The Seattle Seahawks will likely spend one of their draft picks on a cornerback for the future. The question remains, who will that cornerback be?
Seattle is always very particular about who they target in the draft along the secondary. The Seahawks focus more on athletic, and size measurables than production in college.
Minimum requirements for size/ testing on key drills:
- Arm length: 32 inches
- 40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
- 3-cone: 7.20 seconds
- Short shuttle: 4.4 seconds
- Vertical jump: 33 inches
- Broad Jump: 122 inches
This is not necessarily what they want, but the bare minimum for what they will look for to consider a prospect. If the Seahawks were to take a cornerback, the 3 most important requirements are arm length, short shuttle, and the vertical jump.
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The reasoning behind these: The arm length and vertical are to help play the ball in the air. It also helps the corner engage the receiver at the line of scrimmage. The short shuttle helps show how the cornerback does in changing direction quickly. The ability to flip the hips is absolutely crucial in coverage.
After reviewing all the corners in this class, there are only 4 likely available corners that fit all the athletic and size requirements.
*Note: I did not include Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn, although they both met all requirements. Unless the Seahawks trade into the top 15, these two are likely going to be off the board.