There are a few cornerbacks who are good enough to get selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, but there's one clear best pick for teams looking to get a shutdown guy: Dee Milliner, out of Alabama.
If you didn't see Milliner dominating all season long as part of the best defense in college football, you might have seen him at the combine, when he ran the second-fastest 40 time amongst all defensive backs. Milliner's a clear-cut difference maker at the next level.
We took a look at five different defensive back rankings - SB Nation's (obviously), as well as those by CBS, The Sideline View, Walter Football, and Optimum Scouting and tallied up all the rankings, with a pretty clear favorite emerging:
- Dee Milliner, Alabama 50 (5 first place)
- Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, 44
- Desmond Trufant, Washington, 39
- Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State, 35
- Darius Slay, Mississippi State, 21
- David Amerson, NC State, 20
- Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 17
- Jamar Taylor, Boise State, 13
- Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn, 12
- Logan Ryan, Rutgers, 9
- Robert Alford, SE Louisiana, 5
- DJ Hayden, Houston, 4
- Leon McFadden, San Diego State, 2
- BW Webb, William and Mary, 2
- Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, 1
As you can see, there's a pretty clear top four -- Millner, Rhodes, Trufant, and Banks round out the top group in almost every ranking, with a few guys like Logan Ryan randomly sneaking into one or the other -- with a lot of difference in opinion after that. Only one person comparing defensive backs thinks Tyrann Mathieu, who looked like a sure first-rounder before being kicked off LSU, is one of the top ten cornerbacks available.