They might not all show up and workout, but these are the five best cornerback prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine.
Daily Five: Cornerback Rankings Before The NFL Combine
From the college perspective, how good are these guys? Go ahead and breakdown and analyze every positive and negative on all of the top prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine. This isn’t that hard.
In a mediocre year for corners, just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level? At least at the moment, here are your five best cornerbacks.
5. Jaire Alexander, Louisville
Career Statistics: 77 tackles, seven interceptions, 15 broken up passes
Why Jaire Alexander Is Here On The List: Likely the most polarizing corner prospect in the draft, he can move, but he doesn’t quite look like the physical part at 5-11 and 192 pounds.
Banged up last season, he took a wee step back after a fantastic junior year – he only played in six games after coming up with five interceptions in 2016 – but projected out, he’s going to be a ball-hawker when he’s okay.
Not the best of prospects against the more physical receivers, his game is about his speed and coverage abilities – he’ll make things happen when the ball is in the air. His quickness and wheels will make up for a slew of other issues.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Can and will he tackle? He’s got to somehow get and look stronger and more physical, and if that’s not possible in the workouts, he has to be silly-fast, quick and smooth to make up for the other parts missing in his puzzle.
Bottom Line: As long as you know what you’re getting, and as long as the rest of your secondary can beat up receivers, you’ll be fine. He’s so athletic and so good when the ball is in the air that he needs to find a spot on the field, but it might be as a nickel bankerly on.