In most draft experts’ minds, the top cornerback prospect in the 2017 NFL draft belongs to Ohio State in Marshon Lattimore. But after that, a lot of depth at the position, which could be the deepest in years, is in large part because of the strong corners from the Southeastern Conference.
Pro Football Focus released its top 10 rankings of NFL cornerback prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday, and three of the top five players on the list attended SEC schools. LSU’s Tre’Davious White earned the No. 2 spot just behind Lattimore.
PFF wrote about White:
One of the top playmakers among the defensive backs in this draft class, White is going to excite whatever team drafts him with his ability to contribute on both defense and special teams from Day 1. Coming off his best season in college, White racked up two interceptions and 12 pass breakups from the 61 passes thrown into his coverage.
Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis came in ranked third, but Florida’s Teez Tabor and Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey were rated fourth and fifth on the list, respectively.
NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock sees things a little differently. He kept injured Washington cornerback Sidney Jones at No. 1 on his latest ranking list and Lattimore at No. 2. Of the top three SEC corners, he rated Humphrey the best, but he also still had Tabor and White in his top five.
All three of the top three 2017 cornerback prospects from the SEC could go in the first round.