5 Pac-12 CBs that should be on your radar
Not everybody can stay up late to watch all of the Pac-12 games, so we’re here to fill you in on these five Pac-12 cornerbacks that may not be on your radar yet. All five of these players deserve attention, and have the potential to be playing on Sundays in the near future.
1. Sidney Jones, Washington
2016 coverage stats: Thrown at nine times, four receptions, 20 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT,
zero passes defensed, 12.0 QB rating when targeted.
Sidney Jones is one of the top cover corners in the nation. Jones is only allowing one catch per every 40.8 snaps in coverage, a mark that ranks No.1 in in all of FBS. The 6-foot tall corner can play press coverage well and opposing quarterbacks like to shy away from throwing at Jones as has only been thrown at nine times all year. Jones is only a junior but the lure of being a high draft pick might be too much to resist.
2. Quenton Meeks, Stanford
2016 coverage stats: Thrown at 13 times, seven receptions, 42 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT,
1one pass defensed, 20.8 QB rating when targeted.
Meeks is a terrific cover corner who elevates the play of the entire defense when he is on the field. Meeks was out with an injury for both of the Cardinal’s tough losses to Washington and Washington State and his return was huge for Stanford in last week’s victory over Notre Dame. With the Cardinal trailing 10-0, he undercut a route, intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown. The 6-foot-2 Meeks is only a sophomore but will be worth keeping an eye on in the future.
3. Treston Decoud, Oregon State
2016 coverage stats: Thrown at 39 times, 16 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT,
three passes defensed, 40.5 QB rating when targeted.
The JUCO transfer has really been the breakout corner in the Pac-12 this year. At 6-3 and 208 pounds, Decoud has elite size for the position and has generated some elite results this year. When Decoud faced the ultra productive Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen — who had been averaging 154 receiving yards and 11 catches per game — Decoud held Chad Hansen to four catches on 11 targets for 16 yards. He is a player that will be getting more attention as we move closer to the NFL draft.
4. Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
2016 coverage stats: Thrown at 30 times, 15 receptions, 184 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT,
three passes defensed, 55.4 QB rating when targeted.
Awuzie is a versatile back-end defender who plays with a physical nature in run support that you don’t always see from a college cornerback. Awuzie can also be employed successfully as a blitzer. He possesses the physical playing style to play safety, the change of direction ability to play inside in the slot, and the size and coverage ability to play on the outside as well.
5. Adoree’ Jackson, USC
2016 coverage stats: Thrown at 31 times, 17 receptions, 179 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT,
three passes defensed, 66.5 QB rating when targeted.
Jackson is the most athletic of these corners and a danger for quarterbacks to throw at — if the ball is slightly off target or somehow ends up in his hands, he’s an immediate threat to score from anywhere on the field. He is so rare that even passes that are intentionally thrown away are still in danger of being intercepted.