NFL Draft 2013: Predicting Landing Spots for Cornerbacks in First Round

Michael DulkaContributor IFebruary 12, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 15:    Dee Milliner #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 52-0.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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While the 2013 NFL draft class is filled with pass-rushing and offensive line talent, there are a few cornerbacks with first-round talent and value. As most teams will look to get those trench players or quarterbacks, some teams will great value with cornerbacks later in the round. 

Teams that have a need at cornerback could look to fill the void via free agency. Opening March 12, free agency will alter when cornerbacks are selected and by which teams. 


13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner, Alabama

The Buccaneers need a cornerback and Milliner is the best in the class. While the Buccaneers have plenty of needs, cornerback is at the top of the list. The Buccaneers gave up the most passing yards in the league last season, giving up 297.4 yards per game. 

While it wouldn't be surprising to see the Buccaneers go get a cornerback in free agency, it's not out of the picture that they still draft a cornerback. Milliner has great size, long arms and decent speed to cover the field. In addition to his solid coverage skills, Milliner is a great blitzer and a decent tackler. 


24. Indianapolis Colts: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

The Colts gave up the 12th-most passing yards by allowing 236.8 yards per game last season. They were extremely susceptible to the long ball over the top. They have other defensive needs, but Banks would be good value for the Colts late in the first round. 

Banks is the second-ranked cornerback in the class, has great size and is a ball hawk. He plays the run well which makes him an even more impressive player. His consistency and versatility make him a great option for the Colts with the 24th pick. 


28. Denver Broncos: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

The Broncos got torched in the playoffs by Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. Flacco threw touchdowns of 59 yards, 32 yards and 70 yards. Champ Bailey struggled mightily to cover the Ravens talented wide receivers. The Broncos need to improve their secondary to match their talented front seven. 

Rhodes is another corner with good size. His big frame and speed combination allow him to cover quick wide receivers and play physically with bigger receivers. Rhodes plays decently in the run game, but he needs to improve his tackling. If he can do that, he's a great pick for the Broncos.