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Looking for an Elite Cornerback in the Draft

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Drafting a CB

Disclaimer: There are two parts to every player, just because they have the measurables doesn’t guarantee success and just because they don’t have the measurables doesn’t mean they won't be a success.

When I first started researching CBs I went and looked at Belichick's draft picks and their measurables. I had heard stories about Belichick and how he cares so much about the 3-cone time. Which is 100% true: Belichick likes his corners under 7 seconds in the 3 cone and he also likes a good 20 yard short shuffle. I also noticed how Belichick didn’t care for 40 times. It made me wonder what their 10 yard, 20 yard and 20-40 yard times were to see if there was any correlation to who Belichick was drafting. It became clear to me that belichick is more into 10 yard and 20 yard times than he is into 40 times. Even more evident was the 20-40 yard times that all seemed so close to each other.

Name Height 40 yard 10 yard 20 yard 20-40 Bench Vertical Broad 3 cone 20 yard SS
Logan Ryan 5' 11'' 4.56 1.50 2.65 1.91 14 32.5 116 6.69 4.06
Alfonzo Dennard 5' 10'' 4.48 1.55 2.60 1.88 N/A 37 121 N/A N/A
Ras "IR" Dowling 6' 1'' 4.40 1.47 2.53 1.87 19 31 N/A N/A N/A
Devin Mccourty 5' 11'' 4.38 1.53 2.50 1.88 16 36 126 6.70 4.07
Darius Butler 5' 11'' 4.41 1.46 2.56 1.85 N/A 43 134 6.92 4.18
Terrance Wheatley 5' 10'' 4.37 1.48 2.50 1.87 17 36.5 128 6.74 4.20
Jonathan Wilhite 5' 10'' 4.38 1.43 2.50 1.88 20 33.5 119 N/A N/A
Ellis Hobbs 5' 9'' 4.45 1.55 2.61 1.84 12 42 124 6.80 4.07
Asante Samuel 5' 11'' 4.49 1.59 2.66 1.83 9 35.5 120 6.95 4.14
Brock Williams 5' 10'' 4.46 1.55 2.60 1.86 11 42.5 130 6.70 4.21
Average 5' 11'' 4.44 1.51 2.57 1.87 37.0 124.2 6.79 4.13

I began to wonder after that what the measurable of the elite CBs in the league were.

Aqib Talib 6' 1'' 4.44 1.50 2.56 1.88 10 38 131 6.82 4.25
Darrelle Revis 5' 11.5'' 4.38 1.46 2.49 1.89 N/A 38 125 6.56 4.08
Vontae Davis 5' 11 4.49 1.55 2.62 1.87 25 36 125 6.75 4.07
Dick Sherman 6'3 4.60 1.61 2.65 1.95 16 38 125 6.82 4.33
Joe Haden 5'11'' 4.52 1.53 2.56 1.96 19 35 125 6.94 4.34
Patrick Peterson 6' 4.34 1.49 2.44 1.90 15 38 126 6.58 4.07
Brandon Flowers 5' 10'' 4.55 1.52 2.60 1.95 14 30 117 6.72 4.08
1.52 2.56 1.91 36.14 124.86 6.74 4.17

The easiest thing to see is the lack of a 7 second or greater 3-cone time. Then they all jumped around 38" vertical and 125 broad jump. Then you notice that they all were slow from 20-40 yards. I like the 20-40 yard times because it tells me the proportion of speed in the back end compared to the overall 40 time.

For example, Trey Waynes the number 1 CB by all people is 6 foot tall and ran a 4.31, compare that to Patrick Peterson who is 6 foot and ran a 4.34. You think that they are both very similar in speed. You couldn’t be more wrong, Waynes ran the 20-40 yard in 1.76 and Peterson ran it in 1.90. Waynes makes up .14 on Peterson here. That’s the difference of a 4.45 to a 4.31. That isn’t all the knocks on him. Waynes really starts looking like a bust is his 3-cone time of 7.06 and 20 yard SS of 4.39. In my research if one is bad the other one better be pretty damn good. In this case it’s neither.

What does an elite corner have?

1. A vertical jump 36"+ and up

2. A broad jump 125" and up

3. If running 40 yard dash between 4.30-4.40 a 3-cone of 6.50-6.65

4. If running 40 yard dash 4.40+ a 3-cone of 6.70-7.00

5. A 20-40 time of 1.87+

6. Be 5’ 11"

Trey Waynes 6' 4.31 1.53 2.55 1.76 19 38 122 7.06 4.39
PJ Williams 6' 4.57 1.55 2.63 1.94 12 40 132 7.08 4.28
Jalen Collins 6' 1 4.48 1.61 2.67 1.81 N/A 36 124 6.77 4.27
Ronald Darby 5' 11 4.38 1.53 2.56 1.82 12 41.5 129 6.94 4.14
Senquez Golson 5' 9'' 4.46 1.53 2.59 1.87 15 33.5 120 6.81 4.20
Steven Nelson 5' 10'' 4.49 1.57 2.63 1.86 19 34.5 115 6.88 4.07
Josh Shaw 6' 1'' 4.44 1.54 2.59 1.85 26 37.5 130 7.01 4.12
Tony Lippett 6' 2'' 4.61 1.63 2.70 1.91 10 36 114 6.92 4.13
Kevin Johnson 6' 4.52 1.59 2.63 1.89 N/A 41.5 130 6.79 3.89
Eric Rowe 6' 1'' 4.45 1.56 2.61 1.84 19 39 125 6.70 3.97
Marcus Peters 6' 4.53 1.60 2.66 1.87 17 37.5 121 7.08 4.08
Justin Coleman 5' 11'' 4.53 1.54 2.60 1.93 20 37.5 124 6.61 3.98

If you guys have noticed, I like Kevin Johnson.

Pros

• He has Devin Mccourty like instincts for the ball.

• He isn’t a afraid of being left out on an island

• Can play it all(press-man, off-man, zone) most well-rounded corner in the draft

• He played against DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, and other top WRs.

• Got his hand on the ball, In 2013 had 15 PDs and 2012 had 18 PDs

• In 2014 he allowed just 24 completions all season long

• Very Durable, never missed a game

• Good special teamer

• 40 time may have been off a lot of scouts said he ran a 4.44 not a 4.52

Cons

• Gets too aggressive trying to jump routes

• Had a lot of penalties, not just for PI but targeting

• Seems like a jerk in interviews(not a bad thing just he doesn’t seem like a DMC nice guy)

• Was seen as too light but bulked up to 188 lbs that might hurt his speed.

• Ran a 4.52 but who knows

Bottom Line

He seems like a great corner that could fall in the draft to 32. He has a cocky-ness to him that isn’t unusual in good corners (Richard Sherman). He can play in any scheme, if we stay with mostly man coverage he can do that if we go to zone he can also do that. Can play special teams if he doesn’t start right away.

My big board goes

1. Kevin Johnson 1st round

2. Marcus Peters late 1st, early 2nd round

3. PJ Williams Mid 2nd (without the DUI)

4. Trey Waynes Mid 2nd

5. Jalen Collins Late 2nd

Why didn’t I include Bryon Jones?

He didn’t have 10 yard and 20 yard splits. He obviously has all the other measurables.

I welcome input in the comment section. Also I wanted to add a "very good" corner section in here. So if you could name anyone in the league who is a very good corner but not elite that would be nice.

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