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Filling a need: Cornerback Edition

With Finnegan’s high salary, low production, and large cap hit I think we take at least one CB in the upcoming draft. This is my first foray into looking at players available, and I wanted to pass along the information in one spot. In other words I’ll do the work for you even though the player descriptions won’t be my own.

I realize this is going to be a long article, so I hope you’re awake by the end of it.

Who are the top 10 rated CB’s at the present time available to draft? Glad you asked and here they are:

Draft

CBS Sports.com

Pos.

Player

Pos.

Rated

School

Ht.

Wt.

Proj. Round

8

Darqueze Dennard

CB

1

Michigan State

5-11

197

1

21

Justin Gilbert

CB

2

Oklahoma State

6-0

200

1

28

Jason Verrett

CB

3

TCU

5-10

176

1-2

43

Bradley Roby

CB

4

Ohio State

5-11

192

2

48

Marcus Roberson

CB

5

Florida

6-0

195

2

53

Lamarcus Joyner

CB

6

Florida State

5-8

190

2

60

Kyle Fuller

CB

7

Virginia Tech

6-0

194

2

82

Terrance Mitchell

CB

8

Oregon

6-0

190

2-3

84

Louchiez Purifoy

CB

9

Florida

6-0

190

2-3

90

E.J. Gaines

CB

10

Missouri

5-10

195

2-3

Darqueze Dennard

Video Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlAel9DpotA

Walter Footballs Comments: 12/21/13: Dennard has 59 tackles with 10 passes broken up and four interceptions this season. The senior is a physical corner who needs to become more disciplined about his contact to avoid penalties, but he has some press-man ability and is a gritty defender. Dennard may not be the fastest corner, but he has good instincts and recognition skills.

Justin Gilbert

Video Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeHXzM3s5LM

Walter Footballs Comments: 12/21/13: In 2013, Gilbert has six interceptions, 40 tackles, seven passes broken up and one kick returned for a touchdown. He had an interception returned 31 yards for a touchdown against Iowa State and a 41-yard pick-six against Texas. Gilbert returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Kansas. He finished the regular season with some clutch performances. Gilbert has really improved his game as a senior and demonstrated more disciplined. He has the skill set to be a starter in the NFL.

Jason Verrett

Video Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x3ReBEDvz0

Walter Footballs Comments: 12/21/13: To start 2013, Verrett was impressive against LSU. The Tigers didn't do well when they threw his direction as he provided sound coverage. Verrett broke up passes and didn't allow separation. He recorded seven tackles and a sack in that contest. He maintained a high level of play throughout the year. Verrett assembled 38 tackles with 14 passes defended and two interceptions this season. Sources have said that Verrett's small stature is going to hurt him on draft day.

Bradley Roby

Video Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Qk82NezdQ

Walter Footballs Comments: 12/21/13: Roby has 62 tackles, 13 passes broken up and three interceptions this year. It was an ugly season that hurt his draft stock significantly, but he is still entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Roby could help himself if he shutdowns down Sammy Watkins in his bowl game.

Roby was ejected against Iowa for targeting. He had a mixed outing against Northwestern. Roby blocked a punt in the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown, but also was burned for 41-yard and 67-yard pass plays. That was the third game this season that the junior has had problems in pass coverage.

A week earlier, Roby was torched by Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis kept the Badgers in the game as he went over 200 yards receiving, including one touchdown at Roby's expense. Abbrederis would've beaten Roby for more points, but Joel Stave couldn't get him the ball. Stave had a terribly thrown pass intercepted by Roby. In the ground game, Roby had some tackles and slapped away a couple of quick slants. It was still an ugly outing that hurts his draft stock significantly.

Roby was suspended for the Week-1 game against Buffalo because of some legal trouble in the offseason. Week 3 against California may have hurt Roby's stock even more than his off-the-field issues. He was beaten on a number of receptions, including on a touchdown. Roby dropped an interception and was nearly beaten for another touchdown, but got lucky that Golden Bears wide receiver Bryce Treggs dropped the pass.

Marcus Roberson

Video Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvi7Jv7IOfM

Walter Football Comments: 12/21/13: The junior recorded 11 tackles with three passes broken up this season. Roberson missed three games with a PCL strain, and he was very rusty in his return against LSU. Roberson had a mixed outing against Georgia, too. He was excellent in coverage versus Miami, but got banged up during the game. Roberson had three tackles with four punts returned for 72 yards in Week 1. He then landed a suspension late in the season.

Lamarcus Joyner

Video highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C-Iaa_uusU

Walter Football Comments: 12/21/13: In 2013, Joyner has 460 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, three passes broken up, three forced fumbles and five sacks. He had a huge game against Clemson with a forced fumble and interception to help Florida State open up a big lead. The senior also had a big game against Duke in the ACC Championship.

Joyner has some Tyrann Mathieu to his game. Joyner is playing cornerback this year, which makes sense. In the NFL, his best fit will probably be as a slot corner and returner.

Kyle Fuller

Video highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8o-aandA74

Walter Football Comments: 12/21/13: The 2013 season opener against Alabama gave Fuller the opportunity to be extremely impressive. He was excellent versus the Crimson Tide and did a superb job of smothering Amari Cooper in man coverage. Fuller had four tackles, an interception, at least one pass batted away, some good hits and solid play on special teams.

Fuller has kept up the impressive play in games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina. He has had tight coverage and been superb in run defense. Tar Heels receiver Quinshad Davis beat Fuller for a touchdown on a double move, but Fuller had a pick and six tackles in the game. The senior has 24 tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes broken up this year.

Terrance Mitchell

Video highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8uYES3Y1vg

Walter Football Comments:

Louchiez Purifoy

Video highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDUEmqVhxj0

Walter Football Comments: 12/21/13: Purifoy notched 24 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended so far this year. He started out well against Florida State with an interception and a pass breakup before he was burned repeatedly by Kelvin Benjamin for multiple long completions and touchdowns.

Purifoy had a mixed performance against LSU's dangerous passing attack. His coverage was generally sound, but he had a costly missed tackle. Purifoy picked up two tackles against Missouri and recovered a fumble on special teams. He had a sack for a safety against Georgia.

Purifoy was an animal against Arkansas. Early in the first quarter, he came on a blind-side cornerback blitz to sack Brandon Allen. Purifoy did a great job of slapping the ball out while knocking Allen to the ground. That gave Florida a field goal. After the Razorbacks took a 7-3 lead, Purifoy put the Gators up for good. Allen tried to throw a short pass to the flat and Purifoy jumped the route for the interception. He exploded down the field for the 42-yard score. Purifoy had four tackles with the strip-sack and pick-six versus Arkansas.

The junior was playing well against Tennessee before leaving the game with an injury. He took a helmet in the thigh on a kick return in the second half and was done for the day. Purifoy played offense on the first play of the game and ran the ball for over 10 yards, but that was his only attempt.

Purifoy missed the kickoff game versus Toledo because he was serving a suspension for violating team rules. Against Miami, Purifoy had good coverage all day and blocked a punt, but he did miss a few tackles in run support that came at bad times.

8/17/13: Purifoy has an elite combination of size and speed to be a potential man corner in the NFL. He is also extremely physical and plays with a swagger.

E.J. Gaines

Video highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMhkWIvc8zg

Walter Football Comments: 12/21/13: Gaines has played well for Missouri in 2013 with 68 tackles with four interceptions and two passes defended. Late in the regular season, he came up with some huge games. Gaines held Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans to only four catches for eight yards and had a fumble return for a touchdown in the SEC Championship game. Gaines has the potential to rise in the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Summary:

I don’t see the Rams wasting a first round pick on a CB but I certainly think a 2nd or 3rd round pick is not out of the question.

My hope and pick is "Louchiez Purifoy"

This guy sounds like a clone of Janoris Jenkins, including some off field issues. I like how he is edgy and that fits perfectly with the Rams "D".

The statement above, "8/17/13: Purifoy has an elite combination of size and speed to be a potential man corner in the NFL. He is also extremely physical and plays with a swagger."

That says it all for me and I hope we can pick him up in the 3rd if he’s still on the board.

Thanks for reading this book!

OCR

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