Narrowing the list of cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft to the 10 best is a difficult process, but ranking the top options became much easier over the course of the 2011 college football season.
Last summer it looked as though as many as five corners could be worthy of consideration in the first 15 picks. But issues on the field and off could dictate as few as two being taken in the first round.
One player that epitomizes the issues of this class is Alfonzo Dennard. He was exposed a bit while covering Alshon Jeffery, and his frustration got the best of him. He ended it, and his Capital One Bowl game, by throwing a punch. He recently finished his assault on being a top prospect with another punch, this one connecting with a police officer.
The 10 players on the list all have the potential to be quality defenders in the NFL. Some figure to work more in a nickel capacity, while others will be good in press coverage. There are even a couple that have the makeup to be a true shutdown corner.