2019 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings: From The College Perspective

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings: From The College Perspective


Which cornerbacks will matter in the 2019 NFL Draft, and what’s the college perspective on all of the top prospects?

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It’s a mediocre overall class of corners who don’t quite fit. The fast guys don’t have size, and the big guys don’t have a whole lot of speed, and there isn’t even a sure-thing superstar up top like a Denzel Ward or Jalen Ramsey.

The top prospects are certainly talented and will start, but in this draft loaded with a whole slew of amazing prospects in the top 20, you can wait a bit if you need a corner.

15. (S) Iman Marshall, USC

6-1, 207: He’s a corner who’ll end up spending a bulk of his career at safety. The speed isn’t bad – he’s around a 4.5 – but he’s not an elite enough overall athlete to hang around with the quicker NFL targets. A good tackler with the right size and mentality to come up with a pop, he’s missing the ball skills to be a star on the outside. He’ll get a shot at his natural position, but again, he’ll eventually start somewhere else.
Projected Round: Fourth

14. (S) Kris Boyd, Texas

5-11, 201: Tough and experienced, he’s got decent enough size to go along with his 4.45 speed. He was a good, consistent tackler over the last three seasons with 156 tackles and a whopping 30 broken up passes in the last two. He’s not the smoothest defensive back, but he’s a productive tweener who’ll likely make a career at free safety.
Projected Round: Fourth

13. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan

6-0, 195: The speed and explosion are too much to ignore. He went from being a likely late round flier to a top 100 prospect with his 4.4 40 and 41″ vertical. He’s not all that big and he’s not that great a tackler – even if he’s willing to get in on plays – but it’s the raw wheels and upside that will get him taken early on Saturday.
Projected Round: Fourth

12. David Long, Michigan

5-11, 196: While he’s not all that big, he has decent enough size to go along with the 4.45 speed and explosion to stay with the speedier guys. However, his real worth is as a tough corner who can push around receiver. Even though he’s not afraid at getting nasty, he’s just an okay tackler who can be easily blocked.
Projected Round: Third

11. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky

6-2, 213: A good-sized, talented football player who does just about everything right on the field, the former JUCO transfer is a decent tackler with 64 stops in his two seasons and nine broken up passes. However, he only picked off one pass. You like the size, you like the 4.5 speed in that size, and … you wish the ball skills were better.
Projected Round: Third

10. Jamel Dean, Auburn

6-1, 206: The 4.3 40 didn’t change everything, but it certainly made a big difference considering the concerns about his past knee injuries. He’s big, he’s talented, and he’s explosive enough to play a whole lot bigger than his size. Blow off the past injury issues – he’s got all of the tools to be a steal outside of the top 50.
Projected Round: Third

9. Justin Layne, Michigan State

6-2, 192: He’s a Michigan State cornerback – he can get physical. He’s got good size and length, and he can run just enough to be fine. He’s got a great nose for the ball with a knack for breaking up passes, but his lack of raw wheels will be an issue. Test him, and he’ll come through.
Projected Round: Third

8. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

6-4, 211: He’s a safety at the next level who’ll get tried out at corner. Great when the ball is in the air, he came up with 24 broken up passes over the last two seasons as a rising, tough corner who can erase smaller receivers and muscle up against the bigger ones. He can hit like a safety, but … he runs like one. A slow one.
Projected Round: Third

7. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

6-0, 192: Sort of the scouting world’s underground secret for a while, he busted out and now has first round potential. He’s not quite as big as originally expected, and he’s not quite as fast, but he can hit. He’s not a finished product, but give him a little time and seasoning, and he’s got the tools to become a terrific starter and a broken up pass machine.
Projected Round: Second

6. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State

6-2, 205: He’s got the exact right size you want in a corner; he’s fantastic when the ball is thrown his way. Ultra-productive, he turned in a great final three years eight interceptions and with 18 broken up passes in the last two seasons. Known for his physical play, the one question mark was his speed for a player of his bulk … 4.47. Boom.
Projected Round: Third

5. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson

6-1, 199: In a corner class loaded with slowish players who aren’t that huge, Mullen is tall, can play at over 200 pounds, and he can move. Forget the 4.5s of some of the other top prospects – Mullen is a mid-4.4 guy who can close and explode.

America saw what he could do against Alabama in the national championship domination, but he was missing the high-end production in his 29 game career with just seven broken up passes and four picks.

Yeah, he has good size, but he’s not exactly physical – he’s a lanky player who doesn’t bring the big hit. The overall tools are there to thrive as a good starter who can more than hold his own against an NFL passing game.

No corner is going to be a massive thumper. If you need him to start and cover a pro receiver, he can do that. A few interceptions, though, would be nice.

Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Second

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