2006 Draft Preview: CB Jonathan Joseph

.NET's Ryan Rigmaiden finishes up his analysis of the corner position and where the Seahawks may be looking to take a cover-man to replace Andre Dyson. Today he looks at South Carolina's Jonathan Joseph and the remainder of the top 15 cornerbacks available in April's Draft.

5. Jonathan Joseph, CB South Carolina 5-11,190 (4.38)

NFL Comparison - Ken Lucas, Carolina

Overview -

Joseph if flying up Draft boards right now. He has good size, blazing speed and can turn and run with any wide receiver. Has very limited experience after only playing one full season for the Gamecocks after transferring from a junior college. Would've started two years ago, but broke his foot during the first game and was out for the year. Can jump and attacks the ball in traffic. Has great quickness and change of direction skills. Also, has had brief stints as a return specialist.

Against the Pass -

Possesses elite speed, athleticism and quickness. Has good hips and loses little speed when changing direction. Cuts on a dime and bursts out of them. Needs to get better at route recognition and needs work in zone coverage. Gambles a bit too much.

Against the Run -

Attacks the ball carrier and shows adequate strength in this area. Is a reliable, willing tackler.

Roster Impact for Seattle -

I have only seen a little bit of Joseph, but I like what I've seen. His physical skills are outstanding and he has amazing potential. Joseph has the potential to start immediately, but his lack of experience gives some scouts pause and he might need to be brought along slowly. He'd be an instant upgrade for overall depth, but is good enough to contribute immediately.

Final Analysis -

Like former South Carolina CB Dunta Robinson two years ago, Joseph is making a huge push up draft boards as the Draft approaches. His lack of playing experience raises some questions, but he's proven himself on the field and has great physical skills. Joseph may sneak into the first round, but would be a steal in the second – if he's still there.

Best of the Rest

6. Dee Webb, CB Florida 5-10, 185 (4.42)

NFL Comparison - Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay

Overview - Good size, speed and athleticism. Started as a freshman, a feat in it's own at Florida, and has since. Has good quickness and burst and doesn't waste motion out of his backpedal. Needs work in zone coverage, but has awesome special teams potential at the next level. Has solid ball skills. Is solid against the run and tackles well. Right now is projected as a second-rounder.

7. Kelly Jennings, CB Miami 5-11, 180 (4.39)

NFL Comparison - Dealtha O'Neal, Cincinnati

Overview - Decent size, but great speed and athleticism. Plays better in man coverage, but shows solid instincts in zone. Isn't physical enough and needs to challenge receivers more. Good overall awareness and recognition skills. Seems hesitant to throw his body around vs. the run, but tackles well. Solid character and hasn't yet reached his potential. Jennings is currently earning second round grades right now.

8. Alan Zemaitis, CB Penn State 6-1, 200 (4.50)

NFL Comparison - Mike McKenzie, New Orleans

Overview - Very experienced corner who started 34 of the last 35 games for Penn State. Definitely better in zone coverage than man because of his lack of top-end speed, but he has solid all around skills. Excellent recognition skills make up for his lack of speed. Can jump and attacks the ball. Has long arms. Hits hard vs. the run. Some teams may try him at free safety. Currently earning second round grades.

9. Richard Marshall, CB Fresno State 5-11, 190 (4.42)

NFL Comparison - Marcus Trufant, Seattle

Overview - Solid size and speed. Marshall probably needed another year of school, but has good NFL potential and elected to come out early. Changes direction well and can run with most wideouts. Is a playmaker and is a threat to score anytime he gets an interception. Equally good in zone or man coverage. Has long arms and fights for the ball. Marshall is receiving late second or early third round grades currently.

10. Anwar Philips, CB Penn State 6-0, 190 4.45

Overview - Former WR switched in 2002 and is still very raw. Has good size, but doesn't play as fast as his 40 time would indicate. Some character concerns. Solid special teams player. Has decent athleticism, but is a bit slower out of is backpedal than you'd like. Like his Penn State teammate, Zemaitis, Philips may be tried at safety. He's earning late second or early third round grades.

11. Daniel Manning, CB Abilene Christian
12. Cedric Griffin, CB (FS) Texas
13. DeMario Minter, CB Georgia
14. Charles Gordon, CB Kansas
15. Marcus Maxey, CB Miami

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