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  • Whats More Important for CB's: Size or Speed?

    I am really coming up with some great topic right ?

    would you rather have the pac man type(without the off field issues) 5'9 180 speed jet corner, or the tall 6'2 200 4.56 speed Q Jammer type.

    me i am all for the speed guys,because they dont get beat,andthey make for great return guys and they can jump like over 39inches doesn't really matter if their 5;8. Example Darelle Green he is 5'8 1/2 and he is the best corner ihave ever see play he run a 4.2 in his prime.

    Dion was under 5'11 too. But if you can find guys like Woodson (both Rod and Charles,or Champ Bailey who are 6'1 200 and run 4.32 then back up a bricks truck and sign a blank check.

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    It's not just a case of size or speed. Both are nice to have but if you put a fast guy with no technique he's going to get beat. If you have a big guy with stiff hips he's going to get beat.

    However if you're playing god and you can make a perfect CB minus one of the above I would prefer mine with great size. Get a jam on the WR, play with great positioning and technique and have the ability to outmuscle him on jump balls etc and speed isn't a concern.


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    • #3
      I'd have to go with size. You can be the fasted corner but if your like 5'9" going against guys like T.O., etc. To me your going to get beat (unless your playing the Patriots, with Welker and them)
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      • #4
        Small CBs like Darrell Green need to be great athletes, bigger guys can get away with being slower.

        I'd would rank 'loose' hips, technique, short area quickness, ball skills/speed as the top attributes for a corner.

        Most cornerbacks, if they were playing one on one with a QB and were told he's going throw the ball roughly 20 yards, 15 yards, or 50 yards downfield at the snap, have enough speed to go run to the football before it hits the ground.

        The hard part is getting to the ball first when you're covering someone who knows where the ball is going and you don't.

        I still believe your corners should be the best pure athletes on a football team.

        BTW, please don't make an either/or thread for every single position!!!

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        • #5
          I'd prefer a fluid corner, I'm not sure if that really fits into the speed category but a lot of the bigger cornerbacks have trouble doing that sort of thing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FUNBUNCHER View Post
            Small CBs like Darrell Green need to be great athletes, bigger guys can get away with being slower.

            I'd would rank 'loose' hips, technique, short area quickness, ball skills/speed as the top attributes for a corner.

            Most cornerbacks, if they were playing one on one with a QB and were told he's going throw the ball roughly 20 yards, 15 yards, or 50 yards downfield at the snap, have enough speed to go run to the football before it hits the ground.

            The hard part is getting to the ball first when you're covering someone who knows where the ball is going and you don't.

            I still believe your corners should be the best pure athletes on a football team.

            BTW, please don't make an either/or thread for every single position!!!
            I dont want a tall tiff CB because if they take 1 or 2 wrong steps itsa touch down. most of the time they dont have the recovery speed to makeup the gap and catch the w-r. Thats why i like Strongly built fast guys like D Green, and Newman, Revies ISland,

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
              I'd prefer a fluid corner, I'm not sure if that really fits into the speed category but a lot of the bigger cornerbacks have trouble doing that sort of thing.
              Thats the crazy thing, the big corners have no issue with straight deep routes,its when the quicker WR cuts in liek a deep 15 yard in,or a post route the bigger cb cant keep up. the smaller quicker cb and cut under the wr and get the pick.

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              • #8
                Deion was not under 5'11". He was listed at 6'1" and was actually a little bit taller.

                Anyways, there is not rather between size or speed. The most important thing is being a smart player and playing hard. Antoine Winfield isn't big or fast and he's (or atleast used to be) a heck of a player.

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                • #9
                  Hip fluidity and quick feet. Then I'd go with some speed.

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                  • #10
                    COD is the most important physical element when evaluating a cornerback.

                    Top flight speed comes in second.
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                    • #11
                      Speed >>>>> Size.
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                      • #12
                        Instinct/Intelligence.

                        But scheme could determine what you value more between speed and physicality if you're trying to rank prospects on a big board.

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                        • #13
                          For a team like the Raiders, Id say you look for both. We need guys who can bump the run which usually means they need to have some size to handle the WR's, then since we play mostly man speed is needed to stay with the WR's. Nnamdi Asomugha is the perfect blend of size 6'2 210lbs and speed(ran a 4.45 if I remember correctly).


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                          • #14
                            Speed is necessary for an NFL CB, case closed. Size is just a bonus.

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                            • #15
                              What the others said. For a defensive back, technique skills are by far and away the most important quality for a cornerback. (Instincts for LB, athleticism and physical gifts for a pass rusher) I don't care how fast and athletic you are, if you can't flip your hips and plant your foot consistently you're not making it in the NFL as a corner

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