Part III of this week's chat with the National Football Post's draft analyst Wes Bunting covers the cornerbacks, a group Wes rates among the best in this year's draft class.
Cowboys Nation: I want to discuss South Carolina's corner Stephon Gilmore. He's 13th on your board. I've seen a split of opinion on him from the draftniks. He's late 1st on some boards. He's early 2nd on others. I've also seen him high 1st. What accounts for this?
Wes Bunting: Nobody has really seen him. He was a 5-star prospect who made a lot of plays but also gave up a lot of plays as a sophomore. He's raw with his footwork, but he's one of the few big corners in the draft who can turn and run, who will tackle, and he's got the skills to be a really good cover man. He played mostly zone and press-bail.
Physically, he can play press, but he was rarely asked to do it. Mostly you're looking at him as a zone corner right now. I think most teams are looking at Kirkpatrick the same way early in his career, unless you play press-man all the time, because Kirkpatrick does have experience there.