Yesterday, I examined the inside linebackers that are eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Today, I examine the cornerbacks that are expected to be eligible for the draft. Below, you will find the player’s name, school, brief narrative about the player and the team expected to draft him. Here we go:
1. Leodis McKelvin, Troy
Vary athletic. Excellent speed (4.45 40) with a decent burst. Oustanding footwork and hands. Very good coverage skills. Can be a top-notch playmaker at the NFL level. Can also be a big-time return man, as well. Downside for McKelvin – Instincts and anticipation are just OK. Could improve at zone coverage. Because he went to Troy, didn’t always play top-tier schools.
Team likely to draft him: New Orleans (1st round)
2. Aqib Talib, Kansas
Excellent cover skills. His 40 time is misleading (4.55 40) as he uses his burst judiciously. Can, if called upon, can blitz into the backfield. Downside – His speed at the NFL combine will dictate whether he is drafted as a CB or a safety.
Team likely to draft him: Pitsburgh (1st round)
3. Mike Jenkins, University of South Florida
Very good size with long arms. Good speed (4.50 40) and acceleration. Can play both CB and safety. Breaks to the ball very quickly. Downside for Jenkins – Can be inconsistent. Footwork and technique marginal. Has minor character issues. Could be a “tweener” (drafted as either a CB or safety).
Team likely to draft him: Dallas (1st round)
4. Tracy Porter, Indiana
Excellent athlete. Has long arms. Excellent speed (4.40 40). Is quick and explosive. Is very agile. Special teams possibility (kick return man?) as he is threat to score when he gets the ball. Downside for Porter – rather smallish, needs to bulk up. Gives a big cushion on coverage and can give up some easy catches. Questionable footwork and technique.
Team likely to draft him: Baltimore (2nd round unless OT Jeff Otah is selected assuming Ogden retires)
5. Patrick Lee, Auburn
Natural athlete with good size and bulk (6’0″, 201). Excellent speed (4.45 40). Tough and strong. Plays highly physical. Has lots of upside as he hasn’t maxed out his potential yet. Downside for Lee – hands are marginal. Hasn’t played much off-coverage. May initially have trouble grasping the pro defensive schemes early. Minor durability issues are there.
Team likely to draft him: Kansas City (3rd round)