Category Archives: Cornerbacks

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.
Photo:  NOLA.com

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.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

One of my favorite players in this year’s draft, LSU’s Andraez “Greedy” Williams. Williams has “it.” Whatever the “it factor” is, Williams has it – you could call it a modest abundance of confidence, I like to call it “swag.” And his confidence comes from his physical ability. He’s got rare quickness, agility and speed for his size. He’s not yet begun to reach his full potential.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: ANDRAEZ “GREEDY” WILLIAMS | CB | LSU

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 | Class: rs Sophomore | 40 time: 4.48

Williams has the size NFL teams are looking for these days. It’s hard to cover a 6-5 receiver with a 5-8 DB. What makes Williams special is his athleticism for such a tall, lanky, corner. He can box out with his big frame. He’s got long-arms which he uses well at the line and when the ball is in the air. He has exceptional instincts and anticipation. He’s good at reading the receiver’s eyes, and turns for the ball at the right moment. He is experienced in both man-to-man and zone.

Greedy Williams hopes to soar at the next level.
Photo: Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

Williams has dropped a few balls that could’ve been picks. He plays with a desire to smother his opponent, and at times can give up a big play, miss on a slant, and has known to be grabby downfield. He’s only a redshirt sophomore, so there’s room for improvement, and that’s the exciting part.

In 2018, Williams was one of the top lockdown corners in the country. He was finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, thanks to his two interceptions and nine pass breakups. But his biggest contributions was not allowing receivers to get open at all — unfortunately, there’s not a game stat for that.

Has started all 23 games of his career with eight interceptions. He became the first LSU player since Craig Steltz in 2007 to lead the SEC in interceptions. Full name is Andraez but goes by Greedy. Grandmother nicknamed him Greedy when he was young. His older brother Rodarius is a starting cornerback for Oklahoma State. He grew up playing youth league football with Devin White.

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

Cure Bowl – Dec 15

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ CaJuns (7-6)  vs  Tulane Green Wave (6-6)

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LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE RAGIN’ CAJUNS  |  SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Coach:  Billy Napier

Louisiana-Lafayette Players to watch:

**Sophomore RB Trey Ragas  (5-11/227)

TREY RAGAS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST GRADED RB IN NATION
Photo: Athlon

A native of New Orleans, Ragas led the Sun Belt Conference with 1,141 rushing yards in 2018, a majority of which have come after contact, and 8 touchdowns.  The 5-foot-11, 227-pound Ragas rushed for 813 yards and 9 touchdowns as a freshman in 2017.

*Junior WR Ja’Marcus Bradley  (6-1/195)

Bradley has pulled in 10 receiving touchdowns this year.  He has 38 receptions for 557 yards, that’s almost 15 yards per catch.  He was one of the most valuable players on the 2018 Ragin’ Cajuns team.

Senior Safety Corey Turner  (6-1/204)

Turner emerged this year as a clear leader in Louisiana’s secondary.  He’s an excellent communicator that brings a physical skill set to the game. 

*Junior DE Bennie Higgins  (6-0/266)

At left end Bennie Higgins is 266 lbs edge-rusher who is tasked with playing a two-way go in the pass rush.  It’s his job to manipulate passing lanes to force QB into hesitation.  The defense is designed to spill the run from the middle to the edges — where Higgins wraps them up.

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TULANE GREEN WAVE  |  AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Coach:  Willie Fritz

Tulane Green  Wave Players to  Watch:

**Sophomore DE Patrick Johnson (6-2/256)

  Tulane’s Patrick Johnson celebrates after creating havoc off the edge.     
Photo: Tulane Athletics

Johnson has had breakout sophomore campaign where he finished with 10.0 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and 46 tackles. His 10.0 sacks are tied for ninth nationally and are the most among all sophomores nationally. 

Senior WLB Zachery Harris  (6-0/225)

Harris, a New Orleans native, totaled a single-season career-best 87 tackles. His 87 tackles also led the team and ranked 10th in the AAC. His 10.5 tackles for loss ranked second on the squad. Harris totaled 10 or more tackles in three games this season and had 5 tackles for loss.

Senior CB Donnie Lewis  (6-0/195)

As a senior in 2018, Lewis established himself as one of the league’s best cornerbacks. Lewis led the AAC and ranked third nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.7 per game. He also had a team-leading three interceptions and ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 54. 

Senior FS Roderic Teamer  (6-0/210)

Another New Orleans native, Teamer tied his single-season high for tackles with 67. He finished second on the team in tackles, had six pass breakups and one interception. He finished with 10 or more tackles twice and was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the East Carolina game.

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Tulane 41, Louisiana 24

New Mexico Bowl – Dec 15

North Texas Mean Green (9-3)  vs  #23 Utah State Aggies (10-2)

NORTH TEXAS  |  CONFERENCE USA

Coach:  Seth Littrell

North Texas Players to watch: 

Senior LB E.J. Ejiya (6-3/230)

No. Texas Lineback E.J. Ejiya
Photo: No Texas Athletics

Ejiya ranks fourth nationally in tackles for loss with 23.0 and leads the Mean Green in sacks with 9.0, which ranks fourth in C-USA. His 113 total tackles are also fourth most in the conference. 

* Junior QB  Mason Fine (5-1/180)

Fine was name CUSA Offensive Player of the Year for the 2nd year in a row.  He was also a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards.  He was on watch lists for the Manning and Walter Camp Awards.  He was voted 2nd Team All-CUSA.

**Sophomore RB DeAndre Torrey  (5-7/186)

Torrey has been a touchdown machine for the Mean Green and ranks sixth in FBS in total touchdowns with 17. He is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, with 161 attempts for 942 yards and 14 rushing scores, while also providing a dynamic presence as a receiver out of the backfield. 

*Junior WR Rico Bussey, Jr. (6-2/208)

Bussey, Jr. leads the Mean Green in every major receiving category and is among the nation’s most productive receivers. 

Senior CB Kemon Hall (5-11/190)

Hall ranks third in FBS in passes defended (1.7 per game) and has posted five interceptions, two of which he has brought back for touchdowns

Senior CB  Nate Brooks  (6-0/192)

Brooks has 61 tackles, 3.0 of which are for loss, nine pass break-ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry in 12 starts. Brooks has helped lead a ball-hawking group for North Texas, who have totaled 17 interceptions, which ranks fifth in FBS.

*Junior DE LaDarius Hamilton  (6-3/256)

Hamilton has been a force from his defensive end position for the Mean Green and is second on the team in sacks with 6.5 and 10.0 tackles for loss.

Senior PK Cole Hedlund  (5-10/166)

Hedlund was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and is 19 of 22 on field goals, including a perfect 2 of 2 from 50-plus yards. 

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UTAH STATE AGGIES | MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Interim Coach:  Frank Maile

Utah State Players to watch:

*Junior TE Dax Raymond  (6-5/245)

  Utah State TE Dax Raymond has accepted an invite the the Reese Senior Bowl.
Photo:  Salt Lake Tribune

Despite missing four games this year with a broken hand, Raymond earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors after catching 25 passes for 335 yards (13.4 ypc) and two touchdowns. For his career, he has caught 70 passes for 863 yards (12.3 ypc) and three TDs.

**Sophomore LB David Woodward (6-2/230)

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Woodward started all 11 games he played in — ranking first in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with 124 tackles (11.3 pg). He is also fifth in the conference in tackles for loss with 12.5 (1.1 pg) and ninth in sacks with 5.0.

**Sophomore WR/RS Savon Scarver  (5-11/185)

Scarver has returned 21 kickoffs for 719 yards, including four returns of 50-or-more yards. His two kickoff returns for touchdowns (100 yards vs. New Mexico State and 96 yards at Wyoming) rank as the second-most in a single-season in school history, behind Kevin Robinson (three in 2007).

**Sophomore QB Jordan Love  (6-4/220)

Sophomore QB Jordan Love is 11th in the nation in points responsible for with 204 (17.0 pg); ninth in the nation in passing touchdowns with 28 (2.3 pg); 12th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.9); 21st in the nation in completion percentage (.658);18th in the nation in passing (267.3 ypg); 27th in the nation in completions (20.5 pg), and fifth in the MW and 28th in the nation in total offense (272.3 ypg).

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New Mexico Bowl Presented by Progressive
Utah State 52, North Texas 13