It is that time of year again for a new crop of talent about this year’s NFL Draft. Many new players will be drafted into the National Football League. They could be a game changer for a franchise that can put them on the path to greatness. But, it can also put that franchise’s front office on the unemployment line. Some of these players will be superstars and future Hall-of-Famers, some players will come out of nowhere to shine and other players will be busts. Most analysts and draft gurus focused on the offensive prospects but they neglect to preview the defensive prospects. As the old saying goes, “Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.” You don’t have to look any further than this year’s Super Bowl 50, where the Denver Broncos stingy defense stymied the Carolina Panthers high-powered offense. Super Bowl MVP Broncos linebacker Von Miller was drafted #2 in the 2011 NFL Draft behind Cam Newton.
Maybe these players can join the ranks of Miller, Ray Lewis, Dexter Jackson, Larry Brown and Malcolm Smith and be named a Super Bowl MVP. Or, they can also represent their future teams in a number of Pro Bowls. One of the most underrated parts of a defense is the backfield in corner back. The corner back has the job of covering the opposing team’s #1 wide receiver. He is supposed to stick to that receiver like bees to honey. They make sure that the receiver doesn’t get open to catch the pass from the quarterback as well as batted the ball away and creating interceptions. Here is the Top 3 cornerbacks that are high prospects at this year’s NFL Combine.
1. Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback/Safety, Florida State
The Florida State defensive back is the standout defensive player in Indy. He is displaying to NFL scouts, executives and coaches that he is a world-class athlete. He ran a 4.41-second at in the 40-yard dash, a 41.5-inch vertical jump and an 11.3 broad jump. Ramsey has a big body, but has the quickness and speed with his footwork and movement skills. But, there are some scouts that feel he would flourish more as a safety than a corner.
2. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Ramsey may be the top corner prospect at the combine. But, Hargreaves isn’t too far behind, and he plays for Florida State’s in-state rival Florida. He displayed a 4.50 during the 40-yard dash. He is also the one of the few cornerbacks that can execute every technique. Hargreaves has incredible footwork and quickness that he is already ahead of some NFL corners. Scouts rave about his cover skills, but they wish he’d be more physical with receivers to maximize his potential.
3. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Fuller is one of the only few players in the combine who has suffered major setbacks. His junior year was shortened by MCL sprain. But, he had a very good sophomore year for VT. He is only of the true cover corner entering the draft. Some feel Fuller is the best cover corner in the draft.