2020 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine CB Rankings

The 2020 NFL Draft season is in full peak. We have made it through the Senior Bowl and we are now fast approaching the Scouting Combine.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing my Pre-Combine position rankings. No score is final because of the lack of athletic testing data. This data will come after combine and pro days are completed.

Today, we will look at the cornerbacks. I have watched tape on 32 CBs to this point.

OR PR NAME SCHOOL CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT TAPE PROD. TOTAL
11 1 Jeffrey Okudah Ohio State Jr 6’0 199 9 9 6.75
19 2 Cameron Dantzler Mississippi State Jr 6’2 175 8.5 10 6.6
29 3 Kristian Fulton LSU Sr 5’11 192 8.5 9 6.45
35 4 Trevon Diggs Alabama Sr 6’1 195 8.67 8 6.402
36 5 C.J. Henderson Florida Jr 6’0 191 8.17 10 6.402
37 6 Jeff Gladney TCU Sr 6’0 183 8.17 10 6.402
40 7 Noah Igbinoghene Auburn Jr 5’11 200 8.4 9 6.39
47 8 Jaylon Johnson Utah Jr 6’0 190 8 10 6.3
71 9 A.J. Terrell Clemson Jr 6’1 190 8.58 7 6.198
72 10 Damon Arnette Ohio State Sr 5’11 195 8.08 9 6.198
81 11 Kindle Vildor Georgia Southern Sr 5’10 185 8.28 8 6.168
86 12 Bryce Hall Virginia Sr 6’0 200 8.5 7 6.15
87 13 Troy Pride Notre Dame Sr 5’11 193 8 9 6.15
88 14 Michael Ojemudia Iowa Sr 6’0 199 7.75 10 6.15
89 15 Amik Robertson Louisiana Tech Jr 5’9 183 7.75 10 6.15
99 16 Lamar Jackson Nebraska Sr 6’2 206 7.67 10 6.102
106 17 Reggie Robinson Tulsa Sr 6’1 202 7.63 10 6.078
116 18 Dane Jackson Pittsburgh Sr 5’11 180 7.83 9 6.048
122 19 A.J. Green Oklahoma State Sr 6’1 199 8 8 6
140 20 Julian Blackmon Utah Sr 6’0 190 7.88 8 5.928
147 21 Parnell Motley Oklahoma Sr 6’0 184 7.33 10 5.898
194 22 Trajan Bandy Miami (FL) Jr 5’9 188 7.25 9 5.7
201 23 Charles Oliver Texas A&M Sr 6’1 196 7.2 9 5.67
202 24 Stantley Thomas-Oliver FIU Sr 6’0 183 7.2 9 5.67
224 25 Jaron Bryant Fresno State Sr 5’11 175 7 9 5.55
225 26 Darnay Holmes UCLA Jr 5’10 192 7.25 8 5.55
239 27 Nevelle Clarke UCF Sr 6’1 179 6.875 9 5.475
252 28 Lavert Hill Michigan Sr 5’9 185 7 8 5.4
253 29 Zedrick Raymond Miami (Ohio) Sr 6’0 181 7 8 5.4
284 30 Javaris Davis Auburn Sr 5’8 187 6.6 8 5.16
289 31 Essang Bassey Wake Forest Sr 5’9 193 6 10 5.1
290 32 DeMarkus Acy Missouri Sr 6’0 195 7 6 5.1

TOP GUYS

Okudah is a lockdown corner that can eliminate one side of the field. Like former Buckeyes Shawn Springs and Marshon Lattimore, Okudah looks destined for NFL stardom. Dantzler is tremendous in man-to-man. He has excellent ball skills. Despite only weighing 175 pounds, Dantzler will get his nose dirty.

CBs I LIKE MORE THAN MOST

Kindle Vildor was the most impressive cover corner I saw in person this year. He has quick hips and decent ball skills. Vildor has a swagger about him and a short memory. He more than held his own during Senior Bowl practices. Vildor will likely go on early day three but I think he has NFL starter potential.

CBs I LIKE LESS THAN MOST

Essang Bassey gets love in some draft circles. However, outside of Shea Patterson, I do not think there was a worse player during Senior Bowl week than Bassey. Every time you looked up a WR was running by him. He probably shouldn’t be drafted.

LATE ROUND PROSPECTS TO TAKE A FLIER ON

Stantley Thomas-Oliver impressed me with his coverage skills in the Camellia Bowl against Arkansas State’s dynamic WR duo. He uses his length well. STO should come off the board late on day three but I think he can make an early impact.

Next time out, we will look at the safeties.

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