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The evolution of the cornerback position


 Dan Pompei

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May 05, 2013, 05:30 AM EST..

 

 Something is going on with cornerbacks in the NFL.
 
“There has been a lot of discussion about cornerbacks,” said Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who traded up in the first round to take Desmond Trufant, and then used a second round pick on another cornerback in Robert Alford.
 
By my count, the Falcons are at least 18 teams have acquired one or more cornerback in the offseason who they intend to start when the season opens. Fifteen of those teams have acquired a probable starting cornerback who can be listed at 6-0 or taller.
 
For some of this, we can thank Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. The success the Seahawks had with tall, press and run corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner has forced a lot of teams to rethink the position.
 
“There are a lot of defensive coordinators and head coaches and general managers who are tired of seeing their corners out jumped and outmuscled for balls by big receivers,” Dimitroff said. “So there has been a wave of consideration for approaching it like Seattle does with bigger, athletic corners who can get up and jam and run and do the jump ball thing.”
 
It isn’t that teams still don’t want highly athletic, fluid cornerbacks with the ability to cover quick receivers all over the field in man to man. But there aren’t enough of those players out there. So rather than trying to play with a 5-10 corner who isn’t quick enough or big enough to do everything a game plan may call for, some teams are going with a different style of cornerback, and ultimately, a different style of coverage.
 
It is easier to find big corners who can press and drop into zone than it is to find quick footed, loose hipped corners with the size and strength to muscle up against receivers like Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson. Sherman was a fifth round pick; Browner never was drafted, and the Seahawks picked him up after a stint in the CFL.
 
Some cornerbacks who play a similar style that were chosen late in the draft include Tharold Simon (fifth round by the Seahawks), Micah Hyde (fifth round by the Packers) and Jeremy Harris (seventh round by the Jaguars).

 
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More and more NFL cornerbacks might start to look like Richard Sherman.
 

And some of those big press corners went early, too. The Vikings took Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick. The Bucs chose Johnthan Banks with the 43rd selection. The Redskins went for David Amerson on pick 51. The Titans took Blidi Wreh-Wilson with the 70th pick.
 
Some thought Rhodes would be chosen about 10 picks higher. But taking him in the early teens may have been too high, given that scouts see him as rigid and somewhat inefficient in terms of coverage skills.
 
Despite the trend to bigger corners, not every team put a high value on Rhodes. The Falcons took Trufant ahead of him. “He doesn’t fit every team,” said one regional scout who did extensive work on Rhodes. “He can play press, beat him off the line and then fall back into zone. But can he be a guy who can play off and stick with a quick receiver? If we’re all going to what Seattle is doing with DBs, he’s the ideal. But you don’t always have to pay a premium for that player.”
 
Rhodes is perfect for what the Vikings want. “We like the big press
 corners,” Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said. “That’s why we have Chris Cook and A.J. Jefferson. Even though people say we’re a Tampa 2, we don’t play a lot of Tampa 2. Having those types of corners, especially with the quarterbacks and receivers we have to face in the NFC North division, helps you match up physically. Getting a guy like that definitely helps.”
 
Going with players like Rhodes could be the best hope to defend the new breed of wide receiver in the NFL. And as a result, the cornerback position is changing.






Things I Didn’t Used To Know
 
*The Browns’ draft board was arranged alphabetically, which is very unorthodox and can make it difficult to make decisions on the fly. Front office men around the league were buzzing about the unusual board last week. Also noteworthy is that the Browns did not allow the majority of their scouts in the draft room. But they are not the only team that locks out scouts.
 
Justin Blackmon has to make some changes in order to live up to his draft pick status.
 
*Justin Blackmon’s four game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy points to the big picture problem with Blackmon. The word out of EverBank Field is the Jaguars have found him to be too easily distracted. He loses focus and lacks consistency. And it has affected his performance. The Jags’ new regime likes Blackmon’s talent. But will the Jaguars ever see him realize it?





Dan Pompei covers pro football for the Chicago Tribune at chicagotribune.com.

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« #1 : May 06, 2013, 09:23:08 AM »

This is news? We drafted Myron Lewis for his size 4 seasons ago.

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« #2 : May 06, 2013, 09:33:12 AM »

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« #3 : May 06, 2013, 09:42:52 AM »

This is news? We drafted Myron Lewis for his size 4 seasons ago.
Alan Zemaitis was 6'1", also.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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« #4 : May 06, 2013, 09:56:23 AM »

This is news? We drafted Myron Lewis for his size 4 seasons ago.
Alan Zemaitis was 6'1", also.
Good catch, forgot that one.  Shame so many of these guys washed out.

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« #5 : May 06, 2013, 10:33:00 AM »

Doesnt matter how big they are. Can they play?

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« #6 : May 06, 2013, 11:44:13 AM »






Maybe it's the shoulder pads throwing me off but he sure does look like he's lost weight, looking scrawny.
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« #7 : May 06, 2013, 12:41:06 PM »






Maybe it's the shoulder pads throwing me off but he sure does look like he's lost weight, looking scrawny.

He's always been a rangy type of guy. Let me know what you think when camp comes rolling around.

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« #8 : May 06, 2013, 01:14:46 PM »

Mike Washigton, 6'-3".
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