Commentary

DB class is deep but lacks superstars

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay examines the 2008 defensive back class and breaks down the best DBs in a variety of areas.

Originally Published: April 15, 2008
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
Similar to a year ago, the 2008 crop of cornerbacks is deep in talent but void of any true blue-chippers. The only difference is that this year's top prospects hail from schools like Troy, South Florida and Tennessee State rather than Pittsburgh, Michigan and Texas.

At the top of the class are four cornerbacks who should be selected in Round 1: Leodis McKelvin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Mike Jenkins and Aqib Talib. Brandon Flowers, Antoine Cason, Tracy Porter, Justin King and Patrick Lee represent the second tier of cornerback talent and should all be off the board by the end of Day 1.

On the flipside, the supply in this year's safety class does not come close to meeting the demand. The past three drafts have seen an average of 5.3 safeties selected in the first two rounds, but only two safeties are among the top 10 defensive backs this year and neither receives a first round grade.

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