The 2012 NFL Draft features a talented group of cornerbacks. This is good news for defensive coordinators who are having a tough time adjusting to rule changes that allow receivers to catch the ball without fear of being sent to the hospital.
These rule changes made the Year of the Quarterback possible. Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford all passed for over 5,000 yards last season. Prior to 2011, only two quarterbacks had ever reached that mark.
The pass-happy NFL does not just have quarterbacks smiling; ask Nnamdi Asomugha who signed a $60 million contract last offseason. Because of the rule changes, there is now a premium for shutdown corners who have the "do not throw it to his side" reputation.
This slideshow will highlight the eight best cornerbacks in this year's draft and predict their landing spots.