2018 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings: From The College Perspective


It’s NFL Draft time. Finally. Who are the cornerbacks who’ll matter from the 2018 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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There aren’t any generational talents at corner this year, but there are whole lot of very good ones. It’s a deep group with a little something for everyone. To give the position the kiss of death, overall it should be among the safest in this year’s draft.

15. Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State

6-2, 198: SLOW. He’s not built to do much at safety, and he hovers around a 4.7 40. He only made 53 tackles in his three years, but he was big-time pass defender with eight picks as a sophomore and with ten broken up passes last year. With his length and his coverage skills, he can play, but he’s lacking the special tools.
Projected Round: Fifth

14. J.C. Jackson, Maryland

5-10, 201: Fast and feisty, he’s a 4.46 runner in the body of a safety. He’s not afraid to tackle – with 40 stops in each of his two seasons – with four picks and 13 broken up passes. He’ll get tough, he’ll push around receivers, and he’ll be great in press coverage. However, he’s faster than quick – he has to mug guys.
Projected Round: Fifth

13. D.J. Reed, Kansas State

5-9, 188: While he’s a short, nasty corner who’ll get at it and make things happen, his real worth is as an epic return man, averaging over 32 yards per try on kickoffs and 14.9 yards per punt return. Aggressive and tough, he made 125 tackles in his two years, picked off seven passes, and broke up a whopping 25 throws. The only question is his size, but he’ll ball out as well as any corner in the draft. He’ll be a great value pick.
Projected Round: Fourth

12. Anthony Averett, Alabama

5-11, 183: The 4.36 40 time makes up for most of his issues. He might not be all that big, and he only came up with one career interception, but there’s a whole lot to like. He’ll hit in the open field – coming up with 96 stops over the last two seasons and 16 broken up passes – and he has no problem staying with any receiver – he’s fluid as well as fast.
Projected Round: Third

11. Parry Nickerson, Tulane

5-10, 182: Really, really fast, he ripped off a 4.32 at the Combine, which helps overcome his lack of bulk and his hitting ability. The only real knock is his body type and size. While he won’t deliver a blow, and he’ll get pushed around at times, and he’ll battle, making 188 carer tackles. Ultra-productive when the ball was in the air, he came up with 16 interceptions and 31 broken up passes.
Projected Round: Fourth

10. Duke Dawson, Florida

5-11, 197: Fast enough with sub-4.5 speed, and with decent size, he’s got the tools to go along with a good, sound style without a whole slew of mistakes. He might not necessarily be the best athlete around for the spot, but he’s a better football player than a workout star. He’ll also hit a little bit with 81 career tackles, six picks and 17 broken up passes.
Projected Round: Third

9. M.J. Stewart, North Carolina

5-11, 200: Versatile enough to play any position in the secondary, he’s built a bit like a safety and can tackle like one, but he’s a corner. The nice part about his game is that he’s got the ball skills and the speed to start out at corner, and eventually move over – he’ll have a long, solid career ahead of him. However, he is a bit of a tweener at positions. He’s not a blazer as a corner, and he’s not a true safety. He’ll hit, making 199 tackles over his career, and he came up with a whopping 41 broken up passes.
Projected Round: Third

8. Holton Hill, Texas

6-2, 196: An interesting all-around corner prospect. he’s a bit rangy, but he’s got good sub-4.5 speed to go along with terrific quickness. The talent is all there, but after being suspended from the team for violating team rules, there’s a big question mark about his reliability. Take the chance – he’s that good. He’ll hit, he’s got the coverage skills, and he’s like flypaper when stuck on a No. 1 target.
Projected Round: Fourth

7. Carlton Davis, Auburn

6-1, 206: With the right size, enough speed – even with a surprisingly slowish 4.53 at the Combine – and 136 tackles in three years, he’s going to be a nice get outside of the first round. The problem is his pickoff production, coming up with 29 broken up passes over the last three seasons and just one interception over the last two years. Crafty, aggressive, and tough-as-nails, he’ll grow into a solid starter and, eventually, a good safety.
Projected Round: Second

6. Donte Jackson, LSU

5-10, 178: Fast, fast, fast, fast, fast. He might not be all that big, and he’s never going to bring the big pop, but when you run a 4.32, you can find a spot in an NFL defensive backfield. He might not be the most secure of defenders, but he makes up for his occasional lapse in coverage skills with his wheels. No, he’s not going to get physical, but he came up with 110 tackles with four picks and 19 broken up passes in his three years.
Projected Round: Second

5. Jaire Alexander, Louisville

5-10, 196: While he might be a wee bit thin, and he’s not going to power through any receiver, when you’re this smooth, this fast, and this productive, you’re doing something right.

Extremely quick, he was a Combine star through the short drills and with a 4.38 40. The biggest concern will be his ability to last, banged up throughout his junior year and playing in only six games.

He’s not a tackler with just 77 stops in his three seasons, but he picked off five passes as a sophomore and broke up 15 passes.

Get a block on him and forget about it, and he’ll have problem with the 50/50 balls against the tall, stronger receivers, but watch out for him to be a better pro than a college player now that he’s in the NFL. He’ll be able to hang as a playmaking No. 2 corner.

Projected Round: Top 50 Overall
Real Value: Second Round


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