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2013 DRAFT PREVIEW: CBs

Overview: CB should be one of the more interesting positions to watch in the lead-up to the 2013 draft as there is a lot of talent there. At the same time, though, the position has as many question marks as any in the upcoming draft field. The one certainty at the position - or at least as certain as one can be this far out from the draft - is that North Carolina State junior David Amerson, who intercepted a remarkable 13 passes last fall, is the only CB currently considered to have top 10 potential. Amerson lacks pure track speed, but he is a physical player with ideal height and length for the position, as well as outstanding instincts and ball skills. Meanwhile, Johnthan Banks of Mississppi State and Florida State junior Xavier Rhodes are later first-round candidates. Like Amerson, both have excellent size for a CB, although neither is suoper fast. Then there is enigmatic Tyrann Mathieu of - sort of - LSU, tcollege football's defensive player of the year in 2011 who won't play this fall after being kicked off the team reportedly for failing multiple drug tests. Mathieu, known affectionately as Honey Badger, opted to remain at LSU this fall and undergo drug counseling in the hopes of being re-instated to the program next fall, although failing that he could still enter the 2013 draft where he would represent a challenge for pro scouts regardless of his current off-field woes. No question that Mathieu has been a rare impact player at LSU who also can return kicks, he isn't all that big or fast and may has never been asked to handle a lot of man coverage resonsibilities in the Tigers' scheme.

As well, just about every year, a CB or two emerges from the middle of the pack and inserts himself into the opening round discussion and this year may be no exception. Candidates to make that kind of move include Johnny Adams of Michigan State and Oregon State's Jordan Poyer, along with juniors Dee Milliner of Alabama and Texas' Carrington Byndom, each of whom  is projected to run in the low 4.4s at pre-draft testing. In fact, it appears there could again be a lot of depth at the corner position this coming April with a lot of solid players currently figuring in the middle rounds. That includes productive veterans like Micah Hyde of Iowa, Desmond Trufant of Washington, Oklahoma's Demontre Hurst, and Terry Hawthorne of Illinois, as well as juniors like Logan Ryan of Rutgers, Southern Cal's Nickell Robey, and Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech.

The 2013 CB class also has more than its share of sleeper types including UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson
who is coming off a knee injury that limited him last fall, but has nice length and speed and is just starting to scratch the surface as he didn't play football until his senior year in high school. Other second-tier CBs with some upside include undersized, but feisty, Brodrick Brown of Oklahoma State and Nigel Malone of Kansas State ,who picked off 5 and 7 passes respectively last fall, along with the Leon McFadden of San Diego State and the UCLA duo of Sheldon Price and Aaron Hester, while Troy Stoudemire of Minnesota and Wisconsin's Devin Smith are under the radar after missing much of the 2011 season with injuries, but the have the physical tools and work ethic to become factors if healthy. Meanwhile, B.W. Webb of William & Mary and Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana are the top true small-school prospects at the position.

Top 20 CB Prospects
#
Player
H/W
School
CL
#
Player
H/W
School
CL
1
David Amerson 6-2, 195 North Carolina State JR
11
Nickell Robey 5-8, 165 Southern California JR
2
Johnthan Banks 6-2, 185 Mississippi State SR
12
Branden Smith 5-10, 175 Georgia SR
3
Xavier Rhodes 6-2, 210 Florida State JR
13
Demontre Hurst 5-9, 185 Oklahoma SR
4
Tyrann Mathieu 5-9, 180 LSU JR
14
Kyle Fuller 5-11, 180 Virginia Tech JR
5
Johnny Adams 5-10, 175 Michian State SR
15
Desmond Trufant 5-11, 185 Washington SR
6
Dee Milliner 6-0, 200 Alabama JR
16
Blidi Wreh-Wilson 6-0, 195 UConn SR
7
Jordan Poyer 5-11, 190 Oregon State  SR
17
Terry Hawthorne 6-0, 190 Illinois SR
8
Carrington Byndom 5-11, 180 Texas JR
18
Brandon McGee 5-11, 190 Miami SR
9
Micah Hyde 6-0, 190 Iowa JR
19
Greg Reid 5-8, 185 Valdosta State SR
10
Logan Ryan 5-11, 190 Rutgers JR
20
B.W. Webb 5-11, 185 William & Mary SR

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