Bessire: CB Ranks and Projections

Last Updated: 5/1/2016 1:00 PM ET
Projections for every ranked cornerback are below. Players are ranked based on PredictionMachine.com's 2016 projected statistics for what each player would be expected to do as a 16 game starter on a totally average NFL team against a completely average NFL schedule. Read more about how rankings and projections are done (also includes 2012 rankings and projections).

Below, we include an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. This score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions and draft classes. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position as a rookie; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, standout player who could star.

As a matter of context, at this time last year, using the same process, the top five cornerbacks were Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (8.1), Eric Rowe (8.1), Steven Nelson (8.0), Troy Hill (8.0) and Quinten Rollins (8.0). In other words, there no standout cornerbacks and only five players who projected as potential future starters. This year is very different, including two Top 5 overall prospects.

Cornerback 2016 Projected NFL Rookie Stats

Rank Player Tackles INTs PBU Score
1 William Jackson III 45.8 4.3 13.6 9.2
2 Jalen Ramsey 63.6 1.0 8.1 9.0
3 Vernon Hargreaves III 48.4 4.4 11.4 8.6
4 Cyrus Jones 71.9 3.0 9.7 8.6
5 Mike Hilton 64.6 2.3 9.4 8.5
6 Daryl Worley 51.7 5.4 9.4 7.9
7 Mike Jordan 43.7 4.0 11.3 7.7
8 Kendall Fuller 45.0 3.0 11.0 7.5
9 Cre'von LeBlanc 68.1 2.2 6.5 7.4
10 Frankie Williams 54.9 3.3 7.5 7.4
11 Zack Sanchez 49.9 6.5 8.0 7.1
12 Xavien Howard 43.8 3.7 9.2 6.9
13 Mackensie Alexander 33.6 0.4 7.9 6.8
14 Ryan Smith 56.8 2.0 8.0 6.7
15 Jonathan Jones 38.6 5.0 8.3 6.7
16 Ken Crawley 47.1 1.2 8.6 6.6
17 Donte Deayon 51.4 5.4 6.0 6.6
18 Artie Burns 50.9 5.4 6.0 6.6
19 Briean Boddy-Calhoun 51.2 4.4 6.6 6.5
20 D.J. White 47.1 2.4 7.2 6.1
21 Taveze Calhoun 47.4 2.6 6.7 6.0
22 De'Vante Harris 37.7 2.0 7.9 5.9
23 Jimmy Pruitt 48.8 3.2 5.7 5.9
24 LeShaun Sims 47.0 2.2 6.6 5.8
25 DeAndre Elliott 43.2 2.6 6.0 5.8
26 Eli Apple 35.7 1.8 7.3 5.8
27 Cleveland Wallace III 34.2 2.6 7.8 5.8
28 Anthony Brown 48.6 2.6 5.8 5.7
29 Harlan Miller 29.6 2.8 8.1 5.7
30 Will Redmond 54.9 4.0 3.5 5.5
31 KeiVarae Russell 60.2 2.2 4.6 5.5
32 Bennett Okotcha 39.6 2.9 6.8 5.4
33 Kevin Peterson 50.1 1.5 6.2 5.4
34 Juston Burris 41.4 1.5 6.4 5.4
35 Deiondre' Hall 48.4 3.1 4.3 5.3
36 J.J. Whittaker 37.9 2.7 6.8 5.3
37 James Bradberry 30.0 2.2 7.0 5.2
38 Eric Murray 50.1 1.0 5.0 5.2
39 Lloyd Carrington 47.2 1.1 4.9 5.0
40 Tavon Young 38.0 1.2 6.0 5.0
41 Brandon Williams 35.3 0.3 7.6 4.9
42 Maurice Canady 37.8 1.0 6.6 4.8
43 Kevon Seymour 36.8 1.7 4.0 4.4
44 Rashard Robinson 23.5 1.0 4.3 4.0