NFL Draft Musings: Cornerbacks


Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) celebrates with safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) after making an interception in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

There might not have been a bigger disappointment this season than the fact that the Virginia Tech corners were dealing with injuries this year.  Fuller ultimately could not participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl because he was battling an injury while Antone Exum was recovering from an ACL this season suffered after the season, so he was never able to play.

Fuller has an argument as one of the top corners in this draft and is one I am particularly fond of because of his diverse skill set and his ability to cover as well as play the run.  Exum seemed like a player who could be a prospect as a press corner, or either safety position.

I wonder if the emergence of Stanley Jean-Baptiste (at least from how much people knew about him at Nebraska) and Pierre Desir against top level competition in Mobile if the overwhelming amount of hype around Justin Gilbert will die down a little bit.  Tall and fast is great, but with more options that fit that bill, it will be interesting to see if people really believe he is a borderline Top 10 pick or not.