1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Gilbert has some technique work to do, but his size/speed is unmatched in this class (6-0, 202, 4.37). When you add his ability to take the ball away from the offense and elite kick return skills, you have the #1 CB prospect. I’d like to see a little more physicality. He could end up anywhere between Patrick Peterson and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Mid-1st round.
2. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Fuller really stands out as a complete CB on the field. Fast, tough, instinctive, physical in run support and a great leaper to compete at catch point. Solid measurables at 6-0, 190, 4.49 and 33 inch arms. Had some injuries in college and could stand to beef up that frame. Fuller can thrive outside or in the slot. Doesn’t have the upside of Gilbert, but can be a very good player for a long time. Mentality to transition to safety later in career. Mid-1st round.
3. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Dennard is your guy if you’re looking for a physical press corner. Good size (5-11, 199). The knock on Dennard is his deep speed (4.51) and tendency to be a little too grabby with receivers. Only 30 inch arm length. Not super fast, but has burst in short area and a good break on the ball. Doesn’t give up a lot of deep balls despite not being a burner. Plays like an extra safety in run support. 1st round.
4. Jason Verrett, TCU
Everything but size. Not only shorter than ideal, but very slim (5-9, 189). Plays like he’s 6-2. Physical in run support. Showed up big vs top competition (see LSU tape). Lightning quick and great leaper (39 inch vertical). Can come in and be a very good nickel corner from day one. 1st round.
5. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Roby has all the requisite athletic ability to be a #1 corner. Quick twitch and physical in run support, though he needs to wrap up more than just drop his shoulder on ball carriers. Some off-field concerns. Roby had an up and down year as some WRs had good games against him. Can play outside or in the slot. 1st-2nd round.
6. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
Try-hard overachiever. Only 5-8, but plays big. Non-stop motor and great vs run. Joyner probably fits best in a cover two, where he can make best use of his toughness and instincts. 2nd round.
7. Phillip Gaines, Rice
After Justin Glibert, Gaines has the best size/speed combo at the position (6-0, 193, 4.38). Played under the radar at Rice. Reminds me a little of late rising 2nd rounder from the 2013 draft, Darius Slay. 2nd round.
8. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
Best of the many big-bodied CBs in this class that the Seahawks have made so popular. Moves well for a guy who stands 6-3, 218. Not a burner. A little tight as you would expect for a guy that big and strong. Had a good showing at the Senior Bowl. Getting hype in late 1st, but I can’t see a guy who runs a 4.61 go higher than late 2nd, early 3rd.
9. Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
It’s hard to say where Colvin will go after tearing his ACL at the Senior Bowl. Had a 2nd round grade, but will probably be a day three pick. Will have to redshirt 2014. 5th round.
10. Jaylen Watkins, Florida
Brother of Sammy Watkins. Played both corner and safety at Florida. More athletic, better prospect than teammates Marcus Roberson and Louchiez Purifoy.
11. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood
With small school guys, you want them to dominate the competition and he did. Big, long corner. Good not great speed and overall athelticism. 13 interceptions over last two years at Lindenwood. Showed well at Senior Bowl. A bit of a project. 3rd-4th round.
12. Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
Physical press corner. Average measureables at 5-11, 197, 4.62. Getting a lot of play during draft process, but that might just be teams picking his brain on teamates Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. 4th round.
13. Shaquille Richardson, Arizona
Richardson is getting no love. Snubbed from combine in February. Prototype measureables at 6-0, 194, 4.43, 38 inch vertical and long arms. Good change of direction skills. Great week at Shrine Game. Played a lot of off coverage at Arizona and wasn’t tested much. Should benefit from playing more press in pros. Not afraid to mix it up as a tackler. 4th-5th round.
14. Demetri Goodson, Baylor
Brother Mike is RB for NY Jets. Flying a little under the radar. Good workout numbers (5-11, 194, 4.51, 37 inch vert). Jumps off tape with good size, ball skills and overall athleticism. Already 25 years old and still needs refinement. Health concerns. 5th round.