In today's pass-happy league, cornerbacks are being sought after and are a bigger need than, say, 10 years ago. With the likes of Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford throwing the football an average of 30 to 40 times per game, it's easy to say that cornerback has become the second-most important position (behind quarterback, of course) on the football field.
Since the 2009 NFL draft, the cornerback position has had the most players selected overall. From 2006 to 2008, wide receivers were the most popular pick. This goes to show that teams are focusing more on the aerial attack than the traditional ground-and-pound.
There are a lot of talented cornerbacks entering the draft this year and it should be one of the most sought-after positions by bad teams, average teams and Super Bowl contenders.
Here's a list of the top five cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL draft.