When you hear the top cornerback prospects names being tossed around, one name that you rarely hear being mentioned in the first round is former Arizona Wildcat, Antoine Cason. Cason, the cousin of Lions RB Aveion Cason and former OSU standout WR Ken-yon Rambo, has amassed an impressive résumé during his four years in the desert.
During his senior campaign, Cason was third on his team in tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions, snaring five picks. More importantly, however, Cason only gave up twelve first downs and two td's. Opposing signal-callers only completed 32% (23/73) of the balls that were thrown in his direction, Antoine getting his hands on 16 of them.
Despite his All-American sprinter status, scouts have shied away from Cason due to his 4.48 time in the forty yard dash and supposedly "stiff hips". Cason struggles to recover when beat at times, but his lack of memory helps him regain his confidence. His hyper-aggressive style would fit in well with the Patriots, as he is able to jump routes due to his football IQ and anticipation.
We at NE Patriots Draft are hoping for 18 more days of the draft experts putting Cason in the second round. If he is available in the late 30's, expect the Patriots to explore trading up to grab this vastly underrated Pac-10 star.