Projecting players from the college game to the pros is a complex balancing act of factors. PFF grades are simply a part of that evaluation — and one tool of many — but they can be an extremely powerful tool if used with the full scope of our database available to NFL teams.
Over the last two seasons of college play, no cornerback in this draft class has a higher overall PFF grade than Robertson’s 93.0. There are, of course, too many variables at work to simply use that number and say Robertson is the best prospect, Kristian Fulton is second, and so on. Strength of opponent, type of coverage, type of route that targets came on, whether pressure was a factor and many more things exert influence on those grades and can warp or distort the overall number, but PFF’s database gives us the power to start diving deeper and isolating play in specific situations.
Highest coverage grades among cornerbacks when facing obvious passing situations
|1||Amik Robertson||LA TECH||91.0||29||12||41.4%||26.4|
|3||Damon Arnette||OHIO STATE||83.6||17||7||41.2%||26.8|
|5||DJ Williams||UTAH ST||81.1||21||8||38.1%||44.4|
|7||Jeffrey Okudah||OHIO STATE||80.4||21||6||28.6%||26.9|
|10||A.J. Green||OKLA STATE||77.0||15||4||26.7%||44.9|
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece that looked at how this draft’s group of cornerbacks fared in different coverage situations. Almost every single situation saw Robertson’s name in the first one or two spots. And most importantly, the areas where he was at the top were the ones that PFF’s research has identified as the most predictive of future success.
Simply put, Robertson is the best in the draft class when it comes to the true, critical factors of cornerback play that should translate to the next level.