Dinosaurs, sabre-toothed tigers and starting white NFL cornerbacks… three creatures that have gone extinct. A 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 marks the third annual ranking of White Corners. No white cornerbacks have even been close to play in the NFL during this time. There is some promise on the current list, but no sure NFL players. The search continues for the next Jason Sehorn and to break a 17 year drought of no white cornerbacks in the NFL.. Here are your 2019 rankings:
- Ashtyn Davis, Cal
Davis took a step up in 2018 earning first team All-Pac 12 honors as a kick returner. The ultimate move to safety happened, but he still has corner experience. He could be a NFL player, but will he ever be moved back to corner? Let’s hope so.
- Jonathan Durham, Kansas State
Durham started the final 6 games and also had an interception during the season. Durham will compete this year for a starting cornerback role on the Wildcats and hopes to have a solid season. The NFL is unlikely, but maybe he will impress enough for a spot on a training camp roster.
- Ethan Bonner, Stanford
The highest ranked recruit on the list as the 107th rated corner on 247 for the class of 2018. Bonner saw playing time in the final four games as a freshman. He has the most promise on the list and the most likely to play in the NFL. Bonner will look to see the field more often as a Redshirt Freshman.
- Brandon Ezell, San Jose State
Ezell will compete for a starting cornerback spot on San Jose State. He played sparingly in 2017 as a JUCO transfer and took a redshirt year in 2018. He also has potential as a punt returner. He is not going to be a NFL player, but he makes the list.
- Jake Herbstreit, Clemson
Kirk’s son debuts at number five. Herbstreit is a freshman walk on at Clemson. He most likely won’t see the field for a few years (if at all), but playing at a power five school is quite the accomplishment.
- Dawson Hurst, Cal Poly
Cal Poly Freshman.
- Justin Murray, Bucknell
White Cornerback Prospects on the Radar
Ayden Hector- Sammamish, WA
By far the highest white ranked cornerback recruit we’ve had. He is a top 300 player and 4 star recruit. Hector hold 22 offers including Pac-12 Powerhouses USC, Stanford, and Oregon.
Many of these players were found by comments left by the readers. So if there is someone I’m missing, let me know. As you can probably tell, it is tough to find white cornerbacks.