1. Kyle Wilson Boise St – I first noticed Wilson in 2008, but I really got tuned in to him during the current offseason. This guy has premiere cover skills and he has shown that against WRs from bigger schools during his regular season career and the ’09 All-Star game season. While his Jr. year looked better in many ways, His offseason showings have alleviated many of the concerns people had about him. I have also heard that he has caught the eyes of several NFL scouts recently, causing some teams to rank him above the more hyped, number two corner on my list. I agree with those scouts, and I’m about to tell you why.
2. Joe Haden Fla – I like Haden. He’s a great athlete. He was a high school QB with his path blocked by a guy named Tebow. So he moved to CB to fill a Florida need. Considering his relative inexperience, he’s done well. But my concern stems from the footage I’ve seen of him allowing too many catches in front of him. He was initially pegged as a top 10 selection until a slow 40 at the Combine caused his stock to drop. I think Haden would have been best served to return for his Sr. season. But I understand that uncertainty about the NFL labor situation probably drove his decision to leave early. That being said, I think being picked in the 15-20 range, will allow him to develop without the heavy scrutiny associated with a higher pick. If he goes higher than that, people may be disappointed.
3. Patrick Robinson FSU – People are all over the map about this guy. He’s been somewhat inconsistent given his natural ability. But I think Robinson has the skill set to rise to the challenge. I won’t be shocked if he is a late first round pick.
4. Kareem Jackson Ala – A fast riser of late. He has pretty good size for a CB, but I’m not wowed by the footage I’ve seen. Jackson though, has experience lining up against some pretty good competition in the SEC. He could start out as a nickel guy for an experienced team. I could see Philly or Baltimore jumping on him in round one.
5. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Ind (Pa.) – I put him here because he ran a blazing 40 time at his pro day. He also has skills as a return man. It seems that occasionally a small school guy like Owusu-Ansah emerges as a steal, so I’m betting on that. Plus, I am somewhat underwhelmed with what lies beneath him on this list.
6. Perrish Cox Ok St – He was suspended for his bowl game. He was banned from his pro day. He didn’t impress with his Combine 40 time. But Cox would be ranked much higher if not for some recent transgressions. Plus, he has been a dynamic return man; a skill that may sway some teams in and of itself. Some guys can overcome off-the-field issues and I just have a hunch that Cox may be a guy whose play overshadows his questionable attitude.
7. Chris Cook Va – A big CB with good 40 times. I think his value has increased because some teams may view him as a safety at the next level.
8. Alterraun Verner UCLA – Ultra-productive at the outset of 2009, but he fell off as the season progressed. He had a great pro day though, and that should raise his stock in the eyes of some teams.
9. Devin McCourty Rut – I’m not sure why so many people are so high on this guy. He made very few picks and the only thing that stands out to me is the number of tackles he made. Don’t you want your CBs to make plays on the ball rather than making tackles? To me, he let the man he was covering have too big of a cushion in too many instances.
10. Amari Spievey Iowa – What’s that? I’m letting my Big Ten bias show? Well maybe so. But I haven’t seen enough of USF’s Jerome Murphy or WF’s Brandon Ghee to rank them ahead of the Hawkeye. So sue me.
Guys who could have been #10 on my list: Murphy and Ghee.
Guy who is a sweet kick returner but a so-so at best CB: Javier Arenas Ala.
And this guy went to USC and had a good pro day: Kevin Thomas – Don’t sleep on this guy.<!--EndFragment-->