The 2020 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2021 NFL Draft prospects: cornerbacks.
Note: Players will not be ranked in the article. This is best used as a watch list for the 2020 season.
Paulson Adebo, Stanford Cardinal
Adebo has been a player to watch from Stanford for a couple of seasons now. He is 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, which makes him tall and lanky for a corner. He needs to play well in 2020, but Adebo is on the shortlist of corners to watch for 2020.
In his first year at Stanford, Adebo did not play. He made plays as a sophomore though, as he totaled four interceptions and 17 passes defended. His play helped the Cardinal win nine games. The 2019 season was not successful for Stanford, but Adebo had four interceptions and 10 passes defended. He could’ve gone pro after last season, but still can be one of the first corners selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Tyson Campbell, Georgia Bulldogs
From his freshman season, Campbell has been an impact player for the Bulldogs. He has good height at 6-foot-2, but is a little bit light at 185 pounds, so he may need to add some play strength for the next level. The cornerback class is wide open at this point, so Campbell could impress this season.
As a freshman, Campbell had 45 total tackles and one pass defended. The Bulldogs won 11 games in Campbell’s freshman year. He missed five games due to injury, but Campbell had 15 total tackles and four pass breakups. Georgia won 12 games in 2019. Now, Campbell needs to have a successful season to help his draft stock.
Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina Gamecocks
For his unique measurables and production in 2019, Mukuamu is one of the most hyped-up prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft class. The star corner stands 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, which is huge for the position. His length will get the attention of the NFL and will likely get him selected early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
He played in just five games as a freshman, but had an interception and a pass defended. Mukuamu really proved his worth with four interceptions and nine passes defended in 2019. South Carolina won just four games, but Mukuamu stood out. He will be in the running to be the first cornerback selected in the draft.
Patrick Surtain, Alabama Crimson Tide
Surtain has NFL bloodlines with his dad playing in the league and he looks to be following in his footsteps. He has solid size at 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds so in more ways than one he will look right in place in the NFL. Another good season for Surtain and he could be one of the first corners off the board.
He got significant playing time as a freshman and produced with 37 total tackles, one interception and seven passes defended. Alabama made the College Football Playoff that season. Surtain racked up 42 total tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defended. The Crimson Tide missed out on the College Football Playoff, but had a solid season in 2019. Surtain is in position to have a great 2020 season.
Shaun Wade, Ohio State Buckeyes
Wade was a part of a great Ohio State secondary last season and now he is the leader. He is 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds, so he has the necessary size for the pros. All eyes will be on Wade for the 2020 season, as the Buckeyes look to get back on top.
He started playing immediately as a freshman with three interceptions and seven passes defended. Ohio State won the Rose Bowl over Washington to end that season. Wade had just one interception and seven passes defended last season, but the Buckeyes made the College Football Playoff. A good 2020 season will hold Wade’s draft stock as a first-round pick.
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