NFL Draft: Cornerbacks


Malcolm Jenkins's corner position may not be certain, but his first-round spot is. (By Kevin C. Coz -- Getty Images)

The Blue Chips

Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Cornerback-Safety, 6 feet, 204 pounds
Acclaimed as the top corner available, but some in the NFL wonder if he should be moved to free safety. Either way, he's expected to be a first-rounder, perhaps not too far outside the top 10.

Vontae Davis, Illinois
Cornerback, 5-11, 203
D.C. native and All-Met at Dunbar is the younger brother of 49ers TE Vernon Davis. Most observers project him as a first-rounder. Passed up his final year of eligibility at Illinois to enter the draft.

Darius Butler, Connecticut
Cornerback, 5-11, 183
Nephew of former Saints and Dolphins DB Gene Atkins and the cousin of Ravens RB Willis McGahee. Averaged 35 yards per interception return last season, excelled as a kick returner, and got some playing time at wide receiver.

Class Grade: C-

Others to Watch

Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
Cornerback, 5-9, 193
Scouts like him, and many seem to have him pegged for the second round, but some wonder if he's too short to cover the bigger wide receivers. Toughness and coverage skills are well regarded.

Macho Harris, Virginia Tech
Cornerback, 5-11, 187
Latest Hokies cornerback set to play at the next level improved his stock by becoming more physical this past season. Also played free safety and returned kicks.

Patrick Chung, Oregon
Safety, 5-11, 212
Native of Jamaica whose family moved to California when he was a child is regarded by many scouts as a solid second-rounder. Started all 51 games of his college career and finished as the fourth-leading tackler in school history.

Teams in need

1   Chiefs
2   Seahawks
3   Chargers
4   Jets
5   Bears

Redskins Outlook

The Redskins frequently have taken defensive backs especially high in the draft, and while they may need an upgrade at nickel cornerback, they have several quality young players in place. If the right cornerback slips to the third or fifth round, the Redskins could make a play for him.

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