Rankings and quick lookaheads of all the cornerback prospects invited to the 2019 NFL Combine.
2019 NFL Cornerback Combine Workout: Monday, March 4
Here we go with the 2019 NFL Combine, with all the breakdowns and analysis of every positive and negative for all of the top prospects. This isn’t that hard. Just simplify it – who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level?
The bigger breakdowns will come before the NFL Draft, but for now – again, from the college perspective – here are the pre-combine rankings for all of the cornerbacks invited to the big workout.
Before getting into the top five breakdown, here’s a ranking of the best of the rest.
2019 Pre-NFL Combine Cornerback Best of the Rest Rankings
Number in parentheses is the projected round drafted pre-NFL Combine.
35. Ken Webster, Ole Miss 5-11, 200 (7 FA)
There’s talent, but he suffered a bad knee injury early in his career and was suspended for a game. The interview process will matter.
34. Blessuan Austin, Rutgers 6-1, 198 (7 FA)
He can play and could be a steal if he’s healthy. He’s great at getting after the ball, but he’s also coming off a knee injury.
33. Rashad Fenton, South Carolina 5-11, 190 (7 FA)
While he won’t be for everyone, he’s a tough baller of a defensive back who’s missing a few too many of the raw skills to be a top starter. He might make a roster if he grows into a special teamer.
32. Derrek Thomas, Baylor 6-3, 190 (7 FA)
The transfer from Temple has safety size and can hit, but he’s a tweener. There are plenty of positive things to develop.
31. Alijah Holder, Stanford 6-1, 181 (7 FA)
Good size, good upside, but he only had one good year with the Cardinal. If he can stay healthy, there’s a lot to like.
30. Jordan Miller, Washington 6-2, 190 (7 FA)
A good part of the UW puzzle last season, he’s got the size, but he needs more time and more experience with just one full season healthy in college.
29. Ryan Pulley, Arkansas 5-10, 191 (7 FA)
There are a few issues from his career as a Hog – none of them serious – but talent-wise, he’s got the skills to slip into a late-round pick with a good workout.
28. Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan 6-1, 174 (7 FA)
Excellent at making plays when the ball is in the air, the concern is his back that kept him out at Oregon State – before ending up at CMU – after a promising start.
27. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan 6-1, 181 (7 FA)
There’s enough there to end up making a team, but there’s just enough missing to keep him from being more than a projection. He’ll have to fight to get a spot.
26. David Long, Michigan 5-11, 187 (5)
A little smallish as a tackler, he made his impact as a playmaker against the pass. The quickness is there, but just how physical can he become?
25. Jamal Peters, Mississippi State 6-2, 217 (6)
Good size, good enough athleticism, and good enough production … when he’s healthy. He hasn’t had too many issues, but he was banged up a bit during the season.
24. Davante Davis, Texas 6-2, 205 (7 FA)
The scouts likely aren’t going to find a sure-thing spot for him, but he’s a strong all-around corner with the talent to find a role somewhere.
23. Derrick Baity, Kentucky 6-2, 191 (7 FA)
There’s a chance he slips through the cracks on draft day and slides on down. Don’t expect him to rock the workouts, but he’s experienced and he has the size.
22. Isaiah Johnson, Houston 6-3, 195 (6)
A lot of tools, plenty of talent, but in desperate need of seasoning, he’ll get everyone excited with the measurables. It’s going to take a bit to put it all together.
21. Hamp Cheevers, CB, Boston College 5-10, 180 (5)
No one will be too fired up about the measurables or the testing, but his production will be enough to get him drafted. He just makes plays.
20. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State 5-10, 212 (6)
Really, really, really fast, he has to the tools and looks the part, but he needs more seasoning. If he can put it all together, he’s a steal.
19. Mark Fields, Clemson 5-10, 181 (6)
More prospect than college production – partly because he injured his foot midway through his career – he’ll be drafted as a flier, but he has to be fantastic in workouts to generate a buzz.
18. Corey Ballentine, Washburn 6-0, 204 (6)
Oh will the scouts love him throughout the workouts. He’s big enough, versatile, and he can really, really move.
17. Blace Brown, Troy 6-0, 183 (5)
Is he really fully past the knee injury of a few years ago? Everyone will love him and will want to find a place for him, but it’ll be all about the quickness drills.
16. Jordan Brown, South Dakota State 6-0, 197 (4)
Someone is going to fall deeply in love with his potential. Get ready for him to test well and look every bit the part of a No. 1 NFL corner who just needs a little time.
15. Jamel Dean, Auburn 6-1, 206 (4)
It’s all about the medical evaluation and whether or not his knee injuries from the past really are over. Great when he’s on the field, the talent is there to be a top 100 pick, but the injures concerns are enough to drop him down.
14. Iman Lewis-Marshall, USC 6-1, 200 (5)
He’s just not going to be fast enough to be a next-level corner on a regular basis, he has the skills to grow into a whale of a safety. He needs to show off comparative quickness and fluidity in Indy.
13. Saivion Smith, Alabama 6-1, 200 (4)
Watch out for him to grow into a more effective NFL safety than a top corner. He can hit well enough to be a nice piece of a secondary puzzle.
12. Michael Jackson, Miami 6-1, 207 (4)
A really nice all-around corner, he’ll beat up receivers and he won’t be shy about coming up with a pop. But can he ever be left on an island? Quickness needs to be there throughout the drills.
11. Kris Boyd, Texas 6-0, 195 (3)
Tough, versatile and physical, he can play, but he’s a bit too much of a tweener. He’s not going to look like an elite NFL starting corner, but he’s not quite a true safety … yet.
10. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky 6-2, 207 (3)
There’s no need to overthink it when it comes to the tools. He has the talent, size and speed to find a spot somewhere on the field. Now he has to be more of a baller.
9. Justin Layne, Michigan State 6-2, 185 (3)
Tall, lanky, and with good tackling ability and run stopping skills, he’s a strong all-around prospect with the potential to play just about anywhere in a secondary.
8. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt 6-3, 208 (2)
A terrific all-around prospect with size and hitting ability. Now he has to be smooth in the workout phase. He’ll attack the ball.
7. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State 6-1, 203 (2)
A broken up pass machine, he gets the job done when he’s around the ball. But does he have the raw wheels to justify a top 50 pick? The 40 will mean almost everything to his prospects.
6. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple 6-1, 200 (3)
Watch out for him to become the high-riser in the draft process. He looks like he’s out of central casting and can hit. All that’s missing is a little more time and technique work.