Cordrea Tankersley should translate nicely into the NFL, especially in heavy press-man schemes. His trash talking should also translate to the next level, Tankersley is extremely confident in his game and will let opposing wide receivers hear about for an entire four quarters. Tankersley was a key part to the 2017 Clemson Tigers national championship team and will be a key piece if selected by the right NFL team.
When I watch Tankersley’s tape, he reminds me a lot of Quentin Jammer. I think in the right system, at his best, Tankersley can have the type of career Jammer had. Like Jammer, Tankersley is a physical corner who utilizes length and hand technique to stall opposing wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. Quentin Jammer finished his 11 year career with 7 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries and 21 interceptions.
Name: Cordrea Tankersley
Size: 6’1”/199/32 1/4” Arm Length
Comparison: Quentin Jammer (Retired/San Diego Chargers)
Draft Grade: Round 2
Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash: 4.40 – Bench Press: 13 Reps – Vertical Jump: 29.5” – Broad Jump: 121” – 3-Cone Drill: 7.0 – 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32
COD Skills: Long, high backpedal and tight in the hips when he flips to turn and run. Has the desired long speed to recover and stick with faster wide receivers. Has the adequate range to play in a cover 2 or cover 3 scheme. Will plant and close on the play if he recognizes it soon enough.
Instincts/Route Recognition: Average instincts and route recognition skills especially in off coverage. Struggles to react and process. Struggles to turn his head when in coverage and won’t always locate the football, sometimes causing DPI flags. Route Recognition really increases when he get his hands on opposing wide receivers in press
Ball Skills: Gets to the landmark and attacks the ball at it’s highest point. Displays excellent body control and almost looks like a wide receiver when attacking the football. Had 9 interceptions over his final two seasons at Clemson.
Coverage Skills: Press corner all day with experience playing off man and zone. Length and hand technique are deadly to opposing wide receivers when in press coverage. Hip tightness and lack of COD skills will hurt him in off-man schemes. Really will excel at press man, press bail, cover-3-press, Cover-2-press.
Toughness/Effort: He doesn’t really show the toughness or effort you’d like to see in the run game. On the flip side, he’s extremely physical in press and will harass opposing wide receivers with his length and hand technique.
Tackling: Average tackler and does what he needs to but isn’t an enforcer by any means. Tankersley is more of a grab and drag tackler and will try to dodge opposing blockers.
Strengths: Long, in-your-face, trash talking, press corner. Really physical in press coverage and uses his length and hand technique to his advantage. Ideally a press man corner who has the long speed to flip and run with faster wide receivers. Excellent ball skills with excellent production at the college level. Has experience playing press, off, man, cover 2 and cover 3.
Weaknesses: Just an average tackler with below average effort in the run game. Tight hips and struggles to really change direction. Although he has the experience, he’s going to really struggle in off coverage and his success will be really dependent on just playing press coverage. Struggles with route recognition especially in off coverage. Excellent ball skills but only when he gets his head around to find the football. Tries to make a play on the football with his back to the quarterback drawing a handful of pass interference calls.