2023 CB preview

August 23, 2022

Corners aren’t likely to go quite as early in 2023 as last spring when Houston selected Derek Stingley with the 3rd pick, while the Jets nabbed Sauce Gardner one pick later. That said, CB still looks like it will be one of the strengths of the upcoming draft. Eli Ricks of Alabama and Georgia’s Kelee Ringo both have legit top ten potential. Same for Cam Smith of South Carolina, who doesn’t have quite the national rep of the other two, but he’s also an outstanding prospect. All three are 6-1 or taller and have the kind of length that the NFL covets in a top cover corner these days. They also have the requisite quickness, foot speed and ball skills.

At the same time, Joey Porter of Penn State and Utah’s Clark Phillips have later first round potential, while there is a strong contingent of second-day corner candidates including Stanford’s Kyu Blue Kelly, Emmanuel Forbes of Mississippi State, Garrett Williams of Syracuse, TCU’s Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson and Kris Abrams-Draine of Missouri, Cam Hart of Notre Dame, Tyrique Stevenson of Miami and Tony Grimes and Storm Duck of North Carolina. In fact, there’s a lot of depth at the position that should continue well into the second-day including a number of interesting FCS prospects including Anthony Adams of Portland State, Montana’s Justin Ford, Delaware’s Kedrick Whitehead and Montrae Braswell of Missouri State.

There’s also some intriguing talent at the position for future drafts. Denzel Burke of Ohio State, Texas A&M’s Tyreek Chappell, Duce Chestnut of Syracuse and Minnesota’s Justin Walley are arguably the top true sophomore corners in the country after posting solid freshman campaigns. The young corner that has everyone talking in college football, though, is incoming freshman Travis Hunter, the #1 recruit in the country who shocked the college football world by decommitting from Florida State and signing on with FCS Jackson State. Of course, the fact that Deion Sanders is the JSU head coach had a little something to do with his decision as he became the first 5-star recruit to ever sign with an FCS program. Meanwhile, other top incoming freshman corners include Domani Jackson of Southern Cal, Will Johnson of Michigan and Cincinnati’s JQ Hardaway.

Top 25 CBs for 2023

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Christian Gonzalez6-1.5, 1974.38cOregon
Devon Witherspoon5-11.5, 1814.55Illinois
Joey Porter6-2.5, 1934.46cPenn State
Deonte Banks6-0, 1974.35cMaryland
Emmanuel Forbes6-0,5, 1664.35cMississippi State
Kelee Ringo6-1.5, 2074.36cGeorgia
Cam Smith6-0.5, 1804.43cSouth Carolina
DJ Turner5-11, 1784.26cMichigan
Darius Rush6-2, 1984.36cSouth Carolina
JuJu Brents6-2.5, 1984.53cKansas State
Jakorian Bennett5-10.5, 1884.30cMaryland
Terrell Smith6-0.5, 2044.41cMinnesota
Cory Trice6-3.5, 2064.47Purdue
Clark Phillips5-9, 1844.51cUtah
Eli Ricks6-2. 1884.50Alabama
Riley Moss6-0.5, 1934.45cIowa
Tyrique Stevenson6-0, 1984.45cMiami
Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson5-8, 1784.41cTCU
Kyu Blu Kelly6-0, 1914.52cStanford
Rejzohn Wright6-2, 1934.45Oregon State
Garrett Williams5-11, 1924.50SyracuseX
Jaylon Jones6-2, 2004.57cTexas A&M
Carrington Valentine6-0, 1934.55Kentucky
Kei'Trel Clark5-10, 1814.42cLouisville
Jarrick Bernard-Converse6-0, 2054.45pLSU
Alex Austin6-1, 1954.55cOregon State
Mekhi Blackmon5-11, 1784.47cSouthern California
Darrell Luter5-11.5, 1894.46cSouth Alabama
Mekhi Garner6-2, 2124.55cLSU
Cameron Brown6-0, 1994.55pOhio State
Myles Brooks6-1, 2014.50Louisiana Tech
Dontae Manning5-10, 1904.40Oregon
Arquon Bush5-11.5, 1874.54cCincinnati
Lance Boykin6-2, 2004.55Coastal Carolina
Isaiah Bolden6-1, 2054.55Jackson State
Cameron Mitchell5-10.5, 1914.47cNorthwestern
Noah Daniels6-0, 1954.45TCU
Sevyn Banks6-1, 2054.55LSU
Art Green5-1, 2004.60Houston
DJ Graham6-0, 1954.50Oklahoma
Avery Young6-0, 1954.45RutgersFS
Kahlef Hailassie6-1, 2004.50Western Kentucky
Steven Jones5-9, 1904.47pAppalachian State
Corey Mayfield5-11, 1904.50Texas-San Antonio
Demorie Tate6-0, 1954.45Florida State
Justin Ford6-2, 1904.55Montana
Starling Thomas5-10, 1954.50UAB
Quavian White5-10, 1854.55Georgia State
Sheridan Jones6-0, 1904.55Clemson
Anthony Adams6-0, 1854.50Portland State
Rey Estes5-10, 1754.50Grambling
Macon Clark6-0, 1904.50Tulane

* e indicates estimated time; c indicates combine; p indicates pro day time

** X indicates player has an injury or illness issue; XX indicates serious injury or illness that could impact draft status; XXX indicates injury or illness that could be career threatening; O indicates off-field issue