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NFL Draft Preview: Cornerbacks

A look at this year's cornerback class.

A gallery of the top 25 cornerback prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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](http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-1/Top-25-Cornerback-Draft-Prospects/e65aea38-2830-45b6-9e6e-b7daaf1a602b)Leading the pack:** Michigan State's Trae Waynes had an impressive outing at the NFL Scouting combine, which included a 4.31-second 40-yard dash. His performance, many analysts agree, solidified his status as the No. 1 corner in this year's draft. "I didn't think anyone had a better combine than (Trae Waynes)," an NFC Director of Personnel told NFL.com. "He was faster than I thought and looked great in the drills. He's the top corner and I don't think it's close."

The second tier: There are a handful of corners, including Waynes, that could be first-round picks. LSU's Jalen Collins has allowed just 35 percent of passes thrown at him to be completed in his three seasons at LSU. In 2014, he led the team in passes defended with 10. "Immensely talented cornerback who brings the entire triangle (height, weight, speed) with him," NFL.com wrote in their scouting report. "Still learning technique and how to sink his feet with his eyes, but the instincts and athleticism to make plays on the ball both short and deep are what set him apart." Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson and Washington's Marcus Peters could also be first-round picks.


Mid-round picks:** USC's Josh Shaw is a big, physical corner who has experience playing safety. He picked up 97 tackles in two seasons in Southern California, including 7.5 tackles for losses. Shaw could fall into the third, fourth or fifth round. Also keep an eye on Ole Miss' Senquez Golson, Louisville's Charles Gaines and UCF's Jacoby Glenn.

Sleepers: Auburn's Nick Marshall, a quarterback in college, will be making the uncommon transition to cornerback at the next level. He will undoubtedly have a much stronger grasp of offensive schemes than most corners, which should serve as an advantage for him. But a lack of reps will make it difficult for teams to invest a high draft pick. Also keep an eye on Memphis' Bobby McCain, Texas State's Craig Mager and Miami's Ladarius Gunter.

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