2011 NFL Draft: Cornerback Rankings

Published on January 24, 2011 by     Seahawk Fanatic

  1. Patrick Peterson*, CB, LSU
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 8 Pick.

    10/9/10: Peterson has really shown how dominant of a punt returner he is this season. His speed and vision really speak volumes as a return man, but he’s also been a beast in run support and in coverage this season. He could go as high as the top three picks especially with the Detroit Lions in need of a cornerback.

    5/13/10: One of the top cornerback prospects to come along in a very long time, Patrick Peterson broke up 13 passes in 2009.

  2. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 10 Pick.

    10/9/10: Amukamara is still playing at a very high level and he looks like he’s in a battle with Peterson for the No. 1 corner spot.

    5/13/10: Prince Amukamara had a dominant junior campaign, collecting 64 tackles, three TFL, 11 passes broken up and five interceptions.

  3. Brandon Harris*, CB, Miami
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 20 Pick.

    10/9/10: Harris is a baller – period. On tape, he produces and plays with the swagger and confidence you want to see out of a cornerback. He’s a missle in run support and shows the ability to take on a block. In coverage, receivers really struggle to separate and offensive coordinators have stopped calling plays his way this season.

    5/13/10: Brandon Harris broke up a whopping 15 passes last year and also had six TFL.

  4. Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 25 Pick.

    10/9/10: Dowling recorded eight tackles and one pass breakup against Florida State last week. He was hurt the first three games, but has made his presence felt this season and looks like a first-round pick.

    5/13/10: Ras-I Dowling had 58 tackles, 2.5 TFL and eight passes broken up. His 40 is a concern; we all saw what happened to Donovan Warren two weeks ago.

  5. Aaron Williams*, CB, Texas
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2011): 1-2

    10/9/10: I have yet to see some tape on Williams, but I’ve heard from a couple sources he hasn’t played up to his potential this season. Some scouts love Williams, but some think he’s overrated.

    5/13/10: Another superstar rising junior cornerback, Aaron Williams likely won’t make it into the second half of Round 1.

  6. Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 1-2.
    10/9/10: Burton is a very instinctive player with a great feel for the game. He’s a little finesse, but he shows the technique you want to see with a low backpedal and clean footwork.
  7. Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.37.
    Projected Round (2011): 2.

    10/9/10: Brown is a very talented player who is not afraid to come up and hit someone. You have to love the way he plays the game and he’ll get drafted in the top 60 picks.

    5/13/10: Curtis Brown, an All-Big XII honorable mention, broke up seven passes in 2009. He has the best triangle numbers of any top corner eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

  8. Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 2-3.
    10/9/10: Jenkins isn’t technicallly the greatest corner in the 2011 NFL Draft and he lacks elite athleticism, but he has great instincts. I’m not as high on him as most are, and his matchup against A.J. Green will be interesting to say the least. He held his own against Julio Jones.
  9. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2011): 2-3.

    5/13/10: A massive corner with solid speed, Jimmy Smith broke up seven passes in 2009.
  10. Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    10/9/10: Carmichael has the physical talent to play in the league, but he seems to lose his focus and lack awareness.

    5/13/10: Rashad Carmichael collected 55 tackles, four TFL, six interceptions and six pass break-ups in 2009, earning an All-ACC honorable mention.

  11. Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    10/9/10: Brown is a very underrated corner, but I’m a fan of his and he’s had a breakout season for Colorado.

    5/13/10: Jalil Brown was voted as an All-Big XII honorable mention thanks to the 13 passes he broke up as a junior.

  12. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 182.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: Courtesy of CollegeInjuryReport.com: “Senior CB Kendric Burney is out for (two) more games due to a suspension stemming from an NCAA eligibility issue. His full punishment is a six-game suspension (of which he has served two games), and he must make a $575 donation to the charity of his choice.”

    5/13/10: Kendric Burney has terrific skill – he had five interceptions and was named to the All-ACC First Team – but his height will scare some teams away.

  13. Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 178.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: House needs to put on some weight, but there is no denying he is a cover corner with added ball skills. 5/13/10: Voted to the All-WAC First Team thanks to 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions as a junior.
  14. Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: Brown has the athleticism to be a first-round pick, but the problem is his footwork, backpedal and overall technique need a major overhaul.

    5/13/10: Where does Texas get all of these talented corners? Chykie Brown had 45 tackles, two picks and four pass break-ups in 2009.

  15. Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/9/10: Gilchrist flashed on tape recently against Miami, but I need to see more consistency from this gifted corner.

    5/13/10: Marcus Gilchrist had 96 tackles and broke up five passes as a junior.

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  16. Mario Butler, CB, Georgia Tech
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 182.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/13/10: Mario Butler collected 45 tackles, 4.5 TFL, three pass break-ups and two interceptions in 2009.
  17. Darrin Walls, CB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.
    10/9/10: Walls is a very physical corner who is not afraid to mix it up in the run game.
  18. Charles Brown, CB, North Carolina
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/13/10: Another talented North Carolina cornerback, Charles Brown broke up nine passes as a junior. Brown’s 40 will be very important because his height already puts him at a disadvantage.
  19. Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/13/10: An All-Big Ten honorable mention, Chimdi Chekwa broke up seven passes as a junior. He may have to play free safety in the pros.
  20. DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    10/9/10: Overshadowed by Brandon Harris, Dyke is a solid corner forming arguably the best corner duo in the nation. He is a zone corner at the next level.
  21. Brandon Hogan, CB/PR, West Virginia
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    10/9/10: Hogan has recently gotten in trouble again with a DUI. He has had multiple problems with his character in the past, and this hurts his draft stock.

    5/13/10: Doubling as a potential solid punt returner, Brandon Hogan had 74 tackles and 11 pass break-ups in 2009.

  22. Dejon Gomes, CB, Nebraska
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    5/13/10: Dejon Gomes notched 46 tackles, four interceptions and five break-ups as a junior.
  23. Chris Harris, CB, Kansas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/13/10: In addition to breaking up nine passes last year, Chris Harris had 84 tackles and 6.5 TFL.

    

  24. Justin Rogers, CB/KR, Richmond
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 182.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    5/13/10: A very good kick-returner, Justin Rogers was named an AP All-Division I-AA Third Team member as a cornerback.
  25. C.J. Bailey, CB, Southern Miss
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 184.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/13/10: Thanks to 57 tackles and 13 passes broken up, C.J. Bailey was voted as an All-Conference USA honorable mention in 2009.
  26. Devon Torrence, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/13/10: Devon Torrence had 35 tackles and broke up two passes in 2009.
  27. Anthony Gaitor, CB, Florida International
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 178.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/13/10: Anthony Gaitor had 45 tackles, 4.5 TFL, six pass break-ups and two picks as a junior.
  28. Jason Teague, CB/FS, TCU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    5/13/10: Jason Teague had 22 tackles, three pass break-ups and two picks as a junior.
  29. Quinton Pointer, CB, UNLV
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/13/10: Quinton Pointer had 72 tackles, 4.5 TFL and four pass break-ups in 2009.
  30. Korey Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.
  31. Rudell Crim, CB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/13/10: Rudell Crim garnered 43 tackles, two TFL and four pass break-ups as a junior.
  32. Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/13/10: Byron Maxwell had 32 tackles, two picks and four passes broken up in 2009.
  33. Ochucko Jenije, CB, Florida State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/13/10: Had 31 tackles and four interceptions in 2009.
  34. Jai Eugene, CB, LSU
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 181.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/13/10: Jai Eugene had 26 tackles and one pass break-up in 2009.
  35. Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.
  36. Julian Posey, CB, Ohio
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    5/13/10: During his junior campaign, Julian Posey had 29 tackles, four pass break-ups and two picks.
  37. Darian Hagan, CB, California
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2011): FA.

    5/13/10: Broke up five passes last year and collected 29 tackles.

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