Cornerbacks in IDP can be very finicky. Most gravitate towards using rookies or young players as they are the ones that get picked on by opposing offenses. There is certainly nothing wrong with that strategy. Yet what follows is not a list of top CB prospects. You will find neither Gareon Conley or his Ohio State teammate Marshon Lattimore contained within. Both are so-called the “big names” of this CB class. However, that does mean the will top IDP producer. Their names and big school recognition will mean people are going to take late round fliers on them in CB-required leagues. Other names like Marlon Humphrey (Alabama), Cameron Sutton, (Tennessee) and Kevin King (Washington) will also receive some rookie draft attention? Isn’t the real question, why are you wasting rookie picks on CBs? Last years guys like Vonn Bell, Sean Davis, Darian Thompson, Blake Martinez, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kevin Byard and Antonio Morrison were all later round rookie picks and most certainly represent a little more upside than an inconsistent CB. This season guys like Blair Brown (Ohio), Josh Jones (N.C. State), Eddie Jackson (Alabama), Xavier Woods (LA Tech) Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee), Elijah Lee (Kansas State), Jayon Brown (UCLA), Anthony Walker (Northwestern) and Connor Harris (Lindenwood) are definitely going to be late-round stabs. The moral of the story is that your rookie picks are an investment into YOUR future. If you so choose to use them spend them wisely on assets that can benefit you for multiple seasons. The bodies listed below are players that will go undrafted and who should be free off the waiver wire. Again I must stress the importance of using your picks appropriately even if that means you trade them away to move up somewhere else. Because there is always free talent in the CB pool.
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson, 6’1″ 199
-Very underrated player who gets lost in this deep CB class.
-His 4.40 40-time and 7.00 3-cone are telling signs that he is a very deadly combination of speed and agility.
-His 29.5 inch vertical is concerning when you consider he will need to defend jump balls. Yet he is 6’1″ and his 32 1/4 inch arms are in the 81st percentile for CB’s.
-Mockdraftable.com compares him to current Pittsburgh Steeler and former Miami Hurricane Artie Burns as well as fellow 2017 CB Prospect Tre’Davious White of LSU.
-Tankersley started 28 games for Clemson, he recorded 9 INTS and 100 tackles including 9.5 tackles for loss in those starts.
-He matched up with all kinds of shapes and talent at WR in the ACC, including real NFL talent on his own team every day in practice.
-He holds good leverage in off-man coverage and he remains strong in press.
-He does not have a ton of tape playing in the zone.
-He represents a key cog in any defensive scheme, he can be that player controls an offense’s secondary receiving option. This will put him all over the field and in a position to accrue a healthy amount of stats.
Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado, 6’3″ 198
-This long Colorado corner jumped up draft boards with a very positive combine (4.45 40-time, 40.5-inch vert, 10’6″ broad 4.13 shuttle and 6.93 3-cone).
-He is a little raw since he only started playing football his senior year in high school.
-He was overshadowed by his teammate and top 6 CB Chidobe Awuzie.
-He profiles as a developmental boundary corner.
-Witherspoon will need to develop more bend and arc in his pre-flight coverage.
-NFL QBs well see and smell his current stiffness in off and zone coverage.
-His top comparison is Richard Sherman but he needs refinement.
-He seems like the perfect candidate to get picked on a ton as a rookie. His natural gifts will present him with some big-time IDP performances.
Damontae Kazee, San Diego St, 5’10” 184
-Kazee looks to play at a faster game speed than his 4.54 40-time would suggestion.
-He did not run the 3-cone but his 10’4″ broad jump tied for 10th amongst corners at the combine with Jalen Myrick and Sidney Jones.
-As a three-year starter, he averaged 48 solo tackles per season and he recorded 200 total tackles. He also appeared in 12 games as a freshman making 40 total tackles, for the Aztecs.
-He can also play safety in the single high, so he brings some nice versatility and stamina coming out of the pass crazy Mountain West.
-He shows a great burst in pursuit of the ball carrier and he is a fearless “get your nose dirty” kind of tackler. Although he could wrap his arms more at the point of attack.
-He is physical in coverage and he shows decent ball tracking skills
-He definitely seems like a guy that Vikings HC Mike Zimmer would like to mold.
Brian Allen, Utah, 6’3″ 215 Utah
-Size and speed? 4.48 40-time and was the top CB at the combine with a 6.64 3-cone.
-He seems like a boundary corner but he could kick inside and a matchup with TEs and press smaller slot guys.
-He uses his length to gain position and his former WR skills to make plays on the ball.
-He did not play defense until college so he is still learning things backward after making the switch from WR to DB
-He also played a little safety at Utah and he is trustworthy in-the-box as well as on the back end.
-He needs some tackling refinement, typically throws one shoulder at the ball carrier rather than shifting hips and exploding straight through them.
-Allen will get disrespected early and challenged often when he is on the field.
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