2023 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerback



The top 2023 Cornerback prospects available for the 2023 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2023 prospect. ** - denotes 2026 prospect.

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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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2023 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

2024 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

Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati
  • '21 - Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  • '20 - Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
1. Texas A&M image Antonio Johnson, CB/S, Texas A&M
Height: 6-3. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: Johnson recorded four tackles and a sack taking versus Sam Houston State and then had 13 tackles taking on Appalachian State. Johnson has 17 tackles and a sack so far in 2022.

6/30/22: Johnson is a massive corner who broke out for the Aggies in 2021. The sophomore recorded 79 tackles, an interception and five passes defended on the year. Johnson has phenomenal length and size to match up against NFL receivers. If he does well against speed receivers in the SEC, he could be a high riser for the 2023 NFL Draft. Some evaluators are concerned Johnson could be too tall and leggy to run with pro receivers, so they will be watching closely how he does against top receivers during the 2022 season.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Derek Stingley, LSU
  • '21 - Patrick Surtain, Alabama
  • '20 - C.J. Henderson, Florida
2. Utah image Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Height: 5-9. Weight: 184.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: Phillips has three tackles so far in 2022. He covered well in the season opener against Florida.

6/30/22: Phillips is a talented cover corner who can run the route and prevent separation. In 2021, he collected 61 tackles, two interceptions and 13 passes defended. The big question with Phillips will be size because NFL teams' preseason measurements have him checking in at 5-foot-9, 184 pounds. It would help Phillips to add a little weight, but he could easily be regarded as a slot corner only.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Trent McDuffie, Washington
  • '21 - Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
  • '20 - Trevon Diggs, Alabama
3. Penn State image Joey Porter Jr.*, CB, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 192.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: Porter played well in the season opener against Purdue. He has nine tackles and three passes broken up thus far in 2022.

6/30/22: The son of legendary Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Joey Porter Jr. has an NFL pedigree and played well in 2021. He rotated in as freshman in 2020 and had a quality debut. Porter has excellent size and the upside to become an impactful player. In 2021, Porter collected 51 tackles, one interception, four passes broken up and one forced fumble.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Daxton Hill, Michigan
  • '21 - Tyson Campbell, Georgia
  • '20 - A.J. Terrell, Clemson
4. Illinois image Devon Witherspoon*, CB, Illinois
Height: 5-11. Weight: 183.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: Witherspoon has had a strong start to the season, recording 15 tackles, one interception and six passes defended so far.

6/30/22: Witherspoon has impressed preseason evaluators for having serious speed to go along with adequate size. Advance scouts like his cover ability and they say he has the speed and athleticism to run the route to prevent separation. However, NFL sources don't like the lack of ball skills and ball production. Witherspoon notched zero interceptions in 2021 after recording two in 2020 and zero in 2019. He recorded 52 tackles and nine passes defended in 2021. He had 33 tackles in each of the prior two seasons and two passes broken up over that time. If Witherspoon increases his ball production, he could be a riser for the 2023 NFL Draft.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
  • '21 - Aaron Robinson, Central Florida
  • '20 - Kristian Fulton, LSU
5. Mississippi State image Emmanuel Forbes*, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: On the year, Forbes has four tackles and two passes defended.

6/30/22: Forbes is an interesting corner who has produced a lot of splash plays for the Bulldogs. He needs to become more consistent on a down-by-down basis and be less of a feast-or-famine player. In 2021, Forbes collected 59 tackles, three interceptions and five passes broken up. The previous season, he had 44 tackles, five interceptions, three returned for touchdowns and six passes broken up. Forbes needs to fill out his frame for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Kyler Gordon, Washington
  • '21 - Greg Newsome II, Northwestern
  • '20 - Damon Arnette, Ohio State
6. Alabama image Brian Branch*, CB, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: Branch has 12 tackles thus far in 2022. He had some bad plays against Texas.

6/30/22: Alabama has had a lot of first-round cornerbacks under Nick Saban, and the 2023 NFL Draft could see a few more. Branch played well in 2021, showing size and cover skills while recording 55 tackles and nine passes broken up. In 2020, he collected 27 tackles, two interceptions and seven breakups. It would help Branch to generate more interception production as a junior.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Kaiir Elam, Florida
  • '21 - Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
  • '20 - Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
7. Alabama image Eli Ricks, CB, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
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9/17/22: Ricks made two tackles in the opener and did not play against Texas.

6/30/22: Ricks has transferred to Alabama and could be a breakout star for the Crimson Tide in 2022. He is a big corner with ball skills. Ricks started out his collegiate career at LSU and had an excellent debut in 2020 with four interceptions, five passes broken up and 20 tackles. He notched 11 tackles and an interception for the Tigers in 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Roger McCreary, Auburn
  • '21 - Eric Stokes, Georgia
  • '20 - Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
8. Georgia image Kelee Ringo*, CB, Georgia
Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 1-2.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Ringo has three tackles thus far this season.

6/30/22: In 2021, Ringo had 34 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is a big cornerback who possesses a lot of upside. Ringo played well in 2021 as one of the replacements for Tyson Campbell. Ringo could end up being a riser for the 2023 NFL Draft.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
  • '21 - Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
  • '20 - Jaylon Johnson, Utah
9. Alabama image Malachi Moore, CB/S, Alabama
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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9/17/22: So far this season, Moore has four tackles and a pass broken up.

7/1/22: Moore is a versatile defensive back who plays the STAR position that was previously manned by the likes of Minkah Fitzpatrick and Xavier McKinney. Moore has quality size to go with speed and instincts.

Moore had a phenomenal freshman season in 2020, totaling 44 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions and six passes broken up. Moore had 16 tackles and an interception in 2021. He missed the final four games with an injury.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Tariq Woolen, Texas-San Antonio
  • '21 - Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
  • '20 - Jeff Gladney, TCU
10. North Carolina image Storm Duck, CB, North Carolina
Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3
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9/17/22: So far this season, Duck has 14 tackles, an interception and two passes broken up.

6/30/22: Some preseason advance scouts gave Duck a favorable grade, so they are high on his potential for the 2023 NFL Draft. In 2021, Duck collected 16 tackles and a pass broken up. In 2019, he notched 37 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defended.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Akayleb Evans, Missouri
  • '21 - Paulson Adebo, Stanford
  • '20 - Bryce Hall, Virginia
11. Ohio State image Lathan Ransom*, CB, Ohio State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
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9/17/22: Ransom has 11 tackles thus far in 2022.

6/30/22: The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Ransom worked his way onto the field as a freshman and earned more playing time as the year progressed. He has excellent size with some natural cover skills. Ransom had 38 tackles, a forced fumble and five passes defended in 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
  • '21 - Shaun Wade, Ohio State
  • '20 - Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
12. Louisville image Kei'Trel Clark*, CB, Louisville
Height: 5-10. Weight: 180.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2023): 1-3.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Clark has seven tackles so far in 2022.

6/30/22: Clark is not the biggest defensive back, but he is a smooth cover corner who can run the route and prevent separation. In 2021, Clark totaled 40 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes defended. He produced as well in 2020 (36-1-8) and in 2019 (38-0-6).



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama
  • '21 - Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
  • '20 - Darnay Holmes, UCLA
13. Missouri image Kris Abrams-Draine*, CB, Missouri
Height: 5-11. Weight: 177.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2023): 2-3.
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9/17/22: Abrams-Draine has four tackles so far this year. Team sources say they like what they've seen from Abrams-Draine.

6/30/22: Abrams-Draine had a solid debut for Missouri during the 2021 season, recording 37 tackles, three interceptions and seven passes defended. Abrams-Draine has speed and athleticism, but he could stand to get stronger for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
  • '21 - Tre Brown, Oklahoma
  • '20 - Troy Pride, Notre Dame
14. Kansas State image Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 204.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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9/17/22: Brents has seven tackles thus far this season. Team sources say they like Brents. and he's impressed them in the early going of 2022.

6/30/22: Brents is a tall cornerback who has very good length. In 2021, he collected 49 tackles, an interception and two passes defended. Brents will need to run well versus speed receivers and in pre-draft workouts.





Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Mario Goodrich, Clemson
  • '21 - Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
  • '20 - Stanford Samuels, Florida State
15. Syracuse image Garrett Williams*, CB, Syracuse
Height: 5-10. Weight: 188.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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9/17/22: So far this season, Williams has 16 tackles and an interception.

6/30/22: Williams has been a dependable corner for Syracuse over the past two seasons, He recorded 64 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes broken up in 2020. He covered well overall in 2021, notching 52 tackles, nine breakups and zero interceptions. Williams might fit best as a slot corner in the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
  • '21 - Elijah Molden, Washington
  • '20 - Lavert Hill, Michigan
16. Miami image Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami
Height: 6-0. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Stevenson has five tackles and a pass defended so far in 2022.

6/30/22: Other Miami defensive backs were getting more hype, but Stevenson proved to be the program's best talent during the 2021 season. On the year, Stevenson racked up 43 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up. He recorded 34 tackles and five passes defended in 2020. Stevenson has quality size to go along with quickness.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh
  • '21 - Trill Williams, Syracuse
  • '20 - L'Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech
17. North Carolina image Tony Grimes*, CB, North Carolina
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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9/17/22: So far this season, Grimes has nine tackles and three passes defended.

6/30/22: Grimes notched 47 tackles and nine passes defended in 2021. He totaled 14 tackles, an interception and three passes defended in 2020, but he also flashed some special ability and displayed a lot of upside. Grimes has good size and could be even better as he gains experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jaylen Watson, Washington State
  • '21 - Ambry Thomas, Michigan
  • '20 - Javelin Guidry, Utah
18. Notre Dame image Clarence Lewis, CB/WR, Notre Dame
Height: 5-11. Weight: 193.
Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
Projected Round (2023): 2-4.
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9/17/22: Lewis has recorded eight tackles and a pass broken up so far in 2022.

6/30/22: Lewis was a rare freshman to earn a starting spot in 2020, and he recorded 33 tackles and seven passes broken up. Lewis was a starter again in 2021 and showed a nice ability to contribute both as a run defender and in coverage. Lewis notched 53 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up on the year.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Derion Kendrick, Georgia
  • '21 - Camryn Bynum, California
  • '20 - Lamar Jackson, Nebraska
19. Stanford image Kyu Blu Kelly*, CB, Stanford
Height: 6-1. Weight: 186.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5.
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9/17/22: Kelly has five tackles thus far in 2022. He really struggled in his matchup with USC's Jordan Addison.

6/30/22: Kelly put together a solid 2021 season with 58 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defended. Over the previous two seasons, Kelly totaled 55 tackles and six passes broken up.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Josh Jobe, Alabama
  • '21 - Thomas Graham, Oregon
  • '20 - Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh
20. Coastal Carolina image Lance Boykin, CB, Coastal Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5.
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9/17/22: Boykin has gotten his season off to a good start, notching seven tackles, two interceptions and one pass broken up to this point.

6/30/22: Boykin is a big cornerback and could also get consideration to move to safety depending on how he runs and if pro teams think he can tackle. In 2021, Boykin notched 24 tackle, an interception and four passes broken up. In 2019 and 2018, he put up modest production.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Marcus Jones, Houston
  • '21 - Marco Wilson, Florida
  • '20 - Nevelle Clarke, Central Florida
21. Notre Dame image Cam Hart, CB, Notre Dame
Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Hart has five tackles thus far in 2022.

6/30/22: Hart played well overall as a junior, starting 10 games while recording 42 tackles, nine passes broken up, and two interceptions. It was his first season as a starter, so he could rise after a year of experience. Showing the speed to run with fast receivers with the athleticism to run the route and prevent separation could cause Hart to rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska
  • '21 - Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas
  • '20 - Essang Bassey, Wake Forest
22. LSU image Sevyn Banks, CB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 197.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2023): 3-5.
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9/17/22: Banks has yet to play for LSU.

6/30/22: Banks returned to the field in October 2021 and only saw limited playing time for Ohio State. He decided to go the graduate transfer route for the 2022 season and landed at LSU. Banks flashed some real cover skills at times during the 2020 season for the Buckeyes. He collected 12 tackles, an interception and seven passes defended over the shortened season, but he played better than the numbers indicate.

Banks has a lot of upside to be better in 2022. He has good height, strength, and speed to run.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
  • '21 - Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
  • '20 - Michael Ojemudia, Iowa
23. Iowa image Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
Height: 6-0. Weight: 194.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6.
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9/17/22: Moss has been competitive and decent, but he had some issues against Iowa State. Moss has recorded 12 tackles and a forced fumble so far this season.

6/30/22: Moss recorded 39 tackles, four interceptions and five passes defended in 2021. Two of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns. He missed over a month with a knee injury. Moss has quality size and technique, but speed limitations could hurt him. He could be a backup corner and special teams contributor in the NFL. He also could be a candidate to gain weight and move to safety.

7/17/21: Moss has good size for the NFL, but faces speed concerns. In the shortened 2020 season, Moss played well and put up good production with 43 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended. Running with speed receivers and preventing separation as a senior would help him.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Gregory Junior, Ouachita
  • '21 - Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
  • '20 - Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
24. Northwestern image Cameron Mitchell*, CB, Northwestern
Height: 6-0. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Mitchell has played well so far this season. He currently has eight tackles, an interception and three passes defended.

6/30/22: In 2021, Mitchell was a solid No. 2 corner for Northwestern, and he totaled 48 tackles and six passes defended. He has one interception over his college career and could use more ball production.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State
  • '21 - Keith Taylor, Washington
  • '20 - Jerry Jacobs, Arkansas State
25. Cincinnati image Arquon Bush, CB, Cincinnati
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Thus far in 2022, Bush has four tackles.

6/30/22: Bush was not a starter for the Bearcats because they had some good veteran corners, including star cornerback Ahmad 'Sauce' Gardner. In 2021, Bush collected 40 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defended. He had two picks in 2020 and 2018.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Damarion Williams, Houston
  • '21 - Brandin Echols, Kentucky
  • '20 - Keith Washington, West Virginia
26. Purdue image Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2023): 4-6.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Trice has one tackle thus far in 2022.

6/30/22: Trice was limited to four tackles in 2021 after a knee injury in practice cost him the season. In 2020, he had 32 tackles, and in 2019, he had 35 stops, three interceptions and a pass broken up. Trice's past tape was good enough to land him a spot on NFL teams' preseason watch list. Trice is very tall with good length.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Josh Thompson, Texas
  • '21 - Kary Vincent, LSU
  • '20 - John Reid, Penn State
27. Maryland image Tarheeb Still, CB, Maryland
Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
Projected Round (2023): 5-7.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Still has two tackles so far this year.

6/30/22: Still broke into the starting lineup as a freshman in the COVID-19 shortened season, collecting 20 tackles and eight passes broken up. In 2021, Still recorded 55 tackles, two sacks and 10 passes broken up, but he didn't notch an interception.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Keidron Smith, Ole Miss
  • '21 - Shakur Brown, Michigan State
  • '20 - Josiah Scott, Michigan State
28. South Carolina image Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: This season, Rush has five tackles.

6/30/22: Rush is a big cornerback who had a solid debut as a starter in 2021. He recorded 26 tackles, one interception and eight passes defended. Rush could be better now that he has a year of starting experience.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State
  • '21 - Bryce Thompson, Tennessee
  • '20 - Shyheim Carter, Alabama
29. N.C. State image Shyheim Battle*, CB, N.C. State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 183.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Projected Round (2023): 6-FA.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Battle has recorded five tackles, an interception and one pass broken up so far this season.

6/30/22: Battle is a long cornerback who showed some ability for N.C. State as an underclassman. In 2020, Battle collected 36 tackles, an interception and 10 passes defended. In his second season of playing time, Battle recorded 28 tackles, two interceptions and six passes broken up.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - Leonard Johnson, Duke
  • '21 - D.J. Daniel, Georgia
  • '20 - Tino Ellis, Maryland
30. Miami image Al Blades, CB, Miami
Height: 6-0. Weight: 187.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: Blades has one tackle at this point in 2022.

6/30/22: Blades was unimpressive in the 2021 the season. He has speed concerns for playing in the NFL, and an injury caused him to miss a lot of time. He notched two interceptions per year over the last two seasons. Blades also had seven breakups in 2020 and six the previous year.



Previous Seasons

  • '22 - D'Shawn Jamison, Texas
  • '21 - Mark Webb, Georgia
  • '20 - Jace Whittaker, Arizona
31. Notre Dame image TaRiq Bracy, CB, Notre Dame
Height: 5-10. Weight: 177.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2023): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

9/17/22: So far this year, Bracye has eight tackles.

6/30/22: Bracy is Notre Dame's nickel corner. He had 38 tackles and an interception in 2021. Bracy could stand to get stronger for the NFL. He will have to compete as a nickelback and be a star on special teams to win a roster spot.





2022 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

2023 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

2024 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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