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2016 NFL Draft: Complete Cornerback Rankings

After introducing some of the top prospects at each position over the early part of the off-season, it’s now on to the full positional ran

After introducing some of the top prospects at each position over the early part of the off-season, it’s now on to the full positional rankings that will make up the combined big board.  There are a few changes to previous grades and relative ordering as further work has been done.  These should be more-or-less as it will stand now though. Having begun with the wide receivers, next up are the guys who are tasked with covering them.  48 cornerback prospects have been given a draftable grade out of 132 scouted and ranked in total.  There are differing opinions on some prospects as to whether they should be listed at corner or at safety.  Some of those who will be part of the safety rankings include: Jalen Mills (LSU), Sean Davis (Maryland), Deandre Houston-Carson (William & Mary) & Daryl Worley (West Virginia). Sr = Senior, Jr = Junior, So = Sophomore.  An “r” prefix indicates a redshirt year (sat out for a year without playing, usually their first year of college). 1. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State, Jr – 1st Round.  Blessed with both size, and the versatility to play either at safety or corner, the Seminoles defensive back ticks a lot of boxes for any NFL defensive scheme.  The first freshman to start at cornerback for FSU since Deion Sanders, Ramsey was an instant star, and finishing his first season as the defensive MVP in the team’s national championship win over Auburn.  As a sophomore, Ramsey played as a roaming safety and big nickel, before reverting back to corner this past season after the departures of P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby to the NFL.  The junior has played at a very high level at both spots, combining his instincts and athleticism to be a big playmaker regardless of where he lines up.  Far from completely mistake free, he has shown some deficiencies at both positions.  While playing safety, he occasionally abandoned assignments on poor reads, losing the coverage and generally appearing lost in space once or twice a game.  He seems to have a more natural football IQ for the corner spot, where he has a chance to grow into one of the elite players at the position at the next level.  However, he has proved susceptible to beats on comeback routes, allowing easy separation frequently when his receiver works back toward his quarterback.  The final question with Ramsey is that despite the good size and build, his functional strength is surprisingly lacking.  One play of note that particularly stood out was from his 2014 film versus Miami, in which the very undersized Philip Dorsett comfortably blocked Ramsey out the way with ease to clear out a running lane that resulted in a touchdown for the Hurricanes.  Overall though, Ramsey is an elite level prospect.  On top of his versatility on the defence to play corner, safety, nickel, or even down in the box as an additional linebacker, he also excels on special teams coverage units and as an occasional kick returner.  Despite teams deliberately keeping away from his side of the field where possible, the playmaking DB still managed to put up 22 pass break ups and 3 interceptions in the last two seasons. 2. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida, Jr – 1st Round. Hargreaves likewise shone early, stepping in to the Gators starting lineup as a true freshman, instantly taking on the top receivers the SEC had to offer and often taking them out of the game.  Corners are better with a confident demeanour and a bit of that indefinable swagger, something that Hargreaves has plenty of.  Trusted out on an island, he doesn’t flinch at taking on the most talented threat an opponent has to offer.  His size has been brought in to question by some scouts and writers, but he’s certainly not too small, and regardless plays bigger.  That has resulted in being chosen as an all-conference corner in each of his three seasons in college.  Hargreaves is excellent in man coverage, with the ability to play both press man and off coverage, as well as lining up inside or outside.  He is an impressive athlete, with the fluidity and balance to stick tightly to his man, and the speed to cover deep.  His route recognition means he is rarely caught out of position, and his superb anticipation results in frequently jumping in front of receivers to make plays on the ball.  That awareness and vision has resulted in ten career interceptions.  Though he’s prone to the occasional bad angle, overall Hargreaves offers an all-round game by impressing in run support as well.  His closing speed and physicality to hit hard is consistently effective.  He may not have the same measurables and upside of Ramsey, but his film is arguably as good, and won’t last on the board too much longer either 3. Eli Apple, Ohio State, rSo – 1st Round. Apple will enter the NFL as a redshirt sophomore, but one with 27 starts over two seasons.  He earned a starting job in 2014 and immediately looked as if he’d been playing for years, proving to be an impact player on the team’s way to a national title that year.  His ability to position himself relative to the receiver he is covering and field awareness appear natural, in particularly showing good understanding of situations such as when he has safety help over the top or to utilise the sideline as an extra defender.  Despite that, Apple still needs to improve the use of his hands and how he applies his ideal size and physicality.  He does tend to be a bit of a pass interference threat, more so than he actually ends up being called on.  He’s young though at just 20 years old, and can improve on that area.  Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes had similar issues at a similar size as Apple when entering the league, and has improved as a pro.  Apple doesn’t look like he plays with the true top end deep speed desired, but at least helped ease concerns with his fast time at the combine.  and he isn’t beaten bad often.  An area that could use work, slightly surprisingly given his physical style, is his tackling.  Apple is disappointingly inconsistent in the run game and at wrapping up when in position, whiffing badly at times on his attempts.  Most redshirt sophomores entering the NFL are a bit behind either in their physical development or their experience, but Apple has next-level size, two years of playing at a high level against good opposition in the Big-10, and big game experience with his success in the post-season playoffs. 4. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson, rSo – 1st-2nd  Alexander has taken a similar path to this point as Apple.  Taking a redshirt year initially in 2013, he earned a starting role in 2014 and has put together two excellent years before declaring for the draft as a redshirt sophomore.  He doesn’t have the ideal height desired, but is about as solidly built on that frame as he probably could be.  What he does have without question is fantastic athleticism, with both the straight line speed and short area quickness to excel in man coverage.  As a result, Alexander was rarely tested all season long in 2015 with quarterbacks choosing to avoid he side of the field as much as they could.  While it’s still slightly disappointing as he’s had opportunities, it does partly explain the unusual stat that will see Alexander enter the NFL as a possible first round corner without a single interception over his college career.  While his ability to stick tightly to receivers is very impressive and scares off QB’s from throwing his way, on the occasions they do, Alexander can give up some completions.  He rarely actually makes a break on the ball, and could do with working on getting his head around and become the receiver.  He’s not going to be an ideal fit for every team, including many who look for more height for their outside corners.  He’ll therefor be looked at as a nickel only on some boards.  Few however can match his coverage skills, and this is a hard working player both on and off the field with an aggressive, tenacious game and unwavering confidence in his abilities. 5. William Jackson III, Houston, Sr – 2nd Round.  Jackson has two things in particularly going for him.  Firstly, he has the combination of length at 6ft tall and top level speed which he confirmed at the combine with his 4.3 speed.  Secondly, he had huge production, during his senior year in particularly with 23 pass breakups (including 7 in one game versus Temple) and 5 interceptions in 2015.  That all reads very impressively, but fails to also mention a lot of busted plays, poor positioning that he’s fighting to recover and catch up from, and losing the ball in the air at times.  He’s a little bit lean and lightweight that sees him struggle to get off blocks to support the run game and can be out-muscled by some bigger receivers.  There’s a possibility he’s going to get found out quite a bit at the next level.  For those reasons, a first round pick would be risky, and Jackson is graded here more as a late second round prospect rather than closer to the first.  There’s a lot of natural talent to work with though, as a hard working player who never looked like he would let his natural athleticism allow him to take it easy.  An area that is under-discussed to Jackson’s game is how effective he is as a gunner on punt coverage units, getting on top of the returner exceptionally quickly to halt many returns before they’ve begun. 6. Xavien Howard, Baylor, rJr – 2nd Round.  Film isn’t always Howard’s friend.  There’s bad beats, too much early contact and interference, questionable playing speed and allowing easy separation at times.  But he has all the foundations to work and build on, as well as versatility to be used across the secondary if desired, and makes a bunch of plays which included five picks his junior year and saw him named All Big-12.  The 6ft, 200 lb corner has size for the pros and really looks the part.  While it’s often to his detriment right now by being overly so, he brings so much physicality to his game, hitting hard and is a sure tackler who wraps up well.  With a bit of improved discipline and experience to avoid the pass interference penalties and not grab so much, he should be able to make the most of his prototype measurables.  A role as a big nickel covering tight ends is an area where Howard can reduce mismatches that the elite at that position love to exploit over the middle.  In his more standard coverage duties outside, and despite the inconsistency that saw him give up a few big plays, there’s clearly a lot of natural ability to mirror movements of the wide out, with fluid transition when turning to run and reacting to route breaks.  There’s the understanding of when to break on the ball and jump routes, reading the QB’s eyes well and generally showing a quick ability to read and react.  He might take a little time to maximise his potential, but Howard is a natural at defensive back, with excellent position and scheme versatility, and there is excellent football IQ to go with the size he brings. 7. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Jr – 2nd-3rd Round.  Fuller certainly impressed early on, with his size, speed and ball-hawking skills on show his true freshman season, piling up the stats with 11 pass break ups and 6 interceptions.  He followed that up with another big season statistically in 2014 with 54 tackles, 15 break ups and 2 INTs.  Though the numbers again looked good for that sophomore season, the film tells a slightly different story overall.  Interspersed between the big highlight reel moments were far too many busted plays and bad beats.  Fuller is very hit or miss, and as a result considered him to be a bit over-rated with too much being read in to his impressive numbers and turning a blind eye to the glaring errors he continued to make all year.  On top of that, Fuller has a tendency to panic when beaten early in the route, grabbing and jumping all over the receiver for obvious pass interference penalties.  His junior season in 2015 was a bit of a disaster all round.  Despite having a meniscus knee injury to start the year, Fuller played but struggled.  Against Ohio State in the season opener, he was schooled on multiple occasions by Buckeyes receiver Michael Thomas, including giving up an embarrassing TD.  Two games later against a poor Purdue offense, he again had a number of instances where he was out of position and only bad throws prevented those errors from being exploited.  After that, Fuller conceded defeat and was forced to undergo surgery on the injured knee, ending his season.  Despite that, the junior corner chose to enter the 2016 NFL draft regardless.  It was a disappointing way for his college career to end.  Even though his film shows a lot of issues, there is no question what Fuller has in spades: traits.  The skill set to work with and develop is all there in terms of his physical skills and speed, along with his ball skills.  The awareness, play-reading ability and consistency need a lot of work, but there is a high ceiling potentially. 8. Artie Burns, Miami (FL), Jr – 3rd Round.  From a football perspective, it would have been preferred for Burns to return to college for his senior season and continue to improve a very raw game as it stands right now.  However, it is understandable given his personal situation away from the field to look to begin earning from a pro contract.  With his dad incarcerated and his mother having passed away, Burns not only has custody of his two younger brothers, but a son of his own that he is raising as well.  He’s an outstanding athlete and a track star in the hurdles.  At the moment, that speed doesn’t fully translate to the field in pads.  Without knowing he has that ability, it would be possible to miss it while watching his film.  The straight line speed is good, but he negates it at times by taking poor angles, roundabout routes to the ball carrier and lacking sharp quick-twitch changes of direction.  He doesn’t really look like a natural out there at corner, and might just lack the ideal football IQ and feel for playing the position that could always leave him as a perennial prospect.  What he certainly has is superb ball skills, like that of a wide receiver.  Burns does a great job when in position to attack the ball in the air, adjust his body, and grab the ball at full stretch.  That resulted in Burns being one of the leaders in the nation for picks, with 6 interceptions in 2015.  His athletic traits and receiver-like ball skills are hard to ignore and could be worth the risk despite a lot of very poor and inconsistent film. 9. LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah, rSr – 3rd Round.  He does come from the FCS level, but Sims played superbly over his career and in particularly his senior season.  He was an East-West Shrine player as opposed to a Senior Bowl player, but stood up and stood out in practices there too.  Previously Sims was given a 2nd round grade, but unfortunately he didn’t quite hit the athletic marks and speed expected at the combine, and had some struggles in the drills too which has led to a little bit of conservative adjustment to that grading.  Despite that, Sims still has the measurables desired in an NFL corner at 6ft & 200 lbs, but importantly has the skills on film to back it up.  He can play both man and zone comfortably, as well as press and off coverage.  In press, he is physical at the line, gets his hands on his receiver early to attempt to disrupt the route then can turn and run stride for stride down the field.  His reactions to breaks in routes are quick, not allowing separation very often.  His overall demeanour and presence on the field is one of confidence and control, looking composed.  It’s clear in his play that he fully trusts his own skills.  When he is targeted, Sims has the ball skills to make break ups, with 10 in his senior year to go with a pair of interceptions.  He uses his size well in run support, hitting hard and consistently wrapping up well, chipping in with 54 tackles in total in 2015.  This remains a high grade, but his abilities both mental and physical suggest a future starting NFL corner.  Josh Norman was likewise a small school Shrine game player and an eventual day 3 pick who is now proving a bargain.  Sims could follow suit. 10. Kalan Reed, Southern Mississippi, Sr – 3rd Round.  Playing in Conference-USA for the Golden Eagles has led to an exceptional talent being very much off the radar.  Reed has played superbly throughout his college career and finished in style with 17 pass breakups and 4 interceptions in 2015, taking two of those picks back for touchdowns for good measure.  His all-round game and outstanding awareness saw him add 56 tackles and force two fumbles as part of his polished run support abilities.  Reed is smart, instinctive and decisive, who can make a big impact with game changing plays and ball skills.  On film, he is constantly jumping routes, or settling into spots where the QB is throwing, knowing the plays better than the receiver seemingly.  He has the athleticism to match as well, something he proved and then some at his recent pro day where he recorded a 4.38 40-yard dash time, and an explosive 41.5” vertical jump.  The slight downside is his slightly less-than-ideal frame, but at 5ft 11 and 199 lbs, isn’t exactly under-sized either by any stretch.  He’s more likely a day 3 pick, but his skills and production are worthy of day 2 consideration. 11. Ryan Smith, North Carolina Central, rSr – 3rd Round.  Smith certainly deserved to be talked about more during and after the combine than he was.  He was invited in the first place with good reason as a standout small-school prospect who was an All-MEAC selection each of his four years and an All-American as a senior.  Smith’s film gets you excited about the potential.  Whether in press or off coverage, whether in man or zone, it all comes so easily with all the intelligence for the position to take on any assignment.  He runs so well in tandem with his opponent and never seems to get out of position, with a calm demeanour that comes from trusting your ability and being so disciplined.  Once at the combine, his physical traits were also clear.  His 4.47 straight line speed was backed up by very good numbers in the change of direction drills, and was one of the top performers out of the corners in the bench press strength test with 18 reps.  All that shows in the film too, comfortably tracking deep, as well as hitting hard in run support.  Smith has big-play ability too, with most of his seven career picks coming from great reactionary aggressive moves, and also utilised his speed to take a kick-off back 95 yards for a special teams touchdown in the 2015 season opener, another area he can contribute in the NFL.  He comes from a lesser level of competition but looks the part. 12. Eric Murray, Minnesota, Sr – 3rd-4th Round. There’s no real wow-factor about Murray and his game, but this is about as steady a player as you could find to select in the middle rounds.  Murray fits the “low ceiling, high floor” category, as someone who will likely not ever threaten to be one of the top corners in the league, but does everything well with no obvious weaknesses to his game, and should be around as a pro for a long time.  He is a smart, high football IQ player with the versatility to play outside or over the slot, in press or off coverage.  He has outstanding field awareness and route recognition that makes him difficult to shake in coverage.  He may not come with blazing speed, but has more than sufficient athleticism and uses his anticipation and polished technique to win more often than not.  As well as the reliable, disciplined play in coverage, Murray is strong in run support too.  He has long been known as an impressive special teams player, an area where he’ll continue to excel for an NFL team, and he brings that physicality to his tackling as well, with 135 tackles in the past two seasons.  Murray brings a strong work ethic and competitive intensity, who will step in immediately as an asset on special teams, and should work his way into the defensive rotation before long too. 13. KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame, Sr – 3rd-4th Round. It’s been quite the rollercoaster career with the Irish for Russell.  After impressing early on, Russell found himself suspended due to an academic dishonesty incident.  He had to await reinstatement by the NCAA, and was eventually allowed to return to play in the 2015 season.  Even after being allowed to return for this past season, it was a year not without its own problems.  He had some struggles getting back into game sharpness early on, and later admitted that he didn’t work hard enough during his year off and initially after his reinstatement.  That has to be a bit of an additional concern, to keep him motivated to put the work in, which he’ll need to do to make it in the NFL.  Add that on top of the academic incident, and he’s going to have to impress in his interviews to alleviate concerns about his character.  He did get back to some good form mid-season, and had a particularly standout performance vs USC, in which he was matched up regularly with their excellent receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.  Unfortunately, his season came to a premature end, breaking his right leg and missing the last two games of the year.  If he can’t get healthy in time to work out for scouts pre-draft, then that will be another thing working against him.  Looking past all these various issues though, there is a really talented corner with a lot of potential.  Had he been able to build on his first couple seasons, he might have been pushing for a top 75 pick.  Russell is a very well built athlete with both the speed and quick change of direction movement.  He runs fluidly, both in his back pedal and when flipping his hips to run deep.  While his work ethic during his time off was in question, it’s not on the field.  So many times in his film, Russell can be seen flying on to the screen from the other side of the field to bring down receivers who have broken away, preventing touchdowns with his excellent hustle.  He keeps good contact with his assignment, and rarely falls for double moves.  He’s a strong tackler, totalling 60 tackles and two forced fumbles in his 11 games this year.  There is a risk element with Russell, but he has some day 2 talent. 14. Cyrus Jones, Alabama, Sr – 4th Round.  He’s not the biggest, but plays tough, and Jones technically is very polished and next-level ready.  He offers much more than just his corner skills though, and will be as much drafted for his potential to contribute as a returner on special teams as anything else; Jones returned a fantastic 4 punts for touchdowns this past year.  He might be small but is a good athlete to challenge vertically, and has played well against taller opposition such as Mississippi State’s 6ft 5 receiver De’Runnya Wilson. 15. Will Redmond, Mississippi State, Sr – 4th Round.  Redmond ran around like a madman at times, getting way out of position, having to back-track and recover after taking off in wrong directions, abandoning assignments and generally looked terribly undisciplined for the most part.  Yet he sort of made it work for himself, coming up with big plays at key moments regularly.  He showed excellent speed and athletic ability to match the quickest receivers in the NFL; the question is whether he still has that, after suffering a knee injury midway through the year that he is still recovering from.  If he has lost anything it will hurt his effectiveness, and the uncertainty surely will hurt his grade to some degree with most teams. 16. Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma, rJr – 4th-5th Round.  His ability to create turnovers with his ball-hawking skills is Sanchez’s big selling point to teams, having collected a massive 15 career interceptions in his three seasons, 13 of those over the past two.  While he’s kept durable, having started 37 of 39 games, his ultra-skinny frame is a concern, and can be very noticeable even at the college level that sees him out-muscled easily and limits his ability to help versus the run.  In addition, though he comes up with all those picks, Sanchez does gamble a lot of the time that leads to mistakes and giving up big plays in the wrong direction.  He can be very hit or miss. 17. Arjen Colquhoun, Michigan State, rSr – 5th Round.  An under-rated long corner at 6ft 1, Colquhoun has the height and good athleticism to continue the pipeline of talented secondary players entering the pros from the Spartans.  Inexperienced for the most part entering his senior year, he struggled quite a bit early on in 2015, but really picked things up as the season progressed, becoming a playmaker and a key part of the defense that helped take Michigan State to a Big-10 title and into the playoffs.  He put up 45 tackles, 10 pass breakups, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles on to the stat sheet in his final year. 18. Juston Burris, North Carolina State, rSr – 5th Round.  Burris is very experienced with 41 straight starts for the Wolfpack.  In 2015 he allowed only 34% completions when targeted and gave up just the one touchdown.  Just as impressively he didn’t have a single broken tackle all year, using his sturdy 6ft 0, 212 lb frame effectively as a physical tackler.  Burris is smart with his positioning to work in tandem with safety help, in keeping outside leverage, using the sideline, all the little intricacies that can make a difference.  His lack of ideal deep speed is the primary negative issue, and might even see him considered for a move to safety given his heavy build. 19. Michael Jordan, Missouri Western State, rSr – 5th Round.  He’ll have to overcome being a Division II player, which is a big leap to make to the pros against NFL quality receivers, but Jordan is a heck of a talent.  Part of the reason for not being more highly recruited was due to academics.  At 6ft 1, 195 lbs, he has size but also good speed, and held lightning quick Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown to just 48 yards when they matched up in college.  As a former wide receiver himself in high school before converting, Jordan has fantastic hands that saw him make not just 17 pass breakups as a senior, but snag 5 interceptions this year and 16 in total during college.  He’ll have a chance despite the step up, and is highly praised for his desire to win, competitiveness and work ethic to give himself every chance. 20. D.J. White, Georgia Tech, Sr – 5th Round.  White’s lack of size and speed hurts his grade unfortunately, because he has outstanding vision and awareness that sees him regularly making big time plays.  His 2014 season was arguably more impressive than this past year, where he was a little less effective, and when he isn’t able to make those plays, his lack of ideal measurables tend to show up and hence limits his grade. 21. Rashard Robinson, LSU, Jr – 5th Round.  A bit of a wildcard, having not played since 2014, and only 8 starts in just 18 games played in total before his dismissal from the Tigers.  That dismissal came after issues with his signing for the team out of high school, then academic issues, and multiple suspensions for violations of team rules.  A lot of character red flags for teams to navigate through in deciding if he’s worth investing in.  His length at nearly 6ft 2 is the main appeal, along with being an impressive long-striding athlete.  But there were issues on the field as well.  Although taking into account his youth at the time, he was highly inconsistent.  More worryingly was a real lack of effort and hustle that saw him back out of tackles and take plays off.  Someone will take a chance on him, but it’s hard to feel overly confident. 22. Morgan Burns, Kansas State, Sr – 5th Round.  The two-year starter has played solidly enough at corner (including 10 pass breakups and an INT in 2015), but he’s another with big appeal as a special teams demon.  He’s mainly known for his ridiculous five return touchdowns this year (4 kick returns, 1 punt return), but he’s also sensational on coverage units and in blocking kicks as well.  His blazing speed ought to translate to the pros, and he could with time grow into a good contributor on defense as well. 23. Anthony Brown, Purdue, Sr – 5th Round.  Yet another speedster with 4.3 speed and a track background.  Brown shows a very solid overall skill set, with no real weaknesses in his game.  In coverage he shows excellent natural instincts and high football IQ for the position, with impressive field awareness that sees him firstly keep tight coverage but also know when to leave him man and make a play on the ball.  The problem is despite that he gave up far too many touchdowns that he shouldn’t and really frustrates with the inconsistency in his play.  The skill set on offer doesn’t often enough match up with the execution. 24. Tavon Young, Temple, Sr – 5th-6th Round.  Young is very small at just 5ft 9, 180 lbs, but is extremely polished in his technique and has a great mental game.  His man coverage skills are NFL-ready, even if he doesn’t come with an ideal NFL build to go with it.  Young was one of the few corners this season to keep Notre Dame’s Will Fuller relatively quiet for the majority of their encounter mid-season in a particularly standout performance by the talented defensive back.   Late Round Grades:

  1. Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr – 6th Round.
  2. Rolan Milligan, Toledo, Sr – 6th Round.
  3. Kevon Seymour, Southern California, Sr – 6th Round.
  4. Danzel McDaniel, Kansas State, Sr – 6th Round.
  5. Kenneth Crawley, Colorado, Sr – 6th Round.
  6. Daniel Davie, Nebraska, rSr – 6th Round.
  7. Deiondre Hall, Northern Iowa, Sr – 6th-7th Round.
  8. Lloyd Carrington, Arizona State, rSr – 6th-7th Round.
  9. Warren Gatewood, Alcorn State, Sr – 7th Round.
  10. Cleveland Wallace III, San Jose State, rJr – 7th Round.
  11. Taveze Calhoun, Mississippi State, rSr – 7th Round.
  12. Kenya Dennis, Missouri, Sr – 7th Round.
  13. Mike Hilton, Ole Miss, Sr – 7th Round.
  14. Maurice Canady, Virginia, Sr – 7th Round.
  15. Frankie Williams, Purdue, rSr – 7th Round.
  16. Brandon Williams, Texas A&M, rSr – 7th Round.
  17. James Bradberry, Samford, rSr – 7th Round.
  18. Duke Thomas, Texas, Sr – 7th-PFA (Priority Free Agent).
  19. Jonathan Jones, Auburn, Sr – 7th-PFA.
  20. Makinton Dorleant, Northern Iowa, Sr – 7th-PFA.
  21. Brian Poole, Florida, Sr – 7th-PFA.
  22. Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota, rSr – 7th-PFA.
  23. Larry Scott, Oregon State, rSr – 7th-PFA.
  24. Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma State, Sr – 7th-PFA.

Priority Free Agents:

  1. Nick VanHoose, Northwestern, rSr
  2. Cheatham Norrils, Toledo, rSr
  3. Blake Countess, Auburn, rSr
  4. Cre’von LeBlanc, Florida Atlantic, Sr
  5. Donte Deayon, Boise State, Sr
  6. Trevor Williams, Penn State, Sr
  7. Michael Hunter, Oklahoma State, Sr
  8. Lafayette Pitts, Pittsburgh, rSr
  9. CJ Smith, North Dakota State, Sr
  10. Chris Milton, Georgia Tech, rSr
  11. Darius Hillary, Wisconsin, rSr
  12. Ronald Zamort, Western Michigan, rSr

Potential to make a roster or practice squad:

  1. Darius White, California, Sr
  2. J.J. Whittaker, San Diego State. rSr
  3. Wayne Lyons, Michigan, rSr
  4. Johnny Holton, Cincinnati, Sr
  5. Trey Caldwell, Louisiana-Monroe, Sr
  6. Ian Wells, Ohio, rSr
  7. Matt Smalley, Lafayette, Sr
  8. Corry O’Meally, TCU, Sr
  9. Adairius Barnes, Louisiana Tech, Sr
  10. Tracy Howard, Miami (Fla.), Sr
  11. Bryson Abraham, Louisiana Tech, rSr
  12. Gabe Hamner, McNeese State, Sr
  13. Bennett Okotcha, Texas-San Antonio, rSr
  14. DeAndre Elliott, Colorado State, rSr
  15. Corey Tindal, Marshall, rJr
  16. Prince Charles Iworah, Western Kentucky, rSr
  17. Rocky Hayes, Arkansas State, Sr

Outside shot at making a team:

  1. Byerson Cockrell, Nebraska, Sr
  2. De’Vante Harris, Texas A&M, Sr
  3. Demetrious Nicholson, Virginia, Sr
  4. Kweishi Brown, Arizona State, Sr
  5. Terrell Chestnut, West Virginia, rSr
  6. Solomon St. Pierre, Sioux Falls, Sr
  7. Richard Leonard, Florida International, rSr
  8. Josh Atkinson, Azusa Pacific, rSr
  9. V’Angelo Bentley, Illinois, Sr
  10. Randall Jette, Massachusetts, rSr
  11. Sam Brown, Missouri Western State, rSr
  12. David Mims II, Texas State, rSr
  13. Charles Washington, Fresno State, rSr
  14. Tre Jones, Mount Union, Sr
  15. Nate Harris, Montana, Sr

Something to like about their game, but longshot to make a team:

  1. Jonathan Rose, Nebraska, rSr
  2. Devin Bowman, Georgia, rSr
  3. Leviticus Payne, Cincinnati, Sr
  4. Ayo Ogunniyi, Richmond, Sr
  5. Vernon Harris, Dartmouth, Sr
  6. Ronnie Harris, Stanford, rSr
  7. Keith Baxter, Marshall, rSr
  8. Tony McRae, North Carolina A&T, Sr
  9. Dylan Chatman, Eastern Illinois, rSr
  10. Eaton Spence, Illinois, rSr
  11. Mikell Everette, Sam Houston State, Sr
  12. Kenneth Durden, Youngstown State, rSr
  13. Malcolm Jackson, Charleston Southern, Sr
  14. Jeremiah McKinnon, Florida International, Sr
  15. J.J. Gaines, Texas Tech, rSr
  16. Trey Dudley-Giles, Massachusetts, Sr
  17. Trenton Coles, Duquesne, rJr
  18. Trenier Orr, Sam Houston State, rSr
  19. Josh Hawkins, East Carolina, rSr
  20. Lamarcus Farmer, Troy, rSr
  21. Bradley Sylve, Alabama, rSr

The rest:

  1. Paris Logan, Northern Illinois, rSr
  2. Ettian Scott, Georgetown, Sr
  3. Wonderful Terry, Western Kentucky, rSr
  4. John Tidwell, Sioux Falls, rSr
  5. Julian Whigham, Syracuse, Sr
  6. Terrell Burt, Baylor, Sr
  7. Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State, Sr
  8. Jamal Marshall, North Texas, Sr
  9. Devin Bass, Ohio, rSr
  10. Cody Quinn, Kentucky, Sr
  11. Adrian Witty, Cincinnati, Sr
  12. Fred Tiller, Kentucky, Sr
  13. Juwan Haynes, Toledo, Sr
  14. Marqus Baker, Buffalo, Sr
  15. Daquan Minter, Saint Francis (PA), Sr
  16. Jordan Champion, North Dakota State, Sr
  17. Wayne Morgan, Syracuse, Sr
  18. Je Ryan Butler, South Dakota State, Sr
  19. Montres Kitchens, Troy, Sr

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Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

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