2013 NFL Combine
Corner Rankings - No. 11 to 25
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CFN Combine Cornerbacks Rankings, Top Ten
11. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut 6-1, 195 Proj. 3
Positives: Excellent size and the right frame. Decent strength with the look to possibly be moved to safety or used in nickel and dime packages if needed. … Good speed. Tough, he’s able to stay with the bigger receivers and has just enough speed to fly with the quicker ones. … Packs a pop when he jams the receiver on the line. Makes it hard for the man to get free.
Negatives: Doesn’t exactly cut on a dime. He moves well, but he’s not going to zip if he doesn’t get a hit on a receiver early. … Might project to be a safety. Not necessarily a shutdown No. 1 corner. … Average ability when the ball is in the air. Good, but not great and making the play.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? He’ll fit in somewhere. The overall package is too intriguing to not be a starter in some NFL secondary.
12.Robert Alford, SE Louisiana 5-10, 188 Proj. 3
Positives: Fantastic strength. He’s able to push around much bigger players and gets physical with the smaller ones. He might not be huge, but he’ll hold his own against the bigger targets. … Lightning fast. Tremendous straight-line speed and has the quickness to go along with it. He has the total package. … He can be used as a kick returner if needed, but he might be too valuable as a corner. He could be that good.
Negatives: His aggressive style and physical play might occasionally get him in trouble, looking to deliver too many big blows. He might have a hard time holding up. … While he’s strong, he can get shoved and will stay blocked. … An inconsistent hitter. He needs to be more of a form tackler and has to do the same thing right every time out.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? There could be a wee bit of a learning curve, but there are bigger name defensive backs in this draft who’d love to have the same skills and tools. He’ll be a starter with No. 1 potential.
13. B.W. Webb, William & Mary 5-10, 184 Proj. 4
Positives: A ball-hawking machine, he has an uncanny knack for getting around the ball and making big things happen when it’s in the air. He’s a premier playmaker. … Good speed. Next level athleticism with all the raw tools. Makes up for lack of size with his leaping ability, and makes up for mistakes with closing wheels. … He’ll tackle. Doesn’t miss.
Negatives: Not all that big. He’ll get physical, but he’ll also lose more than his share of battles against the bigger blockers and receivers. … Needs to work on the finer points of being a top-shelf defensive back. He has lived on his athleticism. … Freelances way too much. He has been allowed to roam and make things happen, and now he has to be more of a system defender.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Phenomenal athleticism and playmaking ability will carry him far. He might not be a No. 1 shutdown corner, but he’s a dream of a nickel and dime back.
14. Will Davis, Utah State 5-11, 186 Proj. 4
Positives: Still learning the job and still figuring out how to be a polished corner. There’s a lot of work to do, but there’s tremendous upside. … A natural talent with decent size and excellent instincts. Flies to the ball and reacts extremely well. … Quick, he cuts on a dime and sticks to his man. Doesn’t get shaken.
Negatives: Still learning. He’ll have problems with the craftier receivers and bites when dealing with better route runners. … Has to use his size and strength a little more. He’s physical, but he needs to beat up receivers. … Attacks a bit too much. Doesn’t always let the play come to him; he’ll go for making the big play a bit too often.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? All that’s missing is time. With some more seasoning and the right coaching, he could grow into a top-shelf starter.
15. Tharold Simon, LSU 6-2, 202 (Jr.) Proj. 4
Positives: An elite athlete who can be used in a variety of ways. Moves extremely well. Fluid. … Great size for a corner. Prototype raw tools with the perfect frame. … Was challenged time and again when teams were staying away from other LSU defensive backs, and he came up big more often than not. … Runs like a smaller defensive back. Cuts and runs with smaller, quicker targets without any problems.
Negatives: Doesn’t use his size in run support. Needs to get a lot stronger both on the field and in the weight room to even think about moving him to safety. … Not a pure cover corner. Makes too many mistakes and is way too inconsistent in his technique and recovery ability. Takes a lot of bad angles. … Has to use his size more. He plays like a much smaller corner at times when he has to provide a pop.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? There’s tremendous upside with his size and athleticism. If someone is willing to be patient while he gets stronger and a bit bigger, the payoff could be big.
16. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU 5-9, 186 (Jr.) Proj. 5
Positives: A transcendent special teamer and playmaker in an amazing 2011 season. Put together one of the greatest all-around years ever by a defensive back showing an uncanny knack for making the right play at the right time with a flair for the dramatic. … All-timer instincts. Always around the play and always making something good happen when the ball is in the air. … Versatile, he can play any position in the secondary and could find a role on special teams both in coverage and as a return man.
Negatives: Woefully weak and undersized. His weight room strength isn’t there and he’ll have to hit the weights hard. Not big enough to play safety. … Off-the-field knucklehead streak has to be addressed. He was warned and time and again and got chance after chance before getting booted off of LSU. … Not a blazer for a corner. He’s a great athlete and is smooth as glass, but he’s not going to fly.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Absolutely worth the risk, he’ll be a key special teamer who’ll come back with an attitude. He’ll serve as a playmaking nickel and dime defender.
17. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois 6-0, 195 Proj. 5
Positives: No. 2 corner potential. He has decent size and just enough speed and quickness to handle the bigger more physical receivers. … Strong against the run. A willing hitter who isn’t afraid to take on the big challenges. Doesn’t wilt. … Good read and react skills. Mirrors well and doesn’t get shaken. Good quickness.
Negatives: Injuries and health a slight issue after suffering a frightening injury this year and had to be carted off the field. He was a far better prospect two years ago. … Not a form tackler. He misses a bit too often and isn’t consistent. … He’ll struggle with the speed receivers. The deep wheels don’t show up on tape.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? The potential is there to be a late find if he regains his 2011 form. At the very least he could be a good nickel or dime defender.
18. Johnny Adams, Michigan State 5-10, 185 Proj. 5
Positives: A do-it-all defenders who plays tougher than his size against the run and with good moves on the fly. Can adjust well. … Physical and won’t shy away from contact. He won’t back away from a challenge and wants to take on the opposing No. 1 target. … Quick. He has the right tools to do a little bit of everything right.
Negatives: Doesn’t have any bulk whatsoever. He’s very thin and with little heft. He’ll be shoved around. … Had a wildly inconsistent year. He missed on way too many plays and wasn’t quite as good as his stats or his billing. … While he’s willing to get tough and physical, he can’t handle it when he gets blocked. He can’t shed at all.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Too good not to make a roster as a dime defender, he could find a home as a starting second corner. Could be a nice late round get.
19. Nickell Robey, USC 5-7, 169 (Jr.) Proj. 4
Positives: Moves at an elite level. Cuts and flies around with special athleticism. Smooth as silk and runs as well as any defensive back in the draft. … Fights to make plays. A good tackler for his size and will mix it up. … Productive. Forget about the basic tools and size – he’s a baller who gets the job done.
Negatives: Small. Really, really, really small. He’ll get destroyed by any NFL receiver with size. He’ll almost always be the smallest player on the field, including the kicker. … Has to take a few chances to make up for his size, and he thinks he has the wheels and quickness to recover. He’s usually right, but he’s not going to be able to get away with the same things in the NFL. … No functional strength. He’ll never bring down a powerful pro back.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Too quick and too athletic not to find a role in some way. He won’t be a starter, but he’ll be a niche specialist.
20. Steve Williams, California 5-9, 181 (Jr.) Proj. 5
Positives: A pure corner, he moves well and cuts on a dime. Smooth as glass and can stay with any receiver. … Terrific speed. While he might not have warp wheels, he’s a speed defender who’ll hold his own. … While he’s not going to blow anyone up, he won’t back down in run support. A good tackler for his size, he’ll help the cause and should be fine in the open field.
Negatives: Not big. He’ll get pushed around and beaten up by the bigger receivers. Isn’t quite physical enough. … He’ll have a hard time against the bigger targets with more athleticism. He’ll lose too many 50/50 balls. … There’s no fear of him blasting a ball-carrier. He’s not going to intimidate anyone.
Really, What’s He Going To Do In The NFL? Raw speed and quickness will make him good in dime packages and as a possible second starting corner opposite a big, physical defender.
21. Josh Johnson, Purdue 5-8, 199 Proj. 5
22. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois 6-0, 185 Proj. 5
23. Adrian Bushell, Louisville 5-9, 186 Proj. 5
24. Sanders Commings, Georgia 6-0, 216 Proj. 6
25. Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut 5-11, 201 Proj. 6
CFN Combine Cornerback Rankings, Top Ten