2010 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - CBs
Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling
Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling
Posted Aug 18, 2010

CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Cornerbacks

Preview 2010 - Cornerbacks

All-Americans & Top 30 Players

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.


1. Ras-I Dowling, Sr., Virginia
While there are key departures, such as CB Chris Cook, the Cavaliers return the core of a defensive backfield that was among the ACC's best in 2009. Leading the way for one final year will be the 6-2, 205-pound Dowling , a next-level cornerback and two-time all-league selection. He possesses a tremendous combination of size, closing speed, and natural instincts, shutting down passing lanes and stepping up in run defense. Voted the team's most improved player a year ago, he had 58 tackles, two tackles for loss, three picks, and eight pass breakups.

2. Patrick Peterson, Jr. LSU
Peterson would probably be starting for most NFL teams this year and will almost certainly be one of the top three defensive backs picks in next year's draft (if he chooses to leave early) and he could be a top ten overall selection. All the skills are there with 6-1, 211-pound size and terrific coverage skills. While he might be not be a blazer, he has sub-4.5 wheels and fluidly cuts like a much smaller player, and he can hit like a safety. 43 of his 52 tackles last year were made in the open field, and he led the way with 13 broken up passes to go along with two picks. While he earned second-team All-SEC honors last year, he should be on everyone's All-America list coming into this season.


3. Prince Anukamara, Sr. Nebraska
Amukamara emerged as a top cover corner worthy of First Team All-Big 12 mention after making 64 tackles with two sacks and five interceptions with 11 broken up passes. At 6-1 and 205 pounds he has great size and phenomenal speed with great recovery skills and excellent ball hawking ability. The former high school running back has progressed by leaps and bounds, and now it's salary drive time with the potential to be a strong mid-range NFL draft pick with another great year. Now that he's just starting to be known on a national scale, the spotlight is on.

4. Kendric Burney, Sr., North Carolina
To the surprise of most observers, North Carolina welcomes back all four starters from a secondary that yielded a touchdown pass in just five of 13 games. The Heels have a returning All-ACC first teamer at cornerback and safety. Burney, a corner, earned all-star recognition for the second straight year, making 52 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and five picks for a school-record 200 return yards. While only 5-9 and 190 pounds, he's a ferocious hitter and one of the league's best cover guys.


5. Jimmy Smith, Sr. Colorado
While he might have had a few rocky moments, Smith has all the tools to get a long look from the next-level types. He's 6-2 and 210 pounds with 4.4 speed and great tackling ability. He came up with 70 tackles and broke up ten passes with two picks. He's growing into a fantastic all-around defensive back who should get more all-star recognition this season with all the skills and all the ability to erase one side of the field. He's almost too good to test on a regular basis.

6. Brandon Harris, Jr., Miami
With most of last year's letterwinners back, Miami is hoping to take a leap forward in pass defense. Leading the charge is the 5-11, 195-pound Harris, who used last season to become one of the nation's premier young cover corners. Displaying next-level hips and an instant break on the ball, he earned his spot on the All-ACC first team with 58 tackles, six tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and a team-best 15 pass breakups. If he continues to improve and play with a physical demeanor, the ‘Canes could be replacing him at this time next year.


7. Trevin Wade, Jr. Arizona
Two starters may be gone, but Arizona is hardly destitute in the secondary. It rarely is. At cornerback, the 5-11, 182-pound Wade is ready to build on an impressive resume and stake claim to being one of the nation's up-and-coming cover guys. A terrific all-around athlete, with the hips and footwork to stay with even the best receivers, he parlayed 71 tackles, five picks, and nine pass breakups into a spot on the All-Pac-10 second team. His ball skills will encourage quarterbacks to avoid half the field.

8. Stephon Gilmore, Soph. South Carolina
The 6-1, 188-pound Gilmore has seen time as a Wildcat formation quarterback and is one of the team's best all-around athletes, but now he'll make a bigger name for himself as purely a corner. One of the best covermen in the SEC, and a top punt returner, Gilmore made 56 tackles, three sacks, and an interception with eight broken up passes. South Carolina's Mr. Football was an offensive superstar in high school and is still getting the subtle nuances of being a defender, but it's all there to be special as his career goes on. Smart, fast, and with nice size, he's just scratching the surface on what might be a long career that continues on Sundays.

9. Rashad Carmichael, Sr. Virginia Tech
From one of the nation's best pass defenses, Virginia Tech must replace three starters and build around the 5-11, 190-pound Carmichael, a rock at the boundary. The fastest player on the team, he's an aggressive defender with outstanding ball skills. After turning 55 tackles, four tackles for loss, and six interceptions into honorable mention All-ACC recognition, he's on the brink of becoming one of the league's top cover corners.

10. Janoris Jenkins, Jr. Florida
With Joe Haden gone, a new corner has to step up and become the shutdown playmaker who makes teams afraid to throw his way. Jenkins is a veteran who was fine last season making 38 tackles with two interceptions and six broken up passes, but he regressed a wee bit after a fantastic freshman campaign. There's not questioning the 5-11, 186-pounder's open field tackling ability and ball-hawking potential, but he has to prove he can be a spotlight, No. 1 corner like Haden was, and he has to show he can be consistent to go along with his big-play ability.

11. Aaron Williams, Jr. Texas
12. Troy Woolfolk, Sr. Michigan
13. Curtis Brown, Sr. Texas
14. Neiko Thorpe, Jr. Auburn
15. Brandon Boykin, Jr. Georgia
16. Brandon Hogan, Sr. West Virginia
17. Emanuel Davis, Jr. East Carolina
18. Omar Bolden, Jr. Arizona State
19. D'Anton Lynn, Jr. Penn State
20. Davon House, Sr. New Mexico State
21. Shareece Wright, Sr. USC
22. Chimdi Chekwa, Sr. Ohio State
23. Reggie Rembert, Sr. Air Force
24. Mario Butler, Sr. Georgia Tech
25. Anthony Gaitor, Sr. FIU
26. Charles Brown, Sr. North Carolina
27. Brandon Burton, Jr. Utah
28. Tavon Wilson, Jr. Illinois
29. Carl Gettis, Sr. Missouri
30. T.J. Bryant, Jr. USC