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Cowboys draft 2023: Cornerback Emmanuel Forbes scouting report

Scouting report series on this year’s draft prospects with player projections and comparisons. This review is of Mississippi State Bulldogs Emmanuel Forbes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 19 ETSU at Mississippi State Photo by Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We continue with our 2023 NFL Draft draft prospect review of players that could interest the Dallas Cowboys. Today we look at cornerback Emmanuel Forbes from the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Previous prospect reviews:

DT Bryan Bresee
CB Kelee Ringo
LB Andre Carter II
CB Joey Porter Jr
WR Jalin Hyatt
OG O’Cyrus Torrence
RB Bijan Robinson
C John Michael Schmitz
RB Devon Achane
CB Devon Witherspoon
RB Jahmyr Gibbs
TE Darnell Washington
DE Will McDonald IV

Emmanuel Forbes was a 4-star prospect (247 Sports). He received nine offers but chose to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2020.

It didn’t take long for Forbes’ to get a starting role. By Week 6 of his freshman year, he was on the starting roster and played 617 defensive snaps. He made 45 tackles, five interceptions with three pick-sixes and also added six pass break-ups. He finished his first year allowing a passer rating of 98.5.

In 2021, Forbes picked up where he left off and played a total of 685 snaps. He made 45 tackles with five tackles-for-loss while also adding an impressive 28 defensive stops. In coverage duties, Forbes made three interceptions and four pass break-ups while allowing a passer rating of 85.7.

In Forbes’ junior season in 2022, he became a complete shutdown corner playing 668 snaps on defense. He made 46 tackles and one TFL. It was in coverage that he became a force to reckon with. He allowed only a 50% completion rate while making six interceptions, scoring three touchdowns and allowing a very stingy passer rating of 44.4. In Week 5 versus Texas A&M, Forbes allowed no catches on four targets and made two interceptions, this was his career game and went back-to-back weeks allowing a passer rating of zero.

Emmanuel Forbes
Mississippi State Bulldogs
4-star high school recruit
Height- 6’0”
Weight- 166
Hands- 8 1/2
Arm Length- 32 1/4
Wingspan- 82 1/4

NFL Combine/Pro Day

10-Yard split- 1.48
40-Yard Time- 4.35s
Vert- 37.5”


2022- Second-Team All-America
2022- First Team All-SEC
2021- Second Team All-SEC
2020- Second Team All-SEC


Overall- 87.1/100
Tackling- 74/100
Run Stopping- 92/100
Zone Coverage- 94/100
Man Coverage- 89/100
Speed- 94/100
Strength- 79/100
Acceleration- 94/100
Agility- 89/100


  • A complete talent when the ball is in the air. Owns the FBS record for career pick-sixes, with six.
  • Contested catch specialist. Has no issues winning when high-pointing the ball.
  • Has insane burst and acceleration to catch up with receivers both in chase and backpedal.
  • Shown to have extra gear helping to hit high speeds.
  • Good tracking of the ball.
  • Sticks to receivers hip pocket extremely well in zone situations.
  • With his length, speed and jumping ability he completely eliminates deep pass attempts.
  • Has good aggression and awareness on run plays.
  • Comes down fast in run support with good vision.


  • Bigger and stronger receivers always manage to wall him off on run plays.
  • Will completely miss backs coming out the backfield with terrible angles.
  • Has issues with discipline. Eight penalties the last two years due to his over aggressive mentality.
  • Doesn’t have the experience playing from the slot.
  • Receivers can get past him in the open field with simple moves due to him wanting to lay the boom.
  • His frame is small leading to both issues with being strong-armed by receivers but also his durability in the NFL with his play style.
  • Takes a lot of chances and guesses in pass coverage.


Emmanuel Forbes is a top outside cornerback in this year’s draft. If you don’t watch anything else, just go watch his combine workout. He has a good understanding of playing both in press and zone coverage. His elite speed and acceleration along with his long strides chew up any soft spaces quickly and gets down on the ball in a hurry. He has the mentality and attitude of a lockdown corner and the on-field aggression to go with it. His issue will be how he can balance his aggressive play style with both his slight frame and pro level receivers at the next level.

Late-first-round talent.

(All scout consensus ranking: 40th)

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