2021 NFL Draft Prospects: Cornerback



The top 2021 quarterback prospects available for the 2021 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2021 prospect. ** - denotes 2024 prospect.

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2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
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  1. Patrick Surtain II*, CB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    9/19/20: With Alabama consistently featuring a loaded secondary, it can be hard for young players to see the field. Surtain, however, was the exception, as the star recruit got a lot of playing time for a freshman under Nick Saban. Surtain played well in 2018, recording 28 tackles with an interception, seven passes defended and one forced fumble. He looked like he was just scratching the surface of his potential. As a sophomore in 2019, Surtain had 42 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and eight passes broken up in 2019.

    Surtain has good size and tons of upside. He is big, quick, physical, and has good ball skills. Surtain projects well as a press-man corner. As is very common with corners of his size, Surtain has issues with redirecting and is not a twitchy corner. Thus, he would not be a great fit to play off man or move inside to the slot in the NFL. He does look like a safe player to develop into a solid starting outside cornerback.




  2. Shaun Wade*, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    9/19/20: If Wade had proven he is a good outside corner as well in 2020, he could have been the top cornerback prospect and a high first-rounder. With Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette in the NFL, Wade was in a position to move to the outside in 2020, and it would have really helped his draft grade if he played well there; however, Wade decided to skip the season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Wade recorded 25 tackles with eight passes broken up, an interception and two sacks in 2019. He made some impressive plays for the Buckeyes and was a bigger presence than the numbers indicate. During the fall, I reported that team sources said they believed Wade was likely to go back to Ohio State for 2020, which is what happened.

    Wade has a good skill set to develop with a ton of upside. He had a strong debut for the Buckeyes in 2018, totaling 31 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended and one forced fumble on the year. Even though Wade has the size to line up on the outside, Ohio State played him mostly at slot cornerback in 2018 and 2019, and he did well there while also playing some safety. The Jacksonville, Florida product missed the 2017 season because of abdominal surgery.


  3. Caleb Farley*, CB, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 207.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    9/19/20: Farley has an excellent skill set with size, speed and athleticism. After starting out at wide receiver for the Hokies, Farley missed the 2017 season with a torn ACL. He had a bad year 2018, but was excellent in 2019, recording four interceptions with 12 passes broken up and 20 tackles. It was impressive that Farley played that well considering he had a serious back injury for a lot of the season.

    Farley decided to sit out the 2020 season because of the pandemic, so he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft having been a 1-year wonder and flagged with durability issues. His physical tools, however, could be enough to lead to him being selected during the opening night of the 2021 NFL Draft.


  4. Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-2.
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    9/19/20: In the 2019 season opener, Adebo picked up where he left off in 2018, collecting five tackles with two passes batted and an interception against Northwestern. However, he had an ugly game against Central Florida, getting roasted on some double moves. He had a bounce-back game against Washington with four breakups. Adebo totaled 33 tackles with four interceptions and 10 passes broken up on the year, but he was held out against Notre Dame, Washington State, and California with an undisclosed injury. In 2018, Adebo totaled 64 tackles with 20 passes broken up and four interceptions.

    Adebo is a big corner who has cover skills and a tremendous ability to play the ball. He also has good instincts and good technique. Adebo shows the size to match up with big wideouts and the speed to carry verticals. He just has to get more disciplined and improve his ability to handle double moves.




  5. Jaycee Horn*, CB, South Carolina
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/19/20: While teammate Isreael Mukuamu has gotten more media attention, some team sources like Horn more as a prospect for the NFL. They feel that Horn is a more fluid athlete and faster. Those evaluators like Horn's ability to run the route and prevent separation. Horn broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and showed improvement in his sophomore season. He has quality size to him and has shown a nice ability to break up passes. As a junior and/or senior, Horn could help himself to show the ability to turn some pass breakups into interceptions.


  6. Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/19/20: Mukuamu was very good in 2019, producing four interceptions, nine passes broken up and 59 tackles. The sophomore put together a huge game against Georgia, shutting down the Bulldogs' passing attack to lead the Gamecocks to a huge upset win. Mukuamu is a big corner who fights and competes. The question to get answered during 2020 will be if he has enough speed to be an early-rounder in the 2021 NFL Draft.


  7. Tyson Campbell*, CB, Georgia
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 1-3.
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    9/19/20: In 2019, Campbell had 15 tackles with four passes broken up. He has ability, which he flashed for Georgia during 2018 while totaling 29 tackles with one forced fumble and one pass broken up. Campbell is a streaky player with some ups and downs, but he has plenty of upside to develop. Team sources have said that Campbell has a ton of potential but needs development and is raw.


  8. Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-3.
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    9/19/20: Vincent would be ranked higher if he were taller, but at his height, he could be limited to being a slot corner in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, Vincent has been the nickelback for LSU, and he showed big improvement as a junior.

    Vincent is very fast and a track competitor, so he should test well leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft. If Vincent can show some ability to line up outside as a senior, similar to Donte Jackson or a Janoris Jenkins, that could really help him to rise.


  9. Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/19/20: Robinson played really well in 2019, covering well for Central Florida while also contributing in run defense. Robinson is a big corner and has put together some quality ball production. The 2019 season was his first of extended playing time, so he could be even better now that he has a year of experience.




  10. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/19/20: Kendrick was inactive in the 2020 season opener, but Clemson did not reveal the reason for him not playing against Wake Forest.

    Kendrick played offense for Clemson before he was moved to corner out of emergency. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Kendrick had a very good 2019 season for the Tigers and locked down the starting spot across from A.J. Terrell. Kendrick notched 30 tackles, five passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. On offense in 2018, he recorded 15 receptions for 210 yards and five carries for 41 yards.

    Kendrick has athletic upside and should be even better in 2020 given his a year of starting experience. It will be interesting to see how Kendrick continues to develop as a defender.


  11. Josh Jobe*, CB, Alabama
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/19/20: Like Patrick Surtain II, Jobe was a rare freshman defensive back to see the field under Nick Saban. Jobe has tons of upside to break out as a good corner prospect in 2020. He has good size with upside to rise as an upperclassman.


  12. Eric Stokes*, CB, Georgia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/19/20: Stokes joins Tyson Campbell and D.J. Daniel to give Georgia a trio of talented cornerbacks. Like Daniel, Stomkes has good height and length to him but could stand to get stronger. After serving as a backup as a freshman, Stokes became a starter as a sophomore and had a quality year for the Bulldogs. Stokes has upside to grow and rise up rankings as a junior or senior.


  13. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 184.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2021): 2-4.
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    9/19/20: In the 2020 season opener against Georgia Tech, Samuel made two interceptions on bad passes that floated right to him, but he took advantage of the opportunities to create those turnovers. He also had four tackles.

    Samuel is a potential nickelback candidate for the NFL due to a lack of size to line up on the outside. Even though he is undersized, Samuel is a gritty player who shows the ability to cover and play the ball. It would help him to turn more breakups into interceptions as a junior. Samuel is the son of Asante Samuel, who played 11 years in the NFL with the Patriots, Eagles and Falcons.


  14. D.J. Daniel, CB, Georgia
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: Daniel has good height and length, but needs to fill out his frame to cover NFL receivers. The junior college product worked his way into being a starter in his first season with the Bulldogs. He had a good 2019 considering his jump in competition. It would help Daniel to make more plays on the ball and create some interceptions as a senior.




  15. Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 182.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: Thomas was a solid corner for Michigan in 2019. He should add some weight for the NFL, but he could have the skill set to grow into a starting role. Thomas also has been a contributor on special teams, including returning kicks.


  16. Camryn Bynum, CB, California
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: Bynum has been a solid defender for California and broke into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman. He has been a good tackler and steady corner. The senior needs to turn more pass breakups into interceptions during 2020 to help his stock for the 2021 NFL Draft.


  17. Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: Graham has been a 3-year starter and a good cover corner for Oregon. Not only does Graham play well in coverage overall, he's a good contributor as a run defender. As a sophomore, Graham had huge ball production with 21 breakups and three interceptions. However, teams were throwing at him a lot. Graham could rise as a senior, but if he is shorter than his listed height, he will likely be relegated to the slot.


  18. Daron Bland, CB, Sacramento State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: During Bland's true freshman season, he worked his way onto the field, and he has been a starter since then. His cover-corner ability and skill set are impressive enough for the NFL advance scouts to put Bland on their preseason watch list for the 2021 NFL Draft. It would help Bland to go to an all-star game and perform well against better competition.


  19. Kelvin Joseph*, CB, Kentucky
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 197.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: Joseph has not played a lot of college football, so he must have a serious skill set for the advance scouts to place him on their preseason watch list for the 2021 NFL Draft. Joseph was forced to sit out the 2019 season after transferring from LSU. As a freshman with the Tigers, Joseph was a backup who played on special teams. He could skyrocket over the next year or two.


  20. Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 3-5.
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    9/19/20: This round projection could be extremely different once Banks has the opportunity to play. He has size, speed and athleticism, but he was buried on the depth chart by Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette and Shaun Wade in 2019. Banks could be a breakout star who skyrockets and continues Ohio State's tradition of early-round corners.


  21. Marco Wilson*, CB, Florida
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 177.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Wilson was steady overall in coverage for the Gators in 2019, but he was wise to return to Florida to improve before going to the NFL. Team sources say they were grading Wilson in the middle of the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft before he decided to return to school. With C.J. Henderson moving on to the NFL, Wilson could be the Gators' No. 1 corner in 2020, and if he has a good year, his stock for the 2021 NFL Draft could skyrocket.

    Wilson went out early in the 2018 season with a torn ACL. With C.J. Henderson, Wilson formed a dynamic duo of young cornerbacks for the Gators in 2017. Wilson recorded 34 tackles and 10 passes broken up that season. If Wilson sounds familiar, that is because he is the younger brother of Quincy Wilson, a former Gators standout who was a second-round pick of the Colts in the 2017 NFL Draft.


  22. Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Lucas totaled 53 tackles with four breakups and one interception in 2019. He has been a solid player for the Sun Devils across the past three seasons. In 2018, he collected 62 tackles with five breakups, two sacks and three interceptions. As a redshirt freshman, Lucas had 59 tackles with eight passes broken up and two interceptions. Lucas could stand to get stronger and fill out his frame for the NFL.


  23. Myles Jones, CB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Jones is a tall and thin corner who needs to add weight in the upper and lower body for the NFL. He has good length, but NFL receivers will box him out and give him problems in positioning. As a senior, Jones needs to show a heavier frame and improve his ball production.


  24. Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 176.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Thus far in 2010, Rochell has three tackles. Rochell recorded nine interceptions over the past two years and possesses good height and length for the NFL. He definitely needs to add weight and strength to match up against pro receivers, who would push him around at his current size. If Rochell performs well as a senior and then at an all-star game, he could be a riser.


  25. Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Castro-Fields had a solid 2019 season for Penn State, contributing well in coverage and in run defense. He is a solid corner who could be better as a senior now that he has a year of experience.


  26. Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 203.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: After rotating onto the field as a freshman, Lenoir became a starter in his second season and hasn't missed a start for Oregon since. He had a good junior year with solid coverage and tackling as a run defender. Lenoir could help himself by creating more splash plays as a senior.


  27. Keith Taylor, CB, Washington
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 196.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Taylor had a solid junior year in his first year as a starter. His height and length help make him a good corner to take on big receivers. He also is a tough run defender. Taylor needs to improve his ball production as a senior.


  28. Trill Williams*, CB, Syracuse
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 196.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: In the 2020 season opener, Williams had three tackles.

    Williams is a tall and lean corner who played a lot of nickelback and slot corner for Syracuse in 2019. He had a solid debut for the Orange, but Williams did not produce much ball production. Given his height and weight, he is a large nickel for the NFL, so he might be a better fit on the outside at the pro level.


  29. Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: The JUCO product Echols had a good debut for Kentucky in 2019. Even though he is undersized, Echols is a willing tackler and gritty defender. He needs to add weight for the NFL, but he could grow into being a slot corner as a pro.


  30. Alontae Taylor*, CB, Tennessee
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 193.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 4-6.
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    9/19/20: Even though he came to the Volunteers as a wide receiver, Taylor worked his way onto the field as a freshman after switching to cornerback. He flashed some coverage ability and a good skill set there. Surprisingly, his starting role was reduced as a sophomore, but he is expected to break out as an upperclassman. Taylor has a good skill set, but he needs to lock down a starting spot and produce in order to rise.


  31. Shawn Steele, CB, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/19/20: Steele played well enough as a junior to get placed on NFL teams' preseason watch list for the 2021 NFL Draft. Steele had very good ball production as a junior - 18 breakups and three interceptions -, and that was a big improvement over his sophomore year.

    Steele might fit best as a nickelback in the NFL, and he should add weight to fill out his frame. It would help him to perform well at one of the big all-star games.


  32. Bryan Mills, CB, North Carolina Central
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/19/20: Mills excelled for North Carolina Central as a junior, displaying excellent ball production. With his height and length, Mills has the potential to be an outside corner who matches up against big receivers. Mills needs to get stronger and add a lot of weight to his frame. That could make him a third-day pick who requires a year of developmental time as a backup before he's ready to compete against NFL receivers.


  33. Elijah Blades, CB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/19/20: Blades is a JUCO transfer who saw the field for the Aggies in 2019, his first season at College Station. He has good size and physical upside, but he needs to show a big jump in production as a senior.


  34. Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/19/20: Taking on Missouri State in the 2020 season opener, Brown had one tackle.

    Brown had a solid junior year for Oklahoma. He projects as a slot nickel corner candidate for the NFL. He needs to improve his production in 2020.


  35. Elijah Hicks, CB, California
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/19/20: Hicks was listed as a cornerback on NFL teams' preseason watch list for the 2021 NFL Draft, though California has played him at corner and safety. From a size perspective, Hicks would fit better at corner in the NFL. The senior needs to increase his ball production.


  36. Bryce Thompson*, CB, Tennessee
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 181.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.5.
    Projected Round (2021): 5-7.
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    9/19/20: Thompson was a good corner for the Volunteers over his freshman and sophomore year. He could rise as an upperclassmen, but he needs to gain weight and get stronger. If he is shorter than his listed height, Thompson will probably be a slot corner for the NFL.


  37. Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    9/19/20: In the 2020 opener against Houston Baptist, McPhearson had two tackles and an interception.

    McPhearson redshirted one year and then served as a backup for two years at Penn State before transferring to Texas Tech. He had a solid debut for the Red Raiders in 2019, showing an ability to cover and defend the run.


  38. Shakur Brown*, CB, Michigan State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    9/19/20: Brown saw the field in 2019 and had a decent season as the Spartans' nickelback. He missed half the year with injury, but came back and closed out the season well. Brown is a nickel corner candidate for the next level.


  39. Vincent Gray*, CB, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2021): 6-FA.
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    9/19/20: Gray has good height and the skill set to rise as a junior and/or senior. He needs to improve his ball production and lock down a starting position with the Wolverines.


  40. Patrice Rene, CB, North Carolina
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 208.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2021): 7-FA.
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    9/19/20: Rene had six tackles against Syracuse in the 2020 season opener.

    Rene was a good defender for the Tar Heels in 2018, but a torn ACL in the second game of the 2019 season ended his year. Rene needs to stay healthy in 2020 and produce to help mitigate the damage of the lost season.




2020 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

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QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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