2023 NFL Draft - Top Nickel Corners

Most Recent Update: 9/30/2022 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
19
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Clark Phillips III
Utah
5'10"
185
RSR
2
30
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Tre'vius Hodges-Tomlinson
TCU
5'9"
177
SR
3
114
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Tiawan Mullen
Indiana
5'10"
180
RJR
4
125
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Steven Gilmore
Marshall
5'10"
169
RSR
5
138
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Kei'Trel Clark
Louisville
5'10"
180
RJR
6
185
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Tyler Baker-Williams
North Carolina State
6'0"
205
RSR
7
229
 NEW
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Armani Marsh
Washington State
5'10"
188
RSR
8
245
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Ladarius Tennison
Ole Miss
5'9"
200
JR
9
277
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D'Jordan Strong
Coastal Carolina
5'11"
175
RSR
10
385
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Will Jones II
South Florida
5'9"
191
RSO

Glossary of Terms
Cornerback Position
Outside/boundary CB

The outermost defensive backs responsible for covering receivers.

Nickel/slot CB

A CB that replaces a LB on the interior (usually split out from the line over a receiver) in suspected passing situations and/or to match offensive personnel.

Press Coverage

A technique in which the CB lines up on the line, face-to-face with his receiver, using physicality to disrupt the receiver's release and the timing of the route.

Off Coverage

A technique in which the CB starts 5-8 yards away from the line of scrimmage, using read-and-react techniques with eyes on the QB.

Press-bail

A technique in which the CB shows press coverage before the snap and immediately drops off as the ball is snapped.

Cover 0

All defensive backs are either blitzing or in man coverage (no help over the top).

Cover 1

All defensive backs are in man coverage except for the free safety who is responsible for the deep middle of the field.

Cover 2

Each safety is in charge of half of the deep portion of the field, CBs can be in man or zone coverage.

Tampa 2

Similar to cover 2, made famous by Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay, but with a twist; the middle linebacker drops into a deeper zone than usual, creating a hybrid cover 2/cover 3 look.

Cover 3

Zone coverage in which two CBs cover one third of the field (each on the outside) while the FS mans the middle third

Quarters

Sometimes called cover 4, is similar to cover 3 except each CB has an outside quarter and each safety has an inside quarter.

Nickel

A formation in which 5 defensive backs are in the field (one in the slot).

Dime

A formation in which 6 defensive backs are in the field (two in the slot).

Pass Defensed

When a defensive player deflects or 'breaks up' a pass (statistic).






















2023 Position Rankings
-- Cornerbacks --
Most Recent Update:9/30/2022


Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

19

Clark Phillips III

Utah

RSR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

185

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

30

Tre'vius Hodges-Tomlinson

TCU

SR

Height:

5'9"

Weight:

177

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

114

Tiawan Mullen

Indiana

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

180

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

125

Steven Gilmore

Marshall

RSR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

169

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

138

Kei'Trel Clark

Louisville

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

180

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

185

Tyler Baker-Williams

North Carolina State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

229

Armani Marsh

Washington State

RSR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

188

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

245

Ladarius Tennison

Ole Miss

JR

Height:

5'9"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

277

D'Jordan Strong

Coastal Carolina

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

175

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

385

Will Jones II

South Florida

RSO

Height:

5'9"

Weight:

191