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A cornerback synopsis 1st 3 rounds

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2012 – 1:12 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix believes in this era of air it out football you should draft a cornerback every year. In a draft class where the depth at corner is especially good between rounds two and four here’s a synopsis on the talent that should come off the board in that range from ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, including today’s prospect preview on, Central Florida’s Josh Robinson.

“Obviously at the top you have Morris Claiborne from LSU,” said McShay. “Stephon Gilmore, who is really moving up from South Carolina. Janoris Jenkins, who is the second best corner in this class, but likely to fall to the second round and maybe even the third. He’s off the board for several NFL teams. Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama is the fourth best corner in this class. What he doesn’t provide in terms of ball skills, he provides in run support and things like that. Then there’s a drop off and there’s a whole bunch of players I think in that second or third round range and the depth there is great. You could almost get the same quality player at that position in the third round that you can get in the second.

“Guys that I think belong in that second-third round range are Jayron Hosley from Virginia Tech, Chase Minnifield from Virginia, Brandon Boykin from Georgia, Josh Robinson from Central Florida, who I gave a late third round grade off of tape and then he ran a 4.33. I moved him up a little bit, but he’s probably going to be drafted higher than where I have him rated, so he’s likely to go in the second round. Trumaine Johnson is one of those small school players from Montana. 6’2” 205 pounds a great athlete, can jump out of the gym and ran a 4.61 and that surprised me. Dwight Bentley from Louisiana-Lafayette, a bit undersized, played high school ball with Janoris Jenkins. He had a great week at the Senior Bowl and I think he can be at worst a good number three cornerback. Alfonzo Dennard from Nebraska is a little overrated. I wouldn’t take him until the third round, but he’s instinctive, tough and physical and I think if you protect him vertically he has a chance to be a pretty good player.”

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