2013 NFL Draft cornerback rankings: David Amerson atop list of plus-size corners

RALEIGH NC - OCTOBER 28: Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles runs with the ball as David Amerson #1 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack tackles him during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 28 2010 in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Unquestionably, cornerback is one of the most important positions in the NFL Draft. In the past three years, 96 cornerbacks have been taken in the draft, with 11 being first round picks. That's a trend that should continue in 2013.

North Carolina State's David Amerson grabs headlines with all of his interceptions. Of course he has incredible size, but his ball skills and instincts put him at the top of the class.

Tyrann Mathieu would be much higher on this list, but he's not playing this season. I nearly left him off the list. Regardless, he would have been behind the Tigers' Tharold Simon. It's Simon, not Mathieu, who will be the next great LSU cornerback. His size is elite and he led LSU in pass breakups in 2011 with 10.

The size of players in this class really stand out. More than half the players I have currently ranked are listed at six feet or taller. Find those rankings after the jump and let me know what you think.

SENIORS

1. Johnthan Banks | 6'2, 185 pounds | Cornerback | Mississippi State
2. Johnny Adams | 5'11, 175 pounds | Cornerback | Michigan State
3. Jordan Poyer | 6'0, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Oregon State
4. Micah Hyde | 6'1, 185 pounds | Cornerback | Iowa
5. Rod Sweeting | 6'0, 184 pounds | Cornerback | Georgia Tech
6. Dee Milliner | 6'1, 196 pounds | Cornerback | Alabama
7. Desmond Trufant | 6'0, 185 pounds | Cornerback | Washington
8. Nigel Malone | 5'10, 180 pounds | Cornerback | Kansas State
9. Sanders Commings | 6'2, 216 pounds | Cornerback | Georgia
10. Terry Hawthorne | 6'0, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Illinois
11. Blidi Wreh-Wilson | 6'2, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Connecticut
12. Leon McFadden | 5'10, 190 pounds | Cornerback | San Diego State

JUNIORS

1. David Amerson | 6'3, 194 pounds | Cornerback | North Carolina State *
2. Tharold Simon | 6'3, 187 pounds | Cornerback | LSU *
3. Carrington Byndom | 6'0, 180 pounds | Cornerback | Texas *
4. Xavier Rhodes | 6'2, 209 pounds | Cornerback | Florida State *
5. Justin Gilbert | 6'0, 194 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma State *
6. Tyrann Mathieu | 5'9, 175 pounds | Cornerback | LSU *
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