2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - CBs
Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley
Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley
Posted Aug 11, 2011

CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Cornerbacks

Preview 2011 - Cornerbacks

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.


1. Dre Kirkpatrick, Jr. Alabama
After coming to Alabama as, arguably, the nation's top cornerback recruit in 2009, Kirkpatrick appears ready to take another step forward to become one of the best defensive backs in college football. At 6-3 and 192 pounds he has tremendous size to go along with the NFL speed and athleticism to push around any receiver and run with the speedier ones. Great in the open field, he made 53 tackles with three picks and seven broken up passes, and while he's built to be a dream of a free safety, he'll spend one more college year – before going to the next level - as a lock-down corner.

2. Josh Robinson, Jr. UCF
In the 5-10, 192-pound Robinson, UCF boasts one of the nation's rising stars at cornerback. A third-year starter and member of last year's All-Conference-USA first team, he'll eventually take his speed and cover skills to the NFL. Increasingly avoided by opposing passers, he finished last season with 59 tackles, two interceptions, and a team-high 13 pass breakups.


3. Cliff Harris, Jr. Oregon
Harris is one of the country's premier cornerbacks, which only makes his suspension all the more frustrating. He was put in dry dock for an indefinite period of time for driving 118 mph with a suspended license on June 12. Nearly as fast with cleats on, the 5-11, 165-pounder was a show-stopper throughout 2010. A fast-twitch athlete, who breaks quickly on the ball, he intercepted six passes and batted away 17 others to lead the nation in passes defended. He has the lockdown coverage skills to cut off half the field for opposing passers.

4. Morris Claiborne, Sr. LSU
Tyrann Mathieu might be the burgeoning star of the Tiger secondary, but the anchor of the unit is Claiborne, a veteran who was targeted every time he took the field next to Peterson. He handled himself admirably making 37 tackles with six broken up passes with five picks. A preseason first-team All-SEC pick, the 6-0, 177-pounder has excellent range, speed and shutdown coverage skills. The former quarterback has blazing, Louisiana state championship 10.76, 100-meter speed, and he'll also return kickoffs.


5. Stephon Gilmore, Jr. South Carolina
Gilmore is back after coming up with a team-leading 79 tackles with three sacks, three picks, and six tackles for loss in an all-star season. At 6-1 and 194 pounds, he's a big, physical corner who saw time earlier in his career as a Wildcat quarterback and is one of the team's best all-around athletes. South Carolina's Mr. Football as an offensive star, he's just now tapping into his immense potential and talent-level and he should be the best player in the defensive back seven.

6. Jayron Hosley, Jr. Virginia Tech
In just his first season as a starter, the 5-10, 170-pound Hosley asserted himself as one of the nation's top young cornerbacks. In fact, he skipped the usual steps of the process, going from a rookie reserve to an All-American. Relying on keen instincts and ball skills, he led the country with nine interceptions, breaking up another eight passes and making 39 tackles. Still maturing, he has the hips and cover skills to consider leaving early for the 2012 NFL Draft.


7. Casey Hayward, Sr. Vanderbilt
One of the team's biggest playmakers who emerged last season was Hayward, a 5-11, 188-pound senior who stepped up his play as the No. 1 corner finishing fourth on the team with 70 tackles with six interceptions and 11 broken up passes. A starter in 24 straight games, he knows what he's doing, makes a ton of plays when the ball is in the air, and is a great tackler with 128 stops in the last two seasons. Versatile enough to be used as a safety, he has a future at the next level as a swing defender who'll see time in a variety of spots.

8. Shaun Prater, Sr. Iowa
The best player in a good secondary is Prater, who flirted with the idea of turning pro early but came back to become the leader and shut-down defender on the left side. At 5-11 and 180 pounds he has decent size and good tackling ability with 68 tackles with four picks and six broken up passes as a First Team All-Big Ten performer. Fast, physical, and talented, he's in a salary drive for next year.

9. Keith Tandy, Sr. West Virginia
Taking over as the WVU's top cornerback is the 5-11, 200-pound Keith Tandy, who would have been drafted had he left school early. A terrific all-around player, he posted 57 tackles, six interceptions, and 11 passes defended in his second season as a starter. An obvious ball-hawk, with the hands of a receiver, he also has the size and ferocity to lower the boom like an agitated safety.

10. Chase Minnifield, Sr. Virginia
Replacing Ras-I Dowling as the face of the secondary is the 6-0, 185-pound Minnifield, who'll begin 2011 as one the premier cornerbacks in the country. The son of former Pro Bowl corner Frank Minnifield and an All-ACC first teamer, he busted out with 48 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a team-high six interceptions. He has good size and the technique and ball skills to be considered a legit lockdown corner and a coveted NFL prospect for 2012.

11. Quenton Washington, Sr. USF
12. D'Anton Lynn, Sr. Penn State
13. Emanuel Davis, Sr. East Carolina
14. Alfonzo Dennard, Sr. Nebraska
15. Tyrann Mathieu, Soph. LSU
16. Xavier Rhodes, Soph. Florida State
17. Brandon Boykin, Sr. Georgia
18. Quinton Pointer, Sr. UNLV
19. Greg Reid, Jr. Florida State
20. Johnthan Banks, Jr. Mississippi State
21. Demontre Hurst, Jr. Oklahoma
22. Johnny Adams, Jr. Michigan State
23. Charles Sawyer, Soph. Ole Miss
24. Jamell Fleming, Sr. Oklahoma
25. Greg McCoy, Sr. TCU
26. Donnie Fletcher, Sr. Boston College
27. Trevin Wade, Sr. Arizona
28. Tashaun Gipson, Sr. Wyoming
29. Jordan Mabin, Sr. Northwestern
30. Charles Brown, Sr. North Carolina

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners