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NFL Draft Top 10 Positional Rankings: Cornerback Edition

1. Byron Murphy, Washington, r-Sophomore (5'11"

190lbs)

Byron Murphy - CB

  • Board Ranking: #12
  • Round Grade: 1
  • Draft Prediction: Middle Day One

Byron Murphy stands at the top of my cornerback rankings due to his true cover ability as a boundary corner. Murphy doesn't have the best measurables and certainly isn't the most athletic DB in this draft, but Murphy plays with tremendous instincts, ball skills, and loves stepping up in run support. Murphy has fluid hips and legs which allows him to stay on the receivers back hip throughout route stems. While Murphy may never be an All-Pro CB in the NFL, he's one of the safest secondary draft-picks in 2019.

2. Greedy Williams, LSU, Junior, (6'2" 185lbs)

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  • Board Ranking: #20
  • Round Grade: 1
  • Draft Prediction: Late Day One

Greedy Williams has height, length, and ball skills to be a top cornerback in the NFL. Williams will need to add mass to his frame in order to play with more physical wide receivers, but you have to love his ball skills, instincts, and length at the position as a boundary corner. Williams plays with a twitched up lower half that allows him to run with WR's, flip his hips, and drive on the football.

3. DeAndre Baker, Georgia, Senior, (5'11" 193 lbs)

DeAndre Baker - CB

  • Board Ranking: #29
  • Round Grade: 2
  • Draft Prediction: Early Day Two

While not the most athletic corner in this draft, DeAndre Baker is a great competitor, with good size and length to be physical at the line of scrimmage. Baker is a press scheme dependent corner that will need creative defensive coaches to use him the right way in order to reach his full potential. Baker has great ball skills, coverage skills, and doesn't mind sticking his nose in on run support.

4. Rock Ya-sin, Temple, Senior, (6'0" 192lbs)

Rock Ya-Sin - CB

  • Board Ranking: #43
  • Round Grade: 2
  • Draft Prediction: Early Day Two

It wouldn't surprise me if Roc Ya-Sin was the first corner drafted in the 2019 NFL draft due to length and size he brings to the table. Ya-Sin has ideal height and length at the position and uses his impressive size to crowd wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and throughout their route-stem. Ya-Sin is raw in terms of his technique but has the athletic and physical traits to develop into a CB1 at the next level.

5. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, Junior, (6'4" 211lbs)

Joejuan Williams - CB

  • Board Ranking: #46
  • Round Grade: 2
  • Draft Prediction: Early Day Two

There are few 6'4" cornerbacks in the NFL that have found a ton of success, but when you find one, they normally end up making a ton of money and plays. I'm putting all the chips in on Vanderbilt's Joejuan Williams. Listed at 6'4" 211lbs, Williams is a long-press corner that proves to be one of the more freaky CB's in this draft. Along with his size, he has ideal arm length for the position and brings a physical style of play to the table as well. Williams is a clump of clay that will need to be molded and coached up at the next level but has all the desirable traits to develop into a great press-man cornerback in the NFL.

6. Justin Layne, Michigan State, Junior, (6'2" 192lbs)

Justin Layne - CB

  • Board Ranking: #48
  • Round Grade: 2
  • Draft Prediction: Late Day One

Similar to Joejuan Williams, Justin Layne has freaky physical traits but also is an above average athlete as well. Layne, for only being a two-year starter at cornerback, plays with tremendous route-feel, instincts, and ball skills at the position. The former wide receiver has one of the highest ceilings in this class due to his measurables, athletic traits, and ball skills at the position. He will need to develop as a run defender if he wants to see consistent playing time from the start though.

7. Trayvon Mullen, Clemson, Junior, (6'1" 200lbs)

Trayvon Mullen CB

  • Board Ranking: #56
  • Round Grade: 3
  • Draft Prediction: Middle Day Two

This draft is loaded with long-press man cover corners, and Trayvon Mullen is just another example of that. Listed at 6'1" 199lbs, Mullen plays with solid physicality and athletic ability but relies on his size and length to disrupt receivers route's at the line of scrimmage. Mullen was a bit aggressive when jumping route's at Clemson, and seemed to be a bit of a guesser, but with his traits and flashes on film, Mullen should be a solid early day two selection.

8. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan,r-Junior (6'0" 195lbs)

NFL Draft Top 10 Positional Rankings: Cornerback Edition 1

  • Board Ranking: #66
  • Round Grade: 3
  • Draft Prediction: Middle Day Two

If you're tired of hearing about long-press corners, you're probably going to hate Sean Bunting, but that would be silly. Bunting, a smaller school guys has intriguing CB1 talent at the position. Bunting dominated at Central Michigan picking off 9 passes in three years. Bunting lives on wideouts back hip, and uses his long arms to break up passes consistently.

9. Julian Love, Notre Dame, Junior (5'11" 195lbs)

Julian Love - CB

  • Board Ranking: #69
  • Round Grade: 3
  • Draft Prediction: Middle Day Two

Unlike many of the guys listed above him, Love is a guy that can play both in man and zone coverage schemes. Love plays with above average instincts, drive skills, and ball skills at the position. While long speed has always been a question surrounding love, his flexibility as an athlete has not. Love showed great change of direction skills, explosiveness, and sideline-to-sideline range as a boundary cornerback at Notre Dame.

10. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, Senior (6'2" 205lbs)

Amani-Oruwariye

  • Board Ranking: #94
  • Round Grade: 4
  • Draft Prediction: Early Day Two

Penn State's Amani Oruwaryie has all the size you could dream of at the cornerback position. Oruwaryie relies on that size and physicality to win at the line of scrimmage out of press. Oruwaryie has some scheme flexibility due to his instincts and cover skills but struggles with his back to the football, and lack of true athleticism on tape was apparent.

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