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Draft Preview Scouting Report: Cornerbacks

Day One

PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.

Trae Waynes*Michigan St.6-0186

Kevin JohnsonWake Forest6-0188

Byron JonesConnecticut6-1199

Marcus Peters*Washington6-0197

Day Two

Ronald Darby*Florida St.5-11193

Eric RoweUtah6-1205

P.J. Williams*Florida St.6-0194

Quinten RollinsMiami (OH)5-11195

Jalen Collins*LSU6-1203

D’Joun SmithFlorida Atlantic5-10187

Day Three

Alex Carter*Stanford6-0196

Ifo Ekpre-OlomuOregon5-9192

Senquez GolsonOle Miss5-9176

Craig MagerTexas St.5-11201

Sleeper: Imoan Claiborne, N’western St., 5-9, 189

Waynes should be able to start immediately. He has what most teams want from a corner: the ability to handle larger receivers in man coverage. He’s able to forget bad plays quickly and has exceptional ball skills. … Johnson has the athleticism and fluidity to do well in man coverage and has good ball skills, although he’s a bit lanky and not all that physical. … After an outstanding 2013 season, Jones struggled last year largely due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the preseason and reinjured during the season. He set an NFL Scouting Combine record for the broad jump at 12 feet, 3 inches. … Peters is the most gifted cornerback of the college crop, but his first-round status could be jeopardized by the fact he was kicked off the Washington team after a practice altercation with an assistant coach and other run-ins with the coaching staff. Before being dismissed, Peters was suspended for one game for a sideline tantrum after drawing a personal foul penalty.

Darby has a good combination of size, speed and ball skills to make a fairly quick impact as a No. 2 cornerback. … Rowe is big enough to be a consideration at safety, but probably will end up at cornerback. His strength and physical play allow him to match up well with larger receivers. … Williams is fast enough to handle outside speed receivers, but uses his size and aggressiveness to be a factor against the run. … Rollins has played only one year of football since high school, and didn’t become a cornerback until the spring of 2014 so there is plenty he still must learn about the position.

–Vic Carucci

Class grade

C

Overall, it’s a fairly ordinary cornerback class with big question marks hovering over arguably the best cover corner in the draft.

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