1. Trae Waynes (Michigan State)- He solidified his case as the top corner in the draft with a stellar combine performance. He will easily be a top ten pick, top twelve at the latest. He’s a typical cover corner that’s great with staying in front of the receiver. He doesn’t let them get past him. He has the speed to keep up with receivers and he bullies them at the line of scrimmage. He’s able to tackle in the open field, swarms to the ball, break passes up and shut down one side of the field. He has the build and athletic ability to play man to man coverage all over the field.
2. Jalen Collins (LSU)- He’d be the number one corner on everybody’s big board if Trae Waynes didn’t have the type of performance he did. Collins has good size to play the position and he’s a good defender to play both man and zone coverage and he also has the speed to bring down the guy with the ball. I’ll never forget when he put his speed on display in the first game of the season last year as he tracked down Melvin Gordon down the field. He’s good at staying with receivers but he must improve on making plays on the ball if he wants to succeed at the next level.
3. Ronald Darby (Florida State)- He was considered to be Florida State’s most reliable cover corner and defenders last season. He displays the speed and athleticism to run with any receiver and he prevents separation. He’s also very built and well put-together so receivers have a difficult time running through him and he doesn’t go down easily.
4. Marcus Peters (Washington)- He shows the physicality and athleticism to play the position. He always stood out when facing quality receivers last year at Washington. His best attribute is his recognition as he can play the receiver well and he can play with his back turned to the receiver. He’s a very good and reliable tackler in the open field whether it’s bringing down a receiver after making the catch or playing run defense, he’s not afraid to put a hit on somebody.
5. Byron Jones (Connecticut)- He shows a great combination of speed, size and strength to play press coverage. He shows the fluidity in his hips to turn and make plays on the football in open space. He can jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage and plays without help over the top.