Top 10 cornerbacks in the 2020 NFL draft

Florida Gators defensive back C.J. Henderson (1) is a reported Falcons target in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Florida Gators defensive back C.J. Henderson (1) is a reported Falcons target in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Here are the top 10 cornerback prospects for the NFL draft (with their draft-round projections):

1. Jeff Okudah, Ohio State, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds (first round): The latest elite Ohio State cornerback in the draft, following in the shoes of Denzel Ward and Marshon Lattimore. He was a unanimous All-American selection.

2. C.J. Henderson, Florida, 6-1, 204 (first round): He was a first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American. He played in 33 games and made 27 starts. He finished his career with 93 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 28 pass breakups and six interceptions. Possible target for the Falcons.

3. Kristian Fulton, LSU, 6-0, 197 (first/second round): He was the highest-graded cornerback in the SEC last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He lined up in press coverage on the third-most snaps of any draft-eligible cornerback (301).

4. Trevon Diggs, Alabama, 6-1, 205 (first/second round): He was second-team all-SEC last season.

5. Jaylon Johnson, Utah, 6-0, 193 (first/second): He was a two-year starter for the Utes. He played left cornerback in their 4-2-5 base scheme and lined up inside and outside.

6. A.J. Terrell, Clemson, 6-1, 195 (first/second round): In two seasons as a starter, he helped Clemson to an overall 29-1 record. The Westlake High grad finished with 107 career tackles, 20 pass breakups, six interceptions and forced two fumbles over 1,827 snaps in 44 games (30 starts).

7. Jeff Gladney, TCU, 5-10, 191 (first/second round): A smallish, but quick-footed cornerback, he was a four-year starter.

8. Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn, 5-10, 198 (second/third round): He was a two-year starter for the Tigers. He is a fine athlete who'll have to refine his coverage skills in the NFL.

9. Damon Arnette, Ohio State, 6-0, 195 (second/third round): He was a three-starter at right cornerback. Played a lot of press-man coverage for the Buckeyes. He played in 53 games and made 38 starts.

10. Bryce Hall, Virginia, 6-1, 202 (third round): He suffered a left ankle injury that caused him to miss most of last season. He was second-team All-American and was first-team All-ACC in 2018. He played in 44 games and made 39 starts and finished with 44 pass breakups.

Best of the rest: Louisiana Tech's Amik Robertson, Mississippi State's Cameron Dantzler, Michigan State's Josiah Scout, Tulsa's Reggie Robinson, UCLA's Darnay Holmes, Notre Dame's Troy Pride, Auburn's Javaris Davis, Iowa's Michael Ojemudia, Penn State's John Reid and Pittsburgh's Dane Jackson.

Here’s a look back at the top 10 cornerbacks in 2013.

Teams in need. Falcons, San Francisco, Chicago, Buffalo, Denver, San Diego, Kansas City and Dallas. 

Need area for Falcons. Yes, the Falcons reportedly are interested in trading up to draft Henderson. The Falcons released Desmond Trufant and have not replaced him.

Top 5 seniors for 2021 draft. Georgia's Tyson Campbell, Alabama's Patrick Surtain, Ohio State's Shawn Wade, South Carolina's Israel Mukuamu and Stanford's Paulson Adebo.

AJC’s 2020 POSITION BY POSITION DRAFT SERIES

Quarterbacks: Joe Burrow leads classTop 10
Running backs: Cam Akers' life lessonTop 10
Tight ends:  Harrison Bryant top prospect Top 10 
Guards/Centers:  Solomon Kindley a late-rounderTop 10 
Offensive tackles:  Austin Jackson's life lesson | Top 10 
Wide receivers: Jeudy or Lamb  | Top 10
Defensive tackles: Brown, Kinlaw stand outTop 10
Defensive ends: A 'generational' talentTop 10
Linebackers: Simmons a position-less LBTop 10
Safeties: Loaded with Georgia talent | Top 10
Special teams: Blankenship top kicker | Top 10 

UVA's Joe Reed top returner 

Cornerbacks: Jeff Okudah a lockdown CB | Top 10

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