There were twenty-seven CBs taken in the 2020 draft. Six came off the board in Round 1 alone, aiding in the total of eleven drafted within the top 100 selections. There was talent to be had throughout each round, pronounced by a drought after Round 5, picking back up in Round 7. This draft class may fall a bit shy of the 2020 offering, but not by much.
1) Patrick Surtain II | 6'1 | 203 | CB | Alabama -
Surtain comes from great bloodlines and it shows in his play. While he took some lumps as a Freshman early on, he always looked very promising more times than not. He has good size coupled with enough speed to hang on the hip of most any WR out there. He displays polished technique, does a good job of keeping himself between the WR and the ball.
9/26 - Missouri - Surtain had a solid outing. While he gave up a couple of receptions, he showed his ability to be quite sticky in coverage and read the eyes of WRs as the ball was in its approach.
10/3 - Texas A&M - Surtain had another good game, delivered tight coverage and offered up next to nothing.
10/17 - Georgia - Surtain had an excellent game. He locked his man up the entire game.
10/24 - Tennessee - Surtain had a formidable match up in Josh Palmer, a very gifted WR. While Palmer did get a TD against Surtian on a beautiful fade route and throw, Surtain had him locked up the majority of the night.
11/21 - Kentucky - Allowed just one reception on a shallow crosser, but was great otherwise.
11/27 - Auburn - Typical shutdown CB play.
2) Caleb Farley | 6'1 | 207 | CB | Virginia Tech - (Opting Out)
Farley has good size and does a fine job sticking with his man, shows good speed in doing so. When in zone, he diagnoses plays well and breaks on the ball well. He's physical in going after the ball, doesn't give up much.
3) Jaycee Horn | 6'0 | 200 | CB | South Carolina
9/26 - Tennessee - Horn had a terrific game, as he completely shut his man down and took him clean out of contention.
10/3 - Florida - Horn gave up a few receptions, but he was very sticky in man coverage, played the ball very nicely. He was physical, didn't easily give way to bigger targets like Pitts.
10/17 - Auburn - Horn had a great game. He was targeted 8 times only allowed 2 receptions. He forced 5 incompletions and gobbled up 2 INTs. He looked like a future 1st-rounder today. While he did have a couple penalties, they could have gone either way. He had some great battles with Williams.
10/24 - LSU - Horn continues to look the part. While he technically allowed a TD on a crosser "pick play", he was tight in coverage when going head up on WRs. He played and continues to look like a fringe Round-1 guy.
11/7 - Texas A&M - While Mond teed off on the Gamecock secondary, Horn was one guy he justifiably stayed away from. Horn was tight ijn coverage all game.
4) Greg Newsome | 6'0 | 190 | CB | Northwestern
5) Kelvin Joseph | 6'1 | 190 | CB | Kentucky
6) Eric Stokes | 6'0 | 185 | CB | Georgia
9/26 - Arkansas - Stokes had a very solid game, and with the exception of one reception, he routinely locked his man up. He also chipped in with an INT, showing good ball skills.
10/3 - Auburn - Like his teammates, Stokes was reliable when in and offered up very good coverage. There were several snaps where the QB didn't even bother to try Stokes out as he had his man on lock.
10/10 - Tennessee - Stokes had a great game, performed the best of any CB on the filed today. He had tight coverage, had a take away.
10/17 - Alabama - Stokes allowed a couple balls, but he really looked the part on a number of pass attempts., showed his worth.
11/7 - Florida - While Trask bombed away, Stokes generally carried out hi assignments well and provided tight coverage a number of times.
11/21 - Miss. State - Aside from allowing a back shoulder reception, was very clean in coverage.
7) Asante Samuel Jr. | 5'10 | 180 | CB | Florida State
9/12 - Georgia Tech - Samuel was excellent, notching 2 INTs and was seemingly always in the right place at the tight time. Opportunities aside, he was tight in coverage, really looked like a good cover man.
10/10 - Notre Dame - Samuel did allow a few receptions, but in doing so he showed that he can provide tight coverage and show good ball awareness.
10/24 - Louisville - Samuel had an excellent night. His coverage was so good that Cunningham opted to completely steer clear of him, instead picked on others.
11/7 - Pittsburgh - Aside from one questionable P.I. call, Samuel was near perfect. Pickett stayed away from him all night, as Samuel locked up whomever was across from him.
8) Aaron Robinson | 6'0 | 193 | CB | UCF
9/26 - East Carolina - Robinson had a real nice game. He was sticky in man coverage, consistently showed his ability to stay on his man's hip or very close. In off-man zone, he read plays well and was quick to click and close on the ball. As a whole, he gave up very little.
11/21 - Cincinnati - Robinson had a good game. He was generally tight in coverage and played with a lot of physicality. He showed good play speed, flew around out there.
9) Tyson Campbell | 6'1 | 185 | CB | Georgia
9/26 - Arkansas - Campbell didn't see much playing time that I could account for, but he was very solid in the reps he took, gave up nothing.
10/3 - Auburn - Campbell was fantastic, rendered Seth Williams pretty much useless for the majority of the game.
10/10 - Tennessee - Campbell did allow a TD, but he had tight coverage on that play as well as on other balls thrown his way.
10/17 - Alabama -Yes, Campbell got beat and allowed multiple receptions. However, aside from a slip and subsequent fall down, he was tight in coverage all night. Considering the competition, the kid really didn't do bad.
11/7 - Florida - While Trask bombed away, he generally picked on others. Campbell was really only beat a couple times, was tight in coverage on both instances. But, he did give up 2 TDs.
11/21 - Miss. State - Campbell had a good game, locked his man up on the perimeter all game.
10) Kary Vincent | 5'10 | 185 | CB | LSU - (Opting Out)
Vincent is blessed with insane speed, and it certainly shows on the field. His ability to click and close on the ball is quite good, as is his ability to stay sticky in coverage. He doesn't always diagnose plays real well and will be out of place at times. But, he has all the tools to be an eraser if he can put everything together.
11) Elijah Molden | 5'10 | 190 | CB | Washington
11/14 - Oregon State - Molden operated as the nickel back covering the slot. He was impressive, as he read the QB and WR quite well. He showed good athleticism overall. OSU only had 85 yards receiving, and Molden was a big reason why that total was so low. He looked good as a tackler as well, had 7 stops on the day.
11/28 - Utah - Molden had an excellent game. He was everywhere in this one, did an excellent job of stepping up as a tackler, posing 8 stops on the day. He also had an INT, on a play where he read the QB perfectly and broke on the ball with great speed.
12) Ifeatu Melifonwu | 6'3 | 207 | CB | Syracuse
13) Shaun Wade | 6'0 | 194 | CB/S | Ohio State -
Wade flashes real good speed and plays with a confident chip on his shoulder. He doesn't back down from competition and loves to lay a lick on whomever crosses his path. He's physical in coverage, rarely gets bullied when contesting catches. He can lack discipline at times, but as a whole there's little to not like about this prospect. He's better covering the inside slot vs. the "X" on the outside, has been exploited by good to better talent.
10/24 - Nebraska - Wade had a very good game. He was tested a couple times early, but was up tp the task. He showed good speed and played the ball nicely. That said, he looked more adept covering the slot than the outside "X" receiver.
10/31 - Penn State - Wade was very reliable through 3 quarters, allowed just 1 reception on a crosser up to that point.
11/21 - Indiana - Wade did come away with an INT on a beautiful read and break on the ball. He also defended some other balls with tight coverage. Fryfogle, who is very underrated, gave him fits at times. In as much, Wade looks like he's still adjusting somewhat to being an outside CB vs. operating over the slot like he did last year.
1/1 - Clemson - Wade was picked on too often, really didn't look an NFL-caliber starting outside CB in this one
14) Ambry Thomas | 5'11 | 180 | CB | Michigan - (Opting Out)
15) Rodarius Williams | 6'0 | 195 | CB | Oklahoma State
11/21 - Oklahoma - Williams gave up a few balls, but he displayed good ball awareness and tight coverage on several snaps throughout this game.
11/28 - Texas Tech - I may be off, but it seemed like Tech was really trying to avoid Williams today. I saw him in on limited plays/action.
16) DJ Daniel | 6'1 | 185 | CB | Georgia
9/26 - Arkansas - Daniel had a very good game, locked his man up well and provided very little for his WR to be a receiving option.
10/3 - Auburn - Daniel had a good game, locked his man up and often eliminated him as an option.
10/10 - Tennessee - Daniel allowed a TD, but it was on an underthrown ball which he had defended well. He otherwise was very strong.
11/21 - Miss. State - Daniel had a solid game, didn't allow anything to take note of.
17) Thomas Graham Jr. | 5'10 | 191 | CB | Oregon - (Opting Out)
18) Paulson Adebo | 6'1 | 190 | CB | Stanford
19) Tre Brown | 5'10 | 180 | CB | Oklahoma
9/26 - Kansas State - Brown provided solid coverage. While his play didn't stand out per se, he didn't look bad.
10/3 - Iowa State - Up and down game for Brown...On the plus size, he did show good coverage skills. On the down side, he was bullied often and was penalized. Overall he still looked like a serviceable cover man with skills.
10/24 - TCU - Brown had a very good game. TCU struggled passing the ball, but when they connected it wasn't on Brown. He was sticky in coverage, stayed on his man with little separation.
11/21 - Oklahoma State - Brown had a good game. While Wallace did best him a few times, Brown had tight coverage and really displayed some good coverage skills as a whole.
20) Olaijah Griffin | 6'0 | 170 | CB | USC
11/7 - Arizona State - Griffin had a very good game. While penalized once, he was very sticky and forced ASU to look elsewhere to throw the ball.
11/14 - Arizona - Griffin had another very solid outing. Arizona did have success throwing the ball, but they had to get their yards off of other players. Griffin was tight in coverage on the majority of passing situations.
11/21 - Utah - Griffin had a very good game, played with extreme confidence and backed it up with tight coverage. He chipped in with 4 tackles.
21) Deommodore Lenoir | 5'11 | 196 | CB | Oregon
11/7 - Stanford - Lenoir looked the part in this match up. Stanford had just 13 completions, most were on intermediate routes against other DBs. he showed that he can stay on the hip of his man, run stride for stride. While a bit undisciplined at times, the traits were noticeable.
11/14 - Washington State - Lenoir had a nice night. WSU bombed away, but they generally did so away from Lenoir. He showed off good speed and the ability to lock up his man.
22) Shakur Brown | 5'11 | 185 | CB | Michigan State
23) Trill Williams | 6'1 | 198 | CB/SAF | Syracuse
24) Keith Taylor | 6'2 | 198 | CB | Washington
11/14 - Oregon State - Taylor had a solid outing, generally offered up very good coverage overall. OSU only had 85 yards receiving, a testament to the tight coverage.
25) Israel Mukuamu | 6'2 | 205 | CB | South Carolina
9/26 - Tennessee - Mukuamu got beat early on by providing way too much cushion in zone coverage, then wasn't really picked on thereafter. That said, there were many snaps late in the game where he wasn't on the field, due to an apparent injury
10/3 - Florida - Mukuamu wasn't challenged often in this one, but he looked the part when he was. I didn't see elite movement skills out of him, but he looked like a solid over the top player.
10/24 - LSU - Mukuamu gave up a couple tosses, but he often looked the part, played with controlled physicality. He kept most of LSU's pass plays to where they had to pick on others besides he and Horn.
11/7 - Texas A&M - Mukuamu gave up a TD to Wydermeyer on an underneath crosser, but was good in coverage otherwise.
26) Marco Wilson | 6'0 | 190 | CB | Florida
9/26 - Ole Miss - Wilson had a solid game. While Ole Miss had almost 400 passing yards, a lot of that came after the catch and wasn't at the hands of Wilson.
10/3 - South Carolina - Wilson gave up a few balls early on but was pretty reliable throughout this game. The Gamecocks didn't have a pass go over 22 yards, and Wilson was one reason why that was the case.
11/21 - Vanderbilt - Aside from losing the battle on one 50/50 ball, Wilson provided excellent coverage throughout this game.
27) Mark Webb | 6'2 | 200 | CB | Georgia
9/26 - Arkansas - Webb had an up and down game. As a whole, he showed solid coverage skills and was able to stay with his man. Speed nor ability wasn't a problem. However, he seemed to miss on a couple of assignments and got his coverage jumbled on crossers. While this seemed to be more of a communication and awareness gap, he was exposed.
10/3 - Auburn - Webb notched an INT and was very reliable as a whole.
10/10 - Tennessee - Webb provided solid coverage overall.
10/17 - Alabama - Webb had a solid game, wasn't picked on like other CBs.
11/7 - Florida - Aside form getting beat badly on one ball, he was sound a number of times.
11/21 - Miss. State - Webb had a very active game, posted 9 tackles. However, he gave up a 49-yrd TD and some other receptions to match. As a whole, he was UGA's least impressive CB today.
28) Camryn Bynum | 5'11 | 190 | CB | California
11/14- UCLA - Bynum had a good game. He provided solid pass coverage and was quick to do his part going after ball carriers. While he missed a couple tackles, he otherwise looked solid. He did come away with 6 stops.
11/27 - Stanford - While Bynum allowed a TD on a great back-shoulder pass, he was otherwise tight in coverage, reliable.
29) Jack Jones | 5'11 | 170 | CB | Arizona State
11/7 - USC - Jones had a solid game, giving St. Brown a lot of challenges in this one. He left the game early due to cramping, but he provided tight coverage when in.
30) Robert Rochell | 6'1 | 195 | CB | Central Arkansas
31) Rachad Wildgoose | 5'11 | 190 | CB | Wisconsin
10/24 - Illinois - Wildgoose had some great battles against IU's number one target, Josh Imatorbhebhe. While the crafty WR beat hi a couple times, he only caught 3 balls for 26 yards. Wildgoose looked good, locked him up well.
32) Brandin Echols | 5'11 | 178 | CB | Kentucky
9/26 - Auburn - Echols did post 5 tackles on the day, but he wasn't reliable in pass coverage.
10/3 - Ole Miss - Rough day...Ole Miss passed at will against everyone. That said, Echols held ground better than everyone else.
10/17 - Tennessee - Echols had a banner day. He posted 4 tackles, coming up in support. He was very reliable in coverage and flashed amazing speed in pursuit.
10/24 - Missouri - Was real tight in pass coverage, but did get bodied by blockers on perimeter runs, despite him giving 100% effort.
11/21 - Alabama - Echols, as expected, gave up receptions to this WR corps. While not great in coverage, he wasn't awful.
33) Jordyn Peters | 6'0 | 195 | CB | Auburn
9/26 - Kentucky - Peters did nothing to stand out in his limited opportunities
10/3 - Georgia - Peters had a down game, getting beat over the top for a TD and allowing other receptions to boot.
10/17 - South Carolina - Peters had just 1 tackle, wasn't picked on much.
10/31 - LSU - Peters was a bit up and down, not good nor bad. He allowed some balls but nothing was damaging overall.
999) Josh Jobe | 6'0 | 190 | CB | Alabama
999) Chase Lucas | 6'0 | 175 | CB | Arizona State
999) T.J. Carter | 5'10 | 180 | CB | Memphis
999) Tariq Castro-Fields | 6'0 | 185 | CB | Penn State
999) Allie Green | 6'2 | 205 | CB | Tulsa
999) Trey Dean II | 6'2 | 194 | CB/SAF | Florida
999) Jermaine Waller | 6'1 | 180 | CB | Virginia Tech
999) Obi Eboh | 6'1 | 194 | CB | UCLA
999) Raleigh Texada | 5'10 | 180 | CB | Baylor
999) Derrion Kendrick | 6'0 | 195 | CB | Clemson
999) Roger McCreary | 6'0 | 188 | CB | Auburn
999) Shaun Jolly | 5'9 | 175 | CB | Appalachian State
999) Matt Hankins | 6'1 | 175 | CB | Iowa
999) Tariq Bracy | 5'10 | 170 | CB | Notre Dame