After Mac Alexander was drafted by the Vikings in 2016, Cordrea Tankersley will join his former teammate in the NFL after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Tankersley will bring the physical body of a top NFL corner to a team that really needs it. His size, weight, and speed are all things that teams want out of their corners, especially in today’s NFL where receivers tend to be taller and faster. Tank has also shown excellent hands for a DB in his two years as a starting CB with multiple interceptions each year. He also has experience with multiple coverages and was frequently left on an island to cover the best receiver Clemson was facing.
Tank is going to have some work do on his coverage skills though. At times he would get handsy, 8 DPI calls against him in 2016, and in the NFL those can absolutely kill a team. He’s going to need some coaching to work on grabbing without getting called for it. He’ll also need some work on maintaining the proper separation in zone coverage, sometimes he got too lax and benefited from QBs that didn’t have great accuracy in college.
With Miami, Tank will have an opportunity to show the coaches he deserves playing time. Playing time is available in the Miami backfield and it would be a complete surprise to see Tank earn significant time with the Dolphins in his rookie year, assuming of course he can cut down on the pass interference penalties.