Power Ranking Top 10 College Football Cornerbacks For 2015 Season
2015 College Football Season
August 4, 2015
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As we get closer to the 2015 college football season, it’s time to take a look at the top cornerbacks in the country.
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1. Vernon Hargreaves, Florida Gators - I don’t think it’s even close when saying Vernon Hargreaves is the best cornerback in college football, as this guy can go toe-to-toe with any receiver in the country. Hargreaves has quick feet, great instincts and also isn’t afraid to help come up in run support. Hargreaves has combined for 88 tackles, six interceptions and 24 passes broken up in two seasons. Hargreaves will be a first round pick in next year’s NFL draft and has the potential to be a shutdown corner as well.
2. Jalen Ramsey, Florida State Seminoles - Jalen Ramsey is everywhere for the Florida State Seminoles, as he comes up with sacks, makes plays on special teams and came away with 80 tackles last season. Ramsey just has a nose for the football and knows how to create plays, as he’s produced three interceptions and four forced fumbles in two seasons. Like Hargreaves, Ramsey should be a first round pick in next year’s NFL draft.
3. Mackensie Alexander, Clemson Tigers - Sometimes not having big stats for a cornerback is a good thing. Mackensie Alexander started 13 games for the Clemson Tigers and had just six pass deflections, 21 tackles and zero interceptions. Simply put: Quarterbacks stay away from Alexander, who has just one season under his belt. This year, Alexander won’t benefit from having other NFL talent around him, but he’s already proven that he can play at the highest level and is easily a top-five cornerback in the country.
4. Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech Hokies - Kendall Fuller is just another player in the family who is pretty good at his position. Fuller’s brothers Corey and Vincent have advanced to the NFL, and it’s only a matter of time before Kendall gets his shot. Fuller is a physical corner who has 26 pass deflections and eight interceptions in two seasons. Virginia Tech’s defense is still pretty good, and it starts with guys like Fuller who can hold their own.
5. Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma Sooners - Only eight players in the country had more interceptions than Zack Sanchez’s six picks last season. Sanchez now has eight interceptions and 21 pass deflections in two seasons with the Sooners. Sanchez is a guy who is willing to take chances and break on the ball quickly to come away with game changing plays. You need guys such as Sanchez when playing in a pass-happy Big 12.
6. Tre'Davious White, LSU Tigers - Tre'Davious White is just one of what feels like 100 great LSU secondary players in the last few seasons. White is a fluid athlete who makes plays on the football and even helps out on special teams. In two seasons with the Tigers, White has 13 pass deflections and four interceptions. LSU’s defense is always one of the best in the country and that’s not changing with another year of White at cornerback.
7. Danzel McDaniel, Kansas State Wildcats - Danzel McDaniel is one of the better tackling cornerbacks in the country, as he racked up 59 tackles and five tackles for loss last season. He also had an interception, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles. McDaniel is physical, aggressive and could probably become a safety at some point in his career. For now, McDaniel gives KSU an edge on the defensive side of the ball and a much needed corner who can hold his own in the high-scoring Big 12.
8. Adoree Jackson, USC Trojans - Adoree Jackson is so athletically gifted that he’s going to play a ton of positions for USC this season. He’s even training for the Olympics in track. As a pure corner, Jackson had nine pass deflections, 49 tackles and four tackles for loss. Jackson has the speed and quickness to shadow any receiver in the country, and he has solid ball skills given his production on offense as well. Jackson is a plug and play guy pretty much anywhere, and he gives USC a nice weapon to mix things up defensively.
9. Parry Nickerson, Tulane Green Wave - In his first full season with Tulane, Parry Nickerson had six interceptions, 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and six passes broken up. Even with his production, Tulane’s pass-defense ranked 69th in the country, which is why you’ve probably never heard of the young corner. Still, Nickerson is a flat out playmaker and helps give the Green Wave a fighting chance this season.
10. Eli Apple, Ohio State Buckeyes - As a freshman last season, Eli Apple had three interceptions, 10 pass deflections and 53 tackles. Imagine what Apple can do with another season under coach Urban Meyer and his staff. Apple is a sure tackler, a playmaker and one of those difference makers who helps convince people that OSU can repeat as national champs. Apple will become a household name before you know it.