Blanton beats other top cornerbacks

Robert Blanton's speed might be an issue, but his effectiveness is not. Compared to some of the other top cornerbacks taken after the first round, he ranks best in run defense, pass defense and impact plays. See the charts on how the Vikings CB/S stacks up against names like Jenkins, Boykin, Dennard and others.

CORNERBACK TALE OF THE TAPE

PLAYER

SCHOOL

HEIGHT

WEIGHT

40-YD

BLANTON, Robert

Notre Dame

6:00.0

203

4.43

BOYKIN, Brandon

Georgia

5:09.4

181

4.45

DENNARD, Alfonzo

Nebraska

5:09.6

204

4.50

JENKINS, Janoris

North Alabama

5:09.7

176

4.45

MINNIFIELD, Chase

Virginia

6:00.2

187

4.51

PRATER, Shaun

Iowa

5:09.6

181

4.49

 

PASS DEFENSE PERFORMANCE AVERAGE PER GAME

PLAYER

PD

RK

IC

RK

TG

REC

RK

YDS

RK

BLANTON

0.58

3

4.67

1

8.75

2.42

1

16.17

1

BOYKIN

0.38

5

2.23

2

5.08

2.08

2

26.15

2

DENNARD

0.67

2

1.78

5

4.78

2.33

5

30.67

4

JENKINS

0.50

4

1.75

6

4.67

2.58

6

37.08

6

MINNIFIELD

0.92

1

2.08

3

5.50

2.50

2

32.83

5

PRATER

0.33

6

2.08

3

5.08

2.58

4

29.75

3

PLAYER

COMP

RK

CMP

RK

ATT

RK

TOT

RK

BLANTON

27.62

1

06.69

1

1.85

1

33

1

BOYKIN

40.91

2

12.59

3

5.15

2

26

2

DENNARD

53.49

5

13.14

5

6.42

5

11

5

JENKINS

55.36

6

14.35

6

7.95

6

02

6

MINNIFIELD

45.45

3

13.13

4

5.97

4

20

3

PRATER

50.82

4

11.52

2

5.85

3

17

4

READING THE CHART-GM indicates games played…PD indicates total passes defended (pass break-ups/interceptions)…RK indicates player's rank based on average passes defended per game…IC indicates amount of passes that the defensive back re-routed/jammed receivers in his territory, preventing the reception…RK indicates player's rank based on average ICs per game…TG indicates amount of passes the opposition targeted into the defensive back's territory…REC/YDS indicates amount of targeted passes/ yards gained that the opposition caught in the defensive back's territory…COMP indicates percentage of passes the opposition completed in the defensive back's territory…RK indicates player's rank based on lowest pass completion percentage allowed…TD indicates amount of touchdown receptions vs. the defensive back…CMP indicates average yardage gained per reception by the opponents catching passes in the defensive back's territory…RK indicates player's rank based on lowest reception yardage average allowed…ATT indicates average yardage gained per pass attempt by the opponents in the defensive back's territory…RK indicates player's rank based on lowest pass attempt yardage average allowed…TOT indicates total points scored by the defensive back for each RK category (5 points awarded for player that finished first in that category; 4 points for second; 3 points for third; 2 points for fourth; 1 point for fifth, 0 for sixth)… RK indicates rank of the four defensive backs based on total points scored.

RUSH DEFENSE PERFORMANCE AVERAGE PER GAME

PLAYER

TPG

RK

RUN

YDS

AVG

RK

TOT

RK

BLANTON

5.75

1

35

045

01.29

1

10

1

BOYKIN

3.69

5

24

120

05.00

3

04

3

DENNARD

3.00

6

10

067

06.70

4

02

6

JENKINS

4.42

2

18

203

11.28

6

04

3

MINNIFIELD

4.17

3

25

183

07.32

5

04

3

PRATER

3.83

4

18

072

04.00

2

06

2

READING THE CHART-TK indicates total tackles recorded…TPG indicates tackles per game…RK indicates player's rank based on average tackles per game…RUN indicates amount of running plays the defensive back made plays against… YDS/AVG indicates the amount of yards/average that the opposition amassed vs. the defensive back on those running plays…RK indicates player's rank based on the lowest average yards allowed per running play…TD indicates touchdown runs the opposition registered vs. the defensive back…TOT indicates total points scored by the defensive back for each RK category (5 points awarded for player that finished first in that category; 4 points for second; 3 points for third; 2 points for fourth; 1 point for fifth, 0 for sixth)… RK indicates rank of the four defensive backs based on total points scored.

 

IMPACT PLAYS PERFORMANCE AVERAGE PER GAME

PLAYER

1ST

RK

3RD

RK

4TH

RK

TFL

RK

BLANTON

1.33

2

3.33

1

0.33

1

0.67

2

BOYKIN

1.23

1

1.85

3

0.31

2

0.69

1

DENNARD

2.00

4

1.44

5

0.22

4

0.00

6

JENKINS

1.33

2

1.00

6

0.08

5

0.33

4

MINNIFIELD

2.08

6

2.25

2

0.08

5

0.58

3

PRATER

2.00

4

1.75

4

0.25

3

0.08

5

PLAYER

CD

RK

TO

RK

RZ

RK

TOT

RK

BLANTON

1.08

1

0.25

3

1.25

1

31

1

BOYKIN

0.23

2

0.23

4

0.15

5

24

2

DENNARD

0.11

4

0.00

6

0.44

4

09

6

JENKINS

0.08

5

0.33

1

0.08

6

13

5

MINNIFIELD

0.08

5

0.33

1

0.75

2

18

3

PRATER

0.17

3

0.17

5

0.58

3

15

4

READING THE CHART-1ST indicates the amount of first down plays the defensive back allowed (vs. pass-run)…RK indicates player's rank based on the lowest average of first downs allowed…3RD indicates the amount of third down plays the defensive back registered (vs. run-pass)…RK indicates player's rank based on the average of third downs registered…4TH indicates the amount of fourth down plays the defensive back registered (vs. run-pass)…RK indicates player's rank based on the average of fourth downs registered…TFL indicates amount of tackles behind the line of scrimmage recorded by the defensive back…RK indicates player's rank based on the average of tackles for loss…CD indicates amount of touchdown-saving tackles made by the defender chasing down opponents at the opposite end of the field…RK indicates player's rank based on the average of TD-saving tackles recorded…TO indicates amount of total turnovers registered by the defensive back (fumbles/interceptions/blocked kicks)…RK indicates player's rank based on the average of turnovers recorded…RZ indicates plays recorded by the defensive back in the red zone/goal line…RK indicates player's rank based on the average of red zone plays recorded…TOT indicates total points scored by the defensive back for each RK category (5 points awarded for player that finished first in that category; 4 points for second; 3 points for third; 2 points for fourth; 1 point for fifth, 0 for sixth)… RK indicates rank of the four defensive backs based on total points scored.

 

 FINAL PERFORMANCE REPORT CARD

PLAYER

GM

PASS

RK

RUN

RK

IMP

RK

TOT

RK

BLANTON, Robert

12

33

1

10

1

31

1

74

1

BOYKIN, Brandon

13

26

2

04

3

24

2

54

2

DENNARD, Alfonzo

09

11

5

02

6

09

6

22

5

JENKINS, Janoris

12

02

6

04

3

13

5

19

6

MINNIFIELD, Chase

12

20

3

04

3

18

3

42

3

PRATER, Shaun

12

17

4

06

2

15

4

38

4

AVERAGE

11.7

18.2

 

5.0

 

18.3

 

41.5

 

READING THE CHART-PASS indicates the amount of points scored based on the Pass Defense Performance category…RK indicates player's rank based on the Pass Defense Performance category…RUN indicates the amount of points scored based on the Run Defense Performance category…RK indicates player's rank based on the Run Defense Performance category…IMP indicates the amount of points scored based on the Impact Plays Defense Performance category…RK indicates player's rank based on the Impact Plays Defense Performance category…TOT indicates total points scored by the defensive back for each RK category (5 points awarded for player that finished first in that category; 4 points for second; 3 points for third; 2 points for fourth; 1 point for fifth, 0 for sixth)… RK indicates rank of the four defensive backs based on total points scored.

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