2009 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - CBs
Kentucky CB Trevard Lindley
Kentucky CB Trevard Lindley
Posted Aug 11, 2009

CFN 2009 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Cornerbacks

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2009 1st Team All-Americans

Myron Lewis, Sr., Vanderbilt
Last year, Lewis spent the year as the No. 2 corner with everyone staying away from superstar D.J. Moore, who took off early for the NFL. This year it'll be Lewis who's the main man and the big-time upside. At 6-3 and 205 pounds he has tremendous size, excellent athleticism, and three years of experience. He finished fourth on the team with 76 tackles and took advantage of teams that tried to pick on him with five interceptions and six broken up passes. With great timing, he's fantastic at getting to the quarterback with five sacks and seven tackles for loss last season.

Trevard Lindley, Sr., Kentucky
If Lindley isn't the best corner in the 2010 NFL Draft, he'll be in the running. After turning down a chance to leave early and be a top 50 pick, he's in a salary drive with a chance to make a ton of money with one more big season. The 6-0, 179-pounder is a great tackler for his size with 157 career stops, but his real talent shines through when the ball is in the air with a school record 34 career broken up passes with nine interceptions. Teams have figured out that he needs to be avoided, but he still finds ways to make things happen making every play that comes his way. The one thing he's missing is blazing speed. He's quick and can handle himself well against the SEC's faster receivers, but he's around a 4.5 runner instead of the sub-4.4 blazer that the NFL likes in its top corners.

25 Best Cornerbacks

1. Trevard Lindley, Sr. Kentucky
2. Myron Lewis, Sr. Vanderbilt
3. Joe Haden, Jr. Florida
4. Kyle Wilson, Sr. Boise State
5. Walter Thurmond, Sr. Oregon
6. Alterraun Verner, Sr. Oregon
7. Syd'Quan Thompson, Sr. California
8. Dominique Franks, Jr. Oklahoma
9. Stephan Virgil, Sr. Virginia Tech 10. Aaron Berry, Sr. Pitt
11. Patrick Robinson, Sr. Florida State
12. Rafael Priest, Sr. TCU
13. Devin McCourty, Sr. Rutgers
14. Javier Arenas, Sr. Alabama
15. Brandon Ghee, Sr. Wake Forest
16. Jerome Murphy, Sr. South Florida
17. Jamar Wall, Sr. Texas Tech
18. Tashaun Gipson, Soph. Wyoming
19. Brandon Hogan, Jr. West Virginia
20. Anthony Gaitor, Jr. FIU
21. Devin Ross, Sr. Arizona
22. Brandon Brinkley, Sr. Houston
23. Tavious Polo, Jr. Florida Atlantic
24. Kevin Thomas, Sr. USC
25. Alex Suber, Sr. Middle Tennessee
2009 2nd Team

Joe Haden, Jr., Florida
Not only is Haden a lock-down defender with warp speed, 5-11, 190-pound size, and NFL riches in his near future, but he's also one of the best tackling corners in college football. The junior led the team with 61 solo stops and was second with 87 tackles to go along with three interceptions and 12 broken up passes. Thrown to the wolves as a true freshman, he took his lumps early on but has matured into a better, tighter pass defender able to make up for his mistakes with his wheels. Physical, he can lock on to the bigger receivers and has few problems with the speedier ones.

Kyle Wilson, Sr., Boise State
The secondary is the strength of the Boise State defense by far, and the strength of the team with five returning starters and several all-star talents. The star is Wilson, a first-team All-WAC corner who flirted with the idea of turning pro, found out he likely would've been a second day selection, and chose to come back to what should be an All-America caliber season. The 5-10, 187-pound senior is one of the nation's best tackling corners, making 35 tackles with 29 of them solo, and he came up with five interceptions and ten broken up passes. He proved he could handle the No. 1 corner job, and then some, and he should up his stock and be one of the WAC's premier playmakers if anyone dares to throw his way.

Honorable Mention

Aaron Berry, Sr. Pitt
While the 5-11, 175-pound Berry is the star of the good Panther secondary, he was suspended at the end of spring practice for a violation of team rules and can't make any further mistakes. A second team All-Big East selection, the Panthers need his lockdown ability and athleticism in the last line of defense. In his best season at Pitt, he had 41 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and a team-best 10 pass break ups. 

Dominique Franks, Jr. Oklahoma
Franks had a good season earning first-team All-Big 12 honors after making 43 tackles with four interceptions and ten broken up passes. The team's top shut-down corner, he appears ready to take his game to a whole other level after a tremendous offseason where he became more of a leader and even more of a playmaker. He as good size at 6-0 and 192 pounds and has the speed and quickness expected out of the OU's best pass defender. He was supposed to be the next great Sooner corner when he arrived, and he's about to become it. 

Syd'Quan Thompson, Sr., California
Thompson flirted with the idea of leaving early for the NFL before opting to return for his final season of eligibility. He's come a long way since a rocky sophomore year, turning 70 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, four picks, and 14 breakups into a spot on the All-Pac-10 first team. One of the nation's few bona fide lockdown cornerbacks, he's far more physical than his 5-9, 191-pound frame might indicate.

Walter Thurmond, Sr., Oregon
It's a good thing that the 6-0, 180-pound senior has one more year of eligibility remaining because he's the new stopper of this group. A next-level cornerback, with eye-popping speed and three years of starting experience, he's the type of defensive playmaker opposing quarterbacks prefer to avoid. He makes sudden breaks on the ball and knows what to do when it's in his hands. He had 66 tackles, five picks, and 13 passes defended, an off year related to nagging injuries.

Stephan Virgil, Sr., Virginia Tech
The 5-11, 189-pound senior is slated to take over for Macho Harris at boundary corner. He sparkled in his debut, starting all 14 games and making 43 stops and tying Harris with a team-high six interceptions. A physical defender, with long arms, he’ll make his man earn every reception. 

Alterraun Verner, Sr., UCLA
The star of the UCLA defensive backfield is Verner, a 5-11, 184-pound senior, a fourth-year starter and a returning member of the All-Pac-10 team. A bona fide lockdown corner, he really started to turn the corner in 2008, finishing second on the team with 73 tackles and No. 1 nationally in passes defended. He breaks to the ball extremely well and becomes a playmaker once he gets it in his mitts.