Giants News | New York Giants –

Giants Now

Presented by

Giants Now: PFF's top cornerbacks in 2021 draft


Pro Football Focus' top cornerbacks available in 2021 NFL Draft

The Giants defense finished in the top 10 in scoring in 2020, allowing 22.3 points per game.

A big reason for that was the strong performance of the Big Blue secondary, as the Giants surrendered just 22 passing touchdowns on the season, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

The Giants will bring back most of the key components of its secondary in 2021, as James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, Xavier McKinney, Julian Love and several others are all set to return. However, that does not mean the team won't look to add to its secondary depth this offseason.

If the Giants do decide to add to its group of cornerbacks in the coming months, there are several intriguing prospects available in the draft.

Here are Pro Football Focus' top 10 cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft:

1. Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

"Farley has the combo that every team is looking for. From size to speed to length to ball skills, he has already displayed it all. His tape shows a player who could make up any cushion down the field. Unsurprisingly, he's reported to run in the 4.3s, which shows on tape repeatedly." -- PFF's Michael Renner

2. Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

"Surtain is about as polished a college cornerback as you'll see in press-man coverage. It is of very little surprise, given who his father is. His 277 snaps in press-man coverage over the past two seasons are more than anyone else in the draft class. His ability to maintain contact along the route without grabbing or being overtly physical is something many top-flight NFL corners haven't even mastered." -- Renner

3. Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

"Horn is an absolute animal at the cornerback position. He plays every snap like the man across from him personally offended him. It's why you see reps of him demolishing guys fairly regularly." -- Renner

4. Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State

"Samuel doesn't have the size or the length most look for from an outside corner, but he's got pretty much everything else. He may be the single most gifted mover in the cornerback class when you consider speed, burst, agility, change-of-direction ability and leaping ability. He could be described as "plus" in all of those categories." -- Renner

5. Greg Newsome, Northwestern

"Newsome is a super-long and super-smooth cornerback who makes the not-so-easy look easy. His hip-flipping ability is truly second to none in the draft class. It's that ability to alter course on a dime that led to him allowing only 12 catches from 34 targets for 93 yards in six games this season." -- Renner

6. Tay Gowan, UCF

7. Tyson Campbell, Georgia

8. Aaron Robinson, UCF

9. Eric Stokes, Georgia

10. Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.

SiriusXM's Adam Caplan talks about the Giants in free agency's John Schmeelk is joined by SiriusXM's Adam Caplan to discuss the Giants offseason and talk about how some of the big stories around the league and decreasing salary cap may impact the Giants.

Among the topics discussed are the Giants' defensive players hitting free agency, where the Giants can find an edge rusher this offseason, the wide receiver free agent market and much more.

Check out the audio below for Schmeelk's full conversation with Caplan.

Inside the Film Room: Nick Gates showed growth throughout 2020

Super Bowl champion Shaun O'Hara breaks down the film of center Nick Gates on the latest edition of Inside the Film Room.


2021 Season Tickets on sale now

Related Content