9th in a Series Good Evening, Ladies and Gents... I humbly and quietly offer this Thread ~ the 9th of many, as I'll be circumnavigating the entire Roster ~ to my Fellow Patriots Fans as a Gathering Place ~ a common reference ~ for Corner Back Prospects. *** Alfonzo Dennard of Nebraska ~ 5.10/205 Alfonzo Dennard brings considerable natural talents to the table. This is, after all, the guy who made "Prince" Amakumara look good, last year, directing all the Traffic thither. He's Strong, he's Athletic, and he's Fast. But he has awful Mechanics. I don't know: I get a distinctly Terrell Buckley "Feast or Famine" vibe from this fellow, and that is NOT the kind of guy who's best suited to build help build a Championship team. Dennard's certainly got the talent to excel in this league...But I get the idea that he's going to bring a lot of frustration with that package. His talents warrant the extremely lofty Top Ten status his Market Value currently commands, and I expect that his statistics will warrant that, as well...But as I measure players, he is All Hat/No Cattle. Here's hoping he evolves...and proves me wrong. In any case: It's a long way to late April...But for now?? OverRated!! *** Chase MinniField of Virginia ~ 6.0/185 Pursue Small Pasture ~ "Chase MinniField" to his friends ~ had an awful Senior year, and his Market Value, quite naturally, has plunged...However, he still retains an intriguing Skill Set. His Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity, the Cardinal Attribute of any member of the Secondary ~ is exceptiional. His Long Speed is excellent. And his Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed are exemplary. In short: He's the Complete Package. MIND you: he's a bit on the skinny side. And his Senior Campaign raised doubts that need to be addressed. But this is an athletic, explosive, intelligent Corner Back, one ready to Plug + Play!! Stud Horse!! *** Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama ~ 5.10/180 Janoris Jenkins is too small for my tastes...but I simply cannot ignore the kid. Verticity is my word for Turn + Burn Acuity: the ability to rapidly Flip Hip and blast down field with your Prey. When evaluating the Secondary, all other considerations are ancillary, in my view. And Janoris Jenkins commands better Verticity than any other Back in the entire Draft, that I am currently aware of. The rest is well documented: He's a Criminal...and a small one. Ultimately, I have my doubts whether he can hold up on the outside. He could become the world's greatest Slot Corner, but that hardly warrants a 1st Round Grade. Or does it?? Stud Horse!! *** Coryell Judie of Texas A&M ~ 5.11/189 Coryell Judie is a mixed bag. As a "Man" Corner, he's got a lot of work to do: His Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ sucks. And his Torsion ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ isn't an hell of a lot better. But as a Zone Corner, he commands not only exceptional Athleticism ~ Lateral Agility, Fluidity, and Range ~ but the Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed to take full advantage of his Gifts. His Market Value seems to be around the 3rd Round ~ give or take a round!! ~ and that looks about right, to me. Player!! *** Shaun Prater of Iowa ~ 5.10/185 Shaun Prater is definitely too small to excel at Man Coverage, but has potential in Zone. MIND you: He displays excellent Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ so Man Coverage is not out of the question...But he would definitely need to bulk up. He's a natural Zone Corner, bringing an excellent level of Athleticism ~ Fluidity and Lateral Agility ~ to the table. He'd be best as either a Zone Corner or a Slot Corner. His Market Value seems to be floating around the 3rd or 4th Round, and that looks like a pretty good Value to me. Player!! *** Donnie Fletcher of Boston College ~ 6.1/195 Donnie Fletcher excels neither in Man nor in Zone. His Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ is lacking, and his Torsion ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ is not exceptional. He gets good grades for Diagnostic Acuity + Processing Speed, so he may be able to claw his way onto a Roster. His Market Value seems to be in the 4th or 5th Round range. That's a bit high, as I see it, but not excessively so. Role Player!! *** Omar Bolden of Arizona State ~ 5.10/195 Omar Bolden gets pretty good grades for superior Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ and for excellent Fluidity. His Torsion, however ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ isn't as good, down field, as near the Line of Scrimmage. His Lateral Agility also suffers down field. And his Core Strength isn't very good: he can be pushed around. There is definitely something to work with, here, though. His Market Value seems to be in the 4th or 5th Round range, and that doesn't seem to unreasonable. Role Player!! *** Leonard Johnson of Iowa State ~ 5.10/200 Leonard Johnson hits on all my key points at Corner Back. He commands excellent Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity. He's got smooth Fluidity and snappy Torsion out of his Breaks. He bring superior Long Speed and commendable Lateral Agility. He needs a lot of work in Run Support, mind you, and needs to be far more physical in Press. But this is a guy who can play just about anywhere and be ~ or become ~ effective. His Market Value seems to be around the 4th or 5th Round, and that seems like a damned good Bargain, if true. Sleeper Stud Horse!! *** Jamell Fleming of Oklahoma ~ 5.11/192 I really like this kid. For starters, Jamell Fleming brings absolutely outstanding Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ to the table. His Lateral Agility, his Fluidity, and his Torsion ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ are all excellent. He is no SuperStar: His Long Speed is pedestrian, and his Run Support and Physicality both need work. And there were academic issues. But'is FootBall smarts are all I care about, and he gets exceptional marks for Diagnostic Acuity + Processing Speed. Fleming brings tremendous Potential to the table, and with a Market Value that seems to be floating somewhere in the 4th to 6th Round range, he is, in my opinion, an exceptional Bargain. Sleeper Stud Horse!! *** Trumaine Johnson of Montana ~ 6.2/204 Here we have my favorite Corner of the the entire Draft...at least at this juncture!! Trumaine Johnson brings a scintillating fusion of tremendous Verticity ~ Turn + Burn Acuity ~ explosive Torsion ~ Burst out of Breaks ~ and outstanding Diagnostic Acuity + Processing Speed to the Game. As a former Receiver, he commands frightening Instincts for the Passing Game. He boasts an extraordinary blend of Size and Athleticism, and while he has little experience in Man Coverage, his potential there ~ or in Zone, if you please!! ~ is vast. I see 1st Round Potential in this kid. Yet his Market Value, while ascending, is still in the 3rd or 4th Round range!! Sleeper Beast!!