.NET Draft Spotlight: CB...The Best of the Rest

.NET's Scott Eklund wraps up his look at cornerback prospects available for this month's draft. Listed below are some players that should be available to the Hawks on day one, either in the first round or just a little later...

6. Corey Webster, CB LSU
6'1", 200 4.59 (40 Time)

NFL Comparison- Mike McKenzie, CB New Orleans

Overview-

Two-year starter at corner after spending his first two seasons in the Tiger program at wide receiver. If he had come after his junior season he would have been a sure-fire first rounder, but after an injury plagued senior season he has fallen a bit. Webster has played against top-notch talent in practice and on Saturdays for the last two seasons and he excels man-to-man.

Against the pass-

Webster had the speed and quickness to run with most all of the wideouts he faced, until hamstring and foot injuries hampered him in 2004. He hasn't needed help in coverage, but with the type of athletes that are prevalent on all of the NFL rosters he could have trouble in the vertical passing game. Webster shows sure hands when going up for the ball and he has good leaping ability.

Against the run-

Does not break down well and isn't overly physical for his size. He diagnoses plays well and works hard, but his lack tackling ability hurts in this area.

Roster impact on Seattle-

Seattle needs to look at corners in this draft, but one that lacks speed is probably not one to consider. Webster is tough, but he may not be able to stay with the deep passing games that are so en vogue in the NFL today. The Hawks will probably not look to hard at Webster.

Draft Projection-

Early to middle second round is probably where Webster will get the most looks. If he was faster he would probably be a late first rounder, but teams will look at him later on day one.

Final Analysis-

It is unfair to judge Webster on his interrupted senior season, but his injuries are troublesome considering how much they could impact what little speed he does have. Webster is tough as nails, trying to play through the foot injury for more than half the season, but his inability to be strong against the run is a liability teams may not be willing to put up with. Look for Webster to go to a team that has a need for a third or fourth corner and is looking for someone to guard the slot receiver.

7. Justin Miller, CB Clemson
5'10" 200 4.43 (40 Time)

NFL Comparison – Phillip Buchanon, Oakland

Overview –

Talented athlete who burst on the scene as a true freshman in 2002 with eight interceptions and 17 pass breakups. He had a very inconsistent sophomore season in 2003 when he made fewer big plays. He still managed two interceptions and 15 passes defensed. His play was due to mental lapses that he seemed to overcome as a junior last year. He has averaged over 30 yards per kickoff return and 13 yards per punt return and this has added to his value as a prospect. He lacks ideal height and size, but his speed and quick change of direction make him an intriguing prospect. Miller could have used one more season in college to alleviate fears brought up by his inconsistent play.

Against the pass-

Miller's smooth hip turn and elite speed allow him to stay with the fastest and quickest receivers out there. He lacks size and can be overpowered by bigger, more physical receivers. He breaks well on the ball, but will take a few chances that can lead to big plays. Peaks into the backfield way to much, but that should be able to be coached out of him.

Against the run-

Is physical for his size and will come up and hit you. He needs to wrap up better and make more plays in space. He isn't a liability in run support, but his lack of bulk can lead to problems shedding blockers.

Roster impact on Seattle-

Miller could be a very good slot corner. With the Hawks signing Kelly Herndon in free agency, he would not need to come in and start right away. His speed and quickness make him an asset in multiple wideout sets. He would be an ideal selection in round two if he is still available.

Draft Projection-

Should be looked at in the middle of the second round, but because he can be an elite return man he will probably get looks in the late first round. Talent-wise he is a late first rounder, however his lack of consistency may make some teams leery of selecting him.

Final Analysis-

Several draft publications have him being selected by Seattle at the 23rd spot in the first round. He can be a solid cover corner if he stops guessing so much and adds a little bulk and strength to match-up against the bigger wide receivers. He would be an ideal third corner for most teams and his abilities to return kicks make him a great value in the early second round.

8. Brandon Browner, Oregon State

Big (6'3", 225), physical corner who's only drawback is his lack of top end speed.

9. Eric Green, Virginia Tech

Great athlete, who lacks ideal top end speed, but would be an ideal Cover-two corner.

10. Bryant McFadden, Florida State

Solid cover corner, who has faced off against top talent every week. Strong but lacks great speed.

11. Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma

Three-year starter who can also double as a return specialist.

.NET Reporter Scott Eklund writes for Seahawks.NET every week. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.


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