First thing’s first. There is a need at cornerback (though not necessarily glaring) after the Ravens let Corey Graham walk in free agency. And although Graham was a nickel corner, in today’s NFL, many defenses essentially operate with three starting cornerbacks.
We will be going in depth tomorrow as to what made Graham so effective and how the Ravens may look to replace his production on defense and special teams. However, today, we will allow you to do some firsthand research on the top-ten available cornerback prospects in this May’s draft. These are the rankings as the cover32 national staff sees fit, so it is more than likely that there are some minor adjustments on many franchises’ draft boards. However, this can be a useful marker of the talent level and grades of prospects.
For the record, almost every prospect on this list is expected to be available at 17th overall, and many draft experts expect the first cornerback off the board to be Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert (somewhere in the 10-13 range). That doesn’t mean that will be the case, though, so take a look at the list and see which corner you think, “Plays Like a Raven.”