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2015 CB Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2015

 A few additional notes about our Cornerback ranking board (2.0):

 -- We did the best we could with Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, the injured CB from Oregon—who was supposed to be a 1st-round CB pre-injury. Ummm, that was Oregon-hype. He’s 5’9”, he wasn’t going to be a top-32 pick.

 -- Marcus Peters is down in our grades not just because of off-field red-flags, but he’s not that great a total package on paper and tape. He’s not a lock-down corner. He’s OK on-field + issues off the field.

 -- Spare me with Trae Waynes...he’s average.

 -- The sleepers among those who didn’t grade as well for us: Steve Nelson is much better on tape than his computer model numbers, to me.

D’Juon Smith is scrappy like Nelson too. His size is a bit of an issue—he’s a player, but not a franchise CB.

Darryl Roberts…goes without saying that he is a ‘sleeper’. He’s a must-read scouting report.

Here are a few notes to consider about our current CB grades (1.0):

 -- Our Cornerback board looks nothing like the national/consensus boards, but we feel pretty strongly we’ll not only be ‘right’ in the end—but we might be right a lot on draft day. We have maintained since February that Byron Jones and Eric Rowe were first-round talents, and should be the first two CBs off the board on draft day (maybe Darryl Roberts is in that argument). Jones is moving his way up now, and Rowe is starting to heat up as well.

Don’t be shocked if Jones goes top 15, ahead of mainstream favorite Trae Waynes. Don’t be surprised if Eric Rowe is the third CB off the draft board in round-one.

 -- We like Quinten Rollins more as a Safety prospect (our top Safety prospect), much more than we do as a Cornerback. He’s a decent CB prospect, but could be an impact starter a lot quicker in the NFL at Safety than as a CB.

 -- We like Damarious Randall as both a CB and Safety prospect, but don’t see stardom at either spot for him in the NFL…but he should wind up as an NFL starter as a Free Safety or Cornerback eventually

 -- The ‘sleeper’ of this group that didn’t grade highly—Oregon State CB Steven Nelson. His tape is much better than his statistical metrics…in our opinion.

 

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 A few additional notes about our Cornerback ranking board (2.0):

 -- We did the best we could with Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, the injured CB from Oregon—who was supposed to be a 1st-round CB pre-injury. Ummm, that was Oregon-hype. He’s 5’9”, he wasn’t going to be a top-32 pick.

 -- Marcus Peters is down in our grades not just because of off-field red-flags, but he’s not that great a total package on paper and tape. He’s not a lock-down corner. He’s OK on-field + issues off the field.

 -- Spare me with Trae Waynes...he’s average.

 -- The sleepers among those who didn’t grade as well for us: Steve Nelson is much better on tape than his computer model numbers, to me.

D’Juon Smith is scrappy like Nelson too. His size is a bit of an issue—he’s a player, but not a franchise CB.

Darryl Roberts…goes without saying that he is a ‘sleeper’. He’s a must-read scouting report.

Here are a few notes to consider about our current CB grades (1.0):

 -- Our Cornerback board looks nothing like the national/consensus boards, but we feel pretty strongly we’ll not only be ‘right’ in the end—but we might be right a lot on draft day. We have maintained since February that Byron Jones and Eric Rowe were first-round talents, and should be the first two CBs off the board on draft day (maybe Darryl Roberts is in that argument). Jones is moving his way up now, and Rowe is starting to heat up as well.

Don’t be shocked if Jones goes top 15, ahead of mainstream favorite Trae Waynes. Don’t be surprised if Eric Rowe is the third CB off the draft board in round-one.

 -- We like Quinten Rollins more as a Safety prospect (our top Safety prospect), much more than we do as a Cornerback. He’s a decent CB prospect, but could be an impact starter a lot quicker in the NFL at Safety than as a CB.

 -- We like Damarious Randall as both a CB and Safety prospect, but don’t see stardom at either spot for him in the NFL…but he should wind up as an NFL starter as a Free Safety or Cornerback eventually

 -- The ‘sleeper’ of this group that didn’t grade highly—Oregon State CB Steven Nelson. His tape is much better than his statistical metrics…in our opinion.

 

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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