Top 2010 NFL Cornerbacks NFL Combine Results Compared To 2011 Top CB Prospects


After every NFL Combine is over, everyone immediately starts looking to the combine results as a form of measurement of future success. We have seen time and time again how these numbers are often forced to hold too much water in measuring the potential success. With the Steelers certainly having a need at the cornerback position early in the 2011 NFL draft, I thought it would be good to research how the current top cornerbacks performed during their combine or pro days to sort of debunk just looking at these results.

I started by first looking at the top 20 all-around cornerbacks from 2010 based on their ratings at Pro Football Focus as they breakdown every aspect of their game. I highly suggest you subscribe. Taking these top 20 corners I then compiled their combine or pro day results as best as I could and noted the round the player was drafted in and by what team.

As you can see in the first sortable table below, 14 of the top 20 cornerbacks from 2010, using their rankings, were drafted in either the 1st or 2nd round with 10 of those 14 being 1st round selections. As far as 40 times go, only 1 of the corners that ran a documented 40 time of more than 4.50 was drafted in the 1st round and that was Joe Haden by the Browns just this past year. That is really not that earth shattering though that most top corners run fast. It ranks up there with water being wet. Also Haden seemed to have the worst recorded 3 cone time of all the corners on this list drafted in the 1st round. As far as vertical jumps go, they range from 30 all the way up to 39.5. Hard to put too much stock in that as a measure of success. The rest of the measurables are also a bit rangy and not decisive.

Rank Player 2010 Team Drafted HGT WGT 40 3 CONE 20 S JUMP VERT 225
1 Antoine Winfield Vikings 1999 Round 1 (23) 5085 176 4.41 6.84 3.95 10\’02” 37.0 DNP
2 Champ Bailey Broncos 1999 Round 1 (7) 5116 184 4.28 DNP 3.79 10\’01” 37.0 DNP
3 Brandon Flowers Chiefs 2008 Round 2 (35) 5096 189 4.55 DNP DNP 9\’09” 30.0 14
4 Ronde Barber Buccaneers 1997 Round 3 (66) 5093 185 4.66 N/A N/A N/A 34.5 N/A
5 Josh Wilson Ravens 2007 Round 2 (55) 5092 189 4.39 7.07 4.43 10\’00” 36.5 N/A
6 Joe Haden Browns 2010 Round 1 (7) 5106 193 4.52 6.94 4.34 10\’05” 35.0 18
7 Tramon Williams Packers 2006 Undrafted 5111 194 4.57 6.95 4.20 10\’07” 37.5 13
8 Sean Smith Dolphins 2009 Round 2 (61) 6034 214 4.50 6.92 4.15 9\’11” 34.0 10
9 Devin McCourty Patriots 2010 Round 1 (27) 5106 193 4.48 6.70 4.07 10\’06” 36.0 16
10 Nate Clements 49ers 2001 Round 1 (21) 5111 209 4.37 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
11 Brent Grimes Falcons 2006 Undrafted 5092 177 4.57 7.13 4.25 10\’01” 33.5 N/A
12 Tim Jennings Bears 2006 Round 2 (62) 5076 185 4.32 DNP DNP 9\’09” 37.5 17
13 Antoine Cason
Chargers 2008 Round 1 (27) 6002 191 4.45 DNP 4.08 10\’08” 35.5 20
14 Vontae Davis Dolphins 2009 Round 1 (25) 5111 203 4.40 6.75 4.07 10\’05” 36.0 25
15 Aqib Talib Buccaneers 2008 Round 1 (20) 6006 202 4.44 6.82 4.25 10\’11” 38.0 10
16 Brandon Carr Chiefs 2008 Round 5 (140) 6001 207 4.43 6.8 4.19 10\’04” 35.0 DNP
17 Jason McCourty Titans 2009 Round 6 (203) 5103 193 4.30 6.67 4.25 10\’05” 36.5 15
18 Darrelle Revis Jets 2007 Round 1 (14) 5114 205 4.38 6.56 4.08 10\’05” 38.0 16
19 D.J. Moore Bears 2009 Round 4 (119) 5087 192 4.56 7.01 4.28 9\’10” 39.5 17
20 Leon Hall Bengals 2007 Round 1 (18) 5112 193 4.39 6.50 4.07 10\’05” 37.5 15

For comparison purposes for those that like using combine results as a measuring stick of sorts, I have included what Rob Rang and company from CBS Sportsline views as solid 1st and 2nd round talents in 2011 at the cornerback position and their 2011 NFL Combine results that were recently registered. Do not put too much stock in the numbers and I only suggest using them as comparative purposes only. It is always better to look at these players and their full body of work on the field against some of the better competition they faced. Also it is advisable to watch the cornerbacks positional skill drills instead of focusing in so much on the measurables.

Rank Player 2010 Team Drafted HGT WGT 40 3 CONE 20 S JUMP VERT 225
1 Patrick Peterson LSU Junior 6002 219 4.34 6.58 4.07 15 10\’06” 38.0
2 Prince Amukamara Nebraska Senior 6000 206 4.43 6.97 4.08 16 10\’08” 38.0
3 Jimmy Smith Colorado Senior 6022 211 4.46 6.93 4.06 24 10\’03” 36.0
4 Brandon Harris Miami Junior 5094 191 4.53 6.77 4.12 13 9\’05” 35.5
5 Aaron Williams Texas Junior 5117 204 4.56 6.72 4.07 18 10\’07” 37.5
6 Curtis Brown Texas Senior 5115 185 4.53 6.59 4.00 10 10\’08” 39.5
7 Davon House New Mexico St. Senior 6004 200 4.50 6.65 4.12 14 9\’01” 33.5
8 Brandon Burton Utah Junior 5115 190 4.53 6.93 4.07 18 9\’10” 32.0
9 Ras-I Dowling Virginia Senior 6013 198 4.46 DNP DNP 19 DNP DNP
10 Chimdi Chekwa Ohio St. Senior 5116 191 4.40 DNP DNP DNP 10\’06” 34.5
11 Johnny Patrick Louisville Senior 5105 191 4.59 DNP 4.16 13 9\’02” 32.0

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  • Adrian

    I applaud you and a few surprises on that list of top corners. Revis was 18th? That really shocked me.

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