Positional Rankings: Top 10 Corners

Jeff Okudah – Ohio State

Easy CB1.. Has the ability to mirror even the twitchiest receivers in man. Shows physicality at the line and an ability to push receivers towards his help defenders. Didn’t have eye popping interception numbers, only 3 career picks, but plays the ball aggressively. Showed great improvement on tracking the ball throughout college career. Takes good angles and shows an above average willingness in run support.

Kristian Fulton – LSU

Elite man coverage abilities. Comfortable being isolated in coverage, can shut down half of the field. Seems to be slightly better when staying in the receiver’s hip, rather than reacting to the ball in the air. Needs to improve in the run game. Lackluster effort in engaging blockers and pursuing the ball-carrier.

Jeff Gladney – TCU

Talented in both man and zone coverage. High football IQ puts him in good situations. Looks to overpower receivers at the line, but struggles with big bodied opponents. Very quick feet help in mirroring and recovery. Squares up ball carriers and shows good tackling. May not have prototypical length for an NFL corner.

Trevon Diggs – Alabama

Came to Alabama as a two-way player. Possesses ideal NFL length and athleticism. Plays very physically and utilizes speed and strength well to stick with receivers. Physicality results in penalties more often than you’d like. For as physical as he plays in the passing game it doesn’t translate to the run game as much as you’d imagine.

Paulson Adebo – Stanford

Two-year starter at Stanford and may need more playtime before we see what he really can become. Has shutdown corner potential but seems to lack in some of the more refined points of technique. He’s tall, long and shows good awareness. Has a knack to utilize his length to get his hand on ball-carriers

CJ Henderson – Florida

Another long lanky corner. Long arms allow to him to disrupt passes at all levels. Seems to get caught with his eyes in the backfield more often than he should. He needs to fill out more or he will struggle with the strength of NFL receivers. Catches the ball like a wide out.

Bryce Hall – Virginia

Has been a starter since his freshmen year for Virginia. Measures out at 6’1” but seems to be even bigger than that on the field. Completely eliminates passing lanes with his length and stickiness. Experience in man and zone makes him uniquely versatile for the NFL. If not for season ending injury in 2019 season, I believe he would be a top 3 corner in this class. If all things progress positively with his health, someone could end up with an absolute steal.

Damon Arnette – Ohio State

Of course, DBU resurfaces with another top ten corner. While it’s clear there’s some athletic limitations, Arnette knows his ability and plays his role well. He does not play man coverage a lot as a result of his limitations. Can play inside and out, but I think he would excel most playing inside in a zone heavy defense.

AJ Terrell – Clemson

Great press, man coverage corner. Uses his hands well to disrupt receivers. Adding bulk to his frame will help improve press. Seems to not believe in his speed and is a little early to retreat.  Vulnerable to underneath routes.

Jaylon Johnson – Utah

Physical corner who has a good nose for the football. Could use work in his short area quickness. Can look a little panicked when isolated in coverage and gets a little grabby. Maybe the best physical of the group and it shows when he lines up at the line of scrimmage.

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