Ken Webster*, CB, Ole Miss
Height: 5-11. Weight: 194. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2018): 1-2. 11/11/17: Webster has been the most impressive corner I've seen this year. He has everything that teams look for with excellent speed, athleticism, and ball skills. Webster has been locking down receivers this year using his quick feet, twitchy athleticism, and fast foot speed to prevent separation. He has 16 tackles and two passes broken up in 2017, but goes under the radar because Ole Miss is down this year. In 2015, Webster had 41 tackles with 11 break ups and an interception. Webster has been impressive in 2017 despite not being 100 percent from an ACL tear and other damage that he sustained in the 2016 season opener that caused him to miss that entire year.
Denzel Ward*, CB, Ohio State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 191. Projected 40 Time: 4.48. Projected Round (2018): 1-2. 11/11/17: Ward has 23 tackles with 11 passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the season opener against Indiana, he notched an interception, four tackles and five passes broken up. Ward also was beaten for a touchdown and some other receptions by big Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. Ward struggled with Cobbs' size, but was good at preventing separation.
For the NFL, Ward has good speed, athleticism, ball skills, and quick feet to run the route to prevent separation. Some sources believe he could end up being a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
9/1/17: There has been some hype about Ward, who is set to replace Marshon Lattimore/Gareon Conley this season. Ward totaled 23 tackles with nice passes broken up in 2016. While he has gotten a lot of hype suggesting he's as good as his former teammates, he's significantly smaller than them, so he will need to show that size is something he overcomes while taking over a starting spot for the Buckeyes.
Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 198. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 1-2. 11/11/17: McFadden has 20 tackles with five passes broken up and zero interceptions in 2017. He has played well overall, but was beaten on a back-shoulder play for the game-winning touchdown against Miami. McFadden gave up a similar touchdown to Syracuse wide receiver Steve Ishmael.
McFadden is at his best in press-man and zone coverages rather than off-man coverage. He can struggle with deep speed down the sideline and doesn't always play the ball well.
9/1/17: McFadden was up and down in 2016, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes, he looks great, but other times, he seems lost and gives up some big plays. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight last year, but part of that total was teams were picking on him and throwing the ball a lot in his direction. He also recorded 20 tackles and six passes broken up.
McFadden has great size, but he also has some limitations. McFadden should fit best as a press-man corner in a Seahawks-style defense.
Carlton Davis*, CB, Auburn
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 11/11/17: Thus far in 2017, Davis has 20 tackles and 10 passes broken up. He is a good corner with size, speed and length. The junior can battle big wideouts as he is a physical defender who really competes. Davis can have issues with coverage downfield and deep speed like many big corners. Some sources believe he could end up being a first-round pick, but others aren't as high on Davis.
9/1/17: Davis was a very impressive freshman cornerback in 2015 as he totaled 56 tackles with three interceptions and eight passes broken up. As a sophomore, Davis had a solid season with 46 tackles and 10 breakups.
Davis shows nice technique to jam receivers and use his length to cover them. He has the potential to rise.
Jaire Alexander*, CB, Louisville
Height: 5-11. Weight: 188. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round (2018): 1-3. 11/11/17: Alexander missed five games because of an injury this year, but returned to the field in Week 6. He had two tackles on the season before breaking his hand and missing more action.
9/1/17: Alexander was very good for Louisville in 2016, racking up 39 tackles with nine passes broken up and five interceptions. He also was a dangerous punt returner. There is a lot of upside for Alexander to develop.
Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 183. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 11/11/17: Averett has 30 tackles, four passes broken up and an interception so far in 2017. He had an unimpressive tape against LSU, allowing separation downfield on a number of plays.
One team source thought Averett might end up going in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but sources from five different teams say they have Averett as a second-day-caliber player. A lot of team sources see problems with Averett. They think that he is not a play-maker on the ball and is not a finisher. He's intelligent and more consistent within the scheme, which has earned him playing time over the more-physically gifted Tony Brown, but sources from each team said they didn't like how Averett played the ball. One general manager said that weight is an issue with Averett as he has been in the 180s. Alabama lists Averett at 6-foot, 183 pounds, but those numbers can be inflated. Another general manager said that Averett being a narrow-framed guy who doesn't play the ball well is a concerning combination for the NFL. Thus, he said that the highest they could see Averett going was the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the third round a definite possibility.
9/1/17: Averett could easily rise in these rankings as he has a good skill set. He had some hit and miss moments in 2016. It also was his first season of extensive playing time. The junior totaled 48 tackles with eight passes broken up, zero interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Averett will probably improve as a senior.
Joshua Jackson*, CB, Iowa
Height: 6-1. Weight: 192. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 11/11/17: Jackson has been enjoying an excellent season as a dangerous ballhawk for the Hawkeyes. He put an exclamation point on the year with a three-interception game against Ohio State. In 2017, Jackson has 36 tackles with 15 passes broken up and five interceptions. The Iowa coaching staff wanted Jackson to turn more tips and batted passes into interceptions, and he responded by doing that against Ohio State with three picks.
Jackson has a good size for the NFL with length and athleticism. His timed speed will be important.
Donte Jackson*, CB, LSU
Height: 5-11. Weight: 175. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2018): 2-3. 11/11/17: Kevin Toliver II was the more-hyped cornerback entering this season, but Jackson has been the better player this season. He doesn't have Toliver's size, and that makes Jackson more of a nickelback in the NFL. Jackson is extremely fast, however, so he will be a good corner to lineup against smaller speed receivers. He is athletic to run the route and prevent separation, but he is a gambler, so he could stand to play with more discipline for the pros. Scouts tell me that Jackson is talented, but has a ton of discipline issues to work on, and that might include some hard lessons versus pro receivers.
Jackson has 31 tackles with seven passes broken up in 2017. As a sophomore, he totaled 39 tackles with eight breakups and two interceptions. Jackson notched an interception, 26 tackles and two breakups in his freshman year.
Sam Beal*, CB, Western Michigan
Height: 6-1. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: Beal is a cornerback who has created some buzz in the scouting community. He has good height and length for the NFL, but will need to gain some weight and strength to take on big pro receivers. In 2017, Beal has 21 tackles with two interceptions, one forced fumble, and 10 passes broken up. He totaled 55 tackles with eight passes broken up in 2016.
Adonis Alexander*, CB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: Alexander has 22 tackles with four passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble so far in 2017. The junior is a big press-man corner who also can function in zone. In Week 1, Alexander had issues defending quick slants when playing off-man coverage. He isn't twitchy or explosive enough to drive on the ball when playing that technique. Alexander is physical and can tackle. His best fit in the NFL might come as a safety, and that was the position he played when he went to Virginia Tech.
9/1/17: In 2016, Alexander recorded 44 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions. He was extremely impressive as a freshman with 55 tackles, four interceptions and six passes broken up. Alexander has a lot of size and length to battle big receivers.
J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland
Height: 6-1. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: While he comes with serious off-the-field concerns, sources have raved about the talent and skill set with Jackson. He has excellent athleticism to go along with speed and good size. This season, Jackson has 32 tackles with three passes broken up and three interceptions. He totaled 40 tackles with six breakups and a pick in 2016.
Jackson was kicked out of the Florida Gators program in 2015 following an armed robbery - for which he was ultimately acquitted. There was also another incident in late 2014 during which Jackson was shot at - with a bullet grazing his eye lid - and a companion of his getting shot in the face. The off-the-field issues are going to be vetted heavily, but Jackson has the physical talent to be an early-round pick for the NFL.
Mark Fields*, CB, Clemson
Height: 5-11. Weight: 180. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: Fields has played well really well for Clemson in 2017 as its lead cover corner. He has 16 tackles with two breakups on the year. Fields recorded 14 tackles with four breakups and an interception in 2016. Fields needs to gain weight for the NFL. He might be relegated to being a nickel corner. Some scouting sources like Fields.
Alijah Holder*, CB, Stanford
Height: 6-2. Weight: 174. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: Holder totaled 26 tackles with one interception and three passes broken up in 2017. He is out for the season with a broken leg. Sources say Holder is planning on returning to school as a result of the injury. Evaluators feel that Holder is a big corner who looks the part, but needs to get more out of his skill set.
9/1/17: Holder only played in four games in 2016 as injuries cost him nine contests. He had 10 tackles and six breakups his limited action. In 2015, Holder had 37 tackles with seven breakups and an interception. Staying healthy is the key for him because he has a lot of upside.
Kevin Toliver II*, CB, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2018): 2-4. 11/11/17: Toliver has 24 tackles with two passes broken up and an interception this season. In speaking with scouts at multiple teams, Toliver is a bit of a love-hate prospect. Some sources are very down on him as they say he has first-round talent, but that he doesn't play up it or work to maximize his ability. Toliver gives up too much separation on a consistent basis. They are critical over his lack of instincts as well. Others like him and feel that he is being played out of position. They say that he is a press-man corner and that LSU is putting him in off-man coverage way too much.
Toliver was held out for Week 1, but LSU wouldn't clarify if it was because of suspension or injury. It sounds like it is more likely to be the former. With how Toliver is playing, he is likely to be a second-day pick or a mid-rounder rather.
9/1/17: Toliver impressed as a freshman and sophomore. Considering the amount of talent the Tigers' secondary has produced, it is a serious statement that he played immediately at LSU. In 2015, Toliver had 35 tackles with five breakups and an interception. As a sophomore, he totaled 21 tackles with one breakup across seven games.
The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder is a big corner who can run. Team sources have said Toliver has a first-round skill set.
Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 11/11/17: Brown has 19 tackles and one pass broken up this season. He has a good physical skill set with instincts, but he can be a gambler, which hurts his playing time because the coaching staff lacks trust in Brown. He has a good skill set for the NFL.
9/1/17: Brown could rise as a senior for Alabama. He totaled 32 tackles with two interceptions during the 2016 season. Brown missed some time early last year with off-the-field issues at Alabama and with the NCAA. He has a nice skill set, but he hasn't played up to it yet.
Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
Height: 5-10. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 11/11/17: Dawson can be a feast-or-famine defender in that he makes some big plays and gives up some plays. Dawson has 26 tackles with eight passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. He would fit as a nickel corner in the NFL. Dawson had an impressive tape going against Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk, running with Kirk and preventing separation.
9/1/17: Dawson played well overall as the Gators' slot corner in 2016, but was picked on by Tennessee and some other opponents. He had 24 tackles, seven passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble on the year. Dawson flashed as a reserve corner for Florida in 2015. With Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson moving on to the NFL, Dawson will be a starter for the Gators, but for the NFL, he projects to being limited to the slot because of his size.
Iman Marshall*, CB, USC
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 11/11/17: Marshall has 30 tackles with seven passes broken up in 2017. He has played well, but not overly impressively for USC. Marshall had some struggles against the giant Texas receiver Collin Johnson and had an ugly tape against Utah.
Sources have been disappointed in Marshall this season. They say he is a big corner and looks the part but he's been beaten far too often this year. Not only has he had coverage issues, but he has been flagged for pass interference penalties and grabs too much.
9/1/17: The talented Marshall became a starter as a freshman with an impressive debut in 2015. He had 67 tackles with eight passes broken up and three interceptions, including a two-interception game victimizing UCLA star quarterback Josh Rosen for those picks. Marshall stayed consistent as a sophomore with eight breakups, three interceptions and 51 tackles.
Marshall's pass coverage is a very good fit for the NFL. He has the size to battle big receivers and the ability to play a variety of techniques. Marshall has played a lot of press-man coverage and shows the skill to turn and run with receivers. He also has played off-man and zone coverage, showing nice flexibility with quick feet to be smooth in off-man situations. Marshall plays the ball extremely well and is adept to defend the 50-50 jump balls and back-shoulder throws that are en vogue in the NFL. Marshall also is an aggressive, hard-hitting run defender. He looks like a first-round prospect who should be a future NFL starter and a potential No. 1 corner for a pro defense.
Danny Johnson, CB, Southern
Height: 5-9. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 11/11/17: So far in 2017, Johnson has 46 tackles with 11 passes broken up and three interceptions - two of them returned for touchdowns.
9/1/17: Sources identified Johnson as a small-school prospect who impressed them during fall camp. They say Johnson runs the 40 in the 4.35-4.45-second range, which is an extremely fast time. Johsnon isn't just a fast sprinter as he led the FCS in interceptions last year with seven despite missing three games. That worked out as him recording an interception in every game he played in except for one. Johnson also chipped in 57 tackles with nine passes broken up. Scouts have favorably compared Johnson to other small-school cornerbacks like the Falcons' Robert Alford and the Jets' Buster Skrine. Sources also say that Johnson is further along at this stage than both Alford and Skrine were. They think that Johnson is a tough defender and built to be a nickelback in the NFL.
Blace Brown, CB, Troy
Height: 6-0. Weight: 186. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2018): 3-4. 11/11/17: Brown showed good hands against LSU, snatching an interception at the end of the fourth quarter to clinch Troy's shocking road upset. Prior to the game, team sources told me that Brown was a player who was really impressing them this season. The senior has 24 tackles with six passes broken up, two interceptions and a forced fumble this season.
9/1/17: Brown flashed for Troy last year as he totaled six interceptions with four passes broken up and 34 tackles. Brown has quality height to him.
Jamar Summers*, CB/S, Connecticut
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2017): 3-5. 11/11/17: Summers has 47 tackles with five passes broken up, one interception and a forced fumble on the season.
9/1/17: During 2016, Summers totaled 59 tackles with nine passes broken up and two interceptions while splitting time between cornerback and safety. Summers had a big 2015 season for Connecticut with eight interceptions, three passes broken up and 39 tackles. Given his position flexibility, Summers may end up being a coverage free safety in the NFL who also can play some man coverage on receivers.
Jamal Peters*, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 11/11/17: Peters has been sound in coverage for the Bulldogs in 2017, recording 16 tackles with one breakup and an interception returned 90 yards for a touchdown so far. As a sophomore, he had 18 tackles with two passes broken up and two interceptions. Peters notched 25 tackles with two passes broken up as a freshman in 2015. Peters is a big cornerback who fits as a press-man candidate for the NFL.
DeAndre Baker*, CB, Georgia
Height: 5-11. Weight: 180. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 11/11/17: Georgia has been one of the most impressive teams in college football this season, led by its nasty defense. While the front seven has gotten a lot of attention, the Bulldogs' coverage has been very sound. Baker has been their leading corner, showing some impressive ball skills with nine breakups and an interception to go with 30 tackles. Baker could use more weight for the NFL, but is off to an excellent start for his junior year.
Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2018): 3-5. 11/11/17: Davis has played well for the Aggies with 29 tackles eight passes broken up and five interceptions. Three of those picks have been returned for touchdowns. Over his career, Davis has played a lot at Utah State with one interception, three picks, and two interceptions over the previous three seasons. Davis might fit as a nickel corner in the NFL.
Derrick Baity*, CB, Kentucky
Height: 6-3. Weight: 186. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Baity is a tall cornerback with length who sources are saying could be a nice value pick in the mid- to late rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. In 2017, he has 41 tackles with five passes broken up and an interception. Baity totaled 42 tackles with seven breakups and three picks as a sophomore.
Nik Needham, CB, UTEP
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: As a senior, Needham has 45 tackles with seven passes broken up and an interception. He totaled 54 tackles with 11 breakups as a junior after 38 tackles and five breakups as a sophomore.
Sources tell me that Needham has impressed them with his cover skills for UTEP. They say that while he is not a burner, he is an outstanding technician who beats up receivers at the line of scrimmage. Needham doesn't have a lot of interceptions because teams throw away from him, but from watching him in practice, they say that he has good hands and ball skills. While his team has struggled, Needham has locked down some good receivers over the past few years while being a 3-year starter. They feel Needham would be a good zone corner in the NFL.
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Height: 5-11. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Team sources have told me that Stewart is grading out as a fourth- or fifth-rounder. They say he is a nickel-corner type for the NFL. He has some limitations and is not a very good athlete, but they are impressed with his production and ability to get his hands on a lot of passes. In 2017, Stewart has 33 tackles with 11 breakups. He had 66 tackles with 11 breakups in 2016. Stewart notched 14 breakups with four interceptions as a sophomore.
Andre Chachere, CB, San Jose State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: On the year, Chachere has 37 tackles with four passes broken up and an interception.
9/1/17: Chachere had four interceptions, 14 passes broken up and 36 tackles as a junior. In 2014, he notched 39 tackles with eight passes broken up and two interceptions.
Donovan Wilson, CB, Texas A&M
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: Wilson went out with a foot injury in the season opener and has undergone surgery. The Aggies said they don't know if he will return this season. Wilson obviously hasn't played since. He should seek a medical redshirt to return to Texas A&M.
9/1/17: Wilson was a solid corner for the Aggies in 2016 as he totaled 59 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, two passes broken up and one interception. 2015 was a big year for Wilson as he notched five interceptions, 63 tackles and three passes broken up.
Quenton Meeks*, CB, Stanford
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 4-6. 11/11/17: On the season, Meeks has 42 tackles with two passes broken up and two interceptions. He hasn't played that well this season, and sources think he should return for his senior year to get better.
9/1/17: Meeks has been a solid corner for Stanford the past two seasons. In 2016, he totaled 22 tackles with six breakups and two interceptions. The previous season, he had 34 tackles with four passes defended and three interceptions. Meeks is Stanford's No. 1 corner and a tough defender.
Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Height: 6-0. Weight: 192. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 11/11/17: Sources have been really down on Thomas and unimpressed with his play this season. Thomas has 25 tackles with two pass broken up and an interception thus far this year. He struggled against Oklahoma State and allowed separation downfield on a number of plays.
9/1/17: Thomas broke out in 2015 with five interceptions, four passes broken up and 46 tackles on the season. He played pretty well overall in 2016, although he was beaten badly by Ohio State's Noah Brown. On the year, Thomas had 49 tackles with 17 passes broken up and two interceptions. The 6-foot, 192-pounder has good size and cover skills.
Kareem Orr*, CB, Chattanooga
Height: 5-11. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Projected Round (2018): 5-7. 11/11/17: Orr has 31 tackles with an interception and two passes broken up this season.
9/1/17: Orr had a breakout freshman year for Arizona State with six interceptions while also chipping in 38 tackles and two breakups. In 2016, he recorded 53 stops with five breakups and one interception. Orr transferred to Chattanooga for personal reasons after his sophomore season.
Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2. Weight: 191. Projected 40 Time: 4.52. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 11/11/17: In 2017, Facyson has 15 tackles with three passes broken up.
9/1/17: Facyson totaled 48 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two forced fumbles in 2016. Sources said that Facyson received late-round grades before he decided to return for his senior year. In 2015, he had 31 tackles with 10 passes broken up. Facyson only played in three games in 2014 after struggling with a lingering knee injury suffered in spring practice. He was an impact-making player for the Hokies in 2013. As a freshman, Facyson recorded 27 tackles with five interceptions and eight passes broken up.
Jaylen Dunlap, CB, Illinois
Height: 6-1. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 11/11/17: Dunlap has a combination of size and speed for his NFL team to work with. He hasn't been a star at Illinois, but sources say he is draftable late and has the skill set to be a better pro than college player. Dunlap has good size and is said to run very fast in the 40. Like most big corners, he has tightness in off-man coverage and is better off playing press-man and getting physical.
In 2017, Dunlap has 16 tackles with three breakups, and it seems like he is in the doghouse of the Illini coaching staff. He totaled 63 tackles with 11 breakups last season.
Deatrick Nichols, CB, South Florida
Height: 5-10. Weight: 189. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2018): 6-FA. 11/11/17: Nichols has 41 tackles with eight passes broken up and three interceptions so far this year.
9/1/17: Nichols would be rated higher if he were bigger. As a junior in 2016, he recorded four interceptions, seven passes broken up and 49 tackles. Nichols had 62 tackles, five breakups and four interceptions as a sophomore.
Ranthony Texada, CB, TCU
Height: 5-10. Weight: 170. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2018): 7-FA. 11/11/17: Texada has 25 tackles with 10 passes batted, one forced fumble and an interception in 2017.
9/1/17: Texada is an undersized corner for the NFL, but could compete as a slot corner and special teams contributor. In 2016, he had 46 tackles with seven breakups and one interception.