NFL Cornerback templates
NFL cornerbacks are patterned in certain ways, just as any position. In fact, an EXCELLENT breakdown of cornerback parameters is given at the NFL.com by none other than Gil Brandt. In his article, Brandt explains the various key indicators of various positions.
But it really made me sit up and focus when he elaborated on successful NFL cornerbacks:
"“Let’s focus on cornerbacks….There are three drills that have been significant indicators for cornerbacks: the 40-yard dash, the three-cone drill and the broad jump…Straight-line speed is the No. 1 attribute for success when it comes to corners. There are other key drills for corners (more on this below), but none is tied to a higher percentage of success than the 40. Based on history, you want your corners to post a time of 4.5 or under.” – Gil Brandt from NFL.com"
And so, the position of cornerback is not arm length or height. Right now, Sidney Jones measures in at 6-foot-0 and 186 pounds. But there is the expectation of some NFL teams for a 32 inch or better arm length.
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Since Sindney Jones is part of the defensive backs group, his measured events will fall on the last day of the NFL Combine, Monday March 6th. The key factors will be his runs. To be a true cover corner, he will need to be fast enough to play man coverage on some of the fastest receivers in the NFL.