(Editor’s Note: With the draft still about three months away, Bryan Broaddus has already begun his draft research although we’re still early in the game. Each day, we’ll focus on a position, with Broaddus profiling a handful of top players, going off mainly their college film. Today, we’ll focus on the cornerbacks.)
Here are a few cornerbacks to keep an eye on as we get ready for the 2013 NFL Draft:
- Dee Milliner 6-1, 198 Alabama
Will usually line up as the boundary corner or to the sideline side but will line up at times to the field….will also see him line up in the slot…best trait is his ability to react…when he sees the ball, he will come and get it…is one of those corners that always seems to be in position in the route….hard man to run away from….there is not much separation when he has to carry his man up the field or when they try and run across the middle…plays with a burst and quickness…is able to recovery from mistakes because of his smarts but this quickness…showed nice quickness in the A&M game when he had to run down a receiver that shook loose from coverage…see him play press coverage quite a bit but will also react out of zone…like him better in press because he doesn’t give the receiver any room…it was rare that you saw a bad play from him…looks more than confident to play on that island and not get discouraged…plays like he has the right mental approach…will stick his nose in the action…not a selective tackler…will drive to deliver blow and wrap…knows how to play off blocks to get in position to make plays…is not a small corner that will get targeted in games because they play shy…will be used as a blitzer out of the slot but did not see any pressure from him…was used in A&M and Georgia game this way….played the option well in the Tennessee game, again good awareness...looks ready to plug in and start right now.
- Xavier Rhodes 6-1, 217 Florida State
Will most likely be the biggest corner weight wise in this draft….heard rumors about him be a soft player but in the games I studied, he was far from that…like Milliner of Alabama and Banks of Mississippi State likes to play press man…is a physical player…will take on pulling offensive linemen…nice willingness in this area…for a thicker guy, moves well…can go up then back without problems…bit on a double move against of Miami but was able to rally back into
position to cause an incompletion…shows the ability to adjust in route…don’t see him have to hold or grab to stay with his man…like Milliner of Alabama will play in the boundary…awareness to help in coverage….plays with the right mental approach…slot corner had a bust in the Clemson game and dropped his coverage to try and make a play on the ball…for the most part is a wrap up tackler…did a nice job in the Clemson game handling the tight end to the flat and making the play in the open field…able to avoid the block on the screen and make play….plays with quickness in his pedal….had a poor play against Ellington of Clemson where he allowed him around the corner and took a bad angle to the ball which resulted in a nice gain but the majority of plays were done with focus and concentration….productive player when teams throw his direction...didn’t see a problem his weight in relation to his quickness…will be interesting to see what he runs at the Combine or at his Pro Day, could tell you a lot where he is drafted.
- Jonathan Banks 6-1, 185 Mississippi State
Will usually line up at right corner but has also played safety in his career so might be a consideration for the position like Malcolm Jenkins was for the Saints out of Ohio State…has ideal length with very quick feet….really does a nice job when he pedals, reads and reacts…really can break on the route…plays with catch up speed…can really see this in the Tennessee game…turns and moves really easily….no wasted motion….it was rare to see him out of position in a route…is able to carry his man without a problem…has very good coverage skills because of his athletic ability…has the ability to play out of the slot…Excellent mirror and change of direction skills, displays loose hips despite being a tall corner….knows how to play his responsibility in zone coverage….showed good instincts and recognition…if he has a weakness I would say unlike Milliner and Rhodes, he is not a strong player…you will see times where he struggles to get off the wide receiver’s block….had a problem in the A&M game with this and it resulted in a big gain on a screen…had a problem with this against LSU as well….needs to get rid of blockers quicker…needs to do a better job of wrapping up ball carrier….I really like the length and his ability to cover…curious to see if somebody works him as a safety as a fit.
- Desmond Trufant 5-11, 190 Washington
- Robert Alford 5-10, 186 Southwestern- Louisiana