I occasionally visit a site with some interesting football info. And one that ArkCowboys makes mention of here on this blog.
Well, today I stumbled across a breakdown of college CBs expected to be selected in the NFL 2008 Draft next year with the writer also noting that the group of safeties appear to be weak.
With cover guys on D being a priority for us heading into the off season, I thought this piece might interest some of you.
What's interesting about the analysis is that the columnist touts South Florida's Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams amongst his Top 10 cornerback prospects, but never mentions Aqib Talib or Malcolm Jenkins at all.
In addition to the aforementioned DBs from USF, there are some others some of you may have already known about or maybe never heard of.
Check it out...
This year’s cornerback crop has some size, which could be a big plus with a very, very weak crop of safeties that may not include a single senior drafted in the first three rounds. Teams looking for athletic safeties may be forced to convert cornerbacks or will have to hope for a solid crop of underclassmen, which it does not appear to be.
The Southeast, as it traditionally is, turned out to be a fertile breeding ground for cornerbacks. Headlining this year’s CB crop are a pair of cornerbacks from South Florida — Mike Jenkins [sorry Terry, I know you cannot stand him] and Trae Williams. Jenkins has explosive speed and outstanding cover skills. He can accelerate quickly to the break point and blanket receivers. His character and toughness could be called into question, but in a league where many defensive coordinators place the greatest emphasis on cover ability, Jenkins should not be affected much by his lackadaisical approach to run support. He should easily fit into the first round and will likely be a top-15 pick, especially after he showed he could contribute in the return game late in the year.
Williams is not quite as big or fast as Jenkins, but he is a better football player with better hands and ball skills and may turn out to be the better pro. He could fit into the second round.
Two other pleasant surprises from the Southeast have been Troy CB Leodis McKelvin and Auburn CB Patrick Lee. McKelvin has excellent feet, the best of any cornerback in the draft despite coming from a relatively small program. Unlike many cornerbacks who use a slide-and-shuffle technique, he can stay in his pedal and transition fluidly. When he sticks his foot in the ground, he can close remarkably fast. He plays a lot of man-off coverage and shows the ability to drop his hips and shadow receivers. What will likely push him into the first round, however, is his ability to create with the ball in his hands. He has seven career punt-return touchdowns and the short-area burst, gear change and long speed to emerge as a legitimate game-changer in the return game, although he does not always field the ball cleanly.
Lee is only a first-year starter and, unlike McKelvin, is not well-versed in man-off coverage, but he is excellent on special-teams coverage, standing out as a gunner and playing on every team. He is very physical at the line, plays strong and excels in press-man coverage. He should not be overly penalized for only starting one year, after backing up David Irons a year ago and lining up as the nickel back, because Auburn asks their nickel back to make all the adjustments — a task that Lee was better-suited to handle than the learning-disabled Irons. His best landing spot could be in a cover-2 scheme.
For the rest of the story (didn't Paul Harvey once say that), click on the link below...
What do you all think? Which cover corner would you like for us to draft and why? In what round would you take this player? Would you take more than one DB within the first three rounds -- knowing that we have two first round selections?
Please comment. I'd like to read everyone's opinions.