Ed: Cornerbacks Not a Popular High Pick in NFL
Monday, 04 April 2011 13:34
Written by Ed Bouchette
Researching some draft stuff and looking at cornerback closely today.
For all the talk about how teams need those great cover or “shutdown” corners, they sure do not invest high draft picks in them.
Over the past 20 drafts, only seven cornerbacks have been chosen in the top five picks, just once over the past 12 drafts. So, of the 100 players drafted in the top five over the last two decades only four were cornerbacks, or four percent. And the interest in corners at the top of the draft has fallen in this century. Of the past 60 players drafted in the top five, only one was a cornerback – Terence Newman, fifth by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003.
The highest a cornerback was drafted over the past 20 years was third and that occurred twice – in 1997 when Seattle drafted Shawn Springs and in 1991 when Atlanta took Bruce Pickens.
The worst high corner draft pick taken over the past 20 years came in 2005 when Tennessee drafted Pacman Jones with the sixth pick.
Cornerbacks were more popular as top 10 draft picks but still not real popular. Over the past 20 years there have been 200 top 10 draft picks – 19 of them cornerbacks, or 9.8 percent.
Chad Scott was the last cornerback drafted by the Steelers in the first round, at No. 24 in 1997.