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Mayock Ranks Top 5 CBs In Draft

While the NFL Scouting Combine gets underway today in Indianapolis, the workouts won't begin until Friday. So let's begin wrapping up the positional preview with Mike Mayock's ranking of a position that could be of interest to the Eagles come April - cornerback. The notes on each player were provided by NFL.com from their Combine section.

Mayock's Top 5 Cornerbacks
Name Height Weight College
1. Patrick Peterson 6-1
211
LSU
Note: Peterson is built like a safety, has the speed of a corner and is an elite playmaker. He has the explosion and range to play on an island and the instincts to be effective in zone-heavy schemes. Has elite ball skills and is a shifty returnman.
2. Prince Amukamara 6-1
205
Nebraska
Note: Amukamara has the size, speed and awareness to start from day one and turn into one of the league's finer players at the cornerback position. Takes advantage of instincts and smarts in zone coverage but also has the ability to cover one-on-one.
3. Aaron Williams 6-1
192
Texas
Note: Williams is a confident corner that should be able to contribute immediately as a nickel back. He lacks the hip fluidity to play on an island at the next level, but he has experience lining up over the slot and has the position to take away crossing routs.
4. Jimmy Smith 6-2
205
Colorado
Note: Corners with Smith's size, speed and confidence in press coverage don't grow on trees. He'll likely serve as a reserve/nickel early in his career but has the skill set to eventually become a starter. Very effective playing man coverage.
5. Brandon Harris 5-11
193
Miami (FL)
Note: A true gamer that is at his best when the lights are on, Harris has the tools to become a starting cornerback at the next level. He excels in man coverage, as he is explosive with an elite closing burst and he has the hips to maintain transition speed.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 10:00 a.m., February 24

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