Defensive Back Rankings 2024 NFL Draft

Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Kalen King (4) breaks up a pass intended for Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Jacob Copeland (2) during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 30-0.  Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Kalen King (4) breaks up a pass intended for Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Jacob Copeland (2) during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 30-0. Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE BACK RANKINGS 2024 NFL DRAFT

The 2024 defensive back class is led by Kool-Aid McKinstry from Alabama. He's a hugely talented corner prospect with prototypical size, he also combines elite technique, speed, and agility, and is able to mirror receivers deep. He made first-team All-SEC in 2022, and assuming continues to develop could be a top-five selection.

Denzel Burke of Ohio State, a former four-star recruit, showed promise with a 58.3 QB rating when targeted in his freshman year. Despite some regression in 2022, Burke's explosive athleticism, flexibility, and physicality still make him an exciting cover man prospect, with some room for refinement.

Javon Bullard from Georgia brings versatility and an aggressive mentality to the table. As an active nickel defender in 2022, he showed agility, and obvious technical skills as he surrendered a QB rating of just 77.6

The top safety prospect is USC's Calen Bullock this former wide receiver stands 6’3” and weighs in at 180 pounds, he's got some elite athletic skills. His impressive man coverage skills and high energy make him a potential first-round prospect.
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Player Rankings - Defensive Back

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Cooper
DeJean

CB
Iowa   Mascot
Iowa Mascot
203lbs 6-0 4.50 2 23.2
89.3
Cooper DeJean is a potential first-round pick for the 2024 NFL Draft. His ability in zone defense and effectiveness in space suggest he'll...
2

Nate
Wiggins

CB
Clemson   Mascot
Clemson Mascot
173lbs 6-1 4.28 3 24.3
88.9
Nate Wiggins emerges as a potential top-five cornerback prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft, offering a compelling blend of physical...
3

Quinyon
Mitchell

CB
Toledo   Mascot
Toledo Mascot
195lbs 6-0 4.33 4 24.4
88.4
Quinyon Mitchell has the tools to make an immediate splash in the NFL, but he's got some polishing to do first. His game tape from Toledo...
4

Terrion
Arnold

CB
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
189lbs 6-0 4.50 6 31.6
87.8
Terrion Arnold emerges from Alabama's football crucible as a high-caliber cornerback prospect for the NFL Draft. His transition from...
5

Kool-Aid
McKinstry

CB
Alabama   Mascot
Alabama Mascot
199lbs 6-0 4.55 1 19.7
87.7
Kool-Aid McKinstry brings a compelling mix to the table, and there's no doubting his ceiling at the next level. The kid shows up on...
6

Ennis
Rakestraw Jr...

CB
Missouri   Mascot
Missouri Mascot
183lbs 5-11 4.51 7 37.4
86.8
Ennis Rakestraw Jr. has solidified himself as a premier man-coverage CB out of Missouri, showcasing elite press skills and a natural...
7

Tyler
Nubin

S
Minnesota   Mascot
Minnesota Mascot
199lbs 6-1 4.60 9 43.4
86.8
Tyler Nubin is a promising safety prospect for the NFL, possessing a solid build and a physical playing style that make him effective...
8

Kamari
Lassiter

CB
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
186lbs 6-0 4.58 8 40
86.7
Kamari Lassiter stands out as a notable perimeter cornerback prospect, showcasing a unique blend of physicality and instinctual play....
9

T.J.
Tampa

CB
Iowa State   Mascot
Iowa State Mascot
189lbs 6-1 4.45 14 57.3
86.2
TJ Tampa's size and press coverage skills stand out, offering the physicality to jam receivers at the line and disrupt routes early. His...
10

Javon
Bullard

S
Georgia   Mascot
Georgia Mascot
198lbs 5-10 4.47 13 55.2
85.6
Instinctive, adept at reading routes and anticipating throws, and strong in zone coverage. Aware zone cornerback who also shows...
11

Max
Melton

CB
Rutgers   Mascot
Rutgers Mascot
187lbs 5-11 4.39 25 82.3
85.6
Elite quick twitch athlete - put up a 99 percentile Broad jump, 94 percentile Vertical, and a 4.39 forty at the combine. Speed gives him...
12

Mike
Sainristil

CB
Michigan   Mascot
Michigan Mascot
182lbs 5-9 4.47 19 71.5
85.5
Can get up under a receiver’s chin and has the speed to flip his hips and run downfield. Sainristil has the quick and surprisingly powerful...

2024 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Back

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2024 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Defensive Back

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.