2022 NFL Draft: Jaguars Cornerbacks and Safeties

2022 NFL Draft: Jaguars Cornerbacks and Safeties

JACKSONVILLE – The secondary is among the 2022 NFL Draft’s more exciting areas.

That’s true because of several really good cornerbacks, but it’s perhaps most true because of a player many consider one of the draft’s best players. That’s Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton.

“This kid is pretty unique,” NFL Media Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said.

Widely regarded as the draft’s top safety, Hamilton is considered by some analysts to be the best overall player in the ’22 draft. He’s projected by some analysts as a Top 5 pick, while others project him somewhere between picks No. 10-25 — with the wide range of options as much about positional value as Hamilton’s ability.

“There’s a real debate going on around the league about how high you take safety,” Jeremiah said.

Another factor in the Hamilton discussion: A 4.59-second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and between 4.7 and 4.74 at his Pro Day, each time considered too slow for the position.

“He’s a good player,” NFL/Jaguars Media analyst Bucky Brooks said, adding that while 40 will “scare you a ton,” Hamilton also said he’s “really active. He’s got great range — high [soccer] IQ and understands concepts He plays faster than he tests.”

While some analysts and NFL personnel believe that the positional importance of safety makes it difficult to slot a player into the Top 5, that is not the case at corner. And this year’s cornerback class features two players typically projected in the Top 10 — with Cincinnati cornerback Sauce Gardner often projected in the Top 5 and Louisiana State cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. often projected a few places later.

“There are good players throughout the class,” Brooks said of the corner group. “You can have guys throughout the draft. It’s a mix of stars and standout performers. It’s a good class.”

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This feels like a potential Day 3 area for the Jaguars, where development for the future and depth are priorities – especially at corner. The Jaguars last month signed cornerback Darious Williams as an unrestricted free agent, giving the team three entry-level players at the position: Williams and 2021 starters Tyson Campbell and Shaquill Griffin. That speaks to being the ’21 corner trio, with the question being which of the three starts and who plays nickel. On the same subject : Valley High School Marching Band Halftime Cheerleading Preview. Safeties figure to be a similar story, with three players who started heavily last season — Andrew Wingard, Andre Cisco and Rayshawn Jenkins — returning. The Jaguars will likely select more players in the secondary in the coming days, with franchises typically selecting young players here for depth and special teams in most drafts.

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BROOKS BREAKS DOWN THE CLASS

The defensive back class of 2022 is a solid group from top to bottom. Despite lacking a top-notch “lockdown” defender at the top of the board, the class offers a handful of players with the attributes and temperament to develop into high-end CB1s as professionals. Gardner and Stingley flash star power between the lines, and their five-star talents could help them become top 10 picks. Booth, McDuffie and Gordon are solid players with the ability to play in any scheme. McCreary is a bump-and-run specialist with the talent, technique and tenacity to win as a scrap dog on the island. At safety, Hamilton is a rock star with linebacker-like size and cornerback-like ball skills. He is a hybrid box defender built in the mold of All-Pro safety Derwin James. Hill is a combo player with the skills to play in the deep middle or slot as a nickel/safety prospect. He is a Day 1 starter with a diverse game that could enable him to play as a utility man in a versatile defense.

BROOKS’ SLEEPER

Houston’s Marcus Jones is an undersized ballhawk with explosive playmaking ability. As a cornerback/returner with excellent instincts, awareness and ball skills, Jones is a big play waiting to happen on the edge. Despite his 5-foot-8, 174-pound frame, Jones is a natural nickel cornerback who shows the quickness to shadow shifty slot receivers in space. With the Houston standout also showing an ability to punt and take them to the house (nine punt return touchdowns), Jones is one of the hidden gems on draft boards around the league.

BROOKS’ BEST

Gardner is a blue-collar defender with a flashy and flamboyant name. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds with long arms and ballerina-like feet, the Cincinnati product takes away the premier pass catchers on the island. Although he excels at playing “bump and run” on the corner, he has a deep toolbox that enables him to vary his techniques based on his opponent and situation. As a fierce, emerging competitor with excellent tackling skills and a high football IQ, it’s hard to find many holes in the game of a five-star talent who plays like that between the lines.

Chiefs fans rate pick of Trent McDuffie More than half (53%) of Chiefs fans surveyed gave the pick of Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie with the 21st pick in the first round an A grade – and only 9% gave it a C or less.

Who is the best DB in college?

RankNamePosition
RankNamePosition
1Ja’Quan McMillianCB
2Cortez DavisDB
3Nehemiah SheltonDB

Who is the best DB of all time? 1. Ronnie Lott, safety/cornerback.

Who are the top safeties in the 2022 draft?

2022 NFL Draft: Top safeties

  • Kyle Hamilton (Jr., Notre Dame, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds) …
  • Daxton Hill (Jr., Michigan, 6-0, 191) …
  • Jaquan Brisker (Sr., Penn St., 6-1, 206) …
  • Nick Cross (Jr., Maryland, 6-0, 212) …
  • Jalen Pitre (Sr., Baylor, 5-11, 198) …
  • Lewis Cine (Jr., Georgia, 6-2, 199) …
  • Kerby Joseph (Sr., Illinois, 6-1, 203)

How many collateral prepared in 2022? There were only 19 safeties drafted during the 2022 NFL Draft. This is fewer than the 22 that were taken last year. When you combine the cornerbacks and safeties together, the 55 in this draft is more than all but two of the past 10 NFL Drafts.

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