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Draft Notes Vol. III: Five Corners

By Cory Mageors | @inthemageors

105.3 THE FAN -- Time to take a look at the cornerback position. Just in case the best available player at No. 27 is a corner, you want to have a good idea of what you're dealing with. There are a few corners who will be right in that range, and even in the second-round range that could provide you the depth you want at the position.

The good thing is most of the good corners are slotted in the 20-40 range, with a couple flying under the radar right now.

So whether you are looking to replace Brandon Carr or Mo Claiborne, or simply looking to add a new nickel guy, here are a few names to remember.

Trae Waynes CB– Michigan State – Height: 6-1 Weight: 183
Plenty of catch-up speed. Smart within a zone and physical enough to play man coverage. Ball reaction is great with really good hands. He creates turnovers and plays well in deep, intermediate and short coverage. He's an okay tackler, and that's the thing he needs to add. He's a lanky 6-1, long legs and long arms -- not a lot of bulk. Of course get him in an NFL program and that will change, but he is probably the best cover corner in the draft right now with a ranking in the 20's. Would love to have him, but might be the first corner off the board.

Marcus Peters– CB – Washington – Height: 6-0 Weight: 198

Eastern Washington v Washington
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If you are looking for a prototype cornerback, this is your guy. Has all the physical traits you want to see, but I have a problems with two things. On some occasions he's a monster force that can pluck the ball from anywhere on the field and can easily force a receiver off track. He can be the best tackler on the field and he looks like the best playmaker on the field. Then there are times when he is off, and it looks like he's not even playing the game. He looks afraid to get into the mix and plays with his hands.

Add in the word that he is not a "high-character" guy, he was unable to get along with Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, and he was suspended from at least two games in his tenure -- as well as arguing with another coach. Jason Garrett loves guys who love the game -- that's what they'll be looking to find out when scouting and interviewing him.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – CB – Oregon – Height: 5-9 Weight: 195
Bryan Broaddus used the term "walk on water" when I said this guy is 5-9, and that means he basically needs to be Jesus if he's that short. He has to be the best at everything. I think he has immense upside, but I see so many possibilities of short arms and short stature being a limitation when you get superior quarterbacks who can lead a receiver away from Olomu's body. He's thick, he's fast, he's a playmaker and physical. He loves to play behind the line of scrimmage and can come off the edge or out of the slot to blitz.

He plays bigger than he is and has amazing instincts, and I think might have the most coverage reps for this simple reason. He played at Oregon, where they were typically outscoring the opponent by 30 points anyway, so he would find himself covering deeper into the game with teams trying to play catch-up. But again, if you are the Cowboys and you have Sterling Moore (5-10), Tyler Patmon (5-10) and Orlando Scandrick (5-10), you have to think who is going to cover Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Julio Jones and A.J. Green?

Quinton Rollins – CB- Miami (Ohio) – Height: 5-11 Weight: 193
Good hands, not afraid to tackle with great strike ability. I like his awareness, and he's thick enough to force a receiver to hate life at the line of scrimmage. He's a very physical player who at the Senior Bowl drew a lot of attention because he's right in that range of 27 -- maybe falling to the second round where the Cowboys could pluck him. He played fine at the Senior Bowl and did pretty much what was expected, but there was another name that stood out even more in Steven Nelson of Oregon State, who I'll look at next week. Nelson made more plays, was more physical, and had a certain tenacity that you like at the position. Rollins is great and would fit in perfectly though. We'll learn more about him as we move along.

PJ Williams –CB– Florida State – Height: 6-0 Weight: 196
This is the guy I like the most right now. He reminds me physically of Mo Claiborne, with his body size and muscle tone. Plays very physical with an edge and so far the only guy I am calling "glue", because he doesn't like to give any room to the receivers. His catch-up speed leaves a little to be desired but can hang with most receivers. I just want to see more plays where the quarterback doesn't under throw and actually gets the ball up and over the top like Russell Wilson did often in the Super Bowl against the Patriots corners. He's played in big time games and earned Defensive MVP in the National Championship game two years ago as a sophomore. Has the physical traits to play at the next level.

I'm not a scout or personnel by any means, I leave that to the greatness of guys like Will McClay and Bryan Broaddus.

I do, however, want to exercise my scouting brain. I'll watch as many players as I can and use my basic understanding of football to tell you who I like after seeing the players with my own eyes. I feel like when I watch something, then I can truly give an opinion on a guy based on otherwise I'm going off speculation and what I read. I'd rather not just give you somebody else's opinion though.

Also, reserve the right to readjust based on combine structure where you find out if a guy is actually as strong or fast as he looks on film.

Cory Mageors is Co-Host of the K&C Masterpiece 7-11 weeknights on 105.3 The Fan!

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