In the modern NFL, having multiple quality cornerbacks is essential for success. With many defenses playing in nickel and dime coverage a lot of the time, defensive backs have become increasingly important.
Cornerbacks are usually the flashiest and loudest on the field, and some of the best come in the first round. However, players like Richard Sherman and Josh Norman slip in the later rounds have made their impact on their respective teams. So, which corners in the 2018 NFL Draft could be a mid-round pick and make a substantial impact for the future?
Isaac Yiadom, Boston College
Every year, some players just slip under the radar, and Yiadom is one of those players. He’s long, rangy and has great ball skills. He’ll be a great number two option wherever he ends up.
Projected Round: 4th Round
Projected Team: Green Bay Packers
Green Bay loves tall corners, and Yiadom can play alongside second year player Kevin King. Getting him in the fourth round is a solid value pick and he fits the Packers’ system well.
Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee
Known for flipping off Alabama fans, Gaulden has some feisty in him, to say the least. He’s a prototypical nickel corner who’s physical and is quick enough to match up against slot receivers.
Projected Round: 5th Round
Projected Team: New Orleans Saints
New Orleans has an emerging superstar in Marshon Lattimore, and getting some depth at the position will further help this ascending defense.
Tony Brown, Alabama
Tony Brown is the definition of a throwback player. He’s fast and tough and is a perfect fit for the modern NFL nickel corner. He has solid coverage skills and is quick enough to blitz.
Projected Round: 3rd Round
Projected Team: Arizona Cardinals
Arizona is a fantastic fit for Brown. Tyrann Mathieu is now in Houston, so finding that designated nickel corner will be a big priority in the draft.