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Video: CB and S Rankings

Sunday, April 07, 2013


Less than a month remains until those glorious three days in April, when teams can considerably impact their roster for the next five or so years. It is so difficult to discern actual team interest from smokescreens that the best approach might be to focus on individual rankings at this time.

In the meantime, Kay Adams (@heykayadams) and I (@JoshNorris) ran through my top cornerbacks and safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft.


Rankings: Top Five Cornerbacks and Safeties


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Cornerbacks:

 

1. Dee Milliner, Alabama

 

Where he wins: Sticks to receivers from the snap all the way downfield with physical play and speed to stay in hip pocket. Well-built for the position and it shows when attacking ball carriers. Uses hands to disengage or keep the edge.

 

2. Xavier Rhodes, FSU

 

Where he wins: Press man coverage to slow receivers’ routes off the line and stick with them downfield. Remains balanced with his punch and shows that same physicality when wanting to attack the run on the edge.

 

3. Jamar Taylor, Boise State

 

Where he wins: Adept in press of off coverages. Very good at getting physical at the catch point to disrupt the receiver. Fluid hips and smooth turns with footwork to stick with vertical or breaking receivers. Comes up to set the edge, forcing the running back inside.

 

4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

 

Where he wins: Played a lot of cover 3 and not afraid to cut off his line and take a chance on underneath targets. His risks tend to pay off. Height and willingness to go up and get it allows him to win at the catch point. Not shy against contact.

 

5. Desmond Trufant, Washington

 

Where he wins: Quick feet to stay in close range of receivers in their breaks. Keeps a safe distance from his assignment which will help to not draw downfield contact penalties in the NFL.

 

Safeties:

 

1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

 

Where he wins: Combo safety that fits where many schemes in NFL are moving. Interchangeable in the back half and showed plenty of comfort and aggression while covering slot receivers. Change of direction is there.

 

2. Johnathan Cyprien, FIU

 

Where he wins: An aggressive, physical player with enough mobility, awareness, and range to play the safety spots interchangeably. Sure tackler with aggression to make a play on ball carriers or when blitzing. Experience in the slot.

 

3. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

 

Where he wins: Big hitter that can set the tone for a defense. Interchangeable safety in the back half. Showed well at cornerback when asked to play the position, but natural fit at safety. Feisty, downhill player.

 

4. Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

 

Where he wins: Center field type safety who tracks the ball well with angles to disrupt the catch point. Shows enough tackling ability to be a reliable last line of defense. Great ball skills and shows a physical side closing downhill versus receivers.

 

5. J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern

 

Where he wins: Aggressively closes on pass catchers in front of him with strong hits. Same goes for run defending, not afraid to sacrifice himself to take out lead blockers from a strong safety role. Still learning the position.



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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