Scouting Reports: Cornerbacks

Scouting reports on the top corners available in this year's draft

1 4 Jenkins Mike South Florida U DC 5102v 197v 4.43v D 1.125
A shutdown corner with adequate size and outstanding quickness. Has race horse speed, a very smooth compact, explosive hips and the ability to stick his foot in the ground and close to the ball. No wasted movement or extra steps.  Underneith close was rare.  Impressive play instincts and anticipation.  Has the speed to easily stay on top of receivers on deep routes.  Inconsistent hands and was just an adequate tackler. Special player.  Top round selection
2 34 McKelvin Leodis Troy U DC 5102v 190v 4.39v G 1.131
very talented, highly athletic DC with exceent speed and man off cover skills. Physical press corner (aggressive & quick with his hands).  Compact pedal with quick feet (no wasted movement or steps). Was physical & effective in run support.  Competes extremely hard.  Return skills only add to his pedigree.  Was slightly disappointed in his ball skills, but this player has the skills to start quickly at the pro level.  Round # 1
3 45 Rodgers-Cromartie Dominique Tennessee State U DC 6014v 184v 4.36v I 1.192
First impressed me with his Penn relays effort in 2007. Is a great looking athlete with speed to burn. Didn't think early on he was very physical or tough, but improved greatly over the season. Gets people on the ground, but wasn't a drive through, wrap up tackler. Pedal and turns were smooth and I felt he could flip his hips and go. Like his plant and drive and showed good ball skills. Was impressed with Senior Bowl efforts. Late 1st or top of the 2nd consideration.
4 29 Branch Tyvon Connecticut U DC 5113v 208v 4.35v I 1.198
I really liked what I saw with this player.  Is strong, athletic and played physical. Big hitter and a secured well as a tackler. Has the size and speed to match up on the outside vs a speed receiver. Can play off man effectively and was impressive when rerouting receivers on press coverage. Appears to have playing smarts and savvy. Had some opportunities to make plays on the ball, but his ball skills appeared somewhat questionable. Late 1st top of the 2nd
5 3 Talib Aqib Kansas U DC 6006v 202v 4.50v I 1.203
Talented shutdown corner with a world of ability. Like his size, zone awareness and ball skill. Is field fast, has excellent feet, plant and drive skills, with rare ball awareness. Sorts it out very quickly, has wideout hands and has outstanding match up possibilities on the outside. Good but not an exceptional tackler. Has some off the field concerns, but this is the real deal. Mid to late first, top of the second draft potnetial.
6 1 King Justin Penn St DC 5107v 192v 4.37v I 1.280
A raw prospect with very good athletic ability & a rare combination of speed & acceleration. Was very inconsistent in his play in 2007. Can do all of the things you want physically, but lacks playing instincts / concentration. Man cover were were uneven. Better press then off corner. Questionable zone awareness.Adequate tackler (gets them off their feet). Lined up at WR in 07, but is just a take off guy. Rare talent, but buyer beware. Round 2 -3. 
7 26 Wheatley Terrence  Colorado U DC 5095v 187v 4.43v G 1.295
Has very impressive cover skills (man to man and in zone)  Very impressive athlete. (feet, hips, balance abd quickness)  Showed easy acceleration. Can mirror and cover the double move. Marginal run support guy.  Gives an effort, but struggled to get off blocks and get to the ball carrier. Little guy who looked like the proto type nickel back. Has late 2nd to solid 3rd round draft consideration.
8 5 Cason Antoine  Arizona U DC 6002v 191v 4.55v F 1.301
A good college football player with impressive ball skills and play making ability.  Has outstanding size and a lot of playing savvy, but also has a high center (leggy) and doesn't have top speed to play over the top or the burst to close on the underneath throws. I also didn't think he was particularly tough or physical (marginal grab tackler)  Possible FS project. More then dequate punt return skills and potential. Draft consideration round 2 to the top of the third.
9 28 Thomas Terrell USC DC 6004v 202v 4.54v I 1.314
Has size, experience and Athletic ability. I felt he was effective underneath cover corner (good balance points and plant and drive skills) Has good hands (wide catching radius), long arms and was a more then adequate wrap up tackler. Only negitives appeared to be his top speed and his ability to play the ball down the field. Didn't think that he positioned himself or reacted to the ball in flight.  Experienced and consistent but just not a racehorse. Late 2 to mid 3rd.
10 11 Lee Patrick Auburn U DC 6000v 200v 4.49v I 1.315
Unranked player coming into his senior season who has made great strides as a player. Has excellent size, runs extremely well (can match up against the race horses in the league), but needs a great deal of work on his position skills. Felt he played tall and was somewhat stiff in his hips. Not a tough guy and has very poor ball skills. Is going to be drafted sooner then my grade would indicate, but is not near ready to impact at the NFL level.  Draft round # 3
12 17 Molden Antwaun Eastern Kentucky U DC 6006v 198v 4.43v I 1.330
Toledo transfer who has lined up at both corner and safety. Also has run the sprints and track. Has excellent size and speed to go along with excellent  quickness and excellent athletic ability. Equally impressive in press and when working off.  Showed explosive hips, quick feet, and the speed to match up with speed receivers. Just didn't see A-1 ball skills and play making ability.  Is not there yet, but has too much physical talent not to play. Round # 3 to 4.
11 9 Porter Tracy Indiana U DC 5107v 188v 4.49v G 1.390
Became the first IU CB to be named first-team All-Big Ten since '89; Second in IU history with 16 interceptions, including six in 2007. Career-high 75 tackles as a senior.  Has a lot of speed and athletic ability, but is just not very physical and or tough. A "you first" grab tackler. Had 6 picks, but I still question his overall ball skills. Punt return skills is a real plus. Late 3nd or top of the 4th round consideration.
13 8 Scandrick Orlando Boise St DC 5100v 192v 4.35v G 1.392
This is a solidly built player with outstanding speed and easy acceleration. Gets from point A to point B very quickly. Has good hips and showed the ability to plant and drive on the ball underneath.  Liked his foot quicks, balance points and ability to turn and go when defending the deep ball. I didn't see outstanding ball skills and zone play was Inconsistent. Returner skills (punt) are a . Round 5 – 7 draft potential.
14 18 Flowers Brandon Virginia Tech U DC 5096v 189v 4.59v G 1.445
This player has good feet and is a fast twitch athlete short area player (quicker then fast). Worked out of a compact pedal and kept good relationship with receivers in his cushion.Has marginal speed, but compensated for this critical shortcoming with excellent playing instincts, awareness, and anticipation. Has impressive ball skills. More then held his own defending the run. Is a good player, but is undersized and lacks the pure speed to cover the race horses.
15 2 Williams Jack  Kent State DC 5090v 178v 4.36v G 1.446
Liked this players aggressiveness, quickness in a limited area and toughness particularly for a little man. Has quick feet, man cover skills and showed the ability to plant and close to the ball. On the negative side is undersized and likely to be limited to a sub package special teams role. Dangerous kick returner. Was injured for much ot the 07 season and this is an area where their may be future concerns. Is undersized, but you can't find enough cover corners.
16 8 Ikeqwuonu Jack  Wisconsin U DC 5104v 194v 4.45e I 1.449
Good player with impressive press corner skills. Suffered a serious ACL injury to his right knee in pre-Combine training which may well affect his value and draft standing. Is a fluid athlete with quick feet.  He gets an excellent break, but made few plays on the football (1 int. in 07).  Very physical in press coverage. Involved in an off the field incident in Illinois that will be scrutinized by the pro clubs. Top two round selection (big upside) if all the pieces fit.
17 21 Jackson Chevis  LSU DC 6000v 192v 4.64v F 1.450
Experienced hand with position skills, awareness and size.  Just doesn't have the type of speed you look for out on an island.  Best suited to play in a cover 2 scheme. Has adequate ball skills. Good tackler (particularly for the position).  Has a duel chance to play on a wing or on the inside.  A good football player, but if you struggle with speed, they (OC's) within the NFL will find you.  Mid round (3 - 4) consideration.  
18 13 Godfrey Charles Iowa U DC 5116v 207v 4.47v I 1.455
Doesn't play as fast as timed speed. Does have quick feet and short area quickness.  A lot of bail technique,which leads me to believe that he would be best suited to play in a cover 2 scheme or move inside to the safety position.  Showed a tendency to bite on double moves and was late to turn and go (lets receiver close cushion far too quickly).  Has second day (4th to 5th) draft consideration.
19 3 Terrell Darnell  Missouri U DC 6016v 203v 4.49v I 1.565
Has all physical numbers you look for in a wing, but I was disappointing in his play.  Lacks the feet, hips and man cover skills for a corner & was neither tough or physical enough to play effectively inside. A marginal tackler in my estimation.  In fairness to the player may be playing DC due to team needs rather then where he best fits into a scheme. Adequate hands and may be best suited to line up as a FS. Late round consideration
23 21 Williams Trae South Florida U DC 5090v 193v 4.54v G 1.662
Experienced four year regular.  Liked his foot quicks, body control and I felt his hands were outstanding for the position.  The problem that I see with this player is that he does not have top speed for the position and is short in stature. Marginal strength and overall effectiveness in press coverage.  Was marginal in run support (marginal wrap up tackler who missed too frequently). A nickel back and back up corner. 6th to 7th draft potential.
25 14 Bowman Zackary  Nebraska U DC 6001v 197v 4.44v I 1.762
Athletic corner with size, speed and match up potential on the outside, but has not recovered from a knee reconstruction sustained during in 2006.  Struggled with direction chance and was inconsistent with his plant and drive. Just wouldn't or couldn't pull the trigger. Late to fill the ally. Came back too fast and did not play with confidence.  Might take a late round flyer on this player, but the thought that he might well be two year's away from contributing.
21 24 Walker Marcus Oklahoma U DC 5103v 191v 4.61v F 1.764
Smooth athletic cover two corner prospect with good feet, balance points and pedal. Has good speed, but I didn't see the suddenness that is necessary to cover speed on the outside. Let receiver close the cushion too quickly & was late to turn. Has man cover skills, but I didn't think he showed much in the way of ball skills. Not a very physical player.  See him as a sub package corner and special teams contributor. Round 5 - 6..  
22 25 Lowery Dwight San Jose St DC 5111v 201v 4.68v F 1.767
Impressive looking physically with good hips and feet.  Has ball skills and good hands, but the big problem that I see with this player is he really can't run and will have a difficult time in man coverage.  Gets people on the ground, but I wouldn't consider him a tenacious hitter. Will need to play in a cover two scheme or move inside if he is to have any real chance of playing.
26 3 Fontenot Wilrey Arizona U DC 5086v 171v 4.48v G 1.790
This is an undersized, but talented corner with adequate speed and very good quickness.  I liked his feet, quick hips and the way he competed in all games viewed. Is a more then adequate tackler who will stick his face in there. Makes plays. Is not really as big nor fast enough, but I loved his playing charactor. Has physical limitations, but I liked his overall game. Has sub package playing potential . 7th or priority free agent consideration.
24 26 Davis Dowayne Syracuse U DC 5111v 194v 4.55e F 1.792
Tweener. Smart and experienced. Has played both safety and corner. Good work ethic, impressive physical skills, can fly, but has limitations. A straight line guy, who had problems with direction change. Cover two corner potential.  Has the size and speed you want outside, but the lack of COD concerns me. Long strider. More of a hitter then he was a wrap up tackler. Good teams potential. Late round (6-7) draft potential.
20 27 Tribble DeJaun  Boston College DC 5086v 189v 4.63v G 1.793
Little guy who does not play near as fast as his (07) spring speed. Best when he can keep things in front of him. Trouble down the field (deep) or when the field shortens (red zone). Marginal burst to close or to turn and go. Does have very good ball skills, is smart, and showed good zone awareness. Falls off too many tackles. Best suited to play in nickel and dime package. A poor man's Dre Bly (without the speed). Has 5th to 7th round draft consideration.
27 4 Sharpe Glenn  Miami U DC 5115v 184v 4.57v F 1.794
Burst on to the scene early (true freshman), but has not made significant progress since that time.  Has size and speed to cover and react to throws down the field.  Fluid in his turns. while also showing the hands and feet to play effectively in press coverage. Somewhat disappointing in his ball skills.  Non factor within the run game. Below average tackler. Nickel potential.  Seventh round or PFA.
28 4 Tryon Justin  Arizona St DC 5087v 190v 4.45v G 1.796
Tough little cover corner with good feet, a compact pedal and the ability to turn and go. Showed quick hips and can stick his foot in the ground and close on the ball underneath. Is a little man, but was physical defending the run.  Lack of length will limit him in match up situations, but this player doesn't back down. Was fiesty and tough. Has strong sub package and kick off return potential. Plays a good deal bigger then his numbers. Round 6 - 7
29 19 Zenon Jonathan  LSU DC 5116v 191v 4.63v F 1.797
Tough experienced combo guy (corner and safety).  Has size, but lacks the top end speed to consistently get over the top in half coverage. Will struggle with the race horses on the outside (didn't see the necessary burst).Said to play his own game and doesn't always prepare for the job at hand. A cover two corner prospect. Has played a lot of football in a big arena, but I just think I have a feeling he will really struggle at the next level. Free agent prospect

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