2010 NFL Draft: Who Is the Best Cornerback?

Bryan DietzlerSenior Analyst IApril 3, 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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While most NFL Drafts have had a lot of great talent at the cornerback position at the top of the draft, this draft is much heavier in the middle at the position than it is at the top. Knowing that, some teams will be desperately searching for a top-flight cornerback. But the problem is, there aren’t that many worthy of a first- or second-round pick.

So which cornerback is the best in the 2010 NFL Draft? Well, prior to the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, the general consensus was that Florida junior Joe Haden was the best cornerback available and was going to be a sure-fire first-round pick, and quite possibly a top-ten pick. However, something happened to Haden at the Combine that may have taken him out of contention for the first cornerback taken overall. 

While at the Combine, Haden ran a 4.57 40-yard dash, which, if you compare that to many of the other cornerbacks that ran at the combine, was not that great. Many experts felt that he would do much better than that, and his time knocked him down a little bit, but no one really stepped up to take his place at the position.

The only other cornerback close to Haden is Boise State’s Kyle Wilson, and he isn’t going to overtake Haden barring some miracle.

Haden may have hurt his draft stock a bit by turning out to be less spectacular than most scouts had thought, but he still represents the best talent at the position. He is almost assured of being a first-round pick, and could be a top-15 pick easily.

But will he be the best cornerback in the 2010 NFL Draft when it’s all said and done? Probably not.

Right now, Haden is the best cornerback in the 2010 NFL Draft. But he may not end up being the best cornerback when it’s all said and done. He has a make-or-break kind of talent that could make him either be a star or a failure, but then again every player in any draft isn’t really a sure thing anymore.

So it will be interesting to see just how high in the draft Haden goes, and then where the next cornerback goes. As mentioned, the second cornerback taken in this draft should be Wilson, and he could actually end up having the better career of the two when it’s all said and done. Wilson should go in the bottom of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.


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