The top cornerbacks

April 12, 1999

The top five rated cornerbacks, according to Mel Kiper:

Champ Bailey

Height: 5-11 1/2

Weight: 184

School: Georgia

40 time: 4.42

Strength: He shows hip flexibility, can turn and run without losing any ground and shows excellent timing when he's playing the ball on deeper routes.

Weakness: Bailey doubled as a receiver in college, which may have slowed his progress at cornerback.

Chris McAlister

Height: 6-1

Weight: 206

School: Arizona State

40 time: 4.41

Strength: One of the elite players in the draft, great instincts.

Weakness: Has a tendency to gamble, but usually guesses right.

Antwan Edwards

Height: 5-9

Weight: 210

School: Clemson

40 time: 4.51

Strength: His multidimensional ability makes him a highly regarded prospect.

Weakness: Lack of height will cause him to struggle against big receivers.

Antoine Winfield

Height: 5-8 1/2

Weight: 176

School: Ohio State

40 time: 4.44

Strength: Brilliant open-field tackler, will jar ball loose.

Weakness: Coverage skills are good, not great. Needs to improve on ball awareness skills.

Charles Fisher

Height: 6-0

Weight: 182

School: West Virginia

40 time: 4.48

Strength: Handles press coverage well, able to run with speedy wide receivers.

Weakness: Reacts slowly when playing off receivers, needs to become a more reliable tackler.

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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