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2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Cornerback

OCT 01 Rutgers at Ohio State
Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire

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2017 NFL Draft Positional Superlatives: Cornerback

Next up on my positional superlatives series are cornerbacks which features eight prospects ranked among my top 50 prospects and 16 with day one or day two grades. This is a deep and talented crop of corners with fits for every scheme throughout the board that offer value.

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Best Prospect:  Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

OCT 01 Rutgers at Ohio State

01 October 2016: Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Andre Patton (88) and Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire) Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire

Lattimore profiles as a starting outside corner with plus man coverage skills at the next level who can thrive on an island. Despite a limited amount of starts, Lattimore shows refinement in his ability to remain patient at the line of scrimmage and mirror routes to all levels of the field.

He has excellent ball skills to disrupt at the catch point and locate the football. Provided his hamstring issues are behind him, Lattimore has the upside to become one of the better players at his position in the NFL.

Best Resume:  Damontae Kazee, San Diego State

My resume grades factor the injury history, off-field concerns and accolades that a player accumulates in their collegiate career and Kazee scored the best. Appearing in 53 games while starting 42, Kazzee missed one game in 2013 with a concussion and was clean off the field. He racked up a slew of impressive accolades:

  • 2016-1st Team All-Mountain West, Senior Bowl Invite, Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 2015-1st Team All-Mountain West, Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
  • 2014-2nd Team All-Mountain West.

Best Size:  Brian Allen, Utah

My size metric weighs all official measurements against positional averages over the last five years and Allen scored the best. Allen checks in at 6031, 215 pounds with 34’ arms and 10” hands.

Best Athlete:  Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

My athleticism metric weighs all athletic testing results against positional averages over the last five years and Lattimore leads the pack.

  • 40-Yard Dash:  4.36
  • 10-Yard Split:  1.48
  • Vertical Jump: 38 ½”
  • Broad Jump:  11’0’’

Best Production:  Damontae Kazee, San Diego State

My production metric factors total games started and consistency in statistical output and Kazee scored the highest. In 53 games (42 starts) he tallied 239 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 17 interceptions, 47 pass breakups and six forced fumbles.

Most Physical:  Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

Humphrey loves to hit and is never passive. He will fly up on screens and quick game with an aggressive demeanor to make tackles. He is disruptive with his hands in the contact window to jam receivers and alter their timing. He plays through blocks and defends the D-gap at a high level. He will force runs back inside by taking on pulling offensive lineman.

Best Ball Skills:  Gareon Conley, Ohio State

Conley tracks and competes for the football with excellent technique. He can locate the ball and not lose track of his man in coverage. Has made some spectacular interceptions and his ability to create turnovers will make passers leery to throw his way. His length is a major asset in this area.

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Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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  1. Joshua Acosta

    April 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I thought corn elder would be most physical back but I see your point.

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