickel role.
Fabian Moreau, UCLA (6-0 1/2, 206; 4.35 40; 4.12 shuttle; 6.94 3-cone; 38 vertical): Moreau, who started 40 games over the past four seasons, is adept in any coverage scheme. As a senior, he intercepted two passes and finished sixth in the conference with 10 passes defensed. According to PFF, he ranked 13th in yards per pass route (0.86), 17th in passer rating (67.4) and 18th in completion percentage (51.7). In 2014, he had one interception and eight passes defensed. In between, he missed most of the 2015 season with a Lisfranc foot injury. He suffered a torn pectoral while working out at UCLA’s pro day. He might be ready for the start of training camp. He was a running back and wide receiver at Sunrise (Fla.) High School and played receiver and running back at UCLA before settling in at cornerback. Moreau only intercepted three passes in his career. Is it because he’s somewhat new to the position? Or because he just doesn’t have that playmaking skill? He has below-average arm and hand sizes and two major injuries.
Howard Wilson, Houston (6-0 5/8, 184; 4.57 40; 3.94 shuttle; 6.68 3-cone; 33.5 vertical): Redshirt sophomore. Wilson ranks as one of the top ballhawks and best athletes in the class. He intercepted three passes as a true freshman in 2014. In the third game of his sophomore year, he intercepted his first pass of the season but sustained a torn ACL on the return. Wilson returned in 2016 and intercepted five passes and breaking up 10 others for a total of 15 passes defensed. According to PFF, he ranked 15th in yards per pass route (0.88), eighth in passer rating (44.6) and 13th in completion percentage (48.1). He’s got short arms but big hands. Only King beat Wilson’s shuttle time. For his frame and lack of strength (10 reps on the bench), he’s not a run defender.
Shaquill Griffin, UCF (6-0 1/8, 194; 4.38 40; 4.14 shuttle; 6.87 3-cone; 38.5 vertical): Griffin turned in a big senior season with four interceptions and 15 additional passes defensed to go with 50 tackles. According to PFF, he ranked 17th in yards per pass route (0.92) and 15th in passer rating (63.4) but sixth in completion percentage (39.7). Griffin got his first crack at the starting lineup as a junior and tallied two interceptions, 13 breakups and 50 tackles. Griffin tightened up his tackling, going from eight misses to four. He has the odd combination of having among the longest arms but the shortest hands in our group. Twin brother Shaquem Griffin recorded 92 tackles, including 20 for losses, during a big junior season. Shaquill was born 1 minute before Shaquem. Remarkably, Shaquem has only one hand. Doctors removed it when he was 4 years old. Due to a birth defect, the fingers in his left hand were the consistency of jelly and in constant pain.
Rasul Douglas, West Virginia (6-1 5/8, 209; 4.59 40; 4.26 shuttle; 6.97 3-cone; 33.5 vertical): Douglas took the nation by storm as a senior with eight interceptions. He added eight more pass breakups to finish with 16 passes defensed. According to PFF, he ranked 24th in yards per pass route (1.22), ninth in passer rating (45.0) and ninth in completion percentage (44.1). The Packers, who have more interceptions from cornerbacks than any team in the league since 2009, no doubt will covet Douglas’ playmaking skill. “Just being in the right position. The rest is on me. It’s instincts, knowing routes and what’s going to happen, and playing with the proper form.” He missed five tackles. He did not play much press-man at West Virginia, but he’s got the arm length (tied for fifth-longest in our group) to play that scheme. With suspect speed, it will be a necessity. The big season was a big payoff for Nelson, an All-American at Nassau (N.J.) Community College. “It’s just a blessing. I never thought I would be here, especially in juco, when there were days that I wanted to quit and wasn’t right to play. It’s definitely a blessing. I definitely considered quitting. I went days without eating and still had to be at practice, still had to lift, still had to be at school there were times when I couldn’t focus because I was so hungry.”
Brian Allen, Utah (6-3 1/8, 215; 4.48 40; 4.34 shuttle; 6.64 3-cone; 34.5 vertical): Allen started his career at receiver but wound up playing 32 games at cornerback. Nine of his 12 career starts came as a senior, when he had four interceptions and broke up six other passes. According to PFF, he ranked a dead-last 25th in yards per pass route (1.36) and passer rating (86.0) and 21st in completion percentage (55.0). Of his 35 tackles, 4.5 came behind the line of scrimmage. He had no interceptions and four passes defensed in his previous seasons combined. He “hated” the move to defense, where he felt like a fish out of water because he didn’t even know how to tackle anyone. With 34-inch arms that would be the envy of some offensive linemen (and are the longest in our group) and 10-inch hands (tied for the largest), Allen is a natural press-man corner. He is all potential at this point with that speed and agility (second-fastest in the three-cone). Patience will be required. The move to receiver wasn’t the only change in Allen’s life. Last summer, Allen welcomed his first child, a daughter named A’mya, with his wife, Paula.
Brendan Langley, Lamar (6-0 3/8, 201; 4.43 40; 4.21 shuttle; 7.06 3-cone; 35.5 vertical): Langley’s career came full circle. A couple times. At Georgia, he started the first four games of his freshman season at cornerback. During spring practice leading up to the 2014 season, he was moved to receiver. He didn’t see any action on offense to start the 2014 season so was moved back to defense, where he started one game and played in a few others. At the end of the season, he transferred to Lamar where he started off at … you guessed it, receiver. He wound up moving back to defense, where he started three games as a junior. Finally entrenched at cornerback, Langley intercepted six passes and averaged 11.7 yards per punt return with two touchdowns to be named a first-team FCS All-American. PFF does not have data on small-school players. His hands are tied for the fifth-largest in our class. Langley led all defensive backs at the Combine with 22 reps on the bench press.
Rudy Ford, Auburn (5-11, 205; 4.36 40; DNP rest due to late-season ankle injury): Ford started 34 games at nickel and safety in his four seasons. As a sophomore, he intercepted three passes. As a junior, he had 118 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. As a senior, he had 59 tackles and career highs of 5.5 tackles for losses and seven passes defensed. According to PFF, he ranked 20th in yards per pass route (1.05), 22nd in passer rating (84.0) and a dead-last 25th in completion percentage (61.3). His four-year total: 275 tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses, five interceptions, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles. He earned the second-most slot snaps in this entire draft class and the most among our group of corners. He allowed 1.15 yards per snap and an 85.5 rating in that role. His best fit is as a slot and safety. He’s got the shortest arms in our group and among the smallest hands but tied for third with 20 reps on the bench. Ford was one of the top running back prospects in Alabama and made the move to corner during his freshman season at Auburn. Ford overcame more than a position switch. As a freshman at Auburn, his mom suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage, which cost her her memory, sight and ability to communicate.
Jeremy Clark, Michigan (6-3, 220; DNP testing due to torn ACL): A part-time starter in 2014 and 2015, Clark was poised for bigger and better things as a senior before suffering a torn ACL during the third game of the season. The NCAA would not give him a sixth year of eligibility. With a very limited sample size, he ranked first in yards per pass route (0.14), 24th in passer rating (85.4) and fifth in completion percentage (37.5). In 36 career games in the secondary, he had 49 tackles, three interceptions and nine breakups. All three career interceptions came in 2015, when Clark moved from safety to cornerback. He could wind up at safety in the NFL but should be looked at as a press-man corner with his excellent length (fourth-longest arms) and strength (tied for third with 20 reps on the bench). “Physicality, my competitiveness, the desire to win. And I just feel like I would be able to dominate at corner, so whatever team drafts me that’s what I feel like they can get, a dominant corner.”
D.J. Killings, UCF (5-10 1/2, 187; 4.48 40; 4.21 shuttle; 6.97 3-cone; 37.5 vertical): After intercepting two passes in his first three seasons as a part-time player, Killings moved into the starting lineup as a senior grabbed three picks and broke up 11 others while adding one sack and three tackles for losses. According to PFF, he ranked 22nd in yards per pass route (1.15), 13th in passer rating (56.4) and 12th in completion percentage (48.0). Two of Killings’ brothers were murdered, Reginald in 2015 and Fred in 2013. His father, Fred Killings Sr., was a Hall of Fame running back at Howard University. Killings took a predraft visit to Green Bay.
Jack Tocho, N.C. State (6-0 1/4, 202; 4.54 40; 4.34 shuttle; 7.11 3-cone; 35 vertical): Tocho was a four-year starter who posted career numbers of five interceptions and 26 additional breakups. As a senior, he had two interceptions and nine breakups. According to PFF, he ranked 16th in yards per pass route (0.91), 20th in passer rating (72.5) and 14th in completion percentage (50.0). He missed six tackles. Tocho earned his degree in accounting in only three years and hosted his own radio show, “You Don’t Know Jack.” He is the son of Kenyan immigrants and hopes to improve their lives. “Having been to Kenya three times, I have experienced first-hand the conditions my extended family members live in.” Tocho was second on the bench with 21 reps.
Mike Tyson, Cincinnati (6-0 1/8, 204; 4.56 40; 4.26 shuttle; 7.14 3-cone; 33 vertical): Tyson’s senior season was a knockout, as his five interceptions in 10 games gave him the fifth-best interception rate in the nation (0.5 per game). He had career-high numbers practically across the board with 46 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses and five breakups. After not recording any interceptions as a sophomore or junior, he had three in an early-season game against Purdue. According to PFF, he ranked 19th in yards per pass route (1.00), 16th in passer rating (65.5) and 23rd in completion percentage (59.3). He played the fourth-most slot snaps in the draft class and the second-most in our group. He allowed 1.14 yards per snap and a 74.0 rating in that role. His best fit is as a slot and safety.
Off the board
All of these players stand 5-foot-10 1/4 or shorter and, barring a big change in philosophy, are out of the running: USC’s Adoree Jackson, Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis, Miami’s Corn Elder, San Diego State’s Damontae Kazee, Minnesota’s Jalen Myrick, Houston’s Brandon Wilson, Missouri’s Aarion Penton and Wisconsin’s Sojourn Shelton.
Potentially off the board
Rollins was the worst athlete of Thompson’s 10 cornerback picks at 4.57 in the 40 and 7.10 in the three-cone drill. Goodson ran the slowest shuttle in 4.34. That means Tennessee State’s Ezra Robinson (4.44 shuttle, 7.43 3-cone), Oklahoma State’s Ashton Lampkin (4.50 shuttle; 7.26 3-cone), Middle Tennessee’s Jeremy Cutrer (4.62 shuttle; 7.26 3-cone) and Oregon State’s Treston Decoud (4.53 shuttle; 7.20 3-cone) almost certainly will be off the board.
Florida’s Teez Tabor (4.62 40 but acceptable shuttle and 3-cone), Michigan’s Channing Stribling (4.56 shuttle but 6.94 3-cone), Florida State’s Marquez White (7.28 3-cone but 4.36 shuttle) and Temple’s Nate Hairston (4.47 shuttle but 6.85 3-cone) probably are off the board but we will include those four here and included them in our PFF statistical rankings.
Teez Tabor (6-0 1/4, 199; 4.62 40; 4.22 shuttle; 6.99 3-cone; 31 vertical): Junior. Tabor, a former five-star recruit, was a part-time starter as a true freshman in 2014 and first-team all-SEC as a sophomore and junior. He picked off nine passes — including three pick-sixes — during his three seasons. As a sophomore, he had four interceptions and 18 passes defensed. As a junior, he intercepted four more passes. According to PFF, he ranked 11th in yards per pass route (0.85), sixth in passer rating (41.3) and 14th in completion percentage (50.0). Tabor missed five tackles last year after nine in 2015. He entered the scouting season vying to be the No. 1 cornerback off the board. Then he ran a poor 40 at the Scouting Combine. And then, unbelievably, Tabor’s 40 at Florida’s pro day was one-tenth of a second slower. He’s also got small hands.
Channing Stribling, Michigan (6-1 1/4, 188; 4.60 40; 4.46 shuttle; 6.94 3-cone; 31.5 vertical): Stribling started 18 games and intercepted six passes during his career. He was second-team all-Big Ten as a senior with four interceptions and 13 pass breakups giving him 17 passes defensed — the fourth-most in school history. He had two picks in a showdown against Wisconsin. According to PFF, he ranked sixth in yards per pass route (0.66), second in passer rating (22.7) and first in completion percentage (30.2). He missed just three tackles. As an Army child, Stribling was a boy on the move. He moved eight times in his first 18 years, from Germany to Hawaii. Those moves inspired him to play through pain, including when his shoulder popped out against Ohio State in November. His hands are tied for the second-smallest in our group and he had only five reps on the bench press.
Marquez White, Florida State (5-11 3/4, 194; 4.59 40; 4.36 shuttle; 7.28 3-cone; 36 vertical): White was a two-year starter, registering two interceptions and four pass breakups for a total of six passes defensed as a senior and one interception and two additional breakups as a junior. According to PFF, he ranked eighth in yards per pass route (0.70), 19th in passer rating (69.2) and 20th in completion percentage (54.9) last season. White missed seven tackles in 2016 and eight in 2015. Between his freshman and sophomore seasons, he joined FSU’s basketball team. He played in six games. "It helps me with my ball skills," said White, who was AAU teammates with Stribling. "My feet definitely can move really well. I transition as much as I can. I still shoot from time to time. ... But this is my career now. Maybe later on in life, I'll be able to coach it or something.” White’s 10-inch hands are tied with Allen for the biggest among the corners.
Nate Hairston, Temple (5-11 7/8, 196; 4.52 40; 4.47 shuttle; 6.85 3-cone; 35.5 vertical): Hairston’s bio on Temple’s Web site lists him as a wide receiver. That’s the position he played for his first three years, with a total of 20 catches as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior, he moved to cornerback. As a senior, he started and had two interceptions, three breakups and 27 tackles. According to PFF, he ranked fourth in yards per pass route (0.63), 11th in passer rating (51.8) and 22nd in completion percentage (57.5). Not only did he not test well but he’s got the fourth-shortest arms in our group.
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