Cornerbacks are more important than ever in the NFL. The league has increasingly moved to a passing league and with teams commonly employing three- and four-wide-receiver sets, defenses need plenty of talented cover men.
Teams hurting in this area are in luck this year. There are some talented corners in the draft. These next four guys are all supremely talented and will not last past the first round.
2013 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings
No. 4: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Johnthan Banks had a lackluster showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was marred by a 4.61 time in the 40.
He did make a slight improvement on that time at his pro day with a 4.58. Still, teams typically like to see a little more speed out of a corner. However, despite his lack of speed, he is still going to go in the first round.
Banks is 6'2" with long arms. He also has great ball skills and good hands, which will make him valuable guarding bigger receivers.
No. 3: Desmond Trufant, Washington
Desmond Trufant's speed is certainly not going to limit his draft stock. He turned in a 4.38 at the combine. At 5'11", Trufant does not have elite size, but it is adequate.
Trufant has excellent quickness and the footwork to stay with receivers on double moves. He has decent ball skills and he competes for the ball in the air.
He is a weak tackler, but his coverage skills will more than make up for it. Trufant also has football in his blood, with two brothers already playing in the NFL.
No. 2: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes is a physical corner who excels in bump-and-run coverage. He is supremely effective getting a jam on the line.
At 6'1" and 210 pounds, he has excellent size. He also turned in a 4.43 at the combine, which is a strong mark for his size.
Despite his physical play, Rhodes is not strong in run support. However, he is an excellent option for teams that like to play man-to-man coverage.
No. 1: Dee Milliner, Alabama
Dee Milliner is the best and most complete corner in this draft. He checks in at 6'0" and 201 pounds. He also posted a 4.37 in the 40 at the combine.
To go with that speed, Milliner has good strength. He is capable of getting a good jam on the line and battling receivers while going over the middle or going for jump balls.
Milliner also has good quickness and he will be able to guard receivers who rely on their speed or size.
He is solid in either run or zone coverage. While he is not the fiercest tackler, he is a complete corner and a great prospect.