49ers Clubhouse

Best Cornerbacks



By Robert Baker, 49ers Clubhouse draft writer
April 08, 2002
 

Sheldon Brown     South Carolina
Height: 59
Weight: 190 lbs
40: 4.5
DOB: 19 March 1979
Hometown: Fort lawn, South Carolina
Major: Sport and Entertainment Management

2001: 35 tkl 2 int 8 pbu

2000: 67 tkl 4 int 15 pbu
 Started
1999: 71 tkl 2 int 8 pbu
 Started at CB or FS
1998: 9 tkl 1 int 1 pbu
 Played 10 games
 
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Played DB and HB

Comments: His speed stands out. Brown also has great instincts, but he really will struggle against physical receivers and needs to work on his tackling.


Phillip Buchanon     Miami (Fl)     JUNIOR
Height: 511
Weight: 180 lbs
40: 4.3
DOB: 19 September 1980
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Major: Liberal Arts

2001: 24 tkl 5 int 7 pbu
 
2000: 44 tkl 2 int 9 pbu
 Started 6 games
1999: 20 tkl 1 pbu 
 Played 10 games

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, baseball and track. Played CB and RB. Honor Student

Comments: Has amazing instincts. Buchanon is physical and has an extraordinary talent of jamming receivers.  Can also blitz well. Scouts have a major problem with his speed, and his vertical leap isnt up to standards yet. Will need to wait until hes ready to start, but when he does, hell be a real threat.


Keyuo Craver     Nebraska
Height: 510
Weight: 190 lbs
40: 4.4
DOB: 22 August 1980
Hometown: Harleton, Texas
Major: Communications

2001: 60 tkl 3 int 13 pbu
 started
2000: 56 tkl 13 pbu
 Started
1999: 51 tkl 3 int 12 pbu
 Started at LCB
1998: 25 tkl 1 int 3 pbu
 Played 12 games

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track. Played DB and RB

Comments: Has great awareness and play recognition. Craver will give 110% at all times and plays man-to-man very effectively. He can also hit receivers very hard. He will need to work on his technique and does get burnt a few times too often.


Mike Echols     Wisconsin
Height: 59
Weight: 180 lbs
40: 4.4
DOB: 13 October 1978
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Major: Behavioral Science and Law

2001: 67 tkl 3 int 13 pbu
 Started. First Team All Big Ten
2000: 75 tkl 5 int 25 pbu
 Started
1999: 31 tkl 1 int 12 pbu
 Started
1998: 46 tkl 3 int 6 pbu
 Started

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and basketball

Comments: Is very quick and very aggressive. Has soft hands and is athletic. His major weakness is his size, and the fact that he has a relatively small vertical leap. Needs to work on his tackling technique. Echols is also a Diabetic.


Quentin Jammer     Texas
Height: 60
Weight: 200 lbs
40: 4.5
DOB: 19 June 1979
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Major: Ethnic Studies

2001: 53 tkl 2 int 23 pbu
 Started
2000: 43 tkl 3 int 20 pbu
 Moved to CB
1999: Redshirt
1998: 81 tkl 2 int 12 pbu
 Started at FS
1997: 13 tkl 1 pbu
 Started 3 games

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track.

Comments: Jammer is the best CB in the draft. He has no weakness. He physical, can play man-to-man coverage, has nice speed and is a strong tackler. Should be a top 5 pick, and the team that does select him will have a great shutdown corner for years to come.


Omare Lowe     Washington
Height: 61
Weight: 200 lbs
40: 4.6
DOB: 20 April 1978
Hometown: Maple Valley, Washington
Major: Communications

2001: 40 tkl 1 int 8 pbu
 Started
2000: 30 tkl 2 int 9 pbu
 Started
1999: 20 tkl 1 int 3 pbu
 Started 2 games
1998: 10 tkl 1 int 3 pbu
 Started one game
1997: Redshirt

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track. Option quarterback

Comments: Lowe is a versatile player that could play CB or S. Hes good vs. the pass and the run. He is a tad slow. A major problem though is that Lowe has played more at S than CB, at S he hasnt mastered and plays inconsistently, where as at CB he is inexperienced.


Derek Ross     Ohio St.     JUNIOR
Height: 61
Weight: 195 lbs
40: 4.6
DOB: 5 January 1980
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Major: African-American and African Studies

2001: 41 tkl 7 int 6 pbu
 Started
2000: 37 tkl 2 int 7 pbu
 Backup
1999: Redshirt
1998: 13 tkl 
 Played 12 games

HIGH SCHOOL: Played QB

Comments: Ross is a player who has potential. Hes got good speed, terrific instincts and nice height, but is very inexperienced, only starting one year. Needs to be stronger and more physica.l


Mike Rumph     Miami
Height: 61
Weight: 190 lbs
40: 4.4
DOB: 8 November 1979
Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida
Major: Liberal Arts

2001: 30 tkl 0 int 7 pbu
 Started
2000: 40 tkl 1 int 10 pbu
 Started
1999: 75 tkl 4 int 4 pbu
 Started
1998: 20 tkl 1 int 5 pbu
 Started 3 games

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football, basketball, and track. All-American

Comments: Rumph is a very gifted athlete. But his major problem is that hes ready, there doesnt look to be a section of his game that looks as if it could drastically improve in the pros, what you see is what you get. But an upside to this is that he is ready to start straight away.


Lito Shepperd     Florida     JUNIOR
Height: 510
Weight: 195 lbs
40: 4.4
DOB: 8 April 1981
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Sociology

2001: 23 tkl 2 int 5 pbu
 Failed a drug test for marijuana 
2000: 40 tkl 6 int 5 pbu
 Started
1999: 5 tkl 2 pbu 
 Played all but one game

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football and track. All-American

Comments: Has a truck load of talent, but hes work ethic and off field behavior is something to be desired. He has no work ethic, thinks he is Gods gift to football and hes been suspended for marijuana use. He will make a great return guy in the NFL. Shepperd has amazing speed and recognizes plays well. Should come with a large caution sticker.


Steve Smith     Oregon
Height: 61
Weight: 190 lbs
40: 4.6
DOB: 28 June 1979
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Major: Sociology

2001: 41 tkl 6 int 18 pbu
 Started
2000: 37 tkl 1 int 21 pbu
 Started 8 games at CB and 1 at SS
1999: 9 tkl 3 int 
 Started 1 game
1998: 8 tkl 1 int 
 Backup CB

HIGH SCHOOL: Played DB and WR

Comments: Has nice size and is versatile, being able to play CB and S. His is a bit slow and needs to trust his instincts more. Nephew of NBA All-Star guard Dennis Johnson.

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