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CB in the 2008 Draft: Round 2

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Posted 03-12-2008 at 11:39 AM by hagan714
Updated 06-12-2008 at 07:14 AM by hagan714

7. Charles Godfrey, Iowa, 5116, 208, 4.44 (CB/S)

Godfrey, a senior from Iowa, is one of the bigger corner back prospects in the country. He is a well-seasoned corner who possesses all the skills necessary to succeed at the next level. Godfrey has the excellent size with a solid frame and long arms to jam receivers at the line, even at the next level. Physical from beginning to end. Jams receivers and knocks off their routes. Godfrey is not only big and strong, but he's as fast in pads as most in the country. A fantastic athlete with a real quick burst to close. His sound open field tackling was developed during his time playing special teams as a freshman and starting at free safety as a sophomore. Godfrey shows great ball skills while in coverage and is great in run support. Physical and aggressive, Godfrey has notched 193 tackles in his four years with the Hawkeyes. He will deliver the big hit.

Has been known to be too aggressive and be completely out of the position. Can't keep up down field with elite speed receivers. Extremely raw and still learning the position. Has to work on his technique when it comes to footwork and positioning. Marginal instincts, awareness resulting in him giving up too many big plays. He relies too heavily on his natural talent

His experience at multiple positions, along with his strength and speed, should help him find himself amongst the top tier of corner backs in this draft. Still improving and has a huge upside.

Charles Godfrey will turn out to be a diamond in the rough for some NFL franchise. May just be scratching the surface of potential. Excels in cover skills, very good in run support.

8. Chevis Jackson, L.S.U., 6000, 192, 4.56, 13, 36 (CB/S)

Chevis Jackson is a three-year starter who also saw significant playing time as a true freshman. He excels in coverage and has had the benefit of practicing against the likes of Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis, and the speedy Early Doucet. Jackson showed signs of becoming a force in 2006 when he had 46 tackles and two interceptions with 14 pass breakups and he delivered on that promise in 2007. He closed out his collegiate career with an outstanding senior campaign in which he totaled 44 tackles -- 34 solo -- and had five interceptions and 16 pass breakups. Jackson has almost all the tools NFL scouts like to see in a corner -- athleticism, quickness, toughness, good size and long arms. A smooth athlete that is tough, physical and aggressive. He can stay with receivers coming out of their breaks, has fluid hips to transition and he showed this season that he gets an excellent jump on the ball. Good hands and ball skills. He's not afraid to get physical with receivers and is effective in run support. Reliable tackler. Will come up in run support. Physical, confident, instinctive, and gives a full effort. Not by any means a world-class athlete but a pure football player; a guy you want on your team. Smart player who is a class act and a true mentor to the younger players.Mature and a hard worker. His work ethic will be appreciated. His experience against top-flight receivers will boost his stock.

Chevis' timed speed is only average. Technique isn't perfect at times and he will rely too heavily on his instincts. Needs to improve his footwork to correct his poor change direction. He'll have a difficult time manning up speed receivers. He can be too aggressive at times. Chevis can get caught looking into the backfield, thus susceptible to the double-move.and might be more of a system guy. Will lose focus at times.

Jackson is a guy who, with his physicality and cover skills--combined with a lack of top-end speed and quickness, might project better as a FS in the NFL. Will play in the league and should be a solid pro but probably not much more..Looks to be best suited for a zone scheme.

The word for Jackson throughout his career is consistency. He has been a three-year starter in the toughest conference in college football and has been solid each and every year.

9. Justin King, Penn St., 5107, 192, 4.31, 14, 34

Justin King is a top notch CB prospect who is already a veteran at the age of 20, The 6'0", 186 lbs. junior from Penn St. has the tools to shut down NFL receivers. King has defended top flight college receivers all season, facing Dorien Bryant, James Hardy, Mario Manningham, Arrelious Benn, and Brian Robiskie with good results. He shows good ball skills in coverage and has blazing speed. He went through a few shaky spots this season, but overall has done a great job in coverage. An added bonus with King is his experience at both receiver and as a return man at Penn St. Justin King is an excellent corner, with unlimited potential. True football player who at times looked like a shut down corner. Very smooth motions and has the art down to a tee. Has all the tools; Size, speed, agility, transition, make-up speed, and instincts.

King will need to hit the weight room so he can play press coverage when needed against NFL receivers. Strengths do not translate on the field. Plays slower than he times. Is foolish and will bite on plays which he pays for. Had a tough time with bigger, physical receivers. Does not go into the draft process with much momentum.

Because of injuries, King was forced to play mostly at wide receiver during his freshman year. King finished this season as a First Team All Big Ten selection. He totaled 49 tackles and 2 INTs this season, despite the opposition throwing away from him most of the season. King also led the Big Ten this season with 17 passes defended. The shaky end to his year might see him slide to the end of the second round.

Not the smartest decision for King to enter the 2008 NFL Draft. Has still a lot of areas to improve on. The thing that makes King an exciting prospect is this is only his second year as a full time CB, however.

10. Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech 5096, 189, 4.58, 14, 30

Flowers is an excellent all-around corner with superb man coverage skills. He has a solid build and is physical, aggressive and a big hitter. Good athleticism showing smooth with fluid hips and transitions well. Has excellent feet and quick with a burst to close. Plays faster than he times. A play maker with nice hands, body control and ball skills. Good instincts and awareness. Flowers is a tough competitor that has great work ethics. Shows excellent coverage in the zone. Extremely confident. Has a short memory. Had a great 2007 with 5 interception and 79 total tackles.

Does not have great height and his size will hurt him some. Although he has ok speed, he will need to increase in strength to compete with some of the larger NFL receivers. Inconsistent. He will go for the knockout blow rather than wrap up as a tackler. Is too aggressive at times and will gamble. Doesn't have all the physical tools that you look for but has starting potential. Durability may be a concern and timed speed is below average. Has some character questions.

Off-the-field concerns emerged when he posted a picture featuring a large amount of cash and a small baggie of what appears to be drugs along with a disturbing caption on his Facebook page.

11. Terrell Thomas, USC, 6004, 195, 4.49, 21 (CB/S tweener)

Thomas is a big fast physical corner back. Is a complete corner and plays well in both man and zone coverage. He is a very complete player and is effective against both the pass and run. Has very fluid and quick hips and rotates well with speedy receivers both vertically and laterally. Plays tall physically receivers very well, making it extremely difficult to throw the fade on him in the endzone. Great size, adept at knocking balls away. Above average tackler, who can at times lay the wood.

Thomas has had injuries throughout his career which will scare some teams off. An injury red flag on him. Thomas was a starter in 2005 before injuring his knee, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He has dislocated both shoulders due to his physical style of play. He regained that starting job in 2006 and hasn't looked back since. Not flashy, and not a play maker type corner with only 4 career interceptions.

Very experienced with 2 years starting. Solid speed, but nothing spectacular. To his credit, has come back from several tough injuries and his play hasn't suffered. Thomas will add value to his draft status because of his ability to play both safety positions as well as corner, but will slide due to his injury history.

Thomas has performed well during Senior Bowl practice this week, but has proven that at the next level he will be best suited in a zone-heavy scheme.

Thomas ran well at the combine running a 4.49 forty yard dash, he still lacks the quick hip turn that teams covet in cover-corner backs. He struggled in position drills.
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