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2019 NFL Draft/Dynasty Rookie Draft Preview -- THEIR Top Three Cornerback Prospects
Looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft/Dynasty Rookie Draft, etc., prospects. We’re going position by position (except OL) and looking at the top 3-5 expert consensus prospects (not my top 5). I’m doing an abbreviated study of a couple game tapes and review the performance numbers through 2017 and giving my initial impressions on these prospects.
Scouting with just eyes is dangerous. I’d like to have my computer scouting models helping me, but we cannot use that tool until the pre-draft measurables, etc., are recorded. I’m a pretty decent talent evaluator of just tape after all the years, but not without flaw.
So, with that – here’s my first impressions of spending a little time with each prospect. I’m going to rank them from worst-to-best of the group and assign a school letter scouting grade as well.
Trayvon Mullens, Clemson (Early Prospect Grade: C)
Not that impressed here. Definitely, the least impressive of this top 3. Kinda skinny frame. Plays off the receiver a lot/gives up a lot of space. He feels less like a technician and more like a good athlete trying to run with WRs. He shows no interest or great ability in tackling ballcarriers either. Raw. Could blossom, maybe. Not there yet for me.
Andraez “Greedy” Williams, LSU (Early Prospect Grade: B)
The early mainstream pick for top CB prospect. I’m guessing it’s because he led the SEC in interceptions as a freshman in 2017. He’s good, no doubt, but obviously I don’t think he’s the best of this trio.
I like Williams. He’s aggressive – you might even say greedy... He mirrors WRs pretty well. He’s got size (6’1”/185). He has a lot going for him. Maybe after we dig deeper next year, he ends up actually being the best, but right here, right now, I don’t think he is.
DeAndre Baker, Georgia (Early Prospect Grade: A)
Love his cover skills. Possible instant shutdown corner in the NFL coming 2019.
Great physique. Definitely spends time in the weight room…muscular/defined but not too bulky; just right. Long arms to go with it at about 5’11”/180-185 I’d estimate.
He’s an aggressive, confident but not cocky CB with excellent mirroring skills. He seems like he’s always with the receiver no matter where he’s chasing on the field and Baker always seems to be getting his hands on the ball – picks and near picks. He’s just good at his craft. Excited to see more this season. He’s got first-round pick written all over him.