2010 NFL Draft: Cornerback Rankings

Zack NallyCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Armon Binns #80 of the Cincinnati Bearcats catches a touchdown pass over Joe Haden #5 of the Florida Gators during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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True "shut-down" corners are hard to come by these days, which makes Joe Haden a hot commodity that will likely be gone before the 10th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Read on to see who ranks in the Top 10 with him.

1. Joe Haden (Florida)

Height: 5'11" Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.42

Haden is, without a doubt, the best corner in his class. A true product of versatility and athleticism, his ball skills in open field and level of comfort in press man coverage will make his transition to the NFL all the easier. 

2. Patrick Robinson (Florida State)

Height: 5'11" Weight: 190 

40 Time: 4.42

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The poster boy for progression at the collegiate level, Robinson began his career with six interceptions in five games and has only gotten better. He has amazing recovery speed and can keep up with the fastest in the open field. 

3. Kyle Wilson (Boise State)

Height: 5'10" Weight: 190

40 Time: 4.42

Some will question this young corner's ability to play at the next level due to his limited experience in the WAC, but don't be fooled—he is a tenacious defender. He is one of the most physical corners to come through this class, and his east-west running and tackling ability set him apart from the rest. 

4. Earl Thomas (Texas)

Height: 5'10" Weight: 195

40 Time: 4.45

It doesn't help his draft stock at all that Thomas is only a sophomore, but his performance ought to answer any questions concerning his athletic ability. In just his second year at Texas, Thomas recorded 77 tackles, eight interceptions, and 16 broken-up passes.

5. Devin McCourty (Rutgers)

Height: 5'11" Weight: 187 

40 Time: 4.47

McCourty isn't the fastest or the flashiest corner coming into this year's draft, but he has more body control than most. He has some of the most fluid hips and general understanding of the route tree and how to defend it. He has NFL hands and strong character; he'll be a great addition to any club.

6. Dominique Franks (Oklahoma)

Height: 6'0" Weight: 192

40 Time: 4.48

Franks is one of the biggest corners entering the draft, and his physicality reflects that. He is an excellent tackler who rarely shies away from the big hit. He still needs to tweak some of his open-field instincts, but he is a four-year player with loads of talent and potential.

7. Donovan Warren (Michigan)

Height: 6'0" Weight: 185 

40 Time: 4.42

One of the more vastly underrated corners in his class, Warren has uncanny natural athleticism and uses a high football IQ to decipher his way around a defensive backfield. What sets him apart is his short memory; no matter the outcome, he gives 100 percent every play.

8. Kareem Jackson (Alabama)

Height: 5'11" Weight: 192 

40 Time: 4.45

Jackson is entering the draft prematurely, but 40 starts are enough to garner some attention from NFL scouts. He is another corner who excels at press man coverage and should transition well to the NFL, where the "island" corner is at celebrity status.

9. Brandon Ghee (Wake Forest)

Height: 6'0" Weight: 189

40 Time: 4.45

It was difficult for Ghee to prove his excellence on a roster with Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry, but his senior year showed he's ready for the NFL. He has all the physical tangibles you look for in a corner and is a mean run supporter.

10. Perrish Cox (Oklahoma State)

Height: 5'11" Weight: 189

40 Time: 4.44

Cox is a gamble, no matter how you look at it. His inconsistency is a major concern, but his potential is refreshing. His return abilities are enough to garner at least a mid-round pick and could provide a spark for any ball club. 


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