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2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Cornerbacks

2RWN74E Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean (3) returns a punt during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The 2024 NFL Draft presents an exciting quarterback class full of notable names. It is led by USC's Caleb Williams, the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner and dynamic dual-threat quarterback.

At the top of the class, Williams is followed by Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who would have been the best pass-catcher in the 2023 NFL Draft. Now as a draft-eligible junior, he's the crown jewel for any team in need of help at the position.

Here are the top five cornerbacks in the class as things stand.

1. CB Cooper DeJean, IOWA

BIG BOARD RANK: 8

DeJean is one of the most well-rounded athletes in college football. He can play outside cornerback, slot cornerback and even safety due to his size (6-foot-1 and 205 pounds) and speed combo. He also has some of the best ball skills of any defensive back in the class. He's one of the draft's top playmakers.

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2. CB NATE WIGGINS, CLEMSON

BIG BOARD RANK: 13

Wiggins has legit ball skills and shutdown athletic abilities. He needs to be more consistent in run defense and with the overall strength parts of his game, but he might be at the top of the list of corners you'd want to tell, “Go make sure that receiver doesn't catch the ball.”

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3. CB Terrion Arnold, Alabama

BIG BOARD RANK: 16

A former safety recruit, Arnold switched to cornerback during his redshirt season for Alabama and has since turned himself into a full-time starter. As a dual-sport athlete (football and basketball), he shows adequate explosiveness and movement control to play the position. He's also one of the highest-graded run defenders at the position. His inexperience still shows at times, but he's an extremely competitive player who shows traits of an NFL starter.

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4. CB KOOL-AID MCKINSTRY, ALABAMA

BIG BOARD RANK: 19

McKinstry has shutdown CB1 potential. For schemes that rely on more man coverage, he's very comfortable playing in press and with his back to the ball. Plus, he has one of the highest forced incompletion totals in the country over the past two seasons.

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5. CB ENNIS RAKESTRAW JR., MISSOURI

BIG BOARD RANK: 27

Rakestraw is an incredibly smart and savvy off-coverage cornerback who plays in a way that makes watching his film a joy. Before the plays are even snapped, you can see evidence of his football IQ with his pre-snap communication and adjustments to motion. He does most of his work in off-coverage (Cover 3, quarters and underneath zones) and does so beautifully, showing excellent spacing and ability to pass off routes with ease. He is not asked to play press or single coverage often, which makes me wonder about the true mirror/recovery speed, but his skill set of fluid hips, quick feet, good burst and excellent instincts give him starting-caliber traits.

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