2019 NFL DRAFT CORNERBACK RANKINGS

    1. Joejuan Williams 6’2 210 Vanderbilt Commodores (JR)

      STREGTHS: Joejuan Williams has the ideal size and length that teams covet at the NFL level…above average ball skills…for a defensive back his size, you’d expect Joejuan Williams to have stiff hips—that is NOT the case…fluid athleticism…Joejuan Williams excels in press coverage due to the physical nature in which he plays the position…strong, long arms able to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage…although not the off-man type of CB, he doesn’t get beaten by double moves…plays strong and tough…

      WEAKNESSES: The primary glaring weakness that keeps showing up on film when evaluating Joejuan Williams was his inability to get his head around, and a lack of awareness at times…does not play well in off man coverage…does not transition very well from platform to platform…translation—will be a sitting duck against quick WR in off-coverage…maddeningly inconsistent…

      COMP: Xavier Rhodes

      OVERALL: JoeJuan Williams has as much upside as any defensive back in the entire 2019 draft…there have been times where he looks like a potential All-Pro…unreal length and strength—JoeJuan Williams is climbing up draft boards everywhere…his Scouting Combine and in particular, his 40 time is going to carry a lot of weight…if JoeJuan Williams can produce anything under a 4.6—he has a chance to be a 1st round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    2. Byron Murphy 6’0 175 Washington Huskies (SO)
  1. STRENGTHS: Byron Murphy is one of the more versatile defensive backs in the entire 2019 class…he plays very well in man to man coverage, as well as in zone…a high IQ player who adapts well to any of a variety of routes thrown at him…Murphy has outstanding feet…able to transition in and out of breaks with ease…as quick as any defensive  back in this class…able to react rapidly…outstanding  ball skills…aware when the ball is in the air…high-level fluidity…doesn’t mind mixing it up and can deliver the blow when necessary…has good length to challenge taller, physical WR…

    WEAKNESSES: At 6’0 and just 175—there are physical limitations to Byron Murphy…will Byron Murphy be able to match up with the physically imposing WR at the NFL level…run defense will always be an issue…can get engulfed by larger blockers…not the most experienced defensive back…does not dislodge receivers off of their route when in press coverage…can bite a bit too hard on a pump fake…

    COMP: Darius Slay

    OVERALL: Byron Murphy has climbed the ranks at the CB position to the #1 spot…Murphy have the pure cover skills that defensive coordinators love…he can play in any scheme and can line up on the outside, or in the slot…combine his ball skills with his short area quickness—and you can see how his game could translate to a playmaker on the back end in the NFL…I like Murphy more than most, but I don’t see any reason why he won’t be a Top 15-20 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

  2. 3) Greedy Williams 6’2 185 LSU Tigers (SO)

STRENGTHS: Greedy Williams has all the traits that you are looking for in a Defensive Back prospect…quick twitch athleticism and great length combine to make him an ideal fit in man to man defense…outstanding ball skills…will bait the opposing teams QB to throw his direction in order to cause the turnover…fluid hips allows him to transition from platform to platform…plays well against the deep ball…if it comes his way, does a great job of attacking the ball at it’s highest point…

WEAKNESSES: For all the hype that he has received, Greedy Williams still has deficiencies…his read and react needs to improve…at the next level even a ½ second lapse will cause a completion and/or a big play…his film is wildly inconsistent…he has a questionable motor…doesn’t seem like he plays all out, all the time…he is not as adapt in zone coverage as he is in man to man…needs work in this area…a poor tackler…doesn’t show the willingness to be physical at times—which is more alarming…

COMP: Marshon Lattimore

OVERALL: Has there ever been a more fitting nickname for a prospect than ‘Greedy’ Williams..? Williams has been on the NFL radar for what feels like forever…Williams has the skills that would suggest that he can project to be a true shutdown style of corner at the next level…he is going to need to become a more complete player…zone coverage and tackling being his primary bugaboo…if he can develop in these areas—he has elite potential…Greedy Williams has the potential to go in the Top 10…he should go anywhere from 10-20 in the 2019 NFL Draft.

4) Deandre Baker 5’11 185 Georgia Bulldogs (SR)

STRENGTHS: Deandre Baker is one of the more high IQ defensive backs in the 2019 draft class…Baker is a hard-nosed, old-fashioned type of prospect…he excels in man to man coverage…a solid tackler who wraps up and plays with good fundamentals…good ball skills—can make a play where there is a play to be made…

WEAKNESSES: Deandre Baker is not going to overwhelm you with his athletic ability—just average in that department…a primary concern is that adjusting to the speed and physicality of the NFL will not come easy…his lack of upper-tier athleticism could get exposed…tight hips…does not transition as well and as fluidly as you would like to see…

COMP: Kyle Fuller

OVERALL: It’s hard not to like Deandre Baker…he does not give up once inch to the opposition…his game should transition to the NFL as he succeeds in pass defense…that being said, his athleticism limits to what type of players he can match up with…those with the high end speed or strength will give Baker issues…Baker combats his athleticism limitations with fierce determination…Deandre Baker is a starter the minute he sets foot on the football field in the NFL and has the looks of a mid-late 1st round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

5) Amari Oruwariye 6’1 205 Penn State Nitney Lions (SR)

STRENGTHS: Amari Oruwariye possesses the prototypical measurables that the NFL scouting community looks for in their defensive backs…a highly intelligent football player…Oruwariye is rarely in a bad position…fundamentally sound…good feet…no waste in movement…a strong prospect who should be able to match up with bigger, stronger WR at the NFL level…does a good job of finding the ball in the air and making a play…a versatile defensive back who plays well in both man to man and in zone…

WEAKNESSES: Amari Orowariye should play more physically than he does…he does not tackle very well, and he should…this raises a red flag to whether or not he will be able to handle the physical nature of the NFL game…if he didn’t want to put his nose in there at the college game, I wouldn’t imagine that would change for the NFL…does not show high level quickness…a bit stiff in his transitions…

COMP: Robert Alford

OVERALL: Amari Oruwariye causes great debate in the scouting community…his Scouting Combine and individual workouts are going to a long way to establishing his value…you like the size that Oruwariye brings to the table, so in theory he would match up well with NFL receivers…the issue being is that he is just not very physical…Oruwariye is not on the Byron Murphy, Greedy Williams, or Deandre Baker level—but he’s just one step down…Amari Oruwariye is shaping up as a 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

6) Trayvon Mullen 6’1 190 Clemson Tigers (JR)

STRENGTHS: Trayvon Mullen is the type of defensive back prospect that should excel in man to man defense…has great length to neutralize bigger, more physical wide receivers at the next level…good hands…plays with a nastiness and a chip on his shoulder…likes the physical nature of the game…good long-speed to keep up with faster receivers…good short area quickness…

WEAKNESSES: I question Trayvon Mullens’ projection when it comes to zone defense in the NFL…he doesn’t transfer from platform to platform smoothly—in a manner that you would like to see…his feet are choppy and causes him problems in said transitions…can be beaten by double moves…a bit tight in his hips and when breaking on the ball…

COMP: Jalen Mills

OVERALL: Trayvon Mullen is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to a defensive back prospect…you have to like his tenacity and physicality…does not mind mixing it up, and in fact, excels when the game gets most physical…this fact has to be a plus for his projection to the more physical game in the NFL…that being said, there are his share of limitations…despite being physical, does not offer up much in run defense…playing in off-man or zone coverage places him at a disadvantage. Where he winds up, more so than most, will effect his overall performance at the next level…I like his chances, and think some of his limitations can be game-planned against and can be coached up. I like Trayvon Mullen as a late 2nd-early 3rd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

7) Julian Love 5’11 195 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (JR)

STRENGTHS: Julian Love is another high IQ football player…he reads and reacts quickly and adjusts on the fly…good ball skills…attacks the ball in the air and makes the play…good, quick feet that keep him in coverage where he needs to be…solid tackler…solid player…good hands able to jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage…

WEAKNESSES: The first thing you notice when you watch the film on Julian Love is that he does have physical limitations…does not come off as overly quick or twitchy…length will also be an issue at the next level against bigger, stronger athletes…tends to be a bit too eager at times and jumps routes, which lead to him being beaten…a bit tight in the hips which cause a delay as moves from platform to platform..

COMP: Bradley Roby

OVERALL: Julian Love is a prospect that you know what you’re getting…solid, but not spectacular in any element…he does not possess the physical traits that the scouting community gravitates towards…that being said, he is a tough, smart, savvy player…there’s a good deal to like about his projection to the NFL…Love does not project to be a #1 CB, but he does have the looks to be a solid #2 option…Julian Love looks like a solid 2nd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

8) Rock Ya-Sin Sr. 6’1 190 Temple Owls (SR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that you like about the game of Rock Ya-Sin is his nastiness and his physical approach to the game…he makes life miserable for opposing wide receivers…Rock Ya-Sin has nice length to combat bigger, stronger receivers at the NFL level…excels in press-man coverage due to his physicality and his ability to dislodge the receiver off of his route…fluid hips…you have to like the production from Rock Ya-Sin during his senior season at Temple…

WEAKNESSES: Rock Ya-Sin struggles when asked to use his fluidity and quickness…don’t like him anywhere near as much in zone coverage as I do in man…his footwork can be inconsistent…he will need additional refinement in this area at the next level…an inconsistent tackler…at times shows the ability to hit—but others stays away from the play…his hands are inconsistent as well—left a few plays out there during his time at Temple…

COMP: Kevin King

OVERALL: Rock Ya-Sin looks like a defensive back prospect that can start in the NFL…he plays the game with a physical style and projects to be a good read and react man to man defender…he is going to need some work on his footwork and a few fundamentals…if those can be corrected, there is potential to be a high-end starter…I like his game more than most…I believe Rock Ya-Sin is a late 2nd-early 3rd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

9) Lonnie Johnson Jr. 6’3 205 Kentucky Wildcats (SR)

STRENGTHS: The first thing that I noticed when I began to review the film was the size of Lonnie Johnson Jr…LJJ has the physical traits that NFL teams adore…he has outstanding length…this should come in handy against the bigger, stronger athletes at the NFL level…does a great job of getting the ball at it’s highest point…

WEAKNESSES: Lonnie Johnson Jr. plays very conservatively…although he doesn’t get beat deep…he gives up a ton of underneath stuff…you want to see more aggressiveness, controlled, from your defensive back prospects…his fundamentals and technique are all over the place…his footwork is choppy and can get crossed up at times…Lonnie Johnson Jr. is stiff and does not have the fluidity that you look for in your defensive backs…does not translate from platform to platform…a lack of productivity from college is also concerning…

COMP: Byron Maxwell

OVERALL: Lonnie Johnson Jr. is gaining a great deal of momentum as we move down the road towards the NFL Draft…from a physical, measurable standpoint—Lonnie Johnson Jr. checks all the boxes…the issue being is that his game doesn’t match his stature…far too many inconsistencies to feel good about his projection at this point—which by many, is far too bullish for me…LJJ needs a lot of work on his technique…I just don’t like his passivity to the way he plays the game…he’s more of a 3rd round value for me, but I can see a team taking the plunge on him sometime in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

10) Isaiah Johnson 6’2 195 Houston Cougars (SR)

STRENGTHS: Isaiah Johnson possesses the traits at the CB position that causes the scouting community to get excited about…a great blend of high-level athleticism and length…long-speed is top-notch…allows for him to keep up with faster receivers on deep routes…a fluid athlete who plays with fluid hips…strong athlete who should be able to deal with bigger, stronger receivers…versatile defensive back who should be able to find success in man to man and zone coverages…

WEAKNESSES: Isaiah Johnson’s game needs additional refinement…tends to bite hard a times, leaving him vulnerable to double-moves…needs to be more physical at the line of scrimmage in order to get receivers off of their routes…Johnson is going to need to need NFL coaching to correct his footwork—which can get out of whack…his tackling is inconsistent…needs to work with better leverage…needs a great deal of work on his picking up the football and making a play on the ball…needs to play with a higher football IQ…

COMP: Prince Amukamara

OVERALL: Isaiah Johnson is a very talented defensive back prospect…although, he a raw prospect due to his lack of experience…you have to remember, this is a prospect who was a WR just two seasons ago and who has transitioned late to the position…expecting Isaiah Johnson to step in and start from day one would be a mistake for the prospect, and for the franchise…there is still a lot of work to be done here from playing smarter, finding the football, and working on his footwork…however, there’s a lot to like here…top-tier athlete who has hug upside…knowing where you can draft Isaiah Johnson, I love his value…I would project Johnson to be a 3rd round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.