NFL Draft 2013: Cornerback Rankings, Draft Predictions and Analysis

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NFL Draft 2013: Cornerback Rankings, Draft Predictions and Analysis
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The NFL draft is just a few weeks away, and now we're looking at one of the most crowded cornerback groups in recent years. After Dee Milliner, the consensus top player at the position, there is no real agreement about the rest of the order.

Over the past few weeks, I have looked at the offensive tackle, defensive end and wide receiver positions Now looking at cornerbacks, there are a number of things that have to be taken into account.

With today's pass-heavy NFL, cornerbacks have become increasingly valuable. And not just any cornerback either, but bigger, stronger, faster ones who can line up against the elite receivers like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald

But some defenses have been utilizing zone coverage schemes as well, in an attempt to counter spread offenses like the one Chip Kelly will try to implant in Philadelphia this season.

So there is a significant market for the taller guys who can press and jam a receiver at the line, but also for those shorter, instinctive ballhawks that can move well in space and are aggressive in their pursuit of a ball in the air.

We find both of those types of this list, and while comparing them is difficult in a sense, there are still some basic elements to all cornerbacks that can be valued equally.

For the record, Darius Slay and B.W. Webb are my next two highest ranked corners, There are a lot of quality players in this year's class. 

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