Scouting The Senior Bowl: Cornerbacks


While Head Coach John Harbaugh said there won't be drastic changes to the secondary, Baltimore could add some new blood and depth to the cornerbacks unit in this year's draft.

There are a few talented cornerbacks at this year's Senior Bowl, although a couple of the top seniors weren't present.

Here are my notes on today's practices:

  • One of the best stories at the Senior Bowl is that of Quinten Rollins. Rollins was a four-year starter in basketball before switching over to football last season. He made seven interceptions and was named the MAC's Defensive Player of the Year. Why did Rollins switch to football? A Ravens scout suggested it to Miami's director of basketball operations.
  • Rollins did get beat by one deep ball early in practice. He said he's got work to do when it comes to playing off coverage because he's accustomed to pressing.
  • Ole Miss' Senquez Golson is the shortest player at the Senior Bowl, measuring in Tuesday morning at 5-foot-8 ½ inches and a mere 178 pounds. The SEC's 2014 interceptions leader showed he's not afraid to throw his body around, however, as he went high to whack a 6-foot-6, 281-pound tight end in 11-on-11 drills, causing an incompletion.
  • Florida Atlantic's D'Joun Smith isn't afraid to be physical as well, as he had to be reminded that there isn't hitting in these practices a couple times. He did, however, get overwhelmed by a wide receiver's block on an end-around right at him.
  • Texas' Quandre Diggs played the deep ball well when tested, turning his head and leaning into the receiver.
  • Kansas' JaCorey Shepherd had a nice day. He's competitive down the field, even when it looks like he's beaten. He left with what looked like a bad cramp, but returned shortly therafter.
  • Auburn's quarterback, Nick Marshall, switched over to cornerback. The superb athlete held his own despite the major change. He got beat once but was fluid otherwise.
  • Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was considered a possible first-round pick, but suffered a serious knee injury in practice just before the college football playoffs began.
  • Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson pulled out of the event for non-injury reasons and one of a handful of players called out by Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. Johnson is good friends with Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro, as the two played together at River Hill High School.
  • They're not cornerbacks, but South team safeties Cody Prewitt and Clayton Geathers are huge. They're both 6-foot-2 and Prewitt weighs 217 pounds. Prewitt had a nice day as he was physical in breaking up a pair of deep balls and came up with an interception when a ball sailed too high.
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