2016 NFL Draft Top 5 Cornerbacks
1). Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 209. Arm: 33.38.
40 Time: 4.41.
The Nashville product was a star of the combine interviews. Teams say Ramsey is a great kid and they love him off the field. With Ramsey’s character and impressive skill set, some teams are over the moon about him. This all makes him as safe as pick as you can get in the top 10. I feel Ramsey can easily reroute smaller, shifty receivers at the line of scrimmage, while being able to cover them up with his size and length downfield. Reminds me of Rod Woodson, will be a great player for someone.
2). Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Height: 5-10. Weight: 204. Arm: 30.63.
40 Time: 4.50.
The only flaws in Hargreaves’ game are that he can get pushed around by bigger receivers on 50-50 passes and he may not have the most deep speed. Great cover corner, but lacks physicality. Plays small and his ability to tackle is questionable, overall great cover skills should make for a good career in the NFL. Not as complete of a player as Jalen Ramsey.
3). William Jackson, CB, Houston
Height: 6-0. Weight: 189. Arm: 31.75.
40 Time: 4.37.
This may surprise some people, but I really like Jackson, he will need to put some weight on. Jackson played really well for Houston during his senior season and displayed some ball skills. He had 43 tackles, five interceptions and 23 passes broken up on the year, but missed some games late in the regular season with an injury. Jackson came back with an impressive performance against Florida State in Houston’s bowl win, but the injuries robbed him of playing in the Senior Bowl. I think he has the ability to be a big-time player, my concerns surrounds some questions about his ability to stay healthy.
4). Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Height: 5-11. Weight: 193. Arm: 9.5.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Another surprise to some that I have Burns rated this highly. Burns turned in an impressive 2015 season with six interceptions, 36 tackles and five passes broken up. As a sophomore in 2014, he had 40 tackles, six breakups and zero interceptions.
Burns lost his mother suddenly during his junior year. With his father incarcerated, Burns has custody of his younger brothers and his own son to support. Thus, he entered the 2016 NFL Draft. Sources say that he is grading out on the second day. He is a complete corner and somebosy will get an absolute steal on the second day of the draft.
5). Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 199.
40 Time: 4.40.
Great athlete could very well be a great NFL player in the future, the problem I see know is he is very raw. Has a tendency to use his hands a lot downfield, which you can’t afford to do as a rookie in the NFL.