2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Cornerbacks
Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy
CFN's Top 30 Players of 2013 By Position - Cornerbacks
Player Rankings - CBs
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2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings
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1. Loucheiz Purifoy, Jr. Florida
Will Purifoy stay at corner, move to receiver, or do a little bit of both? A superior athlete and a great open-field tackler, he came up with 51 stops with five broken up passes and a team-leading three forced fumbles. While he has yet to come up with a pick in his career, the 6-1, 185-pound junior is still the best corner prospect in the 2014 NFL draft – if he chooses to leave early – with all the talent and all the tools to be a lock-down defender on one side.
2. Jason Verrett, Sr. TCU
Verrett's an all-star with an NFL future ahead of him after coming up with a phenomenal 2012. The 5-10, 176-pound corner came in from Santa Rosa JC and made 58 tackles with a pick in his first season, but last year it all came together with a dominant six interception, 63 tackle season with a whopping 16 broken up passes. Not just great when the ball is in the air, he was good at getting into the backfield with five tackles for loss showing off flawless timing and burst. Able to do it all, he can hit, tackle in the open field and break on the ball as well as any defensive back the Big 12.
3. Lamarcus Joyner, Sr. Florida State
Joyner could have gone pro following his junior year, opting instead to return to Tallahassee. The 5-8, 190-pounder is one of the premier defensive backs in the league, making 51 tackles and earning a spot on the All-ACC First Team as a strong safety a season ago. This season, Joyner is slated to shift to cornerback to help fill the void left by the early departure of Xavier Rhodes to the NFL. The senior may be small in stature, but he can really pack a wallop, and plays with a level of speed, aggression and violence in the defensive backfield that'll cause fits for opposing wide receivers. Joyner is the most complete defender in Tallahassee.
4. Bradley Roby, Jr. Ohio State
Roby's a 5-11, 192-pound junior who finished third on the team with 63 tackles with two picks and a whopping 17 broken up passes. He came from out of nowhere to be the team's best corner two years ago and now he's a lockdown all-star with great range, quickness and hitting ability. He might not necessarily be an elite next-level talent, he'll play in The League, but he's purely a good football player.
5. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr. Oregon
The ringleader of a ball-hawking group, he's fresh off a breakout debut as a starter. The 5-10, 190-pound budding superstar made a sudden ascent to the All-Pac-12 First Team with 63 tackles, four picks and a league-best 20 passes defended and six forced fumbles. Much more than just a lockdown corner who's unafraid to lay the lumber on running plays, he also conducts himself with the right amount of maturity, swagger and confidence. The way Ekpre-Olomu closes and jumps routes, opposing quarterbacks will be encouraged to avoid whatever side of the field No. 14 is on.
6. Quandre Diggs, Jr. Texas
7. Ross Cockrell, Sr. Duke
8. Aaron Colvin, Sr. Oklahoma
9. Demetrious Nicholson, Jr. Virginia
10. E.J. Gaines, Sr. Missouri
11. Antone Exum, Sr. Virginia Tech
12. Bene Benwikere, Sr. San Jose State
13. Bennett Jackson, Sr. Notre Dame
14. Darqueze Dennard, Sr. Michigan State
15. Chris Davis, Jr. Auburn
16. Justin Gilbert, Sr. Oklahoma State
17. Andre Hal, Sr. Vanderbilt
18. Ricardo Allen, Sr. Purdue
19. L.J. Jones, Sr. Fresno State
20. Jemea Thomas, Sr. Georgia Tech
21. Terrance Mitchell, Jr. Oregon
22. Carrington Byndom, Sr. Texas
23. Shaquille Richardson, Sr. Arizona
24. Damian Swann , Jr. Georgia
25. Phillip Gaines, Sr. Rice
26. Justin Coleman, Jr. Tennessee
27. Shaq Bell, Sr. Colorado State
28. Kenneth Acker, Sr. SMU
29. Jimmy Legree, Sr. South Carolina
30. Byron Jones, Jr. Connecticut