CFN Preseason Third Team All-America Cornerbacks
6. CJ Henderson, Jr. Florida
It’s not like he can’t tackle – coming up with 60 in his first two seasons – but that’s not why he’s a next-level talent. The 6-1, 191-pounder is long, fast, and has a nose for the ball with six interceptions – taking two for scores – and 11 broken up passes in his career. He’s also using his speed to get into the backfield a bit more, too, coming up with three sacks last season.
– 2019 Florida Preview
5. Stanford Samuels, Jr. Florida State
Yet another very big, very talented Florida State defensive back who’ll soon be a star at the next level, the 6-2, 185-pound playmaker showed off his elite talent from the start with two picks and five broken up passes as a freshman, and followed it up with a fantastic 58-tackle, four interception season. With Samuels working along with Asante Samuel, FSU lis loaded at corner.
– 2019 Florida State Preview
CFN Preseason Second Team All-America Cornerbacks
4. AJ Terrell, Jr. Clemson
The 6-2, 190-pounder showed plenty of promise as a freshman – coming up with 15 tackles with an interception and seven broken up passes – and turned into an all-star part of the back seven as a sophomore. He started every game on the way to the national title, making 54 tackles with three interceptions, highlighted by his 44-yard pick six against the Crimson Tide.
– 2019 Clemson Preview
3. Essang Bassey, Sr. Wake Forest
One of the nation’s best all around corners over the last two seasons, the 5-10, 185-pounder followed up his 75-tackle, three-interception all-star sophomore season with 74-tackle, one-pick junior campaign. A playmaker, he came up with a pick six two years ago, and fumble return for a touchdown last season, and with 31 broken up passes over the last two years.
– 2019 Wake Forest Preview
CFN Preseason First Team All-America Cornerbacks
2. Kristian Fulton, Sr. LSU
There are a whole lot of amazing defensive talents on LSU this season, and the 6-0, 192-pound Fulton isn’t even the best player in the defensive backfield – that’s safety Grant Delpit – but the top corner will stand out.
He had a rough run after being suspended for the 2017 season following a drug suspension, ad he came back with a terrific year making 25 tackles with an interception and nine broken up passes before getting knocked out with a foot injury. If everything goes as expected, he’s a top 20 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
– 2019 LSU Preview
1. Bryce Hall, Sr. Virginia
It was a bit of a shocker when the star pro prospect announced he was returning for his senior year, and Virginia gets back a special talent at corner. At 6-1 and 200 pounds, he has ideal size as a physical corner for potentially as a safety, making 134 career tackles – 62 last season – with a ridiculous 40 broken up passes in his three seasons.
– 2019 Virginia Preview