2010-2011 NCAA College Prospects: Cornerbacks


Author's Note: Last year, before I became a Front Page Author, I posted a few pieces on the top college prospects at the very beginning of the college football season for '09-'10. There are roughly 22 positions (11 on each side of the ball) to focus on. Each week, leading up to the very first NCAA Football Game for the '10-'11 Season, I will take a look at one of the positions. Each position will vary in the amount of players I cover. Number of players per position will range anywhere from 10-20 of the top prospects. I will be ranking them as to where I think they will be slotted in next years draft should they all enter. Mind you, these are just my opinions, but I feel that the rankings are going to be pretty close to the opinions of the rest of the Nation. I haven't seen any preseason player rankings yet, so it should be interesting to compare to once they come out.

Last week we finished up taking a look at all of the offensive positions. This week we will turn our attention toward the defensive prospects coming out. Believe it or not, and as long as it may seem away, the 2010-2011 Season is almost upon us. We are less than two months away (51 Days) until the Niners kick the ball off again. Sweet revenge against the Superbowl loser Colts would be a nice way to begin the year... preseason or not.

This week we're going to look at the cornerback position. There was much debate around Niners Nation this past offseason (pre-draft) in regards as to whether or not they needed to draft a corner fairly high. It seems as though the coaching staff and front office felt fine with the guys that were in place considering that they didn't draft a corner until the sixth round. Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer are expected to be the starting corners but it remains a mystery as to who will be the nickel and dime package corners. This leads me to believe that next year the corner position may be a targeted area. So pay close attention to the guys that are listed below. One of them may be a San Francisco 49er next season.

After the break, we'll take a look... 

1. RAS-I DOWLING | 6'2", 200 LBS. | VIRGINIA CAVALIERS - Had Dowling come out in this years draft, he may have been selected relatively high. However, considering that he returned for a final season in college, the odds are stacked in his favor to be picked first potentially. If he is not selected here, look for him to be selected as a top three cornerback in next years draft. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 43 29 14 0 0 0 1 0 2 17 8.5 17 0 0
2008 43 33 10 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 58 40 18 1 0 0 2 0 3 70 23.3 49 0 0

 

2. PRINCE AMUKAMARA | 6'1", 200 LBS. | NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS - Like Dowling, Amukamara has a very good opportunity to put himself in position to get drafted on day one of next years draft. He has very good instinct and makes extremely exceptional cut to either break up passes or pluck them out of the air. Keep an eye on this young talented prospect. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 32 19 13 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 60 38 22 2 0 0 1 0 5 63 12.6 40 0 0

 

3. CURTIS BROWN | 6'0", 185 LBS. | TEXAS LONGHORNS - Some people feel that Texas Longhorn defensive backs tend to be overrated. As much as I hate to admit it, I believe that Brown is not a player who will be overrated coming out next year. Being in the spotlight at a big school like Texas, he will have every chance to shine and make the ESPN highlight reels. (No Highlights)

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 13 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 25 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 44 31 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 77 77.0 77 1 0

 

4. PATRICK PETERSON | 6'1", 211 LBS. | LSU TIGERS - In a way, I feel like this could be too low to slot Peterson but it was just really difficult to place him above the other three. In any case, Peterson is easily a top five prospect next year. He is fast, physical, great ball skills and could very well fit the mold in a physical with an "F" type of defense. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2008 41 30 11 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 52 43 9 0 0 0 0 0 2 37 18.5 37 1 0

 

5. AARON WILLIAMS | 6'1", 189 LBS. | TEXAS LONGHORNS - Yes, there are two corners from Texas in the top five. This is not an error. Again, some feel that defensive backs out of Texas are overrated but there is a reason they earned the nickname of DBU. The Longhorns may have lost one of their best guys back there in Earl Thomas but the two defensive backs listed here could make up for the loss with another year of experience under their belts. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2008 13 8 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 81 81.0 81 1 0
2009 31 21 10 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

6. SHAREECE WRIGHT | 6'0", 185 LBS. | USC TROJANS - Wright was a defensive back under Pete Carroll last year and judging by the defensive back stats there, it seems as though there were more personal fouls than interceptions... hmmmm... anyhow, Wright (out from underneath the wicked wings of Carroll) should have a chance to shine now. I fully expect Wright to be a player that steps up to the plate and showcases his true talent. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2006 15 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 29 25 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

7. CHIMDI CHEKWA | 6'1", 188 LBS. | OHIO STATE BUCKEYES - Chewka may be a lot higher than this when it's all said and done. He has all the makings of potentially being a great corner. While he may be that in college, you just never know when they hit the next level. But I fully expect to see Chekwa playing on Sunday's after this season. (No Highlights)

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 30 27 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
2008 30 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 43 26 17 0 0 0 0 0 1 19 19.0 19 0 0

 

8. MARIO BUTLER | 6'1", 185 LBS. | GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS - The Yellow Jackets didn't have very many highlights on the defensive side of the ball last year, but Butler, next to Derrick Morgan provided a few. Butler could very well be the best player on the defensive side for the Yellow Jackets. His name should become well-known by season end. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 41 33 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 40 29 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1.0 2 0 0

 

9. OMAR BOLDEN | 5'10", 195 LBS. | ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS - Bolden could have gone pro last year but opted to stay one more year. He sustained a significant injury and missed some time last year. If he stays healthy in the upcoming year, he has all the tangibles to get drafted as a top ten corner in next years draft class. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 33 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 29 29.0 29 1 0
2008 49 37 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

10. JAMES DOCKERY | OREGON STATE BEAVERS - If Dockery can build off of what he ended with last year, he's going to put himself in great position to be drafted somewhere in the middle of the pack next year. Of course there are always extenuating circumstances but if everything goes well, expect Dockery to get drafted as a top ten corner. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 12 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 38 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 16 8.0 16 0 0

 

11. ANTHONY GAITOR | 5'10", 185 LBS. | FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL PANTHERS

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 56 31 25 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 44 32 12 0 0 0 0 0 5 175 35.0 78 2 0
2009 45 33 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 3.5 7 0 0

 

12. DARIAN HAGAN | 6'1", 186 LBS. | CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2008 56 38 18 0 0 0 1 0 3 12 4.0 6 0 0
2009 29 23 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

13. KENDRIC BURNEY | 5'9", 190 LBS. | UNC TARHEELS

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 49 39 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 76 76.0 76 1 0
2008 77 62 15 0 0 0 0 0 3 71 23.7 37 0 0
2009 52 37 15 1 0 0 0 0 5 200 40.0 77 2 0

 

14. JASON TEAGUE | 6'2", 190 LBS. | TCU HORNED FROGS

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2008 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 22 17 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

15. DAVON HOUSE | 6'0", 180 LBS. | NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 37 21 16 0 0 0 0 0 4 171 42.8 100 1 0
2008 40 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 42 21.0 42 0 0
2009 68 46 22 0 0 0 0 0 3 58 19.3 58 1 0

 

16. RASHAD CARMICHAEL | 5'11", 186 LBS. |  VIRGINIA TECH HOAKIES

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 11 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 55 31 24 1 0 0 0 0 6 71 11.8 28 1 0

 

17. DEVON TORRENCE | 6'1", 185 LBS. | OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 11 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 35 15 20 1 0 0 2 0 2 19 9.5 19 0 0

 

18. C.J. BAILEY | 5'10", 184 LBS. | SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 40 27 13 0 0 0 1 0 2 37 18.5 37 0 0
2008 31 24 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 19 9.5 15 0 0
2009 57 41 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

19. MARCUS GILCHRIST | 5'11", 185 LBS. | CLEMSON TIGERS

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2007 18 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 17 7 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 96 53 43 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

 

20. BRANDON HARRIS | 5'11", 195 LBS. | MIAMI HURRICANES

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2008 30 22 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 25 25.0 25 0 0
2009 55 39 16 1 0 0 2 0 2 10 5.0 10 0 0
 
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