As the 2014 NFL Draft draws another day closer and we begin to see more and more of May’s top prospects, inevitably, draft stock battles among prospects have begun. One of these battles takes place between the two cornerbacks who are widely considered to be the best available players at their position. Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard are two corners that have very different styles, yet both have the type of talent NFL teams drool over. That said, due to each player’s dominance, a question has risen — which of this year’s top cornerbacks is truly the better player?
The answer to that question is simple. Dennard is far and away the best corner in the 2014 NFL Draft; he is the most pro ready of all the players at the positon in this year’s draft class. Gilbert is a solid player, and as far as long-term potential is concerned, he compares favorably to some of the better corners in the game, but with that said, he just isn’t quite on the level of a player of Dennard’s ability.
Dennard has the best coverage ability in the entire draft class, and while he has been knocked by some for his apparent lack of elite-level speed, a 4.51 40 time at the NFL combine has helped alleviate those concerns. When you throw in the fact that Dennard also has solid size at 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, and the fact that he won the Jim Thorpe Award last season for his performance as the best defensive back in the country, all of a sudden it’s easy to see why he is considered to be the best cornerback in this year’s draft class.