Another top tier position that fans of the NFL Draft love are the cornerbacks. Who’s going to be the next Deion Sanders, Jason Sehorn, Charles Woodson, etc.? Jason Sehorn? A real football fan knows who he is and how great he was.
Regardless, Kevin Johnson tells you how bad I think this cornerback class is, while I try to make it seem better than what it is.
Here are the top cornerbacks of the 2015 NFL Draft.
1. Trae Waynes (Michigan St)
The “handsy” Waynes has too much ability not to succeed at the next level. He’s got the straightline speed, the length, the man-to-man ability, recovery speed, amongst others. This guy is built to succeed and when he’s taught better skills, he’ll see less penalties.
2. Marcus Peters (TCU)
Call him a headcase or call him a ball-hawk. Whichever you choose, the facts are that this guy can play. He’s a winner of 50/50 balls, he’s got the size and can bully the opposition. Can he be coached? I’m sure several will say yes.
3. Jalen Collins (LSU)
Is he the best in this draft? It’s hard to say no with his size/athleticism combo. But he’s still raw and for that, I cannot draft him in the Top 15 of this draft. Collins is going to be a star in this league, someday, however.
4. P.J. Williams (Florida St)
A bump and run specialist in college, he won’t be in the NFL. He simply isn’t physical enough to press at the next level. But he can turn and run with most receivers, has a great leaping ability and good ball skills. He’s better than he showed in ACC play.
5. Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest)
My thoughts are Johnson are essentially my introduction to the back half of a weak cornerback class. This years class has a ton of talent, but so many risks for a position of such need. Johnson is the guy we are all loving because of his physical ability. From a mental perspective, I think Johnson is a risk. If I were Al Davis, I’d draft him #1 overall.
6. Ronald Darby (Florida St)
Darby is another athlete, this time with elite speed. The 5’11 Darby has a lot of leap and plays longer than he is. With some toughness, he could be a solid #2.
7. Byron Jones (UConn)
If there’s a such thing as “Winning the NFL Combine”, obviously it was Byron Jones who led in everything. I think he even beat a Subway sandwich artist at making a steak and cheese footlong on wheat. Regardless, Jones may be the next best zone cornerback or even free safety in the NFL.
8. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon)
The former Top 15 “lock”, Ekpre-Olumo (or should I just call him Ifo), suffered a tough knee injury to end his season, which is why we didn’t get to see his skills against Florida State or Ohio State. Despite his height, he’s a tough player that tracks balls better than anyone in college football. A healthy Ifo is a starter. Call him Prince Amukamara.
9. Alex Carter (Stanford)
A cornerback from Stanford must be the next Richard Sherman, right? I mean, actually he could be. Sherman, drafted in the 5th round, was also overlooked after posing an above average athlete despite his size. Carter isn’t as long, but he’s got great size, plays physical and adds three years of experience.
10. Quinten Rollins (Miami OH)
Yet another one-hit-wonder in this draft, there seems to be a trend (but hey, Cam Newton, right?). The only thing this guy has done wrong is not playing football long enough. Rollins has the natural ability to shut down receivers down the field. He has the short field quickness and ability to re-direct and adjust to plays in the air and can disrupt heavily. Too bad he focused on the NBA instead of NFL, or he’d be a 1st round pick.