Thomas Frank Carr
ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst
2014 Corner Back Rankings
1. Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State
2. Bradley Robey Ohio State
3. Darqueze Dennard Michigan State
4. Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech
5. Jason Verrett TCU
6. Victor Hampton South Carolina
7. Keith McGill Utah
8. Marcus Roberson Florida
9. Loucheiz Purifoy Florda
10. Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska
There is certainly some star power in this draft class. Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard have been the talk of the draft class. Dennard is a physical press man corner who is akin to a poor man's Darrelle Revis. Gilbert is an all-around corner who has star written all over his game. He has nearly everything you ask in a No.1 lock down corner. He needs to make sure he doesn't rest on his laurels though. He'll need to continue his progression to become truly elite. He tends to loaf and get by on his exceptional talent from time to time. There are a lot of big corners on this list too, topped by Keith McGill of Utah who stands at nearly 6'4". He has the athleticism to match his height too. He is a ju-co transfer and he plays like it right now. If he can get his head on straight and learn to play like a pro he will be in the same discussion as Richard Sherman. If not, he'll be a height/weight/speed guy who just didn’t work out.
The Drop Off
After Jason Verrett, who is ranked no. 5 on our list, there is a real drop off in quality in this draft class. The next two, Hampton, and McGill could be safety converts and the rest of the class all are more backups than starters. If your team needs a corner, they better draft one in the first two rounds or be stuck with a developmental prospect that doesn't have the same potential as the top five.
Dealing with Bradley Robey
I have a very hard time justifying putting Bradley Robey in the second spot on this list. He has all the skills you want physically but he really did not perform his junior year. I love Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin, but there is no way that Robey should give up 200+ yards to him. The reason he is at No. 2 on this list is because he did it before as a sophomore. As a sophomore he was dominant. He played with tenacity and discipline. Buyer beware though, Bradley Robey could burn the team that drafts him in the first round.