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2008 Cornerback Rankings

The top 2008 cornerback prospects available for the 2008 NFL Draft. More will be added as time progresses. * - denotes underclassmen.

This page was last updated April 12, 2008.

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  1. Leodis McKelvin, Troy State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.38.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical 38.5.
    Projected Round: Top 10 Pick.

    Leodis McKelvin has cemented himself as the top corner in this draft, posting solid numbers in Indianapolis.

    McKelvin didn't play much in the Senior Bowl, but he had a great week of practice, showing that he's capable of playing with the top athletes in the country.

    McKelvin has developed into a solid corner after given up for dead by scouts. He'll be used as a return specialist as well.

  2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 184.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.37.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.28.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical 38.5.
    Projected Round: Top 10 Pick.

    Holy crap. Forget being a lock first-round pick. I'd be shocked if Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie makes it past the Saints at No. 10. Following up on an incredible Senior Bowl, DRC ran a 4.28, jumped a 38.5-inch vertical and leaped a broad of 10'11". He also looked extremely fluid in the drills, earning the praise of Deion Sanders.

    Wow, how was this guy not recruited by any BCS schools? Rodgers-Cromartie covers well, makes big plays and tackles extremely well. He's tall and runs a 4.3. Excluding Sedrick Ellis, Rodgers-Cromartie made the most money at the Senior Bowl, moving himself into the Top 15.

    A tall corner who runs a 4.3 is pretty rare. Getting one that picks off six passes in a season is like finding the Loch Ness Monster.

  3. Mike Jenkins, South Florida
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.38.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical 34.
    Projected Round: Top 15 Pick.

    There was nothing wrong with Mike Jenkins' combine, but it didn't have scouts and general managers drooling like they did over Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie.

    Jenkins was all over the place in South Florida's upset victory at Auburn. Jenkins intercepted a Brandon Cox pass and took it down to the Tigers' 3-yard line. Jenkins was ranked higher until he was arrested this spring for fighting outside a bar. No charges were filed, but this could still set off a red flag; coaches and general managers are much more cautious now that Roger Goodell is piloting the NFL.

  4. Antoine Cason, Arizona
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.49.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical 35.5.
    Projected Round: 1.

    Antoine Cason, a corner who thrives in the spotlight, ran a decent 40 but shocked the crowd with a vertical of 35.5 and a broad jump of 10'8". Cason may go in the top 20.

    Cason moves up the rankings after dominating the Oregon Ducks.

    Considered on the same tier as Leon Hall and Darrelle Revis before he pulled himself out of the 2007 Draft, Cason has picked off 10 passes in three years at Arizona. Cason has similar attributes as Hall, who was drafted 18th by Cincinnati.


  5. Tracy Porter, Indiana
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.33.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.37.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.29.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 1-2.

    Tracy Porter, who doubles as a return specialist, may have inched closer to first-round consideration with a 4.29 40 at his Pro Day.

    Recorded four interceptions and a blocked field goal in 2006, earning himself a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team. Porter has 10 picks in his collegiate career.

  6. Aqib Talib, Kansas
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.47.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.42.
    Benchx225: 10. Vertical 38.
    Projected Round: 1-2.

    Aqib Talib smokes weed! Burn him at the stake!!! (Can you tell that I don't think this is a big deal?)

    If Talib silenced all of his critics who called him slow at the combine, he made them really look dumb at his Pro Day. A 4.42 almost guarantees his spot in the top 20.

    Aqib Talib ran better than expected (by most people), though he matched my predicted 40 time. He's a first-round prospect despite looking awkward in some drills. Mike Mayock also exposed some of Talib's flaws on tape.

  7. Charles Godfrey, Iowa
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.35.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.47.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.38.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical 37.5.
    Projected Round: 2.

    Welcome to the second round, Charles Godfrey. Your 4.38 40 and 37.5-inch vertical at your Pro Day has served you well.

    I said Godfrey could skyrocket up the draft boards with a solid combine. He performed well, but nothing that made anyone's eyes explode.

  8. Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.55.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.54.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical 30.
    Projected Round: 2.

    No idea why some draft experts had Brandon Flowers atop their cornerback charts. In my opinion, he's a late-first, early-second prospect all the way, although I believe he could become a decent NFL player despite his awful 40.

  9. Justin King, Penn State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.32.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.31.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical 37.5.
    Projected Round: 2.

    Justin King ran an incredible 40, but that's something everyone expected. King was torched by James Hardy and other receivers last season. Still an intriguing prospect, however.

  10. Terrell Thomas, USC
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.49.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.52.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical 36.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    A jack of all trades, Terrell Thomas can play corner, safety and return specialist. He also returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in 2006. The leader of USC's locker room.

  11. Patrick Lee, Auburn
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.34.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.40.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.51.
    Benchx225: 15. Vertical 35.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Patrick Lee did not have a good Pro Day. Attempting to improve his 4.40 combine 40, Lee's time actually swelled to 4.51. Some cause for concern?

    Stepped in for David Irons and played extremely well in 2007. His 40 time will definitely get him noticed.

  12. Reggie Smith, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 199.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.61.
    Benchx225: 13. Vertical 39.5.
    Projected Round: 2-3.

    Reggie Smith's disappointing 40 probably will have teams with just cornerback needs shy away. He'll be drafted as a safety.

    I was disappointed to see Reggie Smith eschew his combine workout.

    Smith doubles as a return specialist and triples as a potential free safety. Had a fumble returned for a touchdown against Miami this year.

  13. Terrence Wheatley, Colorado
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.37.
    Benchx225: 17. Vertical 38.5.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Terrence Wheatley looked really solid at the combine. Other than his 4.37 40 and 36.5-inch vertical, Wheatley was awesome in some of the drills. Wheatley picked off three passes against Texas Tech.

    Started all 12 games last year. Went through wrist surgery this winter.

  14. Antwaun Molden, Eastern Kentuky
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 198.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.44.
    Benchx225: 23. Vertical 37.5.
    Projected Round: 3.

    Solid numbers, including a broad jump of 10'9".

  15. Zack Bowman, Nebraska
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.38.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.43.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical 32.
    Projected Round: 3-4.

    Zack Bowman is a huge risk, coming off multiple knee injuries. However, he looked good at the combine, running a 4.38. The Chargers took a shot with Antonio Cromartie and it paid off. I bet someone takes a flier on Bowman prior to the middle of the draft.



  16. Tyvon Branch, Connecticut
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 204.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.31.
    Benchx225: 19. Vertical 38.
    Projected Round: 3-4.

    Tyvon Branch opened some eyes with his 4.31. There's a chance he could sneak ahead of some of the guys who ran slowly like Chevis Jackson.

  17. Orlando Scandrick, Boise State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.32.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 38.5.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Orlando Scandrick didn't run the 40 at his Pro Day - based on his 4.32 at the combine, you can understand why - but he did manage a vertical of 38.5. He's definitely moving up some draft boards.

    Mixed reviews. Scandrick had solid numbers but he looked mediocre during the drills.

  18. Jack Williams, Kent State
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.55.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.33.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 41.
    Projected Round: 4.

    Jack Williams put up outstanding numbers at his Pro Day, notching a 40 of 4.33, a 41-inch vertical and a broad jump of 10-5. That should cement his status in the first four rounds.

  19. Chevis Jackson, LSU
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.58.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.63.
    Benchx225: 13. Vertical 40.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    In a very competitive cornerback class, Chevis Jackson's 40 could really hurt his stock.

    Granted, he wasn't going against the greatest aerial attack in the world, but Jackson played great against Mississippi State. Jackson stole the spotlight almost instantly when he broke up one of the first passes of the game.

    Jackson has the athleticism NFL scouts, coaches and GMs will drool over. Can return kickoffs and punts.

  20. Trae Williams, South Florida
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.52.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.48.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 33.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Trae Williams hoped to improve his poor 40 time at South Florida's Pro Day. He accomplished that goal, but not by much. A 4.48 was a bit disappointing.

    Williams was burnt on a deep ball by West Virginia's backup quarterback. Not only did the receiver make the catch, Williams was whistled for a pass interference.

    A ballhawk who has a knack for picking off passes, Williams notched seven interceptions in 2006.

  21. Dwight Lowery, San Jose State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.62.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Benchx225: 16. Vertical 38.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    A corner who really disappointed at the combine was Dwight Lowery. I thought he would go a high 4.3 or low 4.4, but he managed a 4.62. That takes him out of the first four rounds.

    An interception machine, Lowery led the nation with nine picks in 2006 after registering 13 in 15 games at a Junior College.

  22. Jonathan Wilhite, Auburn
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.38.
    Benchx225: 20. Vertical 35.
    Projected Round: 4-5.

    Jonathan Wilhite, who played in the shadow of Patrick Lee, opened some eyes with a 4.38 40 at the combine.

  23. Jonathan Zenon, LSU
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.56.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Benchx225: . Vertical 37.
    Projected Round: 5.

    Picked off four passes and returned two of them for touchdowns in 2006. Started all 13 games. I wonder if Chris Berman plans on calling Zenon a "warrior princess."

  24. Marcus Walker, Oklahoma
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.55.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.55.
    Benchx225: 7. Vertical 37.
    Projected Round: 5.

    Started 11 of 14 games in 2006, notching three picks.

  25. DeJuan Tribble, Boston College
    Height: 5-8. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.55.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.65.
    Benchx225: 13. Vertical 34.5.
    Projected Round: 5.

    Most players improve their 40 at their Pro Day. DeJuan Tribble went from an already-disappointing 4.55 to a 4.65. Ouch.

    DeJuan Tribble's combine left much to be desired; he wasn't great in the drills, and his 4.55 40 was lackluster.

    After an outstanding 2006 campaign, Tribble has started where he left off. Tribble recorded seven tackles and three interceptions against Wake Forest; not some mid-major or 1-AA school. Tribble definitely helped his already-impressive draft status.

    Played well against the run and returned two picks for touchdows in 2006. Tribble intercepted seven passes last year.



  26. Michael Grant, Arkansas
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.37.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical: 36.
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Michael Grant, previously a sixth-round prospect on this board, moved himself up a bit with a 4.37 40.

  27. Justin Tryon, Arizona State
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 176.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.49.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.41.
    Benchx225: 21. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 5-6.

    Justin Tryon will play some corner, but his main role on the team that drafts him will be kick and punt returner.

  28. Jack Ikegwuonu, Wisconsin
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: 5-FA.

    Didn't work out at the combine.

    Talk about an unfortunate series of events. If blowing out a knee wasn't enough, Jack Ikegwuonu is now being charged with stealing an XBOX. How dumb can you be? Why would you risk your draft stock for an XBOX? An XBOX 360 I can understand, but an ordinary XBOX? Talk about being stupid.

  29. Darnell Terrell, Missouri
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.50.
    Benchx225: 15. Vertical .
    Projected Round: 6.

    One of the tallest corners in this class, Darnell Terrell's speed at his size is pretty solid.

  30. Al Phillips, Wagner
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Level of competition is obviously an issue, but no one can ignore 17 career collegiate interceptions.

  31. Wilrey Fontenot, Arizona
    Height: 5-8. Weight: 171.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.39.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.34.
    Benchx225: 18. Vertical 34.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Forget the 4.39. Wilrey Fontenot continued to improve his 40 time, recording a 4.34 at his Pro Day. I can't imagine Fontenot not getting drafted in the later rounds.

    Wilrey Fontenot is a small corner who needed to help himself at the combine. He did just that with a 4.39 40 and a 10-8 broad jump.

  32. Isaiah Gardner, Maryland
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.41.
    Vertical 42.5.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Isaiah Gardner won't get drafted on the first day or anything, but he made a name for himself at Maryland's Pro Day, running a 4.41 and leaping 42.5 inches off the ground.

  33. Roland Minor, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 203.
    40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Missed a portion of the 2006 season after getting into a car crash.

  34. Martel Van Zant, Oklahoma State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Pro Day 40 Time: Did not run.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Needs to get into the 4.4s. Martel Van Zant could be better suited at safety in the NFL.

  35. Nile Legania, Wayne State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.
    40 Time: 4.24.
    Projected Round: 6.

    One of the fastest player in the draft, Nile Legania will return kicks and punts for his next team.

  36. Stanley Franks, Idaho
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 167.
    40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round: 6.

    So, why do I have a 167-pound corner who runs close to a 4.5 getting drafted? Stanley Franks picked off an amazing nine passes in 2006. If Franks can gain some weight while keeping his 40 static, he could go on the first day.

  37. Lionell Singleton, Florida International
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 174.
    40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round: 6.

    One of the players suspended in the Miami-Florida International melee. Picked off five passes in 2006 despite missing that game. A two-year starter, Lionell Singleton runs a nice 40, and can return kicks and punts.

  38. Scorpio Babers, Sam Houston State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    40 Time: 4.33.
    Projected Round: 6.

    Scorpio? Scorpio!?!? He runs a 4.32, but I just can't get by his name.

  39. Ambrose Wooden, Notre Dame
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    40 Time: 4.37.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    Missed a few games in 2006 with a concussion. Needs to finally become a starter. Made just 21 tackles and no picks in 2006. A 4.37 will get him drafted, however.

  40. Brian Witherspoon, Stillman
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 168.
    40 Time: 4.25.
    Projected Round: 6-7.

    As in Niles Legania's case, someone will try the lightning-quick Brian Witherspoon out at kick returner.



  41. Julius Stinson, Wyoming
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 185.
    40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round: 7.

    A bit small, but Julius Stinson has a nose for the football, picking off five passes in 2007.

  42. Glenn Sharpe, Miami
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Combine 40 Time: Did not run.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.52.
    Benchx225: 15. Vertical 37.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Glenn Sharpe didn't run the 40 at the combine, and now we can see why. A 4.52 from a 185-pound corner isn't going to cut it.

  43. Terrell Vinson, Purdue
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 183.
    40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round: 7.

    His five interceptions and two pick-sixes will get him drafted. His 40 will get him noticed - and possibly placed into a better round.

  44. Matterral Richardson, Arkansas
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.70.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.49.
    Benchx225: 14. Vertical 36.
    Projected Round: 7.

    Rebounded from a weak combine to run a 4.49 and notch a 36-inch vertical. Put himself on the map at the very least.

  45. Roy Lewis, Washington
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round: 7.

    One letter away from being a Hall-of-Fame middle linebacker. A two-year starter at Washington.

  46. Travis Williams, East Carolina
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 180.
    40 Time: 4.41.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.



  47. Derrick Huff, Eastern Kentucky
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
    40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round: 7-FA.

    Intercepted nine passes as a senior. Might be a free safety in the NFL.

  48. Kennard Cox, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
    40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Needs to either bulk up or get faster in the 40. Cousin of NFL cornerback Torrie Cox.

  49. Brandon Sumrall, Southern Miss
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.62.
    Benchx225: . Vertical .
    Projected Round: FA.



  50. Nigel Morris, Toledo
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 181.
    40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Picked off two passes in 2006.

  51. Roshaun Fellows, Tennessee
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.
    40 Time: 4.35.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Missed what looked to be a promising 2006 season with a torn PCL. Will RoShaun Fellows ever be the same again?

  52. J.R. Bryant, Florida State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 178.
    40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round: FA.

    J.R. Bryant is now at the bottom of the depth chart.

    Bryant was benched in 2006 because of his poor play. His work ethic has also come into question. Had shoulder surgery recently.

  53. Trey Brown, UCLA
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 190.
    40 Time: 4.42.
    Pro Day 40 Time: 4.65.
    Vertical: 37.
    Projected Round: FA.

    Not the biggest corner in the world, but Trey Brown has nine picks the past two seasons. Started every year at school, including his freshman season when he was in the opening lineup for five games.

  54. Justin McKinney, Kansas State
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Combine 40 Time: 4.65.
    Benchx225: 11. Vertical 29.5.
    Projected Round: FA.



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