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2020 NFL Draft: LA Tech's Amik Robertson is one of the draft's biggest sleepers

Amik Robertson, the undersized cornerback from Louisiana Tech, might just be one of the most underrated sleeper prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. He could become one of the steals of the offseason.

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.

[Editor’s note: Check out PFF’s 2020 Mock Draft HubNFL Draft Big Board and NFL Mock Draft Simulator. PFF Elite subscribers can also download the 1,100-page 2020 NFL Draft Guide.]

Highest coverage grades among cornerbacks when facing obvious passing situations
Rank Name Team PFF grade TGT REC COMP% RTG
1 Amik Robertson LA TECH 91.0 29 12 41.4% 26.4
2 Daniel Brown NEVADA 84.1 21 9 42.9% 30.6
3 Damon Arnette OHIO STATE 83.6 17 7 41.2% 26.8
4 Jaylon Johnson UTAH 82.0 15 5 33.3% 10.0
5 DJ Williams UTAH ST 81.1 21 8 38.1% 44.4
6 Lamar Jackson NEBRASKA 80.8 16 6 37.5% 20.3
7 Jeffrey Okudah OHIO STATE 80.4 21 6 28.6% 26.9
8 Shyheim Carter ALABAMA 79.1 20 9 45.0% 57.7
9 Bryce Hall VIRGINIA 77.8 18 6 33.3% 53.0
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.

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