The all-star circuit is upon us! After we send 5 staff members to the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, our entire staff is heading to Mobile for the 2019 Senior Bowl.
To get you ready, we continue to preview the prospects slated to participate at the Senior Bowl, today looking at the cornerbacks.
Corey Ballentine, Washburn
Ballentine is a well put together kid, at 6-foot, 204 pounds. An accomplished sprinter at the collegiate level, Ballentine projects as a great athlete and should have a great opportunity to prove he belongs on the Senior Bowl stage.
Kris Boyd, Texas
Boyd has size like you would not believe for a corner. Boyd will be tested in one on one situations at the Senior Bowl, he’ll need to be disciplined with his hands to ensure he’s uprooting routes at the line. Boyd has some concerns surrounding his hip mobility, he’ll have a chance to reset his narrative with strong play.
Jordan Brown, South Dakota State
Jordan Brown is a team captain from a successful Jackrabbits program, logging 8 interceptions over the course of his college career. Adding “All-American” to his resume in 2018, Brown is riding high into this year’s Senior Bowl and, like Ballentine, looks to capitalize one the bright stage.
Isaiah Johnson, Houston
Johnson is back in pads after sitting out his bowl game in December. At 6-foot-3, Johnson has great length and great speed, too. But here’s the thing about Johnson: he’s super physical, too. Johnson logged 50 solo tackles in 2018 and brings desirable finishing skills at and around the LOS.
Lonnie Johnson Jr, Kentucky
I was surprised that Johnson got the call vs. his teammate, Derrick Baity Jr. But Johnson fits the mold that this year’s Senior Bowl crop was going for: he’s listed at 6-foot-3. Johnson is a 4-star JUCO transfer who picked Kentucky over West Virginia and Georgia back in 2017.
Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
Oruwariye entered the 2018 college season as one of my top-rated cornerbacks: he has excellent ball skills and body control in space. As a full-time starter in 2018, Oruwariye had a good season, but he could definitely use a strong showing at the Senior Bowl to establish himself again as a hot name.
Sheldrick Redwine, Miami
Redwine enjoyed his best season as a senior, checking a lot of boxes with his tackling skills and ball skills. Redwine entered the season as the lesser corner between himself and Michael Jackson, yet Redwine has gotten the Senior Bowl call and Jackson will be at the Shrine Game.
Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
Ya-Sin popped for me when I hit the road this fall, particularly in an early season showdown with Buffalo. Ya-Sin has really physical tape and is a ton of bricks when he’s able to drive down-hill and challenge receivers at the catch point. But that physical play can get the best of him in space, can he keep his hands clean and avoid grabbing?