CB Corey Webster
New York Giants
Height: 6-0 1/8 Weight: 201 Speed: 4.52
Notes: Drafted by the Giants in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2005 NFL draft after a standout career at LSU, where he initially began his career as a receiver before converting to cornerback. Finished college career with 117 tackles, 51 pass breakups and 16 interceptions. Started two games late in the season as an NFL rookie in '05, finishing with 37-5-0, contributing mostly on special teams. Entered the starting lineup at left cornerback in '06, and notched 41-11-1, missing four games with a toe injury. Started the first three games in '07 before being benched, but came on strong late in the season and really stepped up in the playoffs, shutting down Terrell Owens of the Cowboys and grabbing the game-deciding interception against Green Bay to earn a spot in the Super Bowl. Was rewarded with a five-year, $43.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed in December 2008 after recording a career-best 50-24-3 in 16 starts at left cornerback. Missed the final three games in '09 with a knee injury, finishing with 51-12-1 in 13 starts. Started the first 15 games in '10 before sitting out the finale with a rib injury, tallying 50-12-4. Has started all 13 games in '11, notching 41-11-4.
Positives: Outstanding eyes, instincts and route recognition — reads the quarterback, understands the route tree and has an innate feel for coverage. Has excellent body length, with very long arms, and disrupts receivers at the line of scrimmage. Very good press-cover skills — seldom loses position, is very quick to plant and drive and attacks the ball like a receiver in front of him. Is willing to mix it up in run support and does not back down from a challenge. Confident and highly competitive.
Negatives: Lacks top-end acceleration, closing speed and burst and can struggle to recover when he is beat — not explosive transitioning out of his breaks. Is not as comfortable in off coverage as he is on the line. Durability has been a concern throughout his career, dating back to his days at LSU — has been hampered by lower-body injuries. Was not confident supporting the run early in his career and is not always quick to support.
Summary: Is regularly matched up against the opponent's top receiver and has risen to the occasion with the challenge, demonstrating a terrific understanding and feel for the nuances of the position and showing a knack for making big plays. Stands out most for his ball skills, zone instincts and press-cover skills that were groomed at LSU under the guidance of Nick Saban, one of the finest developers of defensive backs in the country. Has shown he can match up well against size, handling Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald, and has played at a Pro Bowl level.