Ht: 5-9 Wt: 175 40: 4.69 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Durable and consistent college corner with potential as a zone defensive back. Reads the action, quickly locates the ball and displays a quick break to the throw. Effective backed off the line of scrimmage and works well with safeties. Positions himself against opponents to make a play on the ball
Neg: Neither physical nor strong at the point. Takes side angles to ball carriers. Has trouble with large opponents.
Analysis: Lacking top size\speed numbers, Allen has potential as a dime back\special teams player at the next level.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 189 40: 4.55 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Athletic corner with good size\speed numbers. Physical, likes to mix it up and flashes on the scene. Displays good hip movement and range on the field. Solid special teams player.
Neg: Does more hitting then wrap-up tackling. Has lapses and gives up easy receptions.
Analysis: Coming off a solid junior campaign, many thought Bell played better then his more heralded teammate Scott Starks in 2004. Needs a lot of polish and must learn to consistently play at a high level yet a solid developmental prospect with good upside down the road.
Full Name: Will Blackmon School: Boston College
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 200 40: 4.51 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Versatile athlete who stared at cornerback early in his college career before moving to receiver as a senior. Fast, displays a burst of speed as well as excellent ball skills. Fluid transitioning off the line, quickly plants then breaks to the throw. Has quarterbacks looking away from him. Solid job reading and recognizing plays.
Neg: Gives a large cushion at the line of scrimmage. Gets tall in his backpedal. Marginal strength at the point of attack and would rather knock down then wrap up ball carriers.
Analysis: A nice sized prospect with good cover skills, Blackmon offers a large degree of upside for the next level. Must polish his game as a season away from the cornerback position will hurt his progress and draft ranking.
Full Name: Dion Byrum School: Ohio
Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 175 40: 4.43 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Explosive cover corner who displays consistent progress on the field. Flashes on the scene and fast up the field defending runs or screenplays. Strong at the point and mixes it up throughout the action. Has a penchant for the big play.
Neg: Seemingly loses a sense of where opponents are on the field. Does not always display good awareness. Prefers to side shuffle rather than back pedal.
Analysis: Potentially a zone cornerback at the next level, Byrum flashes big-time speed. Effective on special teams, he'll get looks in the late rounds next April.
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 200 40: 4.51 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Nice sized corner who offers blanket coverage. Physical, jams opponents at the line of scrimmage and slows their release off the snap of the ball. Flips his hips in transition, reads opponents eyes and quickly locates the ball in the air then makes a play on the pass. Aggressive in run support.
Neg: Lacks fluid footwork in reverse. Tore a knee ligament prior to the season and presently sitting on the sidelines.
Analysis: A top prospect with good size\speed numbers and cover skills, Cromartie graded out as a first rounder before his injury. Must prove he is healthy next year yet still offers great upside for the next level.
Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 180 40: 4.55 Yr: 4Jr
Pos: Athletic corner who battles throughout the action. Quick diagnosing plays, displays a good break to the throw and stays with assignments. Works well with safeties. Fast and explosive. Effective special teams player that's also productive at receiver.
Neg: Not a physically strong corner. Gets beaten by large opponents.
Analysis: Displaying big-play ability, Gordon offers plenty of upside for the next level. Potential first day pick next April should he declare for the draft.
Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 190 40: 4.51 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Nice sized corner who plays a physical brand of football. Reads the action, makes a decisive move on the throw and displays a great burst of closing speed. Likes to hit and jolts opponents at the point of attack.
Neg: Gets tall in his backpedal, has difficulty staying with receivers out from breaks and lacks consistency.
Analysis: A potential press or zone corner, Griffin needs to polish his game. Athletic skills and size makes him enticing.
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 187 40: 4.52 Yr: 4Jr
Pos: Instinctive cornerback with solid fundamentals. Quick footed in reverse, fluid flipping his hips and loses nothing in transition. Effective backed off the line of scrimmage and does a nice job reading the quarterback then making a decisive move to the play. Physical and will mix it up with opponents.
Neg: Lacks top playing strength and has difficulty getting off blocks to defend the run.
Analysis: An underrated junior with solid upside for the next level, Hamilton must be watched the next two years.
Full Name: Devin Hester School: Miami-Fl
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 185 4 0: 4.32 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Explosive athlete with tremendous upside for the next level. Smooth in all his movements and quick footed in reverse. Fluid transitioning off the line and displays an explosive burst of speed to the play. Positions himself against opponents to defend the pass. Displays good ball skills and hands for the pick. Devastating return specialist who alters the momentum of games. Elusive handling the ball.
Neg: Prefers to side shuffle rather than back pedal. Not the most instinctive and late reacting to receivers moves off the line. Lacks a sense of timing.
Analysis: Possessing tremendous natural abilities, Hester is an explosive athlete who can impact the game in a variety of ways at the next level. Must smooth out the rough edges and improve his techniques yet a very early draft choice when he leaves for the NFL.
Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 179 40: 4.42 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Shut down cornerback with excellent speed and explosion. Effectively reads or diagnoses the action, works well with safeties and has opposing quarterbacks looking away from him. Quickly plants then breaks on the throw and displays a burst of closing speed to the play. Reads receivers eyes and immediately gets his head back around, positioning himself to make a play on the pass. Physical throughout the route. Works well with safeties.
Neg: Slow reacting to receivers moves off the line and loses during his initial transition. Occasionally gets turned. Lacks top size.
Analysis: A durable three-year starter at cornerback who shows consistent improvement, Hill offers starting potential at the next level. Limited in size, he may not be a prospect for everyone yet will receive playing time as a rookie.
Full Name: Darrell Hunter School: Miami-Oh
Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 211 40: 4.45 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Outstanding athlete with terrific size\speed numbers. Strong at the point, physical throughout routes and runs with opponents anywhere on the field. Fluid backpedaling in reverse, flips his hips and loses nothing in transition. Works well with safeties and displays a burst of closing speed. Gets vertical and adjusts to defend the throw in mid-air.
Neg: Not instinctive, slow locating the pass and lacks top ball skills. Not physical in run defense and does not play to his size. Does a lot of face guarding, loses a sense of where he is on the field and does not display much timing.
Analysis: Flashing skill on occasion, Hunter physically grades out as a top 45 pick. Yet his play on film leaves a lot to be desired and will cause him to fall to the middle rounds next April. Needs a lot of work and patience yet his natural abilities make him worth serious consideration starting in round four.
Full Name: Kelly Jennings School: Miami-Fl
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180 40: 4.44 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Terrific cover corner that's flashed great skill the past three seasons. Fluid athlete, fast moving in any direction and displays an excellent burst of closing speed to the play. Smooth back pedaling in reverse, loses nothing transitioning and reads receivers eyes then gets his head back around to make a play on the ball. Follows opponents across the middle, displays a sense of timing and overall awareness. Nicely redirects to the action.
Neg: Not aggressive, gives marginal effort in run defense and easily taken from the action by opposing receivers. Gets out positioned on the inside or gives up on plays.
Analysis: A good prospect that's been on the radar screen since his sophomore campaign, Jennings offers terrific cornerback skills. Needs to develop a physical nature yet has starting potential at the next level.
Ht: 5-8 Wt: 183 40: 4.41 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Solid cover corner with good ball skills. Quick footed moving in reverse, displays an excellent break to the throw and a burst of closing speed. Supports running plays or screens. Runs downfield with opponents, quickly reads the quarterback and displays good hands for the pick. Effective in zone or backed off the line of scrimmage.
Neg: Short and out-positioned\out-muscled by large receivers.
Analysis: Productive since his freshman campaign at Georgia, Jennings lacks the true size to match up at the next level yet should be very effective as a nickel back.
Full Name: Jovon Johnson School: Iowa
Ht: 5-8 Wt: 176 40: 4.59 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Undersized yet physical cornerback with good ball skills. Quick back pedaling in reverse, immediately locates the ball and displays hands for the pick. Explosive, stays with opponents out from routes and quickly closes. Nicely tracks the deep pass and positions himself to make a play on the ball. Feisty and will mix it up.
Neg: Possesses more of a burst rather then sustained speed. Out-muscled by larger opponents. Gives up a lot of receptions.
Analysis: Consistent on the college field, Johnson is an aggressive and confident cover-man with potential as a dime back in a zone system.
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 40: 4.50 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Instinctive football player with nice size. Sees the action, finds the ball and displays a quick break to the throw. Works well with safeties and makes a decisive move to the play. Solid hands for the pick.
Neg: Prefers to side shuffle rather than back pedal. Knocks down ball carriers and does not wrap up.
Analysis: Consistently improving on the football field, Lay has made big strides the past two years. Needs time to complete his game yet offers starting potential down the road.
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 185 40: 4.41 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Fast, explosive cornerback slowly developing a complete game. Flashes on the scene, runs with opponents anywhere on the field and likes to mix it up. Fluid transitioning off the line and constantly positions itself to make a play on the ball.
Neg: Possesses average instincts and does a bit of face guarding.
Analysis: A terrific prospect with a good amount of upside potential, Marshall is slowly turning into one of the better cornerback prospects in the nation.
Full Name: Demario Minter School: Georgia
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 198 40: 4.48 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Nice sized corner with solid computer numbers. Plays to his 40 time, covers a large amount of area on the field and makes plays in all directions. Fluid backpedaling off the line, smooth transitioning and very physical. Pursues to the action and helps out in run support.
Neg: Marginal ball skills. Does not display good hands for the pick.
Analysis: With enticing size\speed numbers, Minter flashes skill and can be used in a variety of systems. Needs to put together a complete game yet offers solid upside.
Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 177 40: 4.47 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Solid young prospect slowly developing a complete game. Runs downfield with opponents, quickly gets his head back around then immediately locates the pass in the air. Displays a quick closing burst of speed and nicely positions himself to break up the throw. Instinctive and does a good job reading the action. Fires up the field in run support.
Neg: Moved around the line-up early in his career.
Analysis: A prospect with good upside, Mixon must be watched the next two years.
Full Name: Anwar Phillips School: Penn State
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 40: 4.52 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Nice sized corner with solid techniques. Fluid backpedaling in reverse, smooth transitioning and has a burst to the play. Covers a lot of ground and makes plays in any direction of the field. Comes up and supports the run.
Neg: Loses focus, concentration and blows assignments. Would rather knock down as opposed to squaring and wrapping up opponents.
Analysis: Possessing intriguing size\speed numbers, Phillips flashes skill and has abilities for the next level. Needs to pull the pieces together and show a more consistent game.
Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 184 40: 4.52 Yr: 4Sr
Pos: Solid defensive back with a good feel for coverage. Fluid transitioning off the line, reads receivers eyes then positions himself to defend the throw. Immediately picks up assignments. Quickly plants then breaks to the action.
Neg: Rarely backpedals and prefers to side shuffle. Marginal hands for the pick.
Analysis: A well-built cornerback, Wyatt has potential as a nickel or dime player at the next level.
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185 40: 4.47 Yr: 3Jr
Pos: Terrific young prospect with outstanding upside for the next level. Quick footed moving in reverse, fluid transitioning off the line and mixes it up throughout the route. Immediately locates the ball, quickly breaks to the throw and displays excellent hands for the pick. Stays with receivers anywhere on the field. Nice job diagnosing the action.
Neg: Has lapses and occasionally gives up the big play.
Analysis: A consistent defender, Youboty presents himself as the next top cornerback prospect from the Ohio State program.
Full Name: Alan Zemaitis School: Penn State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 205 40: 4.51 Yr: 5Sr
Pos: Solid cover corner with the ability to play in several systems. Instinctive, diagnoses the action and displays good awareness. Follows opponents out from their breaks, immediately locates the ball and makes plays on the pass. Plays with a good degree of suddenness. Sized well, defeats blocks and wraps up tackling.
Neg: Not as effective in press coverage as one would think.
Analysis: A hard working prospect with solid character, Zemaitis has potential in several defensive systems and could even move inside to safety. Consistent on the field and offers good upside for the next level.