This has been a position that’s been heavily discussed over the years. You need someone to cover those receivers on the outside and inside in the slot, right? Two of the best football players in the game today are cornerbacks and that’s Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis. Today, we will look at the up and coming guys who play the position in this year’s draft.
1. Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)- He’s one of the ten best players in this year’s draft. Justin Gilbert is also the top prospect at his position. He has very light feet, can move around and change directions fluidly, displays great speed and acceleration to handle deep coverage against quicker receivers and he can get into the open field and make tackles. Justin can also return punts and kick offs and is a threat to take it to the end zone with his great speed, vision, patience and acceleration.
2. Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech)- Kyle has a very physical demeanor for the position. In today’s game, you have to jam these guys at the line of scrimmage and knock them off their route and take them away from being a possible threat down the field. Kyle has a good ability to read a receivers route, a true student of the game, he’s known to study receivers so he knows what to expect during the game. He has very good ball awareness and he can blitz off the corner along with being physical in run defense.
3. Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)- He was one of the best defensive players in the country last season. Darqueze will make a very smooth transition to the NFL. He’s a physical defender that is at his best in man to man coverage, he can get after the ball carrier and can swim through blocks. Very fluid in acceleration. Demonstrates great patience and body control especially when the ball is thrown in his direction, great hand-eye coordination and has an outstanding nose for the football.
4. Jason Verrett (TCU)- I was so impressed with his combine performance. Jason will be a steal for whatever team that picks him up. The one thing that people will question is his height but he plays much bigger than he appears. He’s a guy that is at his best in nickel coverage. He can defend the outside receiver but is known to play the slot receiver. He has excellent read and react skills, a strong guy for a guy of his size and he can tackle in the open field. He’s very aggressive when the football is in the air and he attacks the ball. He can swat passes away and get the much needed interception. He can also play on special teams and that shows you he’s a versatile guy.
5. Bradley Roby (Ohio State)- He has great speed. He can play tight coverage across the board and can stay with his receiver on the field the entire time. He can fight for the ball and can make many adjustments after the ball has been thrown.