2018 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2018 Cornerback prospects available for the 2018 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2019 prospect. ** - denotes 2020 prospect.

This page was last updated Sept. 16, 2017. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P


  1. Iman Marshall*, CB, USC
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    9/16/17: In 2017, Marshall has nine tackles with four passes broken up.

    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.


  2. Kevin Toliver II*, CB, LSU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    9/16/17: Toliver had one tackle in Week 2, his first game of the year. He 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.

    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.






  3. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 198.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-2.

    9/16/17: McFadden had five tackles in the season opener against Alabama.

    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.


  4. Jaire Alexander*, CB, Louisville
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    9/16/17: Alexander has been banged up with a leg injury to start the season and was held out of the Week 2 game against North Carolina.

    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.


  5. Denzel Ward*, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    9/16/17: Ward has six tackles with five passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the season opener against Indiana, Ward notched an interception, four tackles and five passes broken up. He 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. In the NFL, Ward might get placed as a nickelback.

    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.




  6. Carlton Davis*, CB, Auburn
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 1-3.

    9/16/17: Thus far in 2017, Davis has 12 tackles and two passes broken up. He is a good corner with size, speed and length. The junior has quickness to run with receivers downfield and can battle big wideouts. He is a physical defender who really competes.

    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.


  7. Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/16/17: Thomas has three tackles thus far this year.

    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.


  8. Adonis Alexander*, CB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    9/16/17: Alexander has 14 tackles with three passes broken up 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.

    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.


  9. Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: Averett has 10 tackles and an interception so far in 2017.

    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.




  10. Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: Brown has three tackles and one pass broken up this season.

    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.


  11. Danny Johnson, CB, Southern
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: So far in 2017, Johnson has five tackles with two passes broken up.

    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.


  12. Quenton Meeks*, CB, Stanford
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: On the season, Meeks has six tackles.

    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.


  13. Alijah Holder*, CB, Stanford
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 174.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: Holder has four tackles with one interception in 2017.

    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.




  14. Donovan Wilson, CB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-4.

    9/16/17: 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.

    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.


  15. Jamar Summers*, CB/S, Connecticut
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2017): 3-4.

    9/16/17: Summers has 11 tackles with three passes broken up 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.


  16. Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/16/17: Dawson had three tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown in the season opener against Michigan.

    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.


  17. Blace Brown, CB, Troy
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    9/16/17: Brown has two tackles with an interception in 2017.

    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.


  18. Andre Chachere, CB, San Jose State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/16/17: On the year, Chachere has 12 tackles with one pass broken up.

    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.


  19. Kareem Orr*, CB, Chattanooga
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2018): 4-6.

    9/16/17: Orr has seven tackles with an interception 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.




  20. Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    9/16/17: In 2017, Facyson has one tackle and one pass 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.


  21. Deatrick Nichols, CB, South Florida
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2018): 6-FA.

    9/16/17: Nichols has 11 tackles with two passes broken up 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.


  22. Ranthony Texada, CB, TCU
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 7-FA.

    9/16/17: Texada has four tackles and a pass batted 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.


2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2018 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2019 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P




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