Chicago Bears NFL Draft primer: Cornerback

Chris Graythen

With only one day before the NFL Draft, we'll spotlight a few cornerback options for the Chicago Bears.

The Chicago Bears have two starting caliber cornerbacks; the problem is both are over 30, and one of them just suffered through an injury plagued season. Their 2nd year nickelback didn't really wow anyone, so they are in need of more talent at the position.

Here is the SB Nation big board at corner.

1. Jason Verrett | 5'9 1/2, 189 pounds | Cornerback | TCU
2. Darqueze Dennard | 5'10 7/8 199 pounds | Cornerback | Michigan State
3. Bradley Roby | 5'11 1/4, 194 pounds | Cornerback | Ohio State *
4. Justin Gilbert | 6'0 1/8, 202 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma State
5. Kyle Fuller | 5'11 3/4, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Virginia Tech
6. Antone Exum | 5'11 5/8, 213 pounds | Cornerback | Virginia Tech
7. Victor Hampton | 5'9, 197 pounds | Cornerback | South Carolina *
8. Bashaud Breeland | 5'11 3/8, 197 pounds | Cornerback | Clemson *
9. Pierre Desir | 6'1, 191 pounds | Cornerback | Lindenwood
10. Marcus Roberson | 6'0 1/4, 191 pounds | Cornerback | Florida *
11. Andre Hal | 5'10 3/8, 188 pounds | Cornerback | Vanderbilt
12. Aaron Colvin | 5'11, 177 pounds | Cornerback | Oklahoma
13. Keith McGill | 6'3 3/8, 211 pounds | Cornerback | Utah
14. Stanley Jean-Baptiste | 6'2 5/8, 218 pounds | Cornerback | Nebraska
15. Terrance Mitchell | 5'11 1/8, 192 pounds | Cornerback | Oregon *
16. E.J. Gaines | 5'10, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Missouri
17. Jaylen Watkins | 5'11 1/2, 194 pounds | Cornerback | Florida
18. Phillip Gaines | 6'0 3/8, 193 pounds | Cornerback | Rice
19. Ross Cockrell | 6'0, 191 pounds | Cornerback | Duke
20. Nevin Lawson | 5'9 1/2, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Utah State
21. Loucheiz Purifoy | 5'11 1/2, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Florida *
22. Jemea Thomas | 5'9 1/4, 192 pounds | Cornerback | Georgia Tech
23. Kenneth Acker | 6'0, 195 pounds | Cornerback | SMU
24. Walt Aikens | 6'0 5/8, 205 pounds | Cornerback | Liberty
25. Charles Sawyer | 5'11, 178 pounds | Cornerback | Ole Miss
26. Ricardo Allen | 5'9 1/8, 187 pounds | Cornerback | Purdue
27. Chris Davis | 5'10, 203 pounds | Cornerback | Auburn
28. Rashaad Reynolds | 5'10, 189 pounds | Cornerback | Oregon State
29. Dezmen Southward | 6'0, 211 pounds | Cornerback | Wisconsin
30. Bennett Jackson | 5'11 7/8, 195 pounds | Cornerback | Notre Dame
31. Carrington Byndom | 6'0, 180 pounds | Cornerback | Texas
32. Bene Benwikere | 5'10 3/4, 195 pounds | Cornerback | San Jose State
33. Ciante Evans | 5'11, 190 pounds | Cornerback | Nebraska
34. Deion Belue | 5'11, 182 pounds | Cornerback | Alabama

For more detailed information on their big board you can click here.

If Phil Emery decides to go corner in the first, he could have his choice from four of those top five players up there. Many mocks have only one CB off the board by the time the Bears pick at 14, and some have all remaining.

The only top corner the Bears have been linked to is Kyle Fuller. The Bears had him in for a private workout and they were at his pro day.

Across the board, Fuller is a very good cornerback. At Virginia Tech, he showed the agility and fluidity to run with receivers vertically, and he has the speed to keep up. Should be capable of playing man or zone well. Flashes good awareness, instincts and range. Can play outside or in the slot. Needs to get better jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage. He keeps good leverage throughout a route and can handle himself against bigger receivers. Shows he can find the ball in the air in a hurry. Has solid closing speed. Good tackler.

Fuller seems like an Emery kind of pick in the first round and I would not be surprised if he were the guy.

Since they were at the Virginia Tech pro day, they also got to see Antone Exum work out. Exum has safety traits and size, so the Bears could opt for a position change if they draft him. He is projected to be an early third day pick.

If the Bears' draft lines up with a safety and defensive tackle in the first two rounds, a guy like small school prospect Walt Aikens could be had in the third or fourth round. The Bears had him in for a private workout and we're probably enamored with his length and 4.49 speed.

Brad Biggs tweeted out the following recently.


The top of many cornerback boards has seen some movement, so check out this SB Nation video from several weeks ago.

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