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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Cornerbacks

Derek Stingley Jr., Trent McDuffie, Kaiir Elam and Roger McCreary all rank inside PFF's top-20 overall players on the 2022 NFL Draft Board. Another seven rank inside PFF's top-100.

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1. Derek Stingley Jr., LSU

BIG BOARD RANK: 4

This ranking is banking a lot on what Stingley put on tape a long time ago, but it’s not as if that talent went anywhere. He has allowed only a 41.1% completion percentage for his career and has been starting since his freshman year.

2. Trent McDuffie, Washington

BIG BOARD RANK: 11

McDuffie has everything you could want from a high-end cornerback except length. At only 5-foot-11, McDuffie plays consistently bigger than that. He’s allowed only 16 catches from 36 targets for 11 yards with no scores and five pass breakups.

3. Kaiir Elam, Florida

BIG BOARD RANK: 18

Elam is a long, physical corner who shut down some of the SEC’s best. Despite seven penalties, Elam still only allowed 18 catches from 33 targets for 165 yards this season.

4. Roger McCreary, Auburn

BIG BOARD RANK: 19

McCreary is an ultra-smooth corner who rarely cedes much in the way of separation. He’s been battle-tested with 76 targets but has allowed only 35 catches with 13 pass breakups mixed in.

5. Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati

BIG BOARD RANK: 27

Gardner still hasn’t allowed a single touchdown in his career despite starting since he was a true freshman. This season, he’s taken his game to another level, as he allowed only 96 yards all year long.

6. Martin Emerson, Mississippi State

BIG BOARD RANK: 33

Emerson has ideal size for the cornerback position at the next level and was exceptional at putting caps on opposing receivers. He allowed only one 25-plus-yard catch this season.

7. Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

BIG BOARD RANK: 35

Booth has some of the best feet in the draft class but got exposed a tad too often for our liking. He gave up 29 catches from 46 targets for 312 yards in his first full year as a starter.

8. Kyler Gordon, Washington

BIG BOARD RANK: 46

Gordon is a two-time Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List member and has played like one this season. He has played both outside corner and slot this season, earning an 89.6 coverage grade.

9. Marcus Jones, Houston

BIG BOARD RANK: 68

Jones is not only the best kick/punt returner in the draft but also a playmaking all-around cornerback. He picked off five passes and broke up 12 others this season.

10. Derrion Kendrick, Georgia

BIG BOARD RANK: 72

Kendrick is a former wide receiver who is in his third year starting at cornerback. While he’s been stingy over the course of his career, Kendrick’s receiver background hasn’t resulted in a lot of ball production, with only five career picks and 10 career pass breakups.

11. Storm Duck, UNC

BIG BOARD RANK: 82

Duck has been starting for the Tar Heels ever since his freshman year in 2019 when he earned an 81.3 coverage grade. However, he’s suffered injuries the past two years and only played 369 snaps over that span. Duck has ideal size and traits for the position at 6-foot and 205 pounds.

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