Bunting NFL Draft: Ranking the cornerback class by tiers

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by RS12, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Tier 1

    Morris Claiborne: Louisiana State (6-0,185)
    The top corner in this year's draft. He's tall and long which allows him to play big off the line. However, he showcases the footwork, balance and quick-twitch ability of a much smaller corner out of his breaks. With improved technique he should mature into one of the leagues best.

    Tier 2

    Dre Kirkpatrick: Alabama (6-3, 192)
    Will be an ideal zone corner at the next level because of his size, instincts and physicality. However, he can also press off the line and consistently re-route receivers. Isn't a dynamic quick-twitch athlete, but showcases good balance, can keep his feet under him and looks like a "plus" caliber starting cornerback in the NFL. Reminds me some of Chargers cornerback Quinton Jammer physically.

    Janoris Jenkins: North Alabama (5-10, 182)
    If he can put it all together off the field, he's got the ability to develop into a very good cover man in the NFL and despite his size he's going to be a really tough guy to separate from in just about any scheme he plays in.

    Tier 3

    Stephon Gilmore: South Carolina (6-1, 193)
    Is a "plus" sized corner with good quickness and fluidity. Needs to clean up his footwork in off/zone concepts, but has skill set to play near the line, check receivers and turn and run. Should be able to fight for a starting role during his rookie year in more of a zone scheme.

    Brandon Boykin: Georgia (5-10, 183)
    Plays much bigger/strong than his frame would indicate. Has the ability to press on the edge, but might be better suited to play as a slot guy in the NFL. Either way can play a role on a defense in either a man or zone scheme.

  2. Teague31

    Teague31 Defender of the Star

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    I seriously doubt Gilmore will be Tier 3 come draft time.
  3. JackWagon

    JackWagon Well-Known Member

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    Ive seen a couple quotes from guys saying Gilmore is almost as good as the kid from LSU. He might be the 2nd best corner in the draft.
  4. btcutter

    btcutter Well-Known Member

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    Kirpatrick will be moved to FS in the NFL.

    You need to be quick as a CB in NFL. Long speed is nice but quickness is a must.
  5. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    this victor cruz will eat him up. kirpatrick might do good vs wr's like roy williams (who).
  6. btcutter

    btcutter Well-Known Member

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    That's why RW is still a FA and why Kirpatrick will play FS facing QB and react to deliver vicious hits.

    Days of Ty Law mobbing WRs are over. NFL won't allow that type of contact.
  7. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Amazing how far Dennard has fallen.
  8. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    sorry but a doofus like Jenkins is not tier 2. Anyone like that who has red flags coming out the *** is not that high
  9. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    I find it intriguing all these SEC corners are ranked so high in a conference that doesn't pass.

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