Which cornerbacks stand out from Patriots perspective at 2019 NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
March 04, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Sunday was the final day of media availability at the NFL combine and the cornerbacks were one of the last positions to meet with the media.

Cornerback doesn’t seem to be a need for New England, but they seem to have an affinity for them in recent years, which makes sense considering how important the position is. They selected Duke Dawson in the second round last year, but it is unclear how he’s viewed after one injury-plagued season in Foxboro.

Here are five names to keep an eye on from a New England perspective.

Deandre Baker, Georgia — Baker is a physical corner with a lot of skills and some might argue he’s the best in the entire draft class. He finished with seven career interceptions at Georgia, despite not being targeted all that much. If the Patriots want to select him, it will likely need to be with one of their first few picks.

Rock Ya-Sin, Temple — He certainly has one of the best names in the entire draft had reportedly had a formal interview with the Patriots. He played at Presbyterian College before spending his final collegiate season at Temple where he showed off his aggressive skills. He should be a Day 2, or early Day 3 selection.

Amani Hooker, Iowa — Hooker had his best year this past season as a junior, finishing with four interceptions and 65 tackles. Likely a mid-round selection, Bill Belichick and Co. could get a good scouting report from close friend Kirk Ferentz, Iowa’s head coach.

Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State — Sheffield is another player the Patriots could get a good scouting report on as new coach Greg Schiano was his college defensive coordinator. He reportedly suffered a torn left pec at the combine, which could potentially hurt his draft value — something the Patriots sometimes take advantage of.

Isaiah Johnson, Houston — Johnson is more of a developmental player, but the Patriots have faired well with those players in recent years. If he’s still around in the sixth or seventh round, maybe the Patriots will take a shot.

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