Things seemed pretty good for the Legion of Boom a few months ago, but wow how times have changed. With injuries to Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, and DeShawn Shead, the Seattle Seahawks have serious needs in the secondary. The disappointing start for Jeremy Lane in the first season of a four-year contract doesn’t help matters. While rookie DeAndre Elliott is promising, that certainly won’t be enough for the Seahawks to feel comfortable about the cornerback position going into 2017 (and the Perrish Cox signing can only be described as a poor decision) so many are thinking this is finally the year that John Schneider and Pete Carroll draft a cornerback on day one or day two.
Yes, a good time to remind you that the highest-drafted corner in this regime’s history was Walter Thurmond, 111th overall.
On 3000 NFL Mock Draft, Rob Staton spoke about how good the cornerback and safety class could be in 2017, gushing specifically over Washington’s Kevin King. But in Mel Kiper’s mock this week, he went same position, different player: Clemson’s Cordrea Tankersley.
Fresh off of a national championship, Tankersley is 6’1, 190. That could be a bit on the thin side, but the measurements that matter will come at the combine. Some places list Tankersley at 200. The most important measurement of all may be arm length, as Seattle prefers corners who have at least 32” arms, and that’s rare for talented DB prospects. He does have the ball skills that Pete likes, as he was recruited as either a high-end safety, corner, or wide receiver. Basically in the “athlete” category. Tankersley record nine interceptions in the last two years, a much more intriguing number than the 0 interceptions teammate Mackensie Alexander had over his career before falling to the second round in 2016.
As far as cornerbacks go, Tankersley certainly is one. We will know a lot more by the time the combine shows us speed and arm length and then the “Corners That Fit The Seahawks Mold” will start to show themselves. Which cornerback would you prefer: Tankersley, King, or Other?