Last updated 23 February 2021
|1||Patrick Surtain II||Alabama|
|2||Caleb Farley||Virginia Tech|
|3||Jaycee Horn||South Carolina|
|4||Asante Samuel Jr||Florida State|
|5||Shaun Wade||Ohio State|
|9||Rodarius Williams||Oklahoma State|
|10||Greg Newsome II||Northwestern|
|14||Israel Mukuamu||South Carolina|
|15||Shakur Brown||Michigan State|
|17||Kary Vincent Jr||LSU|
|18||Thomas Graham Jr||Oregon|
In today’s pass happy NFL, teams are putting greater value onto the cornerback position and the depth in this group is good for those looking to upgrade at either starting spot or in their nickel and dime packages.
Three of the top 4 in this group have NFL bloodlines – Patrick Surtain II’s dad played corner for the Dolphins and Chiefs, Jaycee Horn’s dad Joe was a receiver for the Chiefs, Saints and Falcons, and Asante Samuel Sr won 2 Super Bowls with the Patriots while also appearing for the Eagles and Falcons.
Surtain is the standout among the group for me, having shutdown a number of SEC receivers over the last couple of years, but Caleb Farley grades out very similarly indeed and is the other among that leading group of corners who will fancy his chances of winding up as CB1 come draft day.
Juniors Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes, both of Georgia, have already declared and will fancy themselves as second round selections given the way they have performed against a number of good SEC wideouts.
Greg Newsome II of Northwestern is one name to keep an eye on – he’s got the size to match up well with most receivers and will fancy his chances of being drafted in the second round.
Aaron Robinson showed up at the Senior Bowl and absolutely balled out all week – pushing his way into my top 100 and causing difficulties for all the wideouts he came up against, and whilst Elijah Molden may not be an outside corner at the next level he does has a huge amount of upside at nickel and is well worth reading more about.
Ifeatu Melifonwu continues to impress every time I watch a bit more of him and it wouldn’t shock me if he end up being a day two pick, while Washington’s Keith Taylor was probably the standout corner on game day at the Senior Bowl.
There are going to be some good corners who have competed at a decent level in college available in the 4th and 5th rounds – Ambry Thomas, Kelvin Joseph, and Cam Bynum to name just three. All of these guys could conceivably see some snaps from very early in the season in certain packages.
One thing I’m not buying is all the Benjamin St-Juste getting drafted on day two hype. I do like the measurables but he’s a developmental prospect at best – he’s not the best athlete and nor does he diagnose routes well enough to be a shut down corner early in his career.