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Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks

The 2019 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 2020 NFL Draft prospects: Cornerbacks.

Note: Players will not be ranked in the article.

Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks
Trevon Diggs (Photo by tdalabamamag.com)

Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Diggs was projected to be an early-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, even after injuring his foot and missing the rest of the season after game six of the season. He has good size at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, and solid speed for an NFL prospect.

Surprisingly, Diggs played both ways in his first year at Alabama, while also getting time returning kicks on special teams. He moved full-time to defense as a sophomore, but resumed his returning duties. He took the starting role at corner as a junior and played well before getting hurt. If Diggs can stay healthy this season, he will likely be selected early in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Kristian Fulton, LSU

LSU got another great defensive back when they signed Fulton, who was a five-star prospect out of the state of Louisiana. The 6-foot, 192-pound corner has the potential to be a great corner in the NFL, after succeeding in both high school and college.

As a freshman, he was able to get on the field for a limited amount of snaps, despite LSU being loaded in the defensive backfield. He was banned for performance-enhancing drugs when he was a sophomore. After being reinstated as a junior, Fulton played well for the Tigers, demonstrating great coverage. Getting another season of experience and reps will help him prove his worth to NFL scouts.

C.J. Henderson, Florida

Henderson is from Miami, but after putting together an All-American career in high school, he decided to play his college football at Florida. At 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds, Henderson should have the length and speed needed to be the first cornerback selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

In his first season at Florida, Henderson started five games and appeared in 11 making an impact for a good defense. He had four interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns. Last season, he was one of the best corners in the country with 38 total tackles and two interceptions. Going into the 2019 college football season, Henderson is the front-runner to be the first cornerback selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerbacks
Lavert Hill (Photo by mlive.com)

Lavert Hill, Michigan

Their last outing of the regular season against Ohio State didn’t go well, but Michigan’s pass defense was good overall and Hill was a big part of it last season. His play has made him a solid candidate for the 2020 NFL Draft, but at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, he’ll need to add some strength.

Hill saw the field in 11 games as a freshman. He started as a sophomore and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team. In 2018, Hill upped his play and made the All-Big Ten First Team. Hill could’ve entered the 2019 NFL Draft, but decided to go back to Michigan for another season. With good play in 2019, Hill should be able to retain his status as a great draft-eligible cornerback prospect.

Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State

Okudah was another one of the top recruits in the country who has been able to play well at the collegiate level and make this list. He has solid size for a corner, which should help him deal with NFL-sized receivers, standing 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds.

When he was a freshman, Okudah saw the field a lot, but was not a starter. Last season he got his shot in the starting lineup and played extremely well. He had 32 total tackles and eight passes defended, which will set him up well for the 2019 season. Okudah will need to take another step forward this season, but if he does he will be regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the draft class.

 

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