The San Francisco 49ers signed former Seattle Seahawks stalworth Richard Sherman last year in an attempt to solidify their young secondary. However second year cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon saw his production decline dramatically in 2018 and what was once considered a potential strength has become an obvious weakness going forward. Here is a list of arguably the best 10 cornerbacks available in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. Enjoy…
1. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams will become the Tiger’s fourth cornerback in the last nine drafts to go in the first round. His height, length, and athleticism exhibit all the attributes that scouts look for at the corner position. Williams stands 6’2″ and weighs 182 pounds. In his two years with the Tigers, he has 71 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, 20 pass breakups, and 8 interceptions. His production dropped off in 2018 and his tackling needs to improve, but overall Williams has the potential to be a top corner in the NFL.
2. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award, in recognition of being the nation’s top defensive back. Standing 5’11” and weighing 185 pounds he has good size for the position. In 36 games with the Bulldogs Baker has 116 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 24 pass breakups, 7 interceptions, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. Baker is a great coverage corner with excellent instincts, but he’ll need to get stronger and be a more aggressive tackler to be an elite corner at the next level.
3. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Murphy was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection this season and was the MVP of the Pac-12 championship game against Utah. In that game Murphy made a pivotal play, returning an interception for the game-winning touchdown. Murphy stands 5’11” and weighs 182 pounds. For a player who only played in 19 games, his stats are pretty impressive. In two years with the Huskies Murphy has 74 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 20 pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles.
4. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Mullen was named second-team All-ACC this season and was the Defensive MVP in the National Championship Game, recording 1 sack and an interception against Alabama. He’s a big corner standing 6’2″ and weighing 190 pounds. In three seasons with the Tigers Mullen has 93 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 7 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Baltimore Ravens quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is Mullen’s first cousin.
5. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Oruwariye is a very lengthy corner and likes to take advantage of his long wingspan. He stands 6’1″ and weighs 203 pounds. Oruwariye had a breakout season as a junior with 7 pass breakups and 4 interceptions, he added to his totals with 11 pass breakups and 3 interceptions as a senior. In four seasons with the Nittany Lions Oruwariye has 106 total tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 20 pass breakups, 8 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and a touchdown.
6. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love has become one of the Irish’s all-time greatest defensive backs. His acute football instincts and versatility have served him well. Standing 5’11” and weighing in at 193 pounds, Love is stout against the run with 126 solo tackles in his college career. He’s returned 2 interceptions and a fumble for touchdowns and blocked an extra point, returning it for two. In three seasons with the Irish Love has 176 total tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 39 pass breakups, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 2 touchdowns.
7. Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
Sheffield has all the physical tools that NFL scouts covet in a top-notch cornerback. His exceptional top-end speed will turn heads when he has a chance to clock his 40 time at the NFL Combine this February. Sheffield was ranked as the fastest player in college football by NFL.com. He broke OSU’s 60-meter dash record with a blazing time of 6.663 seconds. Sheffield stands 6’0″ and weighs 193 pounds. In two seasons with the Buckeyes he has 75 total tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 15 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.
8. Blace Brown, CB, Troy
Brown’s strong play for the Trojans has garnered him an invitation to play in this years East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 19th. Brown is currently ranked among the top 10 cornerbacks entering this April’s NFL Draft. Some experts have him being selected as high as the second round. He stands 6’0″ and weighs 184 pounds. In three seasons with the Trojans Brown has 111 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 16 pass breakups, 12 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.
9. Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
Williams is another intriguing prospect heading into this years NFL Draft. He’s had the best season of his college football career, starting every game and earning a reputation for being one of the top cornerbacks in the Southeastern Conference. Standing 6’3″ and weighing 208 pounds, Williams has the frame to man handle smaller receivers. In three seasons with the Commodores Williams has 119 total tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 25 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.
10. Iman “Biggie” Marshall, CB, USC
Marshall is as disruptive of a defensive back as you can find in college football. Measuring in at 6’1″, 205 pounds, he can be a headache for opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. His production has dropped off a bit the last two seasons due to various injuries, but he ends his USC career second all-time in the Pac-12 with 36 pass breakups. In four seasons with the Trojans Marshall has 218 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 6 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.