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5 Cornerbacks To Watch In College Football This Year

We're going to continue our series with a look at some of college football's best corners.

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I'm sure the Jets will figure out a way to maximise Revis's current ability. However I think it's fair to say that through two games this season, the Jets secondary has been suspect. Revis isn't getting any younger, Skrine is an inside man and while Williams continues to make plays on the ball, the Jets don't have any sure-fire corners.

So for this week's article, I decided to focus in on some of the best corners in college football. It's way too early to predict which position the Jets will target as there are way top many variables, but keep an eye out for these guys this year.

Marlon Humphrey - Alabama

2015 stats- 45 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, 3 interceptions, 8 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles

For me, Humphrey is head and shoulders the best corner in the 2017 class. He does a little bit of everything. He's a great athlete who excels in coverage. However he has the ability to come up and play the run. He has good hands and excellent instincts. He's got excellent speed and his anticipation is elite. He's smooth in his backpedal and mirrors receivers well. He'll bait QB's to throw into his coverage before closing the gap to makes plays on the ball. He's also a tough corner who isn't afraid of contact. I know some fans will be wary of a corner from Alabama, but Marlon Humphrey is no Dee Milliner, trust me.

Jalen Tabor - Florida

2015 stats - 40 tackles, 4.0 for a loss, 4 interceptions, 14 passes defended, 0 forced fumbles

Tabor like Humphrey is a first rounder without a doubt. Tabor is another excellent athlete with above average speed and excellent closing burst. He's played inside and out at Florida and he has experience playing man press coverage as well as off. He's a smooth athlete like Humphrey and he has even better hands and ball-playing skills. However he loses out to Marlon due to his tackling and run defense. It's not that he's awful, but he just doesn't show the same effort or skill in the run game, and i've seen him miss a first tackles due to bad technique.

Desmond King - Iowa

2015 stats - 72 tackles, 1 for a loss, 8 interceptions, 13 passes defended, 0 forced fumbles

King really burst onto the scene last year, but that's what 8 interceptions does for you. His instincts and athleticism allows him to make plays. He has good hands and he peeks into the backfield to get a read on the QB. He does have a smooth backpedal although his straight line speed doesn't seem to be on par with the other two names above him. He has experience playing man and zone coverage too. I love that King comes up to the line to make plays in the run game, but he can be over aggressive and he may draw a few flags in the NFL.

Tre'Davious White - LSU

2015 stats - 44 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, 0 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 0 forced fumbles

The stats don't look great for White and  I appreciate that, but through 2 games in 2016 he's already passed his interception stats from last year. Tre'Davious is a really smart footballer with long arms and prototypical build for the position. Good athleticism, excellent backpedal and form in his transition. He could do with working on his ball-playing skills but he often isn't targeted as much as other corners in college. He also made massive strides in his run defense last year and so far this year he's continued that form. I think he'll have an excellent year in 2016.

Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

2015 stats - 45 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, 0 interceptions, 10 passes defended, 0 forced fumbles

You know that for me to give credit to a Michigan player as a Notre Dame fan, they must be good. Peppers can be as good as he wants to be. He's the best run defender on this list and he's incredibly smart with great instincts and awareness. He just has a natural feel for the position and his anticipation allows him to get his hands into plays. He has good closing speed but he needs to work on his form. He can get caught flat footed by speedier receivers and when he can't jam receivers at the line, he can allow some separation. If he has a good year, he could creep into the first round.