Our “Red Dot” Cornerbacks
Kyle — Tre’Davious White, LSU
White is one of my favorite prospects in this class. He’s a true professional in his approach to the game and has the skills to come in and play in the slot immediately. I also think, with a bit of time, he’s a CB2 for a long time in the league. Versatility to flex from the boundary to the slot adds extra value for White that other top prospects simply don’t have. I also love how sticky he is in coverage, how he sees the play developing, and how he turns and finds the ball in the air. He might never be a shut-down guy, but he’s a dang good cover corner.
Dan — Quincy Wilson, Florida
It’s surprising how much Wilson is getting overlooked in national draft media when it comes to first-round cornerback prospects. While the Florida product didn’t run a blazing forty time (4.54) at the combine, he should still be considered a top-five cornerback in this draft class. While speed isn’t his game, Wilson consistently wins in coverage with excellent technique, footwork, and length. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Wilson can out-muscle receivers downfield, while he also has the quick feet and change of direction ability to stick on receiver’s hip all over the field. He may be one of the top man-coverage cornerback in this class, and he really excels at pressing at the line of scrimmage. Not to mention he has a tremendous ball skills and a knack for forcing turnovers. He’d be a great fit in Dom Capers’ defense.
Our “Black Dot” Cornerbacks
Kyle — Kevin King, Washington
Kevin King is an elite athlete. But I am looking for elite cornerbacks. If I have time to coach King before I need to throw him out on a boundary in coverage, well, then OK. But If I am taking a guy in the first couple of rounds I want to be able to get production out of him, and quickly. King’s elite size and athleticism has carried him in college in ways that it won’t in the NFL. I like him, but not until much later than most.
Dan — Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
While Wilson can make up for average speed with size, length, and technique, Lewis does not have this luxury. Many teams, including the Packers, will likely dismiss Lewis from their draft boards because he doesn’t meet their 5-foot-11 height threshold. At 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, Lewis is an undersized cornerback who will likely have to make a living over the slot in the NFL. Granted, the Michigan product is still talented enough to warrant a draft pick, but he could fall later in the draft than many initially projected because of off-field red flags in addition to the size concerns. Lewis was arrested back in March and accused of a misdemeanor domestic violence for assaulting his girlfriend.