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2012 Preseason Player Rankings - Cornerbacks
NC State CB David Amerson
NC State CB David Amerson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 22, 2012


CFN's Top 30 Players of 2012 By Position - Cornerbacks


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1. Jonthan Banks, Sr. Mississippi State
The 6-2, 185-pound senior could’ve left early for the NFL, but he’s back as one of the best-tackling corners in college football making 71 stops with three sacks. The former free safety knows what he’s doing on the outside, and now with his experience, size and ball skills, he should be in for a huge final season as the star of the MSU D. While he hits well and is peerless at wrapping up, he’s also deadly when the ball is in the air making five picks with nine broken up passes. Teams stopped throwing his way, but he still found ways to be productive. Quick as well as fast, he’s also a terrific punt returner taking one for a score against UT-Martin.

2. David Amerson, Jr. NC State
The Pack knew it had a special player early last year, and then he was unleashed on the rest of the college football world. In just his second season on campus, he went from a wide-eyed rookie to an All-American, setting the ACC single-season record with 13 interceptions and 59 tackles while always seeming to be around the ball and always making the big play. Versatile, Amerson would be an ideal two-way guy if the offense needs more help on the other side of the ball, but he’s a top corner with all the tools to be even more of a shut-down defender. At 6-3 and 194 pounds he has long arms, great size, and the potential to be a whale of an NFL free safety. He boasts uncommon ball skills for a defensive back, high-pointing throws, breaking suddenly on passes and never allowing his chest to touch the ball.

3. Nigel Malone, Sr. Kansas State
The numbers might not have been that great, but the secondary wasn’t that bad in the realm of the rest of the Big 12. Malone quickly turned into the star playmaker among a group of good defensive backs finishing with seven picks, ten tackles and 58 tackles at one corner spot. The 5-10, 185-pound transfer from City College of San Francisco earned All-Big 12 honors and got on the All-America radar going into this year. A great tackler for his size, he’s terrific at tracking down the ball and making quarterbacks play for hanging it up. Extremely quick, he’s always around the ball.

4. Leon McFadden, Sr. San Diego State
Larry Porter is gone after making a team-leading seven picks, but the secondary gets back McFadden, an all-star, shutdown cover-corner who finished with 46 tackles with two picks and 15 broken up passes. At 5-10 and 185 pounds he’s not huge, but he’s physical and able to come up with stops in the open field. However, his real talent shines through when the ball is in the air with outstanding recovery skills and great speed. The former wide receiver can do it all and is good enough to stay away from after making 27 broken up passes over the last few seasons. He’ll give up big plays from time to time – he struggled in the bowl loss to Louisiana-Lafayette – but he’ll win his share of battles.

5. Johnny Adams, Sr. Michigan State
Adams is back as the star of a terrific Spartan secondary. The two-time All-Big Ten selection is deadly with the ball in his hands, has a nose for making the big play, and is smart, quick and tough for his 5-11, 175-pound size. Back from a shoulder problem that cost him all of 2009, he made 50 stops with three picks in 2010 and then last year was even better making 51 tackles with three sacks, three picks and six broken up passes. Deadly, he holds the school record for the most interception return yards with the speed and athleticism to find a job in some NFL team’s secondary.

6. Micah Hyde, Sr. Iowa
7. Dee Milliner, Jr. Alabama
8. Kyle Fuller, Jr. Virginia Tech
9. Jordan Poyer, Sr. Oregon State
10. Brodrick Brown, Sr. Oklahoma State
11. Nickell Robey, Jr. USC
12. Xavier Rhodes, Jr. Florida State
13. Demontre Hurst, Sr. Oklahoma
14. Adrian Bushell, Sr. Louisville
15. Ricardo Allen, Jr. Purdue
16. Troy Stoudermire, Sr. Minnesota
17. Logan Ryan, Jr. Rutgers
18. Terry Hawthorne, Sr. Illinois
19. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Sr. UConn
20. E.J. Gaines, Jr. Missouri
21. Kayvon Webster, Sr. USF
22. Desmond Trufant, Sr. Washington
23. Rod Sweeting, Sr. Georgia Tech
24. Aaron Hester, Sr. UCLA
25. Prentiss Waggner, Sr. Tennessee
26. Jamar Taylor, Sr. Boise State
27. Preston Hadley, Sr. BYU
28. D.J. Hayden, Sr. Houston
29. Carrington Byndom, Jr. Texas
30. Deron Wilson, Jr. Southern Miss