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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley

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Cordrea Tankersley Career Stats

Season Games Tackles Tackles for Loss Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Sacks Interceptions
Season Games Tackles Tackles for Loss Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Sacks Interceptions
2016 15 52 6 11 0 0 4
2015 15 48 3.5 9 0 1 5
2014 13 12 0 0 0 0 0
2013 12 7 0.5 0 0 0 0

Born: November 19, 1993 (age 23 years), Beech Island, SC

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 199 lbs.

40 yard Dash: 4.40

Clemson Tigers CB Cordrea Tankersley took over for Mac Alexander in 2016 as Clemson’s top CB. After grabbing 5 interceptions as a junior, he picked up 4 more as a senior while becoming one of the best coverage corners in college football this year.

Opposing QBs had a 40.6 Passer Rating against Tankersley in 2016. He has the size and the skills to be a good CB in the NFL. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the best Press Cornerback in the draft, noting his exceptional ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Add in his 4.40 40 time (5th best in the class) and you have the makings of a potential star. Outside of the speed drills, the rest of his workout wasn’t great, but it was still better than other top DB’s including Jamal Adams, Marlon Humphrey and Tre'Davious White.

The downside to Tankersley is his 8 pass interference penalties in 2016. PI’s can be devastating in the NFL so he will have to learn to be less “handsy”. This draft is also loaded with CBs in this year’s draft pushing Tankersley further down in the draft than he probably deserves. The upside to Tank’s style of play is that he is willing to be aggressive and just needs some coaching to refine his technique and work on proper coverage techniques.

Tankersley will likely be a second round pick but if a team can see past his faults he could find his way into the end of the first round. Some “experts” think that Tankersley will fall to the third round but given his pedigree and that he has the stereotypical body type for an NFL corner that is hard to see happening.