Rd. 1, Pk. 7
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Most teams draft a weapon or a blocker right after obtaining a new franchise quarterback, but the Titans' cornerback situation was so dire that they were considering a player at that position atop Round 2. Here's their chance to find help at that spot.
Rd. 1, Pk. 19
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Cardinals wanted a cornerback at No. 24 in the past draft, but the players at that position worth taking there didn't make it to the pick. Thus, they have to wait a year to add a top-flight corner across from Patrick Peterson.
The Broncos have discussed moving Bradley Roby to safety, so perhaps they'll be in the market for a cornerback next offseason. They took a chance on Shane Ray, so perhaps they'll do the same with KeiVarae Russell, who returned to Notre Dame's squad this week from suspension.
The Packers spent a second-round selection on a cornerback in the 2015 draft, but they could address the position once again, given what they lost this offseason. Green Bay could lose even more at the position next spring, as Casey Hayward is entering his contract season.
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
Rashean Mathis has been great for the Lions, but given that he turns 35 in late August, the Lions may have to search for a new starting cornerback soon.
Pick change; previously Spencer Drango, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 25
Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
Several cornerbacks on the Giants' roster, including Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley, have expiring contracts next spring. New York could spend an early selection in the 2016 NFL Draft on a replacement.
Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 27
Wayne Lyons, CB, Stanford
Perhaps Bill Belichick will use a second-round pick next year on an actual need, rather than a late-round safety. I don't get how New England failed to find replacements for Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
Eddie Jackson, CB, Alabama
Ozzie Newsome has shown that he has an affinity for Alabama prospects, so perhaps he'll take a player from that school who can help fill the void across from Jimmy Smith.
The Jaguars' young corners played well to close out the 2014 season, but the team could still use a shutdown corner for Gus Bradley to mimic what he ran in Seattle with Richard Sherman. Jacksonville will need a talented secondary to defend against the Colts' young dynamic passing attack.
Hargreaves totaled 50 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes broken up in 2014. He went toe to toe with Amari Cooper and held his own. Both players showcased their elite skills and proved to be top prospects for the NFL. Cooper made some catches over Hargreaves, but unlike other defensive backs, Cooper wasn't getting separation or burning the Gator cover corner.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Hargreaves has natural cover skills to run with wideouts and not allow separation. Sources have said that Hargreaves is a star off the field as well as a good teammate, worker and citizen. As a true freshman in 2013, he recorded interceptions in his first three college games while totaling 11 pass breakups and 38 tackles for the year.
Pick change; previously Joey Bosa, DE
Rd. 1, Pk. 7
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Tennessee grabs a shutdown corner for Dick LeBeau's defense.
Fuller played at a very high level in 2014, racking up 17 passes broken up, two interceptions, 50 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss. He shut down East Carolina's Justin Hardy in their matchup. Pittsburgh's Tyler Boyd was a challenge for Fuller, but Fuller held his own.
The younger brother of Bears' 2014 NFL Draft first-round pick Kyle Fuller, Kendall Fuller saw the field immediately as a freshman. He was a Freshman All-American and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. Fuller is fast and instinctive, just like his older brother. Kendall Fuller had six interceptions and 58 tackles in 2013.
Pick change; previously Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
Rd. 1, Pk. 25
The Chargers lost Marcus Gilchrist in free agency and have a contract dispute with Eric Weddle. Even if Weddle is re-signed, San Diego could use a safety to pair with him.
Conner totaled 69 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, an interception and two passes broken up in 2014. He was a tough defender for Ole Miss. The Rebels used him all over the field, including as an in-the-box safety, an outside corner, a slot corner, an outside linebacker and an edge rusher.
The Rebels had a phenomenal 2013 recruiting class and one of their star freshmen was Conner. From Week 1 of his first season on, he was all over the field for Ole Miss and impossible to ignore. Conner (6-0, 217) was a Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman. He totaled 66 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and seven passes broken up for the year. Conner has instincts and should only get better.
The Steelers drafted Senquez Golson in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but he really is just a nickel corner. Pittsburgh will need some difference-makers on the outside.
Sutton was excellent for the Volunteers in 2014, recording 37 tackles with three interceptions, 13 passes broken up and four tackles for a loss for the year. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is a very physical defender who plays with a chip on his shoulder. Sutton was one of many superb freshman cornerbacks in college football in 2013. He recorded 39 tackles, seven passes broken up and two interceptions. Sutton has good size and speed for the position.
Pick change; previously Tony Conner, DB
Rd. 2, Pk. 12
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The 49ers could have taken cornerback help early in the 2015 NFL Draft, but curiously selected another safety. That could leave corner as a big weakness this coming season.
White has played well the past two seasons with two picks in each year and solid run support. He had 55 tackles as a freshman and 33 stops as a sophomore. White has shown steady ball skills while batting away seven passes in 2013 and six as a sophomore. White has the potential to take his game to another level and rise higher as a junior. White (5-11, 191) is fast with enough size and also is a dangerous punt returner.
The Cardinals lost Antonio Cromartie in free agency and grab another corner to go with Patrick Peterson.
Sanchez was awful in 2013, and teams constantly picked on him for big plays. He was vastly improved in 2014 for the Sooners. Sanchez was an all-conference pick and held up well when teams targeted him. He had 43 tackles with six interceptions and eight passes broken up. As a freshman, Sanchez picked off two passes and batted away 13. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder could stand to fill out his frame.
Many thought the Ravens were going to address cornerback early in the 2015 NFL Draft, but that didn't happen. Baltimore was weak at corner last year, so adding some talent to pair with Jimmy Smith could be necessary next offseason.
Russell (5-11, 190) has some natural coverage ability. He is fast enough to maintain coverage with receivers in and out of their breaks, but also plays bigger than his listed size. Russell missed 2014 over an academic suspension. In his debut season, he had 58 tackles with two interceptions and two passes broken up. Russell continued his strong play for the Irish in 2013. The sophomore totaled 51 tackles, one interception and eight passes broken up.
Pick change; previously D.J. Foster, RB/WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 22
Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech
The Bengals go with the best player available and land some cornerback help. Terrence Newman is in Minnesota, while Leon Hall turns 31 and Adam Jones turns 32 next season. Here's a third corner to pair with Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard.
Facyson only played in three games in 2014 after struggling with a lingering knee injury suffered in spring practice. He was an impact player for the Hokies in 2013. The freshman recorded 27 tackles with five interceptions and eight passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder is a physical corner who is instinctive. Virginia Tech should have a great secondary in 2015 with Facyson and Kendall Fuller leading the program.
Rd. 2, Pk. 23
Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
Perhaps Alex Carter will be a replacement for Rashean Mathis, but even if Carter and Darius Slay pan out the Lions will need a third corner.
Redmond (6-0, 185) was a tough corner for the Bulldogs in 2014. He racked up 51 tackles with five passes broken up and three interceptions. It was his first season as a starter. Redmond is a physical defender who has upside to develop.