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NFL Draft Position Breakdown – CB Edition

Position Outlook

Position Rank amongst different positions:

  • High-Finish Expertise – 2nd (of 11)
  • Depth – 4th
  • 1st Spherical Caliber Gamers – 4 (sixth)
  • General – 2nd

This place, in contrast to many others on this draft, may be among the many greatest CB courses in current reminiscence. With a locked-and-loaded stud in Gardner, and a participant with arguably the best potential of all prospects shortly in Stingley, it is rather wealthy on the prime. Moreover, the poor depth at this place has been largely overstated. There are numerous intriguing prospects later within the draft who may very well be high quality NFL starters.

High 7 Position Rating

  1. Ahmad Gardner CIN – Full Scouting Report
  2. Derek Stingley Jr. LSU – Full Scouting Report
  3. Trent McDuffie WAS – Full Scouting Report
  4. Kaiir Elam FLA – Full Scouting Report
  5. Roger McCreary AUB – Full Scouting Report
  6. Andrew Sales space Jr. CLEM – Full Scouting Report
  7. Tariq Woolen UTSA – Full Scouting Report

Whereas Gardner is the CB1, it’s not a big hole between him and Stingley. Gardner is well essentially the most “sure thing” on this class, however Stingley has a a lot greater ceiling. After the “Big 2”, McDuffie and Elam are elite, and possess the capabilities to be Day 1 starters. After them, I really like the upside of the following 3, however they arrive with extra important and damning questions.

Ahmad Gardner is basically the consensus CB1, and his rep and collegiate domination converse for themself

Rating Notes

Overrated

  • Andrew Sales space Jr. CLEM – Whereas he possesses all of the instruments you’d need, it doesn’t appear he’s particular or thrilling in any approach. Additionally, his character has been a serious query. His in-game outbursts and cockiness look extra like ego moderately than confidence. Whereas it’s laborious to gauge a participant’s character by a display, the unfavorable impacts gamers like which have on a workforce (see the Toney scenario in New York) trigger me to worth Sales space a lot decrease than consensus.
  • Kyler Gordon WAS – Uncooked and unpolished, Gordon has a variety of room to enhance in his precise play. His calling card was his athleticism and size, however he’s solely common at these, so what are we hanging our hat on?

Underrated

  • Tariq Woolen UTSA – Most scouts take a look at Woolen as a freaky bodily toolbox that lacks soccer skills. It’s true, he hardly performed Nook, however that hints at a possible studying curve and anticipated enchancment. I used to be impressed by his skills, and I don’t assume he has as many flaws in his recreation as is broadly accepted.
  • Kaiir Elam FLA – Elam is sort of a late-1st shoo-in, however I view him as a High 20 expertise, and he must be locked right into a High 20 decide. His size and physicality matched along with his agility and mirroring capacity is one thing actually particular.

Sleepers

  • Martin Emerson MSST – Emerson is a modern-day pterodactyl. His arm size is ridiculous, and his on-field capabilities are being slept on.
  • Zyon McCollum SHSU – A prime 3 athlete on this whole draft, and (in accordance with RAS) essentially the most athletic Nook prospect ever, he presents engaging bodily traits. If it weren’t for his sloppy and disappointing tape in opposition to FCS competitors he can be extremely touted.
  • Marcus Jones HOU – BALLER. Jones is a pure participant, and one of the crucial pure soccer gamers on this class. The athleticism and measurement are regarding and may drop him to Day 3, however his on-field skills are value one thing.
  • Cam Taylor-Britt NEB – Freaky ball abilities and athleticism, however he’s quite a bit to enhance on his precise play earlier than he might be relied on as a starter.

Largest Risers

  • Ahmad Gardner CIN – With Stingley having such an up-and-down offseason, Gardner’s safeness and assuredness are slowly bumping him up draft boards. There are few flaws to his recreation, and whereas gamers round him are being nitpicked, continually struggling to seek out what to nitpick with him is a good signal.
  • Tariq Woolen UTSA – After a stellar Mix, Woolen made himself too intriguing a prospect to disregard.
  • Derek Stingley Jr. LSU – That is the one time I’ve ever seen a participant as the most important faller and in addition the most important riser in a pre-draft interval. To talk to his rise, his easy Professional Day athletic masterclass had scouts drooling, and across the block, excuses are beginning to be made to disregard his query marks.

Largest Fallers

  • Roger McCreary AUB – The arm size is a giant crimson flag, as he is likely one of the least prolonged Corners in current reminiscence. Moreover, his clear unfamiliarity with zone ideas on the Senior Bowl exhibits he may be extra of a undertaking than a protected decide.
  • Kyler Gordon WAS – A participant whose whole draft inventory was predicated on his athleticism and size, coming in at sub-6′ and working a 4.5 40 is bound to drop him down many pegs.
  • Derek Stingley Jr. LSU – That is the one time I’ve ever seen a participant as the most important faller and in addition the most important riser in a pre-draft interval. His lack of high quality soccer tape in 2 years, previous accidents, and energy questions are too many inquiries to ignore. On the intense facet, his rise occurred after his fall, placing him proper again in High-5 consideration.

Superlative Ranks

Greatest Relative Athlete

  1. Zyon McCollum SHSU
  2. Damarri Mathis PITT
  3. Tariq Woolen UTSA
  4. Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
  5. Martin Emerson MSST

Greatest Size

  1. Martin Emerson MSST
  2. Ahmad Gardner CIN
  3. Tariq Woolen UTSA
  4. Vincent Grey MICH
  5. Kaiir Elam FLA

Greatest Press Nook

  1. Ahmad Gardner CIN
  2. Kaiir Elam FLA
  3. Roger McCreary AUB
  4. Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
  5. Tariq Woolen UTSA

Greatest Man Protection

  1. Ahmad Gardner CIN
  2. Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
  3. Roger McCreary AUB
  4. Kaiir Elam FLA
  5. Andrew Sales space Jr. CLEM

Greatest Zone Protection

  1. Trent McDuffie WAS
  2. Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
  3. Kaiir Elam FLA
  4. Andrew Sales space Jr. CLEM
  5. Tariq Woolen UTSA

Greatest Ball Abilities

  1. Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
  2. Cam Taylor-Britt NEB
  3. Martin Emerson MSST
  4. Kaiir Elam FLA
  5. Ahmad Gardner CIN
On a traits foundation, and as is obvious in these Superlative Ranks, Woolen has some nice bodily traits, and his soccer skills are enormously underrated

Last Projection

Because the passing recreation turns into an more and more pivotal a part of the sport, gamers who can disrupt passes are at a premium. As such, Corners must be drafted extremely on this draft, and some would possibly sneak into the first spherical that don’t should be there.
Gardner and Stingley would possibly fall a couple of spots within the draft from their precise worth since groups selecting within the High 10 will probably be blissful taking both of the 2, and there aren’t many groups that may prioritize CB within the High 10.
After that, McDuffie, Sales space, and Elam are all prone to be 1st spherical picks. The remainder of the group won’t go earlier than the late 2nd, however with the place being so impactful, I wouldn’t be stunned in the event that they sneak their approach up.

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