2012 NFL Draft Prospects - Ranked by Position
Top Cornerbacks
Most Recent Revision:  4/27/2012

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Cornerbacks defend the wide receivers and protect the "corner" of the offensive alignment, not letting plays get outside of them. Their responsibilities include:

1) Defend the wide receivers on pass plays with deep, and outside responsibilities
2) Defend end sweeps (running plays) by turning the play inside for the linebackers

This diagram shows CB's in a 4-3 alignment (which is the same as CB's in a 3-4). One CB prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: Some defenses play press coverage with more man-to-man responsibilities while others play a two-deep zonewith the CB's playing soft, keeping the play in front of them. Based on the alignment, a CB may have safety help over the top or have to cover the receiver all over the field.
B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: the West Coast Offense has short drops, quick reads and passes for a "run after catch" mentality. On the other hand, a running attack with play action passing emphasizes longer patterns. The size of WR's within the division (small/quick vs big/fast) may dictate the sizeof CB that a team drafts.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (5)  +1 LSU
Morris Claiborne
Jr          5'11"          188
#17
2 (15)  +1 South Carolina
Stephon Gilmore
Jr          6'0"          190
#5
3 (20)  +5 Alabama
Dre Kirkpatrick
Jr          6'2"          186
#21
4 (40)  +4 North Alabama
Janoris Jenkins
Sr          5'10"          193
#29
5 (50)  +8 Virginia Tech
Jayron Hosley
Jr          5'10"          178
#20
6 (53)  +8 Central Florida
Josh Robinson
Jr          5'10"          199
#20
7 (62)  +2 Louisiana-Lafayette
Dwight Bentley
Sr          5'10"          182
#5
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8 (70)  +11 Georgia
Brandon Boykin
Sr          5'9"          182
#2
9 (72) +20 Montana
Trumaine Johnson
Sr          6'2"          204
#2
10 (78) +52 Oklahoma
Jamell Fleming
Sr          5'11"          206
#32
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11 (81)   -4 Vanderbilt
Casey Hayward
Sr          5'11"          185
#19
12 (104)  +10 Iowa State
Leonard Johnson
Sr          5'10"          196
#23
13 (111)  +10 Iowa
Shaun Prater
Sr          5'10"          190
#28
14 (118)   -11 Coastal Carolina
Josh Norman
Sr          6'0"          197
#24
15 (127) -90 Nebraska
Alfonzo Dennard
Sr          5'10"          204
#15
16 (137)   -3 Virginia
Chase Minnifield
Sr          5'10"          183
#13
17 (141) -70 Texas A&M
Coryell Judie
Sr          6'0"          194
#5
18 (147)   -7 Boston College
Donnie Fletcher
Sr          6'1"          198
#4
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19 (156)   -2 Presbyterian
Justin Bethel
Sr          6'0"          200
#26
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20 (165)   -6 Clemson
Coty Sensabaugh
Sr          5'11"          189
#15
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21 (170)   -3 Alabama
DeQuan Menzie
Sr          5'11"          202
#24
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22 (178)   -5 Furman
Ryan Steed
Sr          5'10"          195
#1
23 (181)  +1 Arizona State
Omar Bolden
Sr          5'10"          202
#3
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24 (192)   -5 North Carolina
Charles Brown
Sr          5'9"          202
#12
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25 (203)   0 Hampton
Micah Pellerin
Sr          6'0"          195
#15
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26 (214)  +2 LSU
Ron Brooks
Sr          5'10"          190
#13
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27 (226)   -5 Oregon
Cliff Harris
Jr          5'11"          175
#13
28 (238)   -9 Cal Poly
Asa Jackson
Sr          5'10"          191
#2
29 (250)   -5 Texas A&M
Terrence Frederick
Sr          5'10"          187
#7
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30 (251)   -9 Penn State
D'Anton Lynn
Sr          6'0"          206
#8
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31 (267)   -1 Penn State
Chaz Powell
Sr          6'1"          198
#2
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32 (292)   -3 Florida State
Mike Harris
Sr          5'10"          188
#65
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33 (302)   -3 Notre Dame
Robert Blanton
Sr          6'1"          208
#12
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34 (313)   -7 Wyoming
Tashaun Gipson
Sr          6'0"          203
#4
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35 (325)   -1 South Florida
Quenton Washington
Sr          5'10"          195
#2
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36 (340)   -2 East Carolina
Emanuel Davis
Sr          5'10"          188
#38
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37 (346)   -3 Wayne State
Jeremy Jones
Sr          5'9"          194
#8
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38 (350)   -2 Albion
Chris Greenwood
Sr          6'1"          196
#2
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39 (365)   -4 Northwestern State
Jeremy Lane
Sr          6'0"          183
#1
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40 (373)   -1 West Virginia
Keith Tandy
Sr          5'10"          198
#25
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