Cornerbacks: Final Position Rankings

2019 NFL Draft:  Top Ranked CBs

There’s some good depth in this cornerback class. Two prospects that jump out immediately are Greedy Williams and Jamel Dean for their 4.3 speed. After that, there will be stiff competition to see who comes off the board first of the next four – a really good group there. The next tier has about 16-18 players in it, going anywhere from the late second round to fifth round. Overall, a solid class.

Red Shirt Sophomore Greedy Williams will be a top pick in April’s draft.
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1. Andraez “Greedy” Williams, LSU, 6-2/185

Williams is a redshirt sophomore brimming with potential. He possesses 4.37 speed and great length. He’s a ball-hawk and a gamer; he dares you to challenge him. He’s got some technical issues to be ironed out, but good coaching will cure the ills … as they say, you can’t teach speed.

2. Jamel Dean, Auburn, 6-1/206

Dean ran a blazing 4.3 at the Combine. He’s a man-on-man cover corner that mirrors very well and rides the hip of his opponent. Dean’s had several knee surgeries during his career, but if his medical evaluation is good, there’s no reason to believe he won’t go this high.

3. Julian Love, Notre Dame, 5-11/195

Is a leader on the field. He thick bodied and not afraid of contact. He’s not going to be flashy, like Williams, but Love will be steady, consistent and reliable. He is patient and doesn’t over-react. Trusts his eyes.

4. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple, 6-0/192

A transfer from Presbyterian to Temple, Rock Ya-Sin is the best name in football. Had a good week at the Senior Bowl. Plays aggressively. Likes to drape receivers, but isn’t a penalty waiting to happen. Tough, physical player who should, with good coaching, excel at man coverage.

5. Byron Murphy, Washington, 5-11/190

Looked like the best CB on the field during drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. His change of direction was smooth and his hip fluid. A good tackler. Has plenty of upside.

6. DeAndre Baker, Georgia, 5-11/193

Like Love, Baker is a solid wrap-up tackler. He loves to play up close and challenge receivers, but his lack of long speed may indicate a move from outside to the slot at the next level.

7. Isaiah Johnson, Houston, 6-2/208

Johnson is another tall, lanky, corner that had a good week at the Senior Bowl. He’s also a former wide receiver turned CB. Like Ya-Sin, Johnson is at his best when mirroring his man one-on-one. Might not start right way, but will get his fair share of reps until he can take over.

8. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky, 6-2/213

Excels at playing man-off. Has nice fluid backpedal and smooth hips. Can mirror receiver, using his long frame to his advantage. Flashes physicality and hit power coming downhill. Tracks ball well in the air.

9. Justin Layne, Michigan State, 6-2/192

A former wide receiver that understands the route tree. Has good instincts and light feet. How shown explosiveness and good closing speed. Has long arms and likes to play man-to-man. Solid tackler.

10. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-4/211

There just are not that many 6′ 4″ corners. And with receiver getting taller and taller, teams are taking a good long look at Joejuan Williams of Vanderbilt. HC Derek Mason compared Williams to Richard Sherman. Likes to press and plays best close to the line of scrimmage.

11. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, 6-2/205

Oruwariye possesses quick feet and fluid hips. He trusts his eyes and generally has a clear understanding of what the offense is trying to do. He shows good hand-eye coordination. Isn’t afraid to make a tackle.

12. David Long, Michigan, 5-11/196

Long’s strength is his ability to mirror receivers in the short area, making him ideal in the slot. Has excellent lateral agility, good closing speed, and good recovery skills. Can match up well against bigger receivers too.

OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  1. Kris Boyd, Texas, 5-11/203
  2. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan, 6-0/195
  3. Jordan Brown, So. Dakota State, 6-0/201
  4. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson, 6-1/199
  5. Iman Marshall, USC, 6-1/207
  6. Michael Jackson, Miami, 6-1/210
  7. Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State, 5-11/190
  8. Corey Ballentine, Washburn, 5-11/196
  9. Ken Webster, Mississippi, 5-11/203
  10. Derrek Thomas, Baylor, 6-3/189
  11. Jimmy Moreland, James Madison, 5-11/175
  12. Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan, 5-11/187
  13. Mark Fields, Clemson, 5-10/192
  14. Jordan Miller, Washington, 6-1/186
  15. Ka’dar Hollman, Toledo, 6-0/190
  16. Alijah Holder, Stanford, 6-1/191
  17. Stephen Denmark, Valdosta State, 6-3/212
  18. Dylan Mabin, Fordham, 6-0/196
  19. Dante Redwood, Mercyhurst, 5-9/186
  20. Shakial Taylor, Kansas, 5-11/175
  21. Devante Davis, Texas, 6-2/202
  22. Saivion Smith, Alabama, 6-1/199
  23. Donnie Lewis, Tulane, 6-0/195
  24. Tim Harris, Virginia, 6-2/205
  25. Derrick Baity, Kentucky, 6-2/197
  26. Rashan Fenton, So. Carolina, 5-11/193
  27. Chris Westry, Kentucky, 6-4/199
  28. Brandon Watson, Michigan, 6-11/198
  29. Blessuan Austin, Rutgers, 6-1/198
  30. Montre Hartage, Northwestern, 6-11/190
  31. Blace Brown, Troy, 6-0/194
  32. Duke Shelley, Kansas State, 5-9/180
  33. Jamalcolm Liggins, Dickinson State, 6-2/205

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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