This is the ninth in a series of stories that preview the NFL design from a Bills perspective. Today, we see cornerback.
The cornerback class has two clear first-round talents: Jeffrey Okudah from Ohio State and C.J. Henderson from Florida.
The rest does not look impressive, but this is not a bad class.
Given how important this position is to gather defense and a strong team, and the fact that there are some reasonable angles among the top 100 prospects, some conceptual analysts believe the team might choose one in the first round after Okudah and Henderson are off the board and waiting not to more than the second to do it.
Lance Zierlein NFL.com, for example, has a first or second round score on half a dozen cornerbacks.
“That position is usually pushed onto the board by necessity,” Zierlein wrote in a summary of his position. “So, look for players who will be recruited in the second and third round. However, there may be scores in Rounds 4 and 5. “
There seems to be a good depth in that position. It is not at the wide receiver level, but it applies to all other positions in the concept. However, it is widely considered above average.
For teams on the market for cornerbacks, other than those ready to bring Okudah and / or Henderson up high, the second round numbers offer some good options.
Overall position rating: 7 out of 10.
Bill display: It’s easy to see the acquisition of free agents from Josh Norman and E.J. Gaines and consider that the bill does not have the needs as big as here. Although that may be true for the near term, a longer view can make the cornerback overcome as early as No. 54, where the Bills top pick is currently, is logical.
It’s hard to see exactly what’s on the bill until Norman plays. Bills stated that he was not suited to the defense scheme used by his previous team, the Washington Redskins. Still, Ron Rivera, the new Redskins coach, knows Norman from their days with the Carolina Panthers and Rivera’s willingness to part with Norman cannot be ignored.
For now, Norman can beat Levi Wallace for initial work across Tre’Davious White, or at least have a significant rotation time with Gaines in the mix. A beginner chosen in round two or three can be placed as a fixture candidate for several years.
Billing rating needs: 8 out of 10
Best: Jeffrey Okudah, State of Ohio. He seemed to have every quality the team wanted in a top cornerback. The coverage skills are extraordinary. He has incredible speed and his athleticism is off the charts.
Pro Football Focus analysis of the game Okudah shines.
“It’s not beaten up in the State of Ohio,” the PFF summary on its website. “The longest catch he allowed in his entire career was just 38 yards; The longest season he allowed last season was only 28. He didn’t allow more than half of his target to be completed in one of his three seasons for the Buckeyes. Junior has the type of statistical profile you dream of in that position.
“Oh, and he also has a physical profile. At the opening in middle school, Okudah runs 4.49 40, has 4.03 short shuttles, and 41.6 inches vertical. Those are strange numbers … Originating from a scheme that could be so translated at Ohio State, it’s hard to find too many question marks about Okudah playing on tapes. “
‘Study the release’: Physical talent is not the only ingredient for NFL success. There is a lot that can be said for this aspect of game thinking.
Not surprisingly, when it comes to the mental part of playing cornerback, former LSU player Kristian Fulton really understands the school’s looming standards, also known as DBU, has established its position by sending so many prominent backs of defense to the NFL. He views Bills’ White, one of the league’s top cornerbacks, as a classic example.
Most maintain standards that are being dedicated and thorough in learning video games.
“You really only study the release,” Fulton told reporters at the combined NFL scouting in Indianapolis. “Once you find releases, how they release on a certain route, it gives you a tip and if it’s going to be a quick release, he tries to get out of the field and get a deeper route. It’s the same as running, but also studying their releases and knowing I have to change them against them, my techniques against them are to help me. You want to get speed on friends. “
NFL DRAFT TOP 10 CORNERBACKS
Jeff Okudah *, State of Ohio, 6-1, 205
CJ Henderson *, Florida, 6-1, 204
Kristian Fulton, LSU, 6-0, 197
Jaylon Johnson *, Utah, 6-0, 193
Trevon Diggs, Alabama, 6-1, 205
Cameron Dantzler *, State of Mississippi, 6-2, 188
Noah Igbinoghene *, Auburn, 5-10, 198
Bryce Hall, Virginia, 6-1, 202
Damon Arnette, Ohio State, 6-0, 195
Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame, 6-0, 193