2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Grades/Rankings (2.0)
Updated grades on the CB group. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day and beyond.
A few notes on our 2.0 rankings...
*Some of these CB prospects are better (or worse) graded as safeties.
-- Obi Melifonwu might be the Calvin Johnson of DB prospects. We love his potential at corner of safety. He's one of the better prospects in this draft.
-- Adoree' Jackson is terrific and flying under the radar, somehow.
-- Kevin King could be the best cover guy of all, but has to work on technique and his frame...correctable/improvable.
-- Our Gareon Conley grades are with no impact of the recent accusations against him.
-- I wish Maryland CB William Likely could have worked out at the NFL Combine (missed due to injury). What an athletic talent. 6 picks/2 return TDs in 2014 as a sophomore. 6 return TDs in his career (4 punt return and 2 kick return).
-- I don't know why our computer models dislike Marlon Humphrey so much, but they do. A lot of hype without a lot of numbers to back it up. Good athlete...possible big-time diva.
-- Marcus Sayles, West Georgia is the top deep sleeper in this class.
2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Grades/Rankings (1.0)
Here are our first sets of grades on the CB group that we have done studies on, so far. Their grades can and will change with new information in and we will update and add prospects to this list right up to draft day.
A few quick notes on the Cornerback group…
-- UConn's Obi Melifonwu didn't play corner in college, but given his numbers in coverage as a safety and his freakish body and tools -- he's our top corner and safety prospect.
-- The big name prospect we've graded low, but is most likely to defy our scouting -- Marlon Humphrey. I think he could throw a switch in the NFL if he worked at. The tools are there, but there looks like an underlying effort and technique issue...he could fix those and be the top guy here.
-- The CB prospect that graded below a 7.0 but might go on to be one of the top guys from this CB class -- Jalen Myrick, Minnesota. He's only 5'9.5" but he's the fastest guy in this class (4.28 40-time) and offers opportunity as a return man. In this ear of wide-open passing, a guy like Myrick able to run step-for-step with the 6'0" or smaller WRs (which is a growing class) are worth their weight in gold.
*The ratings are based on a 1–10 rating scale, but a prospect can score over 10.0+ and less than 0.0.
OVERALL RATING -- We merge the data from physical measurables, skill times/counts from the NFL Combine/Pro Days, with college performance data available on pass coverage/tackles, etc. and grade it compared to our database history of all college CBs, with a focus on which CBs went on to be good-great-elite in the NFL. We found characteristics/data points that the successful NFL CBs had in common in college, that most other CB prospects could not match/achieve.
Scoring with a rating over a 7.00+ in our system is where we start to take a CB prospect more seriously. Most of the future NFL-successful college CBs scored 8.00+, and most of the NFL-superior CBs pushed scores more in the 9.00+ levels...and future NFL busts will sneak in there from time to time. 10.00+ is where most of the elite NFL CBs tend to score in our system analysis.
COVERAGE -- A combination of on-field data/performance and physical profile data.
SPEED -- Measurables from a perspective of straight-line speed, burst, etc.
AGILITY -- Measurables for lateral movements, quick cuts, body type, speed, etc.
POWER -- A look at physical size, tackling productivity in college, other physical measurables. One of the side benefits/intentions here, is to see which CBs may be more of a model for a conversion to playing safety successfully in the NFL. Also denotes CBs who are more physical/will have higher tackle totals...over pure speed/coverage CBs.
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