The 2018 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 2019 NFL Draft prospects: Cornerbacks.
DeAndre Baker, Georgia
Baker was a key defender for Georgia on their way to the National Championship Game. He stands 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, which is decent size for an NFL corner, but he’ll want to add some weight to his frame.
Last season, Baker totaled 44 tackles, one tackle for loss, three interceptions and nine passes defended. He excels on the outside in college but has some added value in the NFL because he can play in the slot. He has good speed, athleticism and ball skills.
Baker is atop most draft boards at his position and should be expected to be a first-round draft pick.
Michael Jackson, Miami
Jackson really came on last season for the Hurricanes and created some NFL Draft buzz. He is a lengthier corner at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds.
He got his first dose of significant playing time last season at Miami when he played in 13 games. He had 43 total tackles, four interceptions and four passes defended. He could’ve entered the draft after last season but took the risk of going back to school.
Teams looking for a disruptive, tall corner would be thrilled to have Jackson on their team. With another good season, Jackson will be a first-round pick.
Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
Clemson has two good corners in Mullen and Mark Fields, but Mullen has the better NFL Draft potential because of his height and length. He is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, so he too will need to add a lot of muscle to his frame.
Last season was his first starting and he racked up 40 tackles, three interceptions and three passes defended. He needs to make more plays on the ball this seasons, as teams won’t necessarily avoid Mullen with Fields on the other side of the field.
Mullen is a wild-card in that, if he doesn’t perform as expected, he could slide down draft boards and even wait another year to enter his name in the draft.
Levonta Taylor, Florida State
Taylor is one of the shorter corners in the class but with the nickel cornerback becoming more and more needed, Taylor can find a home in the NFL. He is 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds.
Although Taylor hasn’t gotten as many reps as NFL teams would’ve liked he has this season to prove himself. He has 34 total tackles, two interceptions and three passes defended. He also has an interception returned for a touchdown.
His potential may be limited by his size, so NFL teams will be paying attention to his measurables. He is just a junior this season and may elect to get even more experience before going pro.
Ken Webster, Ole Miss
Webster is headed back to Ole Miss for his senior season after considering entering the 2018 NFL Draft. He has average size at 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds.
He had a knee injury that left him out of the 2016 season but came back in the 2017 season. Webster played in just eight games in 2017 but had 29 tackles and two passes defended. He needs to have a good season in 2018 to prove that he is over his injury and to pique the interest of NFL teams.
Webster likely won’t be the first corner selected but if he is healthy will be selected in the first few rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.