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Draft Countdown: Top 10 Cornerbacks

Here is a breakdown of the Top 10 cornerbacks available in the 2009 NFL Draft ...

1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 204 40-Yard: 4.55 Year: Sr.

Scouting Report: Jenkins is a solid athlete and a cornerback rarely challenged by opposing signal callers. He has all the tools to be a productive starter at the next level, and while his poor performance at the Combine could drop him as many as six slots, we fully expect Jenkins to be a starter in the NFL by the end of his rookie campaign.

Grade: First Round

2. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192 40-Yard: 4.45 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Smith is a tremendous cornerback who consistently shuts down the opponent's best receiver. His lack of height may be an issue for teams, yet Smith offers starting potential at the next level, and he can be used in a variety of coverage systems.

Grade: First Round

3. Vontae Davis, Illinois

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 204 40-Yard: 4.43 Year:Jr.

Scouting Report: Davis measured 5-foot-11 and 203 pounds upon arriving at the Combine then completed 25 reps on the bench, a big number for a cornerback. He clocked both of his 40-yard-dashes in the mid 4.3-second range. Davis then showed a lot of skill during defensive back drills, displaying the ability to quickly backpedal and flip his hips. NFL scouts still have questions about his character but Davis is one of the most physically gifted cornerbacks available in April's draft.

Grade: First Round

4. Darius Butler, Connecticut

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 185 40-Yard: 4.45 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report:Butler is a tremendous athlete with outstanding size/speed numbers. He offers a lot of upside potential, yet he is raw with his cornerback mechanics and needs time to develop. The ability to be used as a return specialist and occasionally play receiver should help him get playing time as a rookie.

Grade: First or Second Round

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Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins

5. D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192 40-Yard: 4.53 Year: 3-Jr.

Scouting Report: Moore is a tremendous athlete who helped Vanderbilt on defense, offense, as well as special teams. He has all the skills to be a starting cornerback at the next level, and he should only get better as he improves his fundamentals and receives more playing time on the field.

Grade: Second Round

6. Sean Smith, Utah

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 214 40-Yard: 4.47 Year:4-Jr.

Scouting Report: Smith is a tremendous physical specimen with the ability to be used at cornerback or safety. Displaying potential in zone coverage, he is best facing the action, where he can use his speed and strength to forcefully make plays on the ball. Smith must improve his defensive back mechanics, yet he can be a tremendous player on the NFL level if he pulls it all together.

Grade: Second Round

7. Gregory Toler, St. Paul's

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 40-Yard: 4.45 Year:Sr.

Scouting Report: Toler is a tremendous small school prospect that's displayed plenty of progress on the field the past three seasons. He has the size and speed to play at the next level and could surprise on an NFL roster as he becomes accustomed to the higher level of competition.

Grade:Third Round

8. Asher Allen, Georgia

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 194 40-Yard: 4.44 Year: Jr.

Scouting Report: Allen possesses terrific size/speed numbers, yet he is very much a prospect who needs a lot of work on his overall game. He presently grades as a mid-round pick who could make it as a dime back at the next level. Had Allen returned for his senior season and performed up to expectations, he likely would have been a top-45 selection in 2010.

Grade: Second or Third Round

9. Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina

Ht: 5-8.5 Wt:182 40-Yard: 4.43 Year: Jr.

Scouting Report: Munnerlyn is an underrated cornerback with the speed, toughness, and ball skills to play at the next level. His ability to return punts is added value, and Munnerlyn will be a solid pickup in the middle rounds. He's a defensive back who can quickly be used in nickel or dime packages.

Grade:Third Round

10. Mike Mickens, Cincinnati

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 184 40-Yard: 4.55 Year: Sr.

Scouting Report: Mickens has been a solid college defensive back, yet he did not improve over the course of the last two seasons as scouts thought he would. He may be better off in a zone system where he's facing the action. Mickens offers the size/speed as well as skill to eventually develop into a starter on the NFL level if he improves his game.

Grade: Third or Fourth Round

Profiles provided by Tony Pauline, NFL Draft analyst for SI.com and owner of TFYDraft.com

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