2013 NFL Draft Rankings: Cornerbacks
The NFL is a passing league, and now it seems that you need two top tier corners to even come close to shutting guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers down.
Every team would love to have a corner on his own “island” like Darrelle Revis, but players like him do not enter every draft. Here is a look at the top cornerbacks from the 2013 NFL Draft class, along with some analysis:
1. Dee Milliner, Alabama
Fast corner that has progressed heavily since his sophomore campaign. One of the top players in the entire draft.
2. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Very quick corner that has excellent measurables and can excel in press coverage.
3. Desmond Trufant, Washington
Speedy corner that can match up with most in one on one coverage down field. Excellent closing speed and quick hips.
4. Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Another burner that has very quick hips and a solid back pedal.
5. Robert Alford, SE Louisiana
Will benefit from covering speedy guys, and may struggle against larger, more physical receivers. Excellent ball skills.
6. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn
Long corner with quick footwork that benefits him when closing on the ball.
7. David Amerson, North Carolina State
Big and physical with excellent ball skills. Lack of quickness when flipping his hips and back pedal hurt him as a top corner.
8. Logan Ryan, Rutgers
Not a straight line burner, but hips and feet are quick enough to be a legit number two corner.
9. Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Struggles against larger receivers, but still puts up a good fight. Not afraid to be physical for a smaller guy with his speed.
10. Brandon McGee, Miami (Fl.)
Somewhat raw potential in McGee who has big time speed and very quick feet.
11. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Quality corner prospect who had his stock crushed with a poor showing at the combine. Has a good skill-set and has potential at the next level.
12. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Fluid athlete with potential as a corner, but he’ll make his paycheck as a return man until he refines his fundamentals and learns the game better.
13. Will Davis, Utah State
14. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
15. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
16. Leon McFadden, San Diego State
17. Tharold Simon, LSU
18. Nickell Robey, USC
19. .B.W. Webb, William & Mary
20. Darius Slay, Mississippi State
21. Sanders Commings, Georgia
22. Mike Edwards, Hawaii
23. Branden Smith, Georgia
24. D.J. Hayden, Houston
25. Dwayne Gratz, UConn
26. Adrian Bushell, Louisville
27. Terrence Brown, Stanford
28. Steve Williams, Cal
29. Marc Anthony, Cal
30. Josh Johnson, Purdue
31. Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
32. Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State
33. Nigel Malone, Kansas State
34. Greg Reid, Valdosta State
35. Ryan Lacy, Utah
36. Travis Howard, Ohio State
37. Devin Smith, Wisconsin
38. Aaron Hester, UCLA
39. Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
40. Vernon Kearney, Lane
41. Khalid Wooten, Nevada
42. J.T. Floyd, Michigan
43. Marcus Cromartie, Wisconson
44. Corey Broomfield, Mississippi Stte
45. Prentiss Wagner, Tennessee
46. Kayvon Webster, South Florida
47. Sheldon Price, UCLA
48. Kip Edwards, Missouri
49. T.J. Bryant, Troy
50. Melvin White, Louisiana-Lafayette
51. Jerrell Gavins, Boise State
52. Chibuikem Okoro, Wake Forest
53. Akeem Auguste, Georgia
54. T’Sharvan Bell, Auburn
55. Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
56. Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State
57. Mitchell White, Michigan State
58. Cartier Rice, Kentucky
59. Rashaan Melvin, Northern Illinois
60. Marsalis Teague, Tennessee
61. Deveron Carr, Arizona Stae
62. Dustin Harris, Texas A&M