1) Patrick Peterson, LSU*
Range: Top 10
Synopsis: Corners aren’t supposed to be as big and as fast as Peterson. Peterson has all the tools you want and is a natural ballhawk who makes plays. He just needs to continue working on his footwork and not get too tall in his backpedal.
2) Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
Range: Top 15
Synopsis: One of the most complete corners in the draft. Prince isn’t a ballhawk, but is a dependable and reliable player who has a high football IQ and has shutdown ability. A deceptive athlete as well, not too many negatives.
3) Jimmy Smith, Colorado
Synopsis: Fantastic blend of size and speed, Smith had an awesome senior season shutting down a huge amount of his competition. However, Smith has a lot of off-field issues and has been arrested and failed drug tests.
4) Brandon Harris, Miami*
Range: Late 1st – Mid 2nd
Synopsis: Not very big or strong, but extremely confident and not afraid to take risks. He didn’t test very well at the combine and was abused by Michael Floyd in the bowl game. Very much a boom/bust prospect.
5) Aaron Williams, Texas*
Synopsis: Strong and physically imposing in coverage. He’s quick, but lacks top end speed. He’s definitely tough and a sound tackler. I have him listed as a corner, but he’ll get looks at free safety in the NFL.
6) Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
Synopsis: Has all the measurable that you want, but has always been hampered with injuries which has hurt him. He’s tall with deceptive speed and a good tackler, but will need to prove he can stay healthy.
7) Davon House, New Mexico St
Range: Mid 2nd – Mid 3rd
Synopsis: The lone small school prospect in who will get drafted day 2, House has incredible speed and can mirror receivers well. He’s tough, but tends to be stiff and will have to prove the talent difference won’t matter.
8) Curtis Brown, Texas
Range: Late 2nd – Mid 3rd
Synopsis: Very physical and a tough bump and run man corner. He doesn’t have the greatest speed and wasn’t a much of a playmaker at Texas. He also hasn’t played CB much. Still, he’s a very fluid athlete with lots of potential.
9) Shareece Wright, USC
Synopsis: Similar to Brown in that he loves to play bump and run coverage and is incredibly physical in coverage and against the run. He’s a good athlete, but can get beat deep and also will get faked by double-moves.
10) Brandon Burton, Utah*
Synopsis: Burton has quick feet in coverage and can turn and run with almost anyone. He needs to get stronger though and also has to be a better tackler out in the open. Very vocal and appreciates a challenge.
11) Johnny Patrick, Louisville
Synopsis: 3 year starter with Louisville who plays like a safety with how physical he likes to be. I question Patrick’s speed and quickness reacting to plays. He’s best as a man corner where he can play bump and run.
12) Curtis Marsh, Utah St
Range: 3rd – 4th
Synopsis: Very limited experience at cornerback as he was a running back until 2009. Has all the physical attributes and played well as a senior, whoever takes Marsh needs to realize he’s still raw and will take time to develop.
13) Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio St
Range: 3rd – 4th
Synopsis: More of an athlete than a cornerback right now. Has good size and phenomenal 4.3 speed, but isn’t much of a football player and got by on sheer athleticism. Has become a better student of the game, but has all the tools.
14) Jalil Brown, Colorado
Synopsis: 3 year starter who played opposite first rounder Jimmy Smith. Brown saw more action as teams avoided Smith, but played well. He isn’t as great of an athlete, but arguably a better cover corner and plays with physicality.
15) Rashad Carmichael, Va Tech
Synopsis: A good athlete and cover corner who isn’t very physical and is limited in his short stature. He’s smooth in his backpedal, but does better when facing the action. Best served as a cover 2 corner.
16) Brandon Hogan, West Virginia
Range: 4th – 5th
Synopsis: Too many character concerns and tore his ACL as a senior. He plays bigger than his size indicates and is a fluid athlete, but his aggressiveness gets the best of him and he sometimes plays out of control. Classic risk/reward type of pick.
17) DeMarcus Van Dyke, Miami
Synopsis: Fastest player at the combine, Van Dyke must add size and strength as he’s way too skinny. He can mirror receivers well, but isn’t aggressive and needs to get better as a tackler (tends to lunge too much).
18) Buster Skrine, Chattanooga
Synopsis: Undersized, but plays with a physical demeanor and is tough. He also has blazing speed and is a smooth athlete. Skrine has experience, but against inferior talent. Might be limited to nickel packages in the NFL.
19) Cortez Allen, Citadel
Range: 5th – 6th
Synopsis: Solid man coverage player with nice blend of size and speed. Allen must work on his footwork as he was able to get away with using his sheer athleticism. He also needs to add strength.
20) Chykie Brown, Texas
Range: 5th – 6th
Synopsis: Didn’t start too many game as Texas spending most of his time in the nickel packages, but he i’s an incredible athlete and has talent. He ran a 4.37 at his pro day. He is great in man coverage, but lacks true technique.
21) Josh Thomas, Buffalo
Synopsis: Very physical corner who is tough despite being undersized. He still needs to work on his technique as it tends to get pretty sloppy at times. Probably a nickel corner at best.
22) Korey Lindsey-Woods, Southern Illinois
Range: 6th – 7th
Synopsis: Incredibly talented for a small school prospect, but can’t stay healthy. He’s a bit undersized and isn’t a burner, but has a high football IQ. Could surprise if he lasts this long.
23) Anthony Gaitor, Florida Atlantic
Range: 6th – 7th
Synopsis: 4 year starter at FAU who must get bigger to survive the NFL. As it stands, he isn’t nearly as physical or strong enough to go against the bigger corners, although he does have the talent.
24) Ryan Jones, NW Missouri St
Synopsis: D2 prospect who was a 4 year starter. Actually has good size and speed. He must work on his technique and find a way to adjust to the speed of the NFL.
25) Richard Sherman, Stanford
Synopsis: Interesting prospect who was a very good receiver as a freshman and sophomore. Still raw, but has some tools to work with and is a solid athlete. Could catch on as a special teamer.