2016 CFN Preseason All-America Cornerbacks. Who are the best and brightest cornerbacks coming into the college football season?
2016 CFN Preseason All-America Cornerbacks
1. Jalen Tabor, Jr. Florida
Okay, so he’s a little feisty. He got in some trouble this offseason, but he’ll still be the nation’s best corner with prototype 6-0, 200-pound size, toughness, aggressiveness, and the pop to be a factor against the run. The stats might not be special, and he might not be the fastest corner, but he’s a baller who’ll take on every opposing No. 1 target.
2. Desmond King, Sr. Iowa
The Thorpe Award winner returns for another year as the main man for another excellent Hawkeye defense. The 5-11, 200-pounder has the speed and quickness to star as a return man, and he’s a steady tackler coming up with 205 career tackles. The biggest key was his knack for making the great play at the right time, but now he’ll have to get used to quarterbacks avoiding him.
2016 CFN Preseason Second-Team All-America Cornerbacks
3. Jourdan Lewis, Sr. Michigan
A dominant cover-corner, he’s feisty, tough, and ultra-quick, with the athleticism to blanked any top target and with a nose for the ball. He broke up 20 passes last year and showed up big in the biggest games, and he can show up against the run making 52 tackles, too.
4. Cordrea Tankersley, Sr. Clemson
The lone returning starter in the secondary, the 6-1, 195-pound veteran is a battler and strong veteran who isn’t afraid to mix it up. While he didn’t quite get the recognition of other Tiger stars, he led the team with five interceptions and nine broken up passes. This year he’ll be the standout.
2016 CFN Preseason Third-Team All-America Cornerbacks
5. Adoree’ Jackson, Jr. USC
Where do you want him to play? The lightning-quick 5-11, 185-pounder could be a special receiver if he worked exclusively on offense, but he’s a next-level shutdown corner. While he only came up with one interception last year, he broke up nine passes and kept quarterbacks from throwing his way.
6. Tre’Davious White, Sr. LSU (S)
Able to play anywhere in the secondary, the 5-11, 191-pound future top 50 draft pick is a terrific athlete with the skills to work on the outside, but with the toughness and hitting ability to see time at safety if needed. While he didn’t come up with an interception, he was still good enough to earn All-SEC honors. He’ll come up with his share of picks this year.