Editor's note: This is the eighth installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
When it comes to cornerbacks, who is the best of 2013?
The state of the position in college football has been one of consistent decline. Players who would star at corner a decade ago are now plugged in as offensive weapons. The rules have been changed to make it harder than ever before to play the position.
Yet this season has seen cornerbacks rise to the occasion from schools all over the country. Guys are playing press man, zone and combo coverage and generating quality results. After watching the candidates operate, we’ve arrived at our ranking based on three criteria: run defense, pass defense and tackling. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these cornerbacks are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each player slide.