2009 Top NFL Draft Prospects: Defensive Backs

Michael Jenkins, Ohio State, Senior, 6’0” 204lbs:

Strengths: Jenkins has been talked about for the past few years know, as a great ‘lockdown’ corner, who can take the other team’s best wide receiver out of the game. Jenkins plays man-to-man coverage extremely well, and has faced some of the nation’s top competition, being at Ohio State.

Jenkins speed has come into question after his poor showings on the forty at the combine. Many people are now projecting him as a safety on the next level, so he’ll have to prove to coaches that he can play corner or accept a new role.

Vontae Davis, Illinois, Junior, 5’11” 203lbs:

Strengths: Davis has shone in his offseason workouts, and with Jenkins dropping on some people’s boards, he could be the first corner taken. He is the brother of 49ers tight end Vernon, and like his brother, he also displayed outstanding athleticism at the combine. He is only a junior, but has been a first-team all-Big Ten twice already in his college career.

Weaknesses: Davis has some character issues, and there are questions surrounding whether or not he relies too much on natural ability, rather than hard work.

Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, Senior, 5’9” 193lbs:

Strengths: Smith was outstanding during Senior Bowl week, and has all of the tools to be a great pro. Smith is a ballhawk, and has good enough hands to make the interception when he gets a chance. He will also come up and make plays in the run game, and has outstanding speed and quickness.

Weaknesses: Were it not for his size, Smith would no doubt be considered the best cornerback in the draft.

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