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2010 NFL Draft - Cornerback Rankings
Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
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Posted Apr 20, 2010


Check out the CFN ranking of the top cornerbacks along with the most overrated and underrated prospects.

2010 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Cornerbacks


By Pete Fiutak

2010 CFN Talent Rankings
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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks & Post-Combine Rankings

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2010 NFL Combine Results
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2010 NFL Combine
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This Class Is … Very deep. There might not be a sure-thing NFL star up top, even though Joe Haden, Patrick Robinson, and Kyle Wilson should be excellent, but it’s a very, very deep group with terrific value well down the line.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Walter McFadden, Auburn
Most Underrated … Devin Ross, Arizona
Most Overrated … Kareem Jackson, Alabama
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Jarvis Richards, Youngstown State

1. Joe Haden, Florida 5-11, 193
After a peerless college career, he was everyone’s sure-thing, no question about it No. 1 corner off the board. And then he ran. With a brutal 4.57 at the Combine, all of a sudden, his stock as a shut-down defender dropped like a rock. He jumped well and was quick through the short drills, but the timed speed was too miserable to think he can ever be the type of NFL corner who can erase half the field. Even with the workout issues, his tape overshadows almost everything and he should be a functional pro with little bust potential. He’s strong, had no problems staying with some of the best receivers in college football in some of the biggest games, and is terrific at stopping the run. On an elite defense with great players around him, he was allowed to take plenty of chances and get away with it, so it could be buyer beware if he gets put on a mediocre secondary where he has to be a standout.
CFN Projection: First Round

2. Kyle Wilson, Boise State 5-10, 194
Extremely strong for his size, coming up with 25 reps on the bench at the Combine, he’s tough, fast, and very productive. He’s not quite the all-around athlete of some of the other corners, but he moves well and spent the last few years erasing opposing No. 1 receivers. He needs to be more of a pick-off artist and he gets blocked too easily, but he has outstanding skills and should be a good corner on an island as long as he doesn’t have to be the star of a secondary.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3. Patrick Robinson, Florida State 5-11, 190
Very fast with good size and tremendous athleticism, he has the raw tools and the explosiveness to be a top-shelf shut-down corner. He’s a game-changing ball-hawk who knows how to hang around with receivers and not let them go, and he’s not afraid to make a stick and get in on a tough run stop. The problem is the same that many top college corners have; no one wanted to throw his way. Durability is a question mark and he can be beaten when he’s not focused. He can hit, but he only tackles when he wants to. On athleticism alone he should grow into a very nice, very safe pro, and if he wants it, he could be a perennial Pro Bowler.
CFN Projection: Second Round

4. Devin McCourty, Rutgers 5-11, 193
Very athletic and very quick, he didn’t fly at the Combine, but he came up with a 4.48 and later ran a 4.42. He has the combination of skills and he looks the part, but despite his strength he’ll get pushed around a bit. He seems like he should be doing far, far more considering his talent; he wasn’t a difference maker. He’ll likely be a better pro than a collegian and will start for a long, long time and be rock solid. There’s almost no bust potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5. Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest 6-0, 192
Extremely quick, he had some great offseason workouts showing off tremendous raw skills running a 4.45 at the Combine and later a 4.38. He destroyed the short drills exploding around the cones and in the shuttle, while the 10”7” broad jump was among the best of the corners. It’s all there skills-wise, and he proved to be coaches’ favorite at the Senior Bowl and in interviews. He’s not going to flatten anyone and he gets pushed around way too much, and he’s a better prospect than a football player, but someone will fall in love with the measurables.
CFN Projection: Second Round

6. Jerome Murphy, South Florida 6-0, 196
He has a very nice, very solid package of skills. Not a blazer, he’s not going to be anyone’s No. 1 corner and projects to be more of a nickel or dime defender, but he’s a good football player who’ll find a spot somewhere. While he got ripped up from time to time and he struggled a bit last year, he’s big, physical, and there could be a big payoff if someone wants to wait for a year or so.
CFN Projection: Second Round

7. Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State 5-11, 195
A boom-or-bust as they come, he was an extremely productive collegian who was the playmaking key to the Cowboy defense, but he’s also inconsistent. When the lights are on, he’s fine, but he didn’t step up and bring the A effort each and every week. With decent size and great return skills, he’s versatile enough to hang around a roster for a while, but he’ll only stay around and be a key player if he can get the motor running. He’ll have a few bad plays, and then he’ll come up with a big play to make up for the problems. Too slow to be a No. 1 corner, he’ll have to be a cog in the secondary.
CFN Projection: Third Round

8. Chris Cook, Virginia 6-2, 212 (S)
Is he a safety or a corner? He has tremendous size and upped his stock big-time with a phenomenal Combine running a 4.46 and coming up with a corner-best 11’0” in the broad jump. On raw skills alone he’s one of the best prospects in the draft. He doesn’t shy away from contact, is versatile enough to be moved around anywhere, and he acts the part of a top-shelf defensive back. However, the athleticism doesn’t translate and he doesn’t play up to his talent, and he’ll likely end up playing more safety if he can be more physical, but on size and quickness he’s a special prospect who someone will be really excited about drafting.
CFN Projection: Third Round

9. Kareem Jackson, Alabama 5-10, 196
A solid all-around corner who doesn’t have special skills or elite talent, he’s a tail-busting worker who always rose to the big occasion. Ultra-reliable, he was an excellent cog in the system who always did the little things asked of him. However, he wasn’t a top high school prospect for a reason. He’s not the greatest of athletes, especially at an NFL corner level, and he gambles a bit too much. Surrounded by great players in a strong scheme, he flourished. Put him on an island in the NFL and it’s uh-oh time.
CFN Projection: Third Round

10. Amari Spievey, Iowa 5-11, 195
A baller, Spievey overcame health problems and other issues which led to academic troubles and an interruption in his Hawkeye career to become a good, sound defender. He’s a hard worker who does what he can to improve, but there might be a hard ceiling on what he can do. His positives are on the film and not in a workout (even though he had a decent Combine), and it’s going to take a coach and a scout to do their homework to realize what kind of a player he should be. There’s a chance he could grow into a whale of a safety where he can roam and hit rather than deal with the speedier receivers.
CFN Projection: Third Round

11. Syd’Quan Thompson, California 5-9, 186
An interesting prospect who doesn’t play like his frame, he’s a strong hitter for a 5-9, 186-pounder and he’s faster on the field than his 4.55 40 time. He’s a short, squatty defender with great quickness and can cut on a dime, and considering he isn’t afraid to hit, he could become a dangerous safety. The raw measureables aren’t there, but he can play and could be a very nice starter on the right defense. There’s a ceiling on what he can do and what he can become, but he’ll hang around the league for a long time.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

12. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA) 6-0, 207
The basics are there with great size, blazing speed, and the look of an NFL corner. He can explode out of his cuts and he’s a playmaker who does a little of everything well with good tackling skills and shut-down ability. He had no problems at the D-II level and has to prove he can play among the big boys while needing a ton of coaching to break down his technique to build it back up again. On the plus side, there’s a high ceiling on what could be one of the top X factors among the defensive backs.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

13. Kevin Thomas, USC 6-0, 192
He’ll be overdrafted after his Combine. Everyone expected him to be a great athlete, but the 4.46 and the speed and fluidity through the short drills made him a standout. All the basic NFL tools are there with good size, great strength, and excellent speed, and there are enough big positives to overcome many of the little things … like his ability to play football. Durability has been a major problem, he’s not a form hitter, and he seems to have little to no football instincts. He was only a starter for one year and he didn’t do enough when given the chance, but he could be a far better pro in the right scheme.
CFN Projection: Third Round

14. Alterraun Verner, UCLA 5-10, 189
Very quick and very, very good at going to get the ball, he’s a hawker who seems to make things happen. While the straight-line speed is mediocre, he’s so quick that it doesn’t matter. While he’s a bit thin, he’s willing to come up and hit and he doesn’t make a ton of mistakes. The athleticism isn’t there to be elite, and he’s not going to be a No. 1 corner, but he should be an excellent nickel back or a serviceable No. 2 corner on a secondary with a shutdown star.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. Dominique Franks, Oklahoma 5-11, 194
While he has been timed around the 4.4s, the 4.52 at the Combine wasn’t impressive and he struggled through the short drills. However, he has a great all-around mix of skills and talents with good size and quickness, and he has the attitude to play the part. He can be moved around where needed and would be a better nickel or dime defender than a corner. He doesn’t play up to his talent and talks a better game than he plays, but he has just enough raw talent to be used in some way either as a returner or a key defender in the rotation.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

16. Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt 6-2, 203
With excellent size and good production, he has the frame to look the part. And then he ran a 4.45 at the Combine and exploded in the broad jump, with a 10’6” leap, and now he’s on everyone’s radar. Not afraid to use his size, he’ll come up with the hits needed, and he’s a fighter with an attitude. However, he’s not the best of run stoppers, he has been banged up, and he was beaten way too often. He’ll likely be overdrafted, but he can be used as a nickel or dime defender if he has to.
CFN Projection: Third Round

17. Javier Arenas, Alabama 5-9, 197
Strong with a fantastic burst and sudden quickness, he’s a good prospect with the skills to potentially be a decent NFL corner. However, he’ll make it on his return ability. He’s an aggressive defender who isn’t afraid to mix it up, he’s a pure football player who does everything naturally. Technique-wise, he has a problem and isn’t a No. 1 NFL corner. He could be put on the outside from time to time, but not on a regular basis. His money will be made as a returner and as a nickel defender who’ll grow into a big hitter.
CFN Projection: Third Round

18. Walter Thurmond, Oregon 5-11, 189
With long size and nice athleticism, he’s a strong prospect who makes things happen and is a willing run defender. A fantastic football player, he has taken his lumps and worked through them to get the experience needed to be ready right away, even if he’ll have problem against the stronger receivers. So what’s the problem? His knee. He suffered a bad injury and needs to prove now that he can hold up on a regular basis. If his knee turns out to be fine, he’ll be one of the better corners in the draft. But that’s a big if.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

19. Crezdon Butler, Clemson 6-0, 191
The size is there and the speed is definitely there after blazing a 4.41 at the Combine to go with a stunning vertical of 39.5”. His technique needs to be blown up to be built up again by an NFL coaching staff. The athleticism isn’t a problem and he looks the part, but he’s not a natural football player and he doesn’t tackle up to his size. Some defensive coach will have to see Butler as a wad of clay to mold and will have to ignore the game tape.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

20. Walter McFadden, Auburn 5-11, 172
Very quick and stand-out speedy on the field, he’s able to stay with the quicker receivers and is aggressive enough to not get shoved around by the bigger ones. However, he’s not a tough tackler and lets too many plays slip through his arms. If he can hit the weights a bit be surrounded by a few good defensive backs, he’ll be fine. If he has to make things happen on his own, he’ll be in trouble. He’s a better player than his basics, and he could be a lot better as his career goes on.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

21. Donovan Warren, Michigan 5-11, 193
It seemed like a good idea at the time. After coming out early, Warren appeared to be a possible top corner off the board. And then he ran. Slower in workouts than on the field, he came up with a slow 4.65 in the 40 and didn’t look the part at the Combine of a top-shelf corner. Big and with tremendous upside, he could be a sleeper who shines with a little bit of time and a lot of tweaking. Physical, he likes to push around receivers, and he’ll need to in order to make up for his lack of top-end speed. His stock is dropping, but he’ll be a good mid-to-late round pick if someone can find a role for him. He’s not a No. 1 corner in any way.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

22. Devin Ross, Arizona 5-10, 183
An extremely good, underappreciated player who largely went unnoticed even in his own conference, he’s a football player who has just enough athleticism to get by. He needs technique work, ran a slowish 4.56 40, and he looks a bit small, but he makes up for it, at least a little bit, with a 40” vertical. He’ll be better in an NFL camp than he is in a workout, but he’ll likely slip down the draft because of his lack of top skills.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

23. Sherrick McManis, Northwestern 5-11, 195
Very smart and very quick, he moves suddenly and decisively getting by on knowing what he’s supposed to do. Strong against the run, he’s not afraid to step up and be physical enough to come up with big stops in the open field. However, he’s just not a good enough athlete and he doesn’t quite look the part. He tries to be physical, but when he gets blocked he stays blocked. While he might not be a perfect prospect, he’s a good football player who can stick on a roster as a key, versatile reserve.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

24. A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State 6-0, 193
A pet prospect for a few talent evaluators, Jefferson showed why with one of the best workouts anyone had at the Combine with a 4.43 40, a whopping 44” vertical, and lightning quick time in the short drills. He’s not all that strong (the seven reps on the bench proved that), and he needs a lot of time. A LOT of time. He’s raw with no instincts whatsoever for the corner position, but he could be an elite kick returner and if he’s pushed by the right coaching staff, the upside is limitless.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

25. David Pender, Purdue 6-0, 180
Very fast and very explosive, he has been timed consistently in the 4.4s and can’t be blown past deep. With great breaking ability on the ball, he’s terrific when he gets to turn and run on deep plays. While he’s not all that physical, he’s a try-hard tackler who isn’t afraid to make plays, or at least try to. However, he’s not a natural coverman and he’s not an instinctive player. Speed alone will give him a long look in a camp, but he’ll need to make a few big plays in the preseason to stay.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

26. Chris Hawkins, LSU 27. Jamar Wall, Texas Tech
28. Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
29. Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech
30. Brian Jackson, Oklahoma
31. A.J. Wallace, Penn State
32. Prince Miller, Georgia
33. Chris Chancellor, Clemson
34. Nolan Carroll, Maryland
35. Rafael Priest, TCU