Top 10 2025 NFL Draft CB Rankings: Will Johnson, Benjamin Morrison Lead the Way Early On

Entering the 2025 NFL Draft cycle, who are the top CB prospects to know? Will Johnson and Benjamin Morrison stand above at the start.

As we transition to the 2025 NFL Draft cycle, who are the preliminary top-10 cornerback prospects in the upcoming class?

The 2024 CB class was strong and had quality depth, but there’s reason to believe the 2025 NFL Draft CB class could be even better.

Way-Too-Early Top 10 CB Prospects in 2025 NFL Draft

The 2024 NFL Draft had 15 players who could be classified as cornerbacks go within the top 100 picks.

Quinyon Mitchell, Terrion Arnold, and Nate Wiggins all broke into Round 1, while quality prospects like Kool-Aid McKinstry, Max Melton, and Cooper DeJean dotted Day 2.

The 2024 class was strong — both with its top-end talent and depth — but the 2025 class could be gearing up to be truly special.

Already, a couple of potential blue-chip prospects stand out at the top, and there are droves of talent beyond that range.

10) Davison Igbinosun, Ohio State

Top-10 real estate in the 2025 NFL Draft CB group will be tightly contested, but there’s a real chance the Ohio State Buckeyes could have three CBs within that range.

Denzel Burke and Jordan Hancock are legitimate talents, as is Ole Miss transfer Davis Igbinosun.

As a playmaker on the boundary, Igbinosun can improve at tracking the ball and rising vertically. But as a utility defender, his physicality is very valuable, and at 6’2″, he has the recovery speed to close gaps out of breaks and make WRs uncomfortable.

9) Sebastian Castro, Iowa

Even at a flashy position like cornerback, true “football players” are always in heavy demand. And few prospects in the 2025 NFL Draft class fit that definition more than Iowa’s Sebastian Castro.

Primarily a nickel defender, Castro should have plenty of fans next April.

At around 5’11”, 205 pounds, Castro is a hyper-dense defender with a ruthless trigger downhill. In 2023 alone, he recorded 67 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and a sack — and he also has sharp instincts and route recognition in coverage, as his three picks show.

8) Daylen Everette, Georgia

Over the past few cycles, Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs have proven their mettle when it comes to producing NFL-caliber defensive backs. Kelee Ringo went to the Eagles in 2023, and in 2024, Tykee Smith and Kamari Lassiter both went on Day 2.

In the 2025 NFL Draft cycle, Daylen Everette could be the next man up. At 6’1″, 190 pounds, Everette has the length and lean mass that teams crave, and he’s a visibly fluid and free-flowing athlete in side-saddle.

Another year could sharpen his man coverage skills.

7) Ephesians Prysock, Washington

The Arizona Wildcats quietly had an alien CB combination in 2023. You’ll see Tacario Davis later on this list, and on the other side of the field, Ephesians Prysock was an imposing figure at 6’4″, 190 pounds. He’s now transferred to Washington, where he could thrive.

At his size, Prysock has uncanny movement skills. He’s surprisingly low-cut at his size, with the fluidity and snappy direction changes to mirror WRs three inches shorter.

Efficiency on matching can be an issue at times, but all the talent is there with Prysock.

6) Jordan Hancock, Ohio State

It took some time for Jordan Hancock to break into the defensive rotation and find a role with the Buckeyes.

But now that he has, Hancock has solidified himself as one of the better slot CBs in the league. And with another year of growth, he could be an early-round prospect.

At 6’1″, 195 pounds, Hancock has the size, length, and linear explosiveness, and he flashed playmaking ability with those tools, racking up two interceptions, five pass breakups, and a pick-six in 2023.

Beyond his ball skills in coverage, he’s a dynamic blitz threat as well.

5) Travis Hunter, Colorado

The Colorado football program hasn’t been immune to controversy in the offseason, but there’s nothing controversial about Travis Hunter’s stock as a potential early-round prospect in the 2025 NFL Draft.

In a class full of playmakers, Hunter stands alone.

At 6’1″, 185 pounds, Hunter may need to tune up to NFL play strength and physicality. But as a natural WR, he has a rare instinct for tracking and playing the ball, and he excels at using his positioning to bait quarterbacks, before capitalizing on ill-fated passes.

4) Tacario Davis, Arizona

Prysock has Tacario Davis beat in some categories as a prospect, but there’s no disputing Davis’ sheer range as a playmaker on the boundary. When he’s in side-saddle, with his speed and length at 6’4″, Davis can erase WRs like the sun during a total eclipse.

In 2023, Davis led his team with 15 pass deflections, routinely dissuading QBs from testing him again.

He has the raw talent and playmaking ability to challenge for early-round capital.

3) Denzel Burke, Ohio State

Denzel Burke needed to rebound after a down year in 2022, and that’s exactly what he did in 2023, racking up nine pass breakups, three TFLs, and his first pick since 2021.

Had Burke declared in 2024, he could’ve gone Round 1 — and that upside remains in 2025.

At around 6’1″, 193 pounds, Burke has great size and length, and his profile is made even more distinct by his blistering explosiveness heading downhill, his growing coverage variability, his WR-esque ball skills, and his unhinged urgency as a support player.

2) Benjamin Morrison, Notre Dame

Will Johnson would be the runaway CB1 to start the 2025 NFL Draft cycle if it weren’t for Notre Dame’s Benjamin Morrison.

Morrison erupted in 2022 with six interceptions, and in 2023, he logged a career-high 10 pass breakups while locking down his side of the field.

While Johnson thrives in zone, Morrison is the man-coverage savant of the 2025 NFL Draft class.

At 6’0″, 185 pounds, he’s a charged-up short-area mover with rare corrective athleticism and burst out of transitions, and he eagerly crowds WRs at the catch point.

1) Will Johnson, Michigan

The 2025 NFL Draft cornerback class looks very strong off of initial viewings, but there’s one CB prospect who stands above, both with his production and his profile. That CB prospect is Will Johnson, an All-American with seven interceptions and seven PBUs since 2022.

At 6’2″, 202 pounds, Johnson is best known for taking the fight right to Marvin Harrison Jr. in the 2023 season finale — but he was a lockdown CB all year for the Wolverines. And in 2024, he could grow to become one of the highest-rated CB prospects since 2021.

At his size, Johnson has elite athleticism and movement freedom, and he compounds that athleticism and closing speed with quick reaction ability, high-level zone IQ, efficient pedal and plant technique, and aggressive ball skills. He’s the real deal.

Honorable Mentions

  • Jabbar Muhammad, Oregon
  • Maxwell Hairston, Kentucky
  • Quincy Riley, Louisville
  • Terrance Brooks, Transfer Portal
  • Ricardo Hallman, Wisconsin
  • Cobee Bryant, Kansas
  • Zy Alexander, LSU
  • Jason Marshall Jr., Florida
  • Kameryn Alexander, Oregon
  • Kendall Bohler, Florida A&M

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