could argue the top prospects at cornerback could come from the ranks of the
One thing is for sure: the saying "good things come in two's" is prevalent when analyzing this position.
different schools each offer a pair of top-rated cornerbacks with great
Penn State seniors Alan Zemaitis and Anwar Phillips both grade out as top cornerback prospects.
Zemaitis is a terrific combination of size and speed.
A shutdown coverman, he possesses top ball skills and has opposing
passers looking away from him.
As a result, Phillips gets a lot of action and holds his own.
Slightly smaller yet just as skilled, Phillips is higher rated by some
scouting concerns and could make a move into the draft's initial 45
picks next April. When all is said and done, Zemaitis could end up in the first round.
is usually the case, the Miami Hurricanes offer stud corners.
Senior Kelly Jennings is a natural coverman with outstanding
Explosive, Jennings can be effectively used in a variety of defensive
systems such as man-off coverage or zone.
Flashing skill, he is not a physical corner and plays a timid brand of
With the departure of Antrel Rolle, Jennings now has every opportunity to
prove his worth and improve his draft ranking.
Teammate Devin Hester, a junior, is a star in the making.
A tremendous athlete who's also been used at receiver, Hester has shown
he can be a dominant shutdown corner as well as a game-impacting return
And while he needs to fine-tune his game, Hester's upside for the next
level is tremendous.
Georgia Bulldogs put safety Thomas Davis into the middle part of round one this
And though no UGA defensive back will go quite that high next April,
corners Demario Minter and Tim Jennings have high grades coming
into the '05 season.
Minter is a well-sized corner with top speed, clocking a fast 4.40 in the
forty at 200 pounds.
Flashing skill, many in the program feel it is possible Minter can pull a
"Carlos Rogers" this year -- making a huge move up draft boards with a terrific
Jennings is a full tenth faster in the forty yet almost four inches
For all his wonderful skill, size is a limiting factor and at 5-foot-8,
Jennings projects as a nickel back at the next
is the final school with a pair of corners who will impact the '06 draft.
Michael Huff has been used at several positions in college, yet his
man-to-man cover skills warrant a spot at cornerback in the NFL.
Possessing solid size and good speed, Huff has great instincts and is
constantly around the ball making positive plays.
Cedric Griffin is a physical defensive back with excellent size as
well as a solid special teams player.
A good athlete, Griffin offers a lot of upside for the next level.
ACC offers four more highly rated players at the cornerback position.
of Boston College has flashed skill the past two years and is a corner who makes
the big play.
Switching to the offensive side of the ball this season, Blackmon will
spend the year at wide receiver for the Eagles.
Expect him to make the move back to corner in the post season.
next to Justin Miller at Clemson last year, Tye Hill was the benefactor
of many passes thrown in his direction as signal callers steered clear of
The results were good and Hill now enters his senior campaign with high
Fast and a corner who likes to mix it up, a solid season will boost Hill
into the draft's initial 40 selections.
of Georgia has been a physical yet steady force since his sophomore campaign,
Houston presents himself as a potential press-cover corner for the next level.
For all his athletic and football abilities Houston's mental decisions
pale in comparison.
Presently suspended by the university, Houston was arrested by
authorities in June for trying to distribute more then 90 pounds of marijuana.
Florida State's Antonio Cromartie, a junior, is another aggressive corner who
physically beats down opponents.
Thought of as a potential top-32 pick after last season, Cromartie tore a
ligament in his left knee the second week of July and will now miss the entire
Ashton Youboty of Ohio State and Charles Gordon of Kansas are a
pair of potential first-round selections if they enter the draft.
Both are shutdown corners with tremendous upside for the next level.
After reading this many are wondering, where is Jimmy Williams of Virginia Tech? The big, physical defensive back will be featured next week as one of the top safety prospects, the position we feel he is best suited for in the NFL.
|2||Alan Zemaitis||Penn State|
|3||Ashton Youboty*||Ohio State|
|4||Will Blackmon||Boston College|
|7||Antonio Cromartie*||Florida State|
|11||Reuben Houston||Georgia Tech|
|15||Anwar Phillips||Penn State|