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2015 NFL Draft player rankings: The 38 best cornerbacks available

The cornerback class in the draft his year is deep and talented. The first three rounds feature starter-caliber players and there's plenty of quality on Day 3 of the draft.

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In last year’s draft, everyone wanted Seattle Seahawks-style cornerbacks. A bunch of teams were after big and physical corners. Because of that, we saw a few players get overdrafted. Players like Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Dezmen Southward and Keith McGill probably got drafted a little higher than they should.

The 2015 NFL Draft is the year to go after bigger cornerbacks. Most of the top corners this year are 6'0 or taller, or at least very close to it. Washington’s Marcus Peters may be three-eighths of an inch shorter than 6'0, but he plays bigger than his height. He’s a dynamic player with speed to stick with receivers deep and the enough strength to play bigger wideouts. Peters is a true No. 1 cornerback as long as he keeps his attitude in check.

Closely behind Peters is Trae Waynes of Michigan State. He’s better than Peters as a press coverage corner. Because he doesn’t have the character issues like Peters, he could ultimately be the first cornerback drafted.

In full, there are probably five or six cornerbacks who can get drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. What makes this class even better is its depth. Just as many players could be picked in the second and third rounds. There is variety among the best players as well. There are plenty of outside corners in this draft, but some very good slot corners as well.

Under the radar: Senquez Golson of Ole Miss isn't a big cornerback, nor is he the fastest or the best press cover corner. But he has incredible instincts and ball skills. Golson is the type of player who will be taken in the middle of the draft and could make plays as a rookie.

Position grade: B+

1. Marcus Peters, 5’11 5/8, 197 pounds, CB, Washington
2. Trae Waynes, 6’0 1/8, 186 pounds, CB, Michigan State
3. P.J. Williams, 6’0, 194 pounds, CB, Florida State
4. Jalen Collins, 6’1 1/2, 203 pounds, CB, LSU
5. Quinten Rollins, 5'11 1/8, 195 pounds, CB, Miami (OH)
6. Kevin Johnson, 6’0 1/4, 188 pounds, CB, Wake Forest
7. Ronald Darby, 5’10 5/8, 193 pounds, CB, Florida State
8. Alex Carter, 6’0 1/8, 196 pounds, CB, Stanford
9. Byron Jones, 6’1, 199 pounds, CB, Connecticut
10. Kevin White, 5’9 3/8, 180 pounds, CB, TCU
11. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, 5’9, 192 pounds, CB, Oregon
12. Steven Nelson, 5’10 1/8, 197 pounds, CB, Oregon State
13. Josh Shaw, 6’0 5/8, 203 pounds, CB, Southern California
14. Doran Grant, 5’10 3/8, 199 pounds, CB, Ohio State
15. D’Joun Smith, 5’10, 187 pounds, CB, Florida Atlantic
16. Senquez Golson, 5’8 1/2, 178 pounds, CB, Ole Miss
17. Tye Smith, 6'0 1/8, 191 pounds, CB, Towson
18. Charles Gaines, 5’9 7/8, 180 pounds, CB, Louisville
19. Ladarius Gunter, 6’1 3/8, 200 pounds, CB, Miami
20. Jacoby Glenn, 6’0, 179 pounds, CB, Central Florida
21. Justin Coleman, 5'11, 184 pounds, CB, Tennessee
22. Lorenzo Doss, 5’10 3/8, 182 pounds, CB, Tulane
23. Quandre Diggs, 5’8 3/4, 196 pounds, CB, Texas
24. Troy Hill, 5’10 1/2, 182 pounds, CB, Oregon
25. Damian Swann, 6'0 3/8, 180 pounds, CB, Georgia
26. Donald Celiscar, 5’10 7/8, 194 pounds, CB, Western Michigan
27. JaCorey Shepherd, 5’11, 199 pounds, CB, Kansas
28. Garry Peters, 5’11 3/4, 191 pounds, CB, Clemson
29. Bobby McCain, 5’9 1/2, 195 pounds, CB, Memphis
30. Craig Mager, 5'11 3/4, 191 pounds, CB, Texas State
31. Deshazor Everett, 6’0, 193 pounds, CB, Texas A&M
32. Nick Marshall, 6'1 1/2, 205 pounds, CB, Auburn
33. Cam Thomas, 6'0 1/4, 195 pounds, CB, Western Kentucky
34. Anthony Jefferson, 6’0 7/8, 198 pounds, CB, UCLA
35. Tevin McDonald, 5'11 1/4, 192 pounds, CB, Eastern Washington
36. Cody Riggs, 5’9, 185 pounds, CB, Notre Dame
37. Imoan Claiborne, 5’11, 187 pounds, CB, Northwestern State
38. Jonathon Mincy, 5’10, 196 pounds, CB, Auburn