CB class loaded with high picks
New Orleans Saints CB Tracy Porter was a second-round pick out of Indiana in 2008, and his game-clinching interception of Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV was a perfect example of the value solid cover corners have in the NFL.
Porter did a great job recognizing the situation and anticipating and jumping the route of Colts WR Reggie Wayne, and he showed the closing burst, ball skills and finishing speed teams covet in their cornerbacks.
Unlike other skill positions at which teams can find hidden gems in the middle or late rounds -- such as running back or quarterback -- starting cornerbacks almost always seem to come from the early rounds. The good news for NFL defenses is that this year there are seven corners we project as first- or second-round picks who could become starters early in their careers. Here's our breakdown of that group:
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