First of all this is not a mock. Too early to do one right now. Too many unknown variables. I'm just going to give y'all some options out there to gather some opinions. I'll list Some candidate with different draft round options. Personally, I think this is going to be a big need for the Saints next season. With our cap situation, we will probably have to address this spot in the draft. I know many would rather have an experienced, proven CB, but the facts are, we can't afford many FAs this year. Mickey will have to manage those dollars like maybe, never before. Yes, he has been the master at this, or so it seems, but the bills are stacking up and coming due.
1. Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 194.
Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2. Walter FootBall.
Projected 1st-2nd round by WF, and 1st round by Draft Scout.
12/21/13: In 2013, Gilbert has six interceptions, 40 tackles, seven passes broken up and one kick returned for a touchdown. He had an interception returned 31 yards for a touchdown against Iowa State and a 41-yard pick-six against Texas. Gilbert returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Kansas. He finished the regular season with some clutch performances. Gilbert has really improved his game as a senior and demonstrated more disciplined. He has the skill set to be a starter in the NFL.
2. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 188.
Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
hmm, sound like a Safety we know?!?!
12/21/13: Dennard has 59 tackles with 10 passes broken up and four interceptions this season. The senior is a physical corner who needs to become more disciplined about his contact to avoid penalties, but he has some press-man ability and is a gritty defender. Dennard may not be the fastest corner, but he has good instincts and recognition skills.
3. Marcus Roberson*, CB, Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 184.
Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
12/21/13: The junior recorded 11 tackles with three passes broken up this season. Roberson missed three games with a PCL strain, and he was very rusty in his return against LSU. Roberson had a mixed outing against Georgia, too. He was excellent in coverage versus Miami, but got banged up during the game. Roberson had three tackles with four punts returned for 72 yards in Week 1. He then landed a suspension late in the season.
While Roberson didn't have a big statistical year, his man-coverage skills could get him drafted in the late first or early second round according to league sources.
Now those are 3 that meet my personal criteria, of having some height on them. Will any be there at the 27th pick, who knows.
Later possibilities, and these vary a little, WF may have the 1-whatever and DS may have different rankings. My criteria, is coverage skills, run support, and a little height to go along with their frames. Also bear in mind, that Combine performance as well as future Pro Days, will affect all these prospects rankings. Like I said this is just an early look, at some people I like.
4. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-0. Weight: 193.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
12/21/13: The 2013 season opener against Alabama gave Fuller the opportunity to be extremely impressive. He was excellent versus the Crimson Tide and did a superb job of smothering Amari Cooper in man coverage. Fuller had four tackles, an interception, at least one pass batted away, some good hits and solid play on special teams.
Fuller has kept up the impressive play in games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina. He has had tight coverage and been superb in run defense. Tar Heels receiver Quinshad Davis beat Fuller for a touchdown on a double move, but Fuller had a pick and six tackles in the game. The senior has 24 tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes broken up this year.
5. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Height: 5-10. Weight: 176.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
What I worry about Verrett, and I know some of you have already said you like this guy, is his height, and at 176 lbs, I would question his durability.
12/21/13: To start 2013, Verrett was impressive against LSU. The Tigers didn't do well when they threw his direction as he provided sound coverage. Verrett broke up passes and didn't allow separation. He recorded seven tackles and a sack in that contest. He maintained a high level of play throughout the year. Verrett assembled 38 tackles with 14 passes defended and two interceptions this season. Sources have said that Verrett's small stature is going to hurt him on draft day.
6. Bradley Roby*, CB, Ohio State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
First off, Roby missed his bowl game, after a Dec, knee injury, and also has some off-field issues. A disorderly conduct charge was dropped, and he was suspended the 1st game of the season because of an off-field incident.
12/21/13: Roby has 62 tackles, 13 passes broken up and three interceptions this year. It was an ugly season that hurt his draft stock significantly, but he is still entering the 2014 NFL Draft.
Roby was ejected against Iowa for targeting. He had a mixed outing against Northwestern. Roby blocked a punt in the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown, but also was burned for 41-yard and 67-yard pass plays. That was the third game this season that the junior has had problems in pass coverage.
A week earlier, Roby was torched by Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Abbrederis kept the Badgers in the game as he went over 200 yards receiving, including one touchdown at Roby's expense. Abbrederis would've beaten Roby for more points, but Joel Stave couldn't get him the ball. Stave had a terribly thrown pass intercepted by Roby. In the ground game, Roby had some tackles and slapped away a couple of quick slants. It was still an ugly outing that hurts his draft stock significantly.
Is this guy a potential developmental prospect, or PRob 2.0?
7. Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 187.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
WF has this guy rated 2-3rd Rd. and DS has him going 3-4th Rd.
This one's also a KRer.
12/21/13: Reynolds is a gritty cornerback with the instincts to make some big plays. He has 51 tackles with six interceptions, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles this year. He looks like he could be smaller than his listed measurements, as most college players are, so that could make him a better fit as a slot corner in the NFL. Last season, Reynolds had 75 tackles with 13 passes broken up, three interceptions and a forced fumble playing across from Jordan Poyer.
Draft Scout, has him 5'10" and a little heavier.
8. Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-0. Weight: 186.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.
12/21/13: Hal had an impressive debut against Ole Miss. He had very good coverage on wide receiver Donte Moncrief and caused a number of incompletions. Hal has 40 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions and 12 passes broken up in 2013.
8/17/13: Hal is considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the SEC this season. The junior registered 48 tackles, 14 passes broken up and two interceptions last year. He had 21 tackles and an interception as a sophomore. Vanderbilt has been producing good defensive back talent in recent years and Hal has been groomed well for the NFL.
9. Pierre Desir Lindenwood, where the hell is that, Calif.???
6'1" 195 lbs
CB, FS, KR, Draft Scout
10. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
6'3" 215 lbs, Low 40 time 4.46, High 40 time 4.67
Big physical player who can also play WRer, so maybe he can actually be a CMFer.
6' 190 lbs
40 low 4.46 High 4.69
CB, FS Draft Scout.
Keith McGill, Utah.
6'3" 214 lbs
40 low 4.38 High 4,59
CB, FS, ST. Supposed to have some Ball Skills. Being able to play Special teams would be a plus also.
Anyway, those are a few I like, so what do the rest of you think. Yeah I left
Loucheiz Purifoy*, CB, Florida
Height: 6-1. Weight: 189.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2014): 1-3.
Off my list.
So tell me what you think, and add any prospect you like in the comments section.