Top 5 White Cornerbacks Today

2018 Rankings: 2018 White Cornerback Rankings
2019 Updated Rankings Here: 2019 White Cornerbacks Rankings

Dinosaurs, sabre-toothed tigers and starting white NFL cornerbacks… three creatures that have gone extinct. Jason SehornA white cornerback has not started at the position in the NFL since Jason Sehorn in 2003, making this the 17th consecutive NFL season without a starting white cornerback. The last time we even got a glimpse of a white cornerback was Julian Edelman playing some emergency nickel late in the 2011 season.

This phenomenon isn’t only in the NFL. College Football also has a severe lack of white cornerbacks. This upcoming year, there are only two white cornerbacks that will see significant time in the entire FBS.

So who will be the next white cornerback in the NFL? I took on the task of finding and ranking the top white corners in football today. Will one of these be the next white man to start at corner in the NFL? Probably not, but here is the list anyways:

1. Anthony Cioffi, Oakland Raiders

CioffiCioffi started five games at corner during his freshman year at Rutgers and five games during his sophomore year. Going into his junior year, Rutgers decided to ruin everything and switch him to safety. Cioffi went on to start 23 games during his last two seasons finishing his Rutgers career with 168 tackles and 8 interceptions. Cioffi still has a cornerback history so if he makes the team and a few cornerbacks go down, he has the best chance out of anyone to become the first white corner in a very long time.

2017 Season Update: Cioffi was waived by the Raiders on September 2, 2017

2. Micah Hannemann, BYUHanneman

Hannemann started his career at cornerback, but BYU ignored the chance to make history and decided to switch him to safety. He is referred to as one of the fastest guys on the team, but just like Cioffi, he will need to make the switch back to corner in the NFL if he wants to end the streak. Going into his senior year, he has started 25 games and has 3 interceptions. Hannemann is 24 years old as he went on a missionary for two years during his time at BYU. He should get a shot as a late round draft pick or an undrafted free agent in the NFL.

2017 Season Update: Finished his Senior Season with 48 Tackles and 1 INT

3. Justus Parker, Texas Tech


Finally, a player that actually currently plays cornerback. Parker enters his redshirt sophomore year after sitting out a year due to being a transfer student. He spent his freshman year starting at corner for Division III Texas Lutheran. It was there where he played against tough opponents like Sul Ross State and Southwestern Assemblies of God. After earning All-SCAC honors he decided to transfer to Texas Tech. He currently is second on the depth chart at the nickel corner position.

2017 Season Update: All-Big 12 Second Team, 4 INTS

4. Ethan Bonner, Woodlands High School (Northwestern Commit)


Yes. The fourth best white cornerback in the world is in high school. Bonner is a three-star recruit with ten scholarship offers including Power 5 teams Stanford, Iowa State, Washington State and Northwestern, where he is currently committed. Bonner also runs track and has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.55. Let’s hope Northwestern doesn’t ruin the dream by switching him to safety.

2017 Season Update: Decommitted from Northwestern and Committed to Stanford

5. Evan Chadbourn, Lehigh

Chadbourne had led his team in rushing with over 2,300 yards in their 2015 Pennsylvania Class A state championsChadbournehip season. Going into the 2016 season, the Altoona, Pennsylvania native from Bishop Guilfoyle was offered a walk-on offer from Penn State. The best part? Penn State wanted him as a cornerback! Unfortunately, that summer he tore his ACL. He had 22 offers to play with the only FBS offers being from Temple, Navy and Air Force. Chadbourne ended up committing to Lehigh where he will most likely stay at running back.

2017 Season Update: Moved to Running Back and finished with 5 carries for 15 yards

Well there you have it, the top five white cornerbacks in the world. Let me know if I missed any. As you can probably tell, it is tough to find white cornerbacks.

Twitter: @TylerVesely

8 thoughts on “Top 5 White Cornerbacks Today”

  1. I watch a lot of Pac 12 games and I’ve seen a couple white guys who play corner, usually nickel. There’s Matt Lopez at USC, Ryan Moeller at Colorado, and Ashtyn Davis at Cal. Only Moeller is an every down player, he’s usually a safety but he plays nickel sometimes.

    1. Ashtyn Davis plays safety not corner and will probably be drafted in the first or second round of the nfl draft this year.

  2. Ohio Bobcats had a quality starting white cornerback this fall in redshirt senior Bradd Ellis. Ohio plays in a small conference, had a very bad overall pass protection and probably a weak schedule; but somehow finished with an 8-4 record and a victory against the UAB Blazers in the Bahamas Bowl. Ellis is second tied in the nation for total passes defended with 21 (19 break-ups plus 2 interceptions returned for TDs). Not bad for an ex walk-on who began to see significant playing time only during his junior year.
    To me it seems like he’s worth an NFL look, at least a try-out but I don’t think he will get it.

    1. Ellis was the only starting white corner in FBS this season.
      Others that can see some playing time next year are:
      Garrett Binkley, San Diego State. Ex walk-on injured and was out for the year in the season opener.
      Johnathan Durham, Kansas State (Nickelback??).
      Brandon Ezell, San Jose State
      Austin McChesney, BYU. Tore ACL this summer

  3. In 1991, I was a dual threat QB at Dixon High in Dixon Ca. I passed for 1,200 yards and rushed for 800 more with 16 td’s. I would have thrived in today’s offenses with RPO’s and spread formations. I had a lot of schools call and talk to me but nobody wanted to move me from QB to corner. I presume because I was Caucasian. Most talked about moving me to WR. I ended up with a preferred walk-on offer from Oregon State at QB. If speed was a question, it shouldn’t have been. I was a 10.9 100m and one of the fastest 300m hurdlers in Northern California placing in the top 10 in the state both my Jr & Sr. Year. I guess my 5-11 @ 155lb frame scared some away as well. I decided to continue my football career at Sac City JC in Sacramento Ca. We were the #2 ranked JC football program in the Nation both my Freshman and Sophomore year, like (Jason Seahorn who played at Shasta College) I started at Safety but covered the slot in all man to man situations. I played behind 3 D-1 starters my first year. All three signed full scholarships to ( Cal, BYU and Utah), all three were Black and I was the lone white guy! I was starting at nickel back and if someone was getting beat, I was the 1st sub in. My Soph year, I played mostly free Safety but we blitzed 50% of the time so I was lined up in man to man half of the time. I finished with 72 tackles (53 solos) with 5 Ints, 2 returned for TD’s. I was still considered light for safety at only 170 lbs. Kansas Jayhawks were interested but the former Michigan State Head Coach (Mark Dantonio) who was the D-coordinator for Kansas at the time , he thought I was a D-1 Corner on film and not a safety. I told him to play me at corner. Dantonio’s response was “ I only play the colored on the corners. That’s my rule”. The day I was supposed to leave to Lawerence on my recruiting visit they canceled my trip, saying they needed a safety and a corner. I was too light for Safety and the wrong color for corner. I was crushed. I ended up sending film out to two schools, The University of Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. Both schools offered a visit but Tulsa’s Head Coach jumped on a plane to visit me California and offered me a full ride the next day. I signed a letter of intent to play Cornerback at Tulsa. I started 5 games in 1993 but played in every game at nickel back. My Senior year I started all 11 games at corner. I ended the season with 83 tackles, while breaking up11 passes, forcing 3 fumbles, 1 QB sack and 6 tackles for loss. The longest completion I gave up was 16 yards vs. Missouri. I also broke up the game winning TD beating the Tigers 20-17. I only gave up one touchdown catch in 2 years at Tulsa. That game I broke my leg in the 1st series and played through the 2nd giving up the only TD. In 1994, I don’t know if I was the only Caucasian starting cornerback in College football? I am assume that I was. I checked the best I could.

    Unfortunately, corner is a position my race is discouraged from playing. Even when we have the skills, not a lot of D-1 coaches will bite. There is too much money on the line today. They have a stereo type for each position and white is one of them at corner. A lot of black kids are faster and have more confidence to play the position, I do agree with that. I wish college coaches would give more white kids a chance to play the position. I believe they would be surprised.

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