2019 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks



By Charlie Campbell.
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The top 2019 cornerback prospects available for the 2019 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2020 prospect. ** - denotes 2021 prospect.

This page was last updated July 6, 2018. Follow Walter @walterfootball for updates.
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

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | K | P

  1. Greedy Williams**, CB, LSU
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    7/6/18: Williams broke out in 2017 with six interceptions, 11 passes broken up and 38 tackles. It was a great season for being his first year of playing time. When Williams doesn't intercept the pass, he is skilled at slapping the ball away to cause incompletions. He is a confident corner who really challenges wide receivers and quarterbacks.

    For pass coverage, Williams is an impressive cornerback. The first thing that stands out is his ability to run the route and prevent separation. Williams possesses enough speed to carry verticals with recoverability to close gaps from breaks. He has quick feet and agility to stay in the hip pocket of wideouts. On top of his ability to run, Williams has excellent height and length, which make it tough to get around him. On top of his physical skills, Williams has an impressive mental makeup as an instinctive player.

    The biggest concern regarding Williams entering his redshirt sophomore season is his weight. He is extremely thin-framed, and that is an issue that could weight down his draft grade if he is unable to pack on more pounds leading up to his draft. Being so skinny is going to cause a lot of teams to have durability concerns because a lot of thin-framed cornerbacks have a hard time avoiding injuries in professional football. Big, strong pro receivers could also have success out-muscling him and pushing him around. Adding weight is vital for Williams.






  2. Trayvon Mullen*, CB, Clemson
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    7/6/18: Mullen is a physical freak who has a ton of athletic upside. In 2017, he totaled 42 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up. Some team sources say that entering the 2018 season, his tape might be more of a second-rounder, but they think with his excellent skill set he could be a first-rounder and if he has a good season, he could skyrocket.


  3. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 1-2.

    7/6/18: Baker was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed good speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. As a corner, Baker has some similarities to former Ohio State corner Denzel Ward. Like Ward, weight could be an issue, so it would be good if Baker could add some muscle to his frame to battle NFL receivers. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions for 2017. As a sophomore, he notched two picks, five breakups and 31 tackles.


  4. Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2019):1-3.

    7/6/18: In 2017, Arnette totaled 44 tackles with eight passes broken up and two interceptions. He had a rough start to the season and really improved as the year progressed. With his size and speed, Arnette could become a hot prospect if he puts together a strong senior year.




  5. Juan Thornhill, CB, Virginia
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    7/6/18: Thornhill has gone under the radar playing for Virginia, yet he has turned in two excellent seasons. In 2017, he had four interceptions with 12 passes broken up and 63 tackles. That came after he notched three picks, seven breakups and 45 tackles in 2016.


  6. Kendall Sheffield*, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.32.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-3.

    7/6/18: The speedster Sheffield showed improvement over the course of the 2017 season, similar to teammate Damon Arnette. As sophomore, Sheffield totaled 40 tackles with nine passes broken up. He could easily be improved in 2018 given his year of experience. Adding a little more weight to his frame would also help him.


  7. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019):2-3.

    7/6/18: Oruwariye formed a tough cornerback tandem for Penn State in 2017 with Christian Campbell. Oruwariye was impressive with 28 tackles, eight passes broken up and four interceptions on the year. It was a big jump in ball production as he had one interception, one breakup and 23 tackles over the previous season. Oruwariye is a big corner who has some quickness, and if he shows the speed to run with receivers, he could rise over the course of the 2018 season and in the leadup to the 2019 NFL Draft.






  8. Ken Webster*, CB, Ole Miss
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2010): 2-3.

    7/6/18: Webster is a bit of a love/hate prospect in conversations with scouts. Some sources feel that Webster has everything that teams look for with excellent speed, ball skills, quick feet and twitchy athleticism, plus an ability to prevent separation. Others aren't believers and were very down on him before he decided to return to Ole Miss.

    Webster totaled 29 tackles and two passes broken up in 2017. In 2015, he had 41 tackles with 11 break ups and an interception. Webster played well 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. Sources say there are major medical red flags being included in Webster's scouting report. He decided to go back to Ole Miss for 2018, and a healthy season while regaining his pre-injury form could cause Webster to rise.


  9. Julian Love*, CB, Notre Dame
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Love had a strong 2017 season for the Fighting Irish, totaling 68 tackles with three interceptions and 20 passes broken up. Because of his size, Love is a better fit as a slot corner. He is very fast with impressive ball skills and instincts.


  10. Montre Hartage, CB, Northwestern
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 191.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: In 2017, Hartage totaled 57 tackles with seven passes broken up, one forced fumble and three interceptions. That came on the heels of an even better season in 2016, when Hartage recorded 60 tackles with nine passes broken up and five interceptions. He is a solid corner who is steady and reliable in coverage.




  11. Blessuan Austin, CB, Rutgers
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Austin was very impressive during his freshman and sophomore seasons, looking like he had star potential. In his debut season for Rutgers, he totaled 33 tackles, four breakups and an interception. His sophomore season was even better with 14 passes broken up, one interception and 41 tackles. As a junior, he was limited to only four games because of a torn ACL. Austin is said to be on track to be ready for training camp.


  12. Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: In 2017, Boyd notched 57 tackles with 15 passes broken up and two interceptions while forming a talented secondary with cornerback Holton Hill and safety Deshon Elliott. Boyd also played well as a sophomore with 51 tackles, five breakups and an interception. On top of being a reliable cover corner, Boyd offers some added value of being able to contribute as a kick returner.


  13. Jordan Miller, CB, Washington
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Miller only played in seven games of the 2017 season due to a left ankle injury that ended his season early. Prior to the injury, Miller was having an excellent year, making 23 tackles, five breakups and two interceptions in those seven games. He had a combined two interceptions and 12 tackles as a backup behind Sidney Jones and Kevin King over the previous two seasons. On top of staying healthy and productive, Miller needs to add weight to his frame for the NFL.




  14. Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 182.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Ballentine is a small-school prospect who has impressed NFL scouts enough to make their preseason watch lists for players who have the potential to go in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 2017, he recorded 54 tackles with seven pass broken up. The previous season saw Ballentine total 65 tackles with five passes broken up and two interceptions. Impressing at an all-star game while going against better competition will help Ballentine. He also needs to add weight for the NFL.


  15. Blace Brown, CB, Troy
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Team sources told me that Brown was a player who really impressed them in 2017. The senior had 33 tackles with six passes broken up, five interceptions and a forced fumble on the season. Brown showed good hands against LSU, snatching an interception at the end of the fourth quarter to clinch Troy's shocking road upset. Evaluators like his ball skills and instincts, but have concerns about Brown being a thinner-framed guy and how that could impact his pro career.


  16. Iman Marshall, CB, USC
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 202.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Marshall totaled 52 tackles with 10 passes broken up in 2017. He played well, but not overly impressively for USC. Marshall had some struggles against giant Texas receiver Collin Johnson and turned in an ugly tape against Utah. Sources were disappointed in Marshall in 2017. They say he is a big corner and looks the part but was beaten far too often across the season. Not only did he have coverage issues, but he was flagged for pass interference penalties and grabbed too much.

    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.


  17. Alijah Holder, CB, Stanford
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 174.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Holder totaled 26 tackles with one interception and three passes broken up in 2017. He went out for the season early with a broken leg. Evaluators feel that Holder is a big corner who looks the part, but needs to get more out of his skill set. Staying healthy is also critical for Holder in 2018 because he has missed a lot of action the past two seasons.

    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.


  18. Jamel Dean*, CB, Auburn
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Dean formed a nice cornerback tandem with Carlton Davis in 2017. Dean totaled 43 tackles with eight passes broken up and zero interceptions on the year. He was supposed to be a starter in 2016, but he was sidelined by a season-ending injury during training camp. Prior to Auburn, Dean started out his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring. Advance scouts tell me that they feel Dean has a good skill set with upside to develop.


  19. Trevon Diggs*, CB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 2-4.

    7/6/18: Team sources tell me that Diggs is a first-round talent, but he lacks consistency and that has kept him on the bench at Alabama. With the Crimson Tide losing their top three corners from their 2017 team to the 2018 NFL Draft, Diggs could have a breakout year as a junior. Diggs started out his time at Alabama at wide receiver and recorded 11 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown as a freshman. After switching to cornerback, he had six tackles and three breakups in 2017. If Diggs plays up to his potential, he could skyrocket up in these rankings.


  20. Mark Fields, CB, Clemson
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    7/6/18: Fields was solid for Clemson in 2017, showing some skill as a cover corner. He had 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, although others aren't high on him.


  21. Nik Needham, CB, UTEP
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-5.

    7/6/18: As a junior, Needham recorded 59 tackles with eight passes broken up and an interception. He totaled 54 tackles with 11 breakups as a sophomore after 38 tackles and five breakups as a freshman.

    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 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.


  22. Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2019): 3-5.

    7/6/18: Taylor totaled 18 tackles with three passes broken up and two interceptions in 2017. Sources have told me that Taylor has been an impressive player in their practice and tape study of Florida State as a cover corner. They think he could fit as a talented NFL nickelback with ball skills. Taylor needs to get bigger, but he has some time to do that.


  23. Mark Gilbert*, CB, Duke
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    7/6/18: Gilbert put together a strong 2017 season for Duke, displaying some ball skills with 17 passes broken up and six interceptions to go along with 35 tackles. Gilbert has good height to him, but he needs to add more weight to his frame.


  24. Jamal Peters, CB, Mississippi State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    7/6/18: Peters was generally pretty reliable in coverage for the Bulldogs in 2017, recording 23 tackles with two breakups and an interception returned 90 yards for a touchdown. 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.




  25. Derrick Baity, CB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    7/6/18: Baity is a tall cornerback with length who sources are saying could have been a nice value pick in the mid- to late rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, if he had declared. In 2017, Baity notched 49 tackles with nine passes broken up and two interceptions. He totaled 42 tackles with seven breakups and three picks as a sophomore.


  26. Michael Jackson, CB, Miami
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    7/6/18: Jackson was only in his first year starting for the Hurricanes in 2017, but there was talk about him entering the 2018 NFL Draft. In 2017, he totaled four interceptions with five passes broken up and 43 tackles.

    Jackson has good height and length for battling big NFL receivers. However, he faces some limitations. When he was considering entering the 2018 NFL Draft, some teams did reports on him, and one team source said they had him graded on Day 3.


  27. David Long*, CB, Michigan
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 187.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2019): 4-6.

    7/6/18: Long broke into the lineup last season and had a quality debut for the Wolverines. He recorded 21 tackles with six passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. Long projects as a slot corner candidate for the NFL.




  28. Lavert Hill*, CB, Michigan
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 177.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    7/6/18: Hill had a quality 2017 season for Michigan with 25 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and two interceptions. He is a thin corner who needs to add weight for the NFL. There have been some injuries that Hill has dealt with as well.


  29. Mook Reynolds, CB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2019): 5-7.

    7/6/18: Reynolds is a physical corner who will tackle and doesn't hesitate to get physical. In 2017, he totaled 70 tackles with one pass broken up, one forced fumble and zero interceptions. He had 64 tackles as a sophomore. Reynolds needs to show more cover skills, but he also could be a candidate to move to safety.


  30. Lamar Jackson*, CB, Nebraska
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    7/6/18: Jackson totaled 38 tackles with three passes broken up in 2017. He has been a long-framed, steady cornerback for Nebraska, but he needs to show more ball skills, having totaled zero interceptions over two seasons.




  31. Rashad Robinson, CB, James Madison
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2019): 6-FA.

    7/6/18: In 2017, Robinson stood out with seven interceptions, nine passes broken up and 51 tackles. He had three picks and six breakups over the previous two years. Robinson needs to add weight to his frame.


  32. Kareem Orr, CB, Chattanooga
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    7/6/18: Orr totaled 36 tackles with an interception and three passes broken up for 2017. He 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.


  33. Clifton Duck*, CB, Appalachian State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2019): 7-FA.

    7/6/18: If Duck were larger, he would be rated higher due to his tremendous ball skills with impressive instincts. As a sophomore, he totaled six interceptions, 50 tackles, and six passes broken up. Duck recorded five picks, eight break ups and 57 tackles during the previous season.


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

2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | K | P




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