Year after year we see corners get a huge amount of money once free agency starts. This year former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Darrelle Revis got a two year $32 million dollar deal from New England. Former New England Patriot Aqib Talib got a multi-year deal worth reported $57 million.
The amount of these contracts shows you the value of the position. For a team going into the draft with a need at corner, they are much better off drafting a player and letting him develop than going into the free-agency market. It can obviously be less expensive and at the same time you get a talented and much younger player at the position. This gives teams time to think if they want to keep the player when his contract is up.
This year's corner class is very good and we could see three or four go in the first round. In most drafts, there are an average of 12-15 corners selected in the first three rounds. I see no reason for it to be any different in this year's draft.
That said, here is a close look at my five top rated corners this year.