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2020 NFL Draft: Dave Archer scouts the top cornerbacks

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Editor's note: This is part of a series in which Falcons analyst and former NFL quarterback Dave Archer shares his insights after scouting some of the top players at each position in the 2020 NFL Draft.

This is a deep class of corners with a nice blend of ability to play off, press, and in the slot. This is an area, I believe the Falcons will target in the first two days of the draft. All of these guys would be an excellent addition to the Falcons' young secondary.

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Jeff Okudah

  • School: Ohio St.
  • Grade: Junior
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Measurables: 4.48-second (40-yard dash), 41" vertical jump

Strengths

  • Plays with tremendous confidence..little swagger
  • Outstanding one on one cover man (feet, anticipation, start/stop)
  • Equally effective in off coverage or press coverage

Weaknesses

  • Run support angles and leverage (really tough to find bad tape, though)
  • One season as full-time starter … one start prior to 2019 season
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C.J. Henderson

  • School: Florida
  • Grade: Junior
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 204 lbs
  • Measurables: 4.39-second (40-yard dash), 37.5" vertical

Strengths

  • Excellent in press coverage, good use of hands on jams and cheats
  • Shows good poise and patience when playing man and ball
  • Excellent blend of size and athleticism

Weaknesses

  • Struggles some with finding ball with back to QB
  • Out of control coming downhill to tackle
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A.J. Terrell

  • School: Clemson
  • Grade: Junior
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Measurables: 4.42-second (40-yard dash), 34.5" vertical

Strengths

  • Excellent in press with a unique ability to mirror WR movements
  • Reads well in off coverage (from a cover-3 vantage point)
  • Played in big games (pick-six vs. Alabama in 2018 title game)

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent tackler
  • Struggled in 2019 National Championship Game vs LSU (who didn't?)
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Kristian Fulton

  • School: LSU
  • Grade: Senior
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 197 lbs
  • Measurables: 4.46-second (40-yard dash), 35.5" vertical

Strengths

  • Outstanding in press coverage, excellent feet and hand placement
  • Solid read of WR body language (to look for ball or route adjustment)
  • Good ball skills

Weaknesses

  • Long speed questions, technique as a tackler
  • Suspended all of 2017
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Trevon Diggs

  • School: Alabama
  • Grade: Senior
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Measurables: N/A (Did not participate at combine)

Strengths

  • As a former WR, he has a special feel for anticipating routes
  • Excellent balls skills and competition for 50/50 balls
  • Has some kick return capabilities

Weaknesses

  • Overly aggressive (vulnerable to double move)
  • Tendency to grab when trailing WR

A few more who were fun to watch on tape:

Jeff Gladney – TCU (Sr.)

  • 5'10", 191 lbs
  • Undersized, tough kid, speed and strength to match, ball skills

Bryce Hall - Virginia (Sr.)

  • 6'1", 202 lbs
  • Ankle injury (2019), solid balls skills, good instincts, speed questions

Amik Robertson – La. Tech (Jr.)

  • 5'8", 187 lbs
  • Small, physical, 14 career INT, remember Brent Grimes?

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