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2013 NFL Draft CB rankings: Alabama's Dee Milliner tops deep class

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By Vinnie Iyer

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Tyrann Mathieu: The Honey Badger is the X-factor among cornerbacks. (AP Photo)


Given just how much teams pass in the modern NFL and how many receivers they use, the old adage of "you can never really have enough cornerbacks" is truer than it has ever has been.
 
Luckily, as every team looks for an upgrade in talent and depth at the position, the 2013 NFL Draft class presents several good options. There is the real potential for five corners to come off the board in Round 1, led by a can't-miss star who should pick up where he left off at Alabama.
 
The 2013 selections begin April 25 with the first round, followed by Rounds 2 and 3 on April 26 and the final round on April 27.
 



1. Dee Milliner, Alabama (5-11 7/8, 201). Milliner is recovering well from shoulder surgery and looks on track to deliver as the consensus best corner in the class. Scouts like his speed, fluidity and ball skills, and he used all of that at a high level for the national champions. He also holds up well as a tackler against the run. Milliner has a shot to go in the top five but no lower than the No. 15.
 
2. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (6-1 , 210). The Seminoles star is high on the first-round radar because of two assets teams covet at the position: size and physical play. Rhodes will need to work on his coverage technique and discipline to live up to this billing because he doesn't have same athletic ability as Milliner.
 
3. Desmond Trufant, Washington (5-11 5/8, 190). Trufant brings the necessary quick feet to the position, and because of it is a natural cover man who should become a solid starter. Despite questions about his physicality, he projects as a late first-round pick.
 
4. Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State (6-2, 185). There's no doubt Banks is a savvy cover man with good ball skills, and his size also is a great asset. Questions about his speed were answered to some extent by his performance at MSU's pro day, giving him a chance to be selected late in the first round.
 
5. Jamar Taylor, Boise State (5-10 5/8, 192). Coming out of the same program that produced Kyle Wilson, Taylor has appeal because of his zone/man scheme versatility and overall efficiency in coverage. Because of his shutdown potential down the line, he could make it five corners in Round 1.
 
6. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State (5-11 7/8, 197). Poyer is similar to Taylor. He might not be quite as good or athletic and carries a few concerns about injury and character, but his stability as a big playmaker on the ball is good enough for him to get strong Round 2 consideration.
 
7. Darius Slay, Mississippi State (6-0, 192). He formed an excellent Bulldogs duo with Banks. Slay's college production and accolades weren't as great, but he is attractive because of physical play well suited to handle man/press coverage. He won't wait too long after Banks, with a good shot at going the second round.
 
8. D.J. Hayden, Houston (5-11, 192). Hayden had a medical issue with his heart that was cleared, and he's risen because he has the speed, quickness and fluidity to be a top ball hawk. The riches continue at the position, as Hayden looks like a second-rounder.
 
9. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (5-8 , 186). Even with questions about his size and off-field issues, there's no denying there's something electric about Mathieu and what he can do as a slot cover man and return man. He might have third-round value, but don't be surprised if somebody rolls with him late in Round 2.
 
10. David Amerson, North Carolina State (6-1, 205). Amerson had a great 2011 season for the Wolfpack, using his big frame to make big plays. Last season, however, more big plays were being made opponents as he struggled to be steady in coverage. There are mixed scouting reviews on his stock, ranging from the second round to the third day.

11. Logan Ryan, Rutgers (5-11 1/8, 191). Ryan has the size and toughness teams want at the position, but he must figure out how to overcome his limited speed with better coverage technique. He's an intriguing third-round project.
 
12. Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana (5-10 1/8, 188). As a small-school prospect, Alford is on the third-round radar because he has wowed scouts with his speed and athleticism. He will require some work and coaching to round into an NFL starter.
 
13. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut (6-0 , 195). Wreh-Wilson will need experience and must develop his fluidity to build on his college potential. With his lanky frame and good instincts, he should be drafted by the end of Round 3.
 
14. Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut (5-11, 201). Sticking in Storrs, Gratz shows some of the physical coverage qualities Wreh-Wilson has. But because of his limited speed and quickness, he is better suited to roam the middle of the field as a nickel back or dime back or even as a reserve safety. Gratz is a third- or fourth-rounder.

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14. Brandon McGee, Miami (Fla.) (5-11, 193). McGee looks the part of an ace nickel back, where his speed, quickness and ball skills would work very nicely. He projects as a third- or fourth-round pick.
 
15. Leon McFadden, San Diego State (5-10, 193). McFadden handles inside coverage very well with his brand of quickness and closing ability. This slot corner is another Round 3 or 4 option.
 
16. B.W. Webb, William & Mary (5-10 , 184). There is good William & Mary DB pedigree, from retired Darren Sharper to current San Diego Chargers cornerback Derek Cox. For Webb to follow in that tradition, he must become more consistent as a physical cover man and tackler. He projects as a fourth-rounder.
 
17. Tharold Simon, LSU (6-2, 202). Size and athleticism should make you believe Simon can be a top corner. Unfortunately, his coverage skills need a lot of work if he is to make plays on the ball. Round 4 is the high end; he'll probably fall into Round 5.
 
18. Will Davis, Utah State (5-11 , 186). There are good basic size, skills and athleticism with which to work here. Otherwise, Davis must become more refined with his coverage technique, especially his footwork. He's a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
 
19. Nickell Robey, Southern California (5-7 , 169). Robey is tiny but brings great speed and athleticism with his track star background. He'll start out in limited nickel/dime duty before showing he can hold up better physically in coverage. Put him in Round 5.
 
20. Josh Johnson, Purdue (5-9 3/8, 199). There's a little bit of everything to like in Johnson as a third-day flyer. He has a combination of athleticism and toughness that makes for a good project.
 
21. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois (5-11 , 195). Hawthorne can hang his draft value on his speed and fluidity. He projects as an early- to mid-third day pick.
 
22. Steve Williams, California (5-8 7/8, 181). Williams was a solid, productive corner at Cal, but he will start as a nickel or dime project as a fifth- or sixth-rounder.
 
23. Sanders Commings, Georgia (6-0 1/8, 216). Commings is a strong, big-bodied corner who also has good speed. There are questions about how fluid he can be with his large build, so he projects as another fifth- or sixth-rounder.
 

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#1 : April 12, 2013, 02:36:38 AM

Its going to be an interesting decision Thursday evening.  Assuming the Bucs have a Thursday night pick.

If they already landed Revis, and still have #13, I would move up for Milliner.  Then you have a nice trio of CB's with Revis, Wright and Milliner.  Not too shabby. Leonard and whoever else for depth.

If that didn't pan out, draft Taylor or Trufant with the 2nd rounder.  Move up if need be.



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#2 : April 12, 2013, 02:49:14 AM

Taylor in the 1st

Banks in the 2nd

Ryan in the 3rd.

Honey Badger in the 4th.

Commings in the 5th.

Take your pick.

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#3 : April 12, 2013, 03:07:44 AM

Taylor in the 1st

Banks in the 2nd

Ryan in the 3rd.

Honey Badger in the 4th.

Commings in the 5th.

Take your pick.





I like Taylor a lot, but he seems a bit of a reach at #13.


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#4 : April 12, 2013, 04:00:00 AM

Taylor in the 1st

Banks in the 2nd

Ryan in the 3rd.

Honey Badger in the 4th.

Commings in the 5th.

Take your pick.





I like Taylor a lot, but he seems a bit of a reach at #13.

He would be. That is just the rounds I think they will go in.

He would be a guy who will go late 1st but is maybe more NFL ready than the early 1st round guys.  I'm guessing he goes from 20-35 somewhere.

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#5 : April 12, 2013, 10:03:39 AM

Think Commings will end up going much earlier


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#6 : April 12, 2013, 01:29:39 PM

Its going to be an interesting decision Thursday evening.  Assuming the Bucs have a Thursday night pick.

If they already landed Revis, and still have #13, I would move up for Milliner.  Then you have a nice trio of CB's with Revis, Milliner and LJ.  Not too shabby. Wright and whoever else for depth.

If that didn't pan out, draft Taylor or Trufant with the 2nd rounder.  Move up if need be.

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#7 : April 12, 2013, 09:08:10 PM

Its going to be an interesting decision Thursday evening.  Assuming the Bucs have a Thursday night pick.

If they already landed Revis, and still have #13, I would move up for Milliner.  Then you have a nice trio of CB's with Revis, Milliner and LJ.  Not too shabby. Wright and whoever else for depth.

If that didn't pan out, draft Taylor or Trufant with the 2nd rounder.  Move up if need be.

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IDK man.   I know everyone is in HATE mode with Eric now.  But right now, I would start Eric over Leonard.  Just for the experience factor. But that could change quickly during the season, if Leonard continues to improve.


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#8 : April 12, 2013, 10:47:49 PM

 Blidi Wreh-Wilson sucks. I don't get the love for that guy. I wouldn't draft him in any round.


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#9 : April 13, 2013, 03:45:44 PM

Nice list there.  I would love for Dominik to trade up if Star Loteulei drops in the slightest.  Pairing him next to G. McCoy could be something extremely special. 

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#10 : April 13, 2013, 10:56:06 PM

Nice list there.  I would love for Dominik to trade up if Star Loteulei drops in the slightest.  Pairing him next to G. McCoy could be something extremely special.



Thats great, but what do we do about CB?  If the Revis thing falls through, Dom better be burning up the phone lines, snagging 2 CB's.


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