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August 24, 2011
Preseason top 20: Cornerbacks
We continue our breakdown of the nation's best players at each position with a look at cornerbacks.
If you want to see good cornerback play this fall, head South. The ACC has four of the nation's top 13 corners and the SEC four of the top 15. There's a Conference USA player among the top 12, as well.
"Best" doesn't necessarily mean the most pro potential or even the most talent. Instead, it's a mix of what the player has accomplished and how we think the player will do this season. But production does trump potential.
We will look at a position a day until Monday, when we rank all 120 of the nation's quarterbacks. Thursday, we will look at safeties. Here are the cornerback rankings.
20. LEON McFADDEN, SAN DIEGO STATE
19. SHELDON PRICE, UCLA
18. BLIDI WREH-WILSON, CONNECTICUT
17. ANTHONY WRIGHT, AIR FORCE
16. DEMONTRE HURST, OKLAHOMA
15. STEPHON GILMORE, SOUTH CAROLINA
14. D'ANTON LYNN, PENN STATE
13. GREG REID, FLORIDA STATE
12. JOSH ROBINSON, UCF
11. MORRIS CLAIBORNE, LSU
10. DRE KIRKPATRICK, ALABAMA
9. CASEY HAYWARD, VANDERBILT
8. SHAUN PRATER, IOWA
7. XAVIER RHODES, FLORIDA STATE
6. CLIFF HARRIS, OREGON
5. CORYELL JUDIE, TEXAS A&M
4. KEITH TANDY, WEST VIRGINIA
3. ALFONZO DENNARD, NEBRASKA
2. CHASE MINNIFIELD, VIRGINIA
1. JAYRON HOSLEY, VIRGINIA TECH
Rankings and player capsules compiled by Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.