Draft 2010: Corners on the Rise


Focusing on the Cornerbacks, we’ll take a look at the current front runners in this year’s NFL Draft following the Combine and Pro Day’s.  Who’s stock is on the rise?  Who’s stock is falling?

Check out below for the latest news.

Ravens Cornerback Status:

The team has two potential starters, Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington, both coming off knee injuries and depth at the Cornerback position is a concern.  Fabian Washington could be on track for training camp and Webb may not be available until a few games into the season.  Recently Jamison Hensley, Baltimoresun.com, reported that the team may need to sign two free agent cornerbacks as a result of the injuries to Webb and Washington. Another option would be to sign a free agent and draft a cornerback.  The good news, there is a good crop of Cornerbacks in this year’s Draft.

Here’s a latest look at the top prospects and their status going into the draft:

JOE HADEN, Florida H 5’11”, W 193             40 Time:4.45 4.57

Stock: Holding as the top prospect

Projection: Round 1

Haden has continued to impress scouts and coaches.  There was some drama as he ran a 4.57 in the 40 at the Combine.  After Pro Day, he solidified his stock as the number one CB.

“Joe Haden ran 4.45 and 4.41 and had a very strong positional workout. He’s a first-round talent and should be the first cornerback off the board.” – Mike Mayock, NFL Network/NFL.com

KYLE WILSON, Boise State H 5’10” , W 190  40 Time 4.42

Stock: + Up

Projection: Round 1

With Haden at number one, Wilson is considered the second best CB.  He may be off the board by the time the Ravens 25th pick comes around. His stock continues to rise.

A strong performance during Senior Bowl week and a solid NFL Scouting Combine effort helped Boise State CB Kyle Wilson enhance his draft status. He built on the momentum from those workouts with another exceptional outing at the Broncos’ pro day on Friday. Wilson (185 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 and 4.43 seconds, …This workout probably moves him into the first round. All 32 teams had representatives in attendance, and six teams (Ravens, 49ers, Cardinals, Eagles, Bengals and Rams) had defensive back coaches on hand. …” – Gil Brandt, NFL.com

DEVIN McCOURTY, Rutgers H 5’11’’ W 186  40 Time: 4.34

Stock: + Rising

Projection: Round 1-2

In our Ravensgab mock draft, I picked Kyle Wilson, but he may be gone by the time the Ravens pick. McCourty would be a solid pick as well.  In a recent USA Today Mock Draft, two of the writers projected the Ravens to select McCourty.

“… he performed each drill with flawless execution.  His back-pedal, his fluidity in and out of breaks, and with absolutely no wasted motion, McCourty clearly stood out from the rest of the pack.  That combined with his impressive interview after his workout, McCourty carried himself like a first-round pick should.”—Rob Brewer, www.nfldraftbibe.com

“Aside from being a very good corner, he might be the best special-teams player in the whole draft from a return perspective, gunner, jammer, makes tackles…” Mike Mayock, Analyst, NFL.com.

PATRICK ROBINSON, Florida State H 5’11”, W 190   40 Time: 4.42

Stock:  + Maintaining postion

Projection: Round 1-2

Robinson is definately drawing attention from teams. He is maintaing his stock as a solid pick in the draft.

Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson clocked a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the Seminoles’ Pro Day workout.was attended by San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to NFL.com.”–www.nationalfootballpost.com Robinson’s workout

JEROME MURPHY, South Florida H 6’ W,196            40 Time: 4.48

Stock: + Maintaining position

Projection: Round 2 to 3

This is a player who could end up being taken in the second round or drop down to the third round.  He has the tools, but had an inconsistent senior season.  His Pro Day helped his stock.

“I like Baltimore,” Murphy said. “They showed a lot of interest. I’ve met with them and I had a real good feeling with them and the Redskins. I like other teams, too, but you get a certain vibe with the Ravens and the Redskins.”–Nationalfootballpost.com

KAREEM JACKSON, Alabama H 5’11’’ W 196  40 Time: 4.49

Stock: Rising

Projection: Round 2

Jackson has received mixed reviews. Some suggest he entered the draft too early. However, he had a convincing Combine and good Pro Day.  His stock as risen throughout the draft process.

“For some reason people have not caught on to him,” McShay (Todd McShay, ESPN) said about Jackson during a conference call with reporters Thursday. “He might be the most underrated player in the entire draft right now.”—http://alabama.rivals.com

DOMINIQUE FRANKS, Oklahoma H 6’, W 192  40 Time: 4.48

Stock: Secured himself as a 2nd rounder.

Projection: Round 2

Franks has drawn interest from many teams. He has the tools to compete at the next level.

“Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks ran a 4.47 forty-yard dash at the Sooners’ Pro Day Tuesday. The time is an improvement from the Combine, where Franks disappointed with unofficial forties of 4.52 and 4.57. Franks’ time was the fastest of any player at the Pro Day workout. He measured in at 5?11/194 before the drills.”–Usatoday.com,

Dominique Franks ran a 4.47 at his Pro Day. He’s a likely second-round pick.” –Walterfootball.com

BRANDON GHEE, Wake Forest H6’ ,W 190   40 Time: 4.34

Stock: Neutral

Projection: Round 2-3

Scouts say he is a good corner, but inconsistent play has hurt his stock. It goes to show you– a player can impress at the Combine and Pro Day, but game film is just as important. Does have excellent speed.

“He’s highly regarded as a coverage player and he has the willingness to play aggressive as well. But he doesn’t always grade out well and his stock is fluctuating.”—www.cbssports.com

CHRIS COOK, Virginia H 6-2, W 212          40 Time 4.46

Stock: Higher

Projection: Round 2-3

Cook is a taller cornerback and his stock is on the rise. He may be considered better suited for a saftey.  His stock is up becasue he improved his rating throughout the draft process.

SYD’QUAN THOMPSON, California H 5’8”, W 191 40 Time: 4.6

Stock:  Down

Projection: Round 4-5

Orginally projected to be a 3rd to 4th round pick. Height is an issue and while he is a good hitter, the scouts have not been impressed enough to put him in the early rounds.

Estimations are saying 4th to 5th round. So, stock is down.

PERRISH COX, Oklahoma St. H 5’11” W189   40 Time: 4.5

Stock: Down

Projection: Round 3

Cox had some off the field issues during his college career.  This is a player who’s talent has taken a back seat to his character issues. Still, for the ability, skills and potential he would be a great value pick in the 3rd round or later.

“Cox tipped the scales at 191-pounds, four less than his combine weight.  He completed 12 reps on the bench, same as his combine number.   His 40 times ranged as fast as 4.45 seconds with the wind and the 4.57-second area when running into the wind.  Those unofficial times represent an improvement from his combine performance. Cox posted times of 6.7 seconds in the three cone as well as 11.62 seconds in the 60 yard shuttle, both solid marks.  Cox did not participate in either event at the combine.  His short shuttle was 4.22 seconds.  Later he looked fluid and effective in position drills with a number of scouts mentioning that Cox looks fit.”—www.draftinsider.net

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