NFL Draft Scout analyst Ric Serritella has been covering the draft for nearly two decades, gaining a reputation around the league as one of the most dependable resources for insider information. He provides a positional preview of his top five players at each position, along with a small school prospect worth keeping an eye on come draft weekend!
Top 5 Cornerbacks
Greedy Williams, LSU – Long, lanky press corners have never been more popular than today and Williams is as talented as they come, though there remain plenty of questions about his willingness to mix it up in the running game. His exceptional upside warrants top 15 consideration but there is some bust potential here, as well.
Byron Murphy, Washington – An accelerator with a smooth transition to turn and run downfield, Murphy shows the straight-line speed to handle vertical routes in man to man. It isn't often that a player gives up two years of eligibility but Murphy is a special talent, showing a degree of fluidity, physicality and ball-skills that should translate into a long NFL career.
Julian Love, Notre Dame – While perhaps a bit shorter than preferred, Love shows great balance, quickness and vision in the open field, as well as functional straight-line speed. He comes with high marks for intangibles. He finished with a school-record 39 career PBUs in just three seasons played.
Deandre Baker, Georgia – Another undersized cornerback prospect, Baker possesses a compact, athletic frame with good overall muscular distribution. He is light on his feet, showing the agility and acceleration to handle man to man duties. A three-year starter, he projects best to a zone scheme in the NFL, where his instincts, quickness to close and physicality will help make up for average speed.
Trayvon Mullen, Clemson – Belying his height, Mullen has low, tight backpedal with swivel hips to easily change direction, as well as almost instant acceleration and very good straight-line speed. He boasts a prototypical frame for a cornerback with rare height, broad shoulders, long limbs and easy movement skills.
Small School Sleeper
CB Darius Williams, CSU-Pueblo – A physical press corner who went toe-to-toe with anyone and everyone at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Williams uses an aggressive style of play to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He compares to Cre'Von LeBlanc (Eagles) and his draft stock is certainly trending in the right direction. Williams is a name worth storing in the memory bank come draft weekend.
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