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    Top Cornerbacks at the 2023 Senior Bowl Include Tyrique Stevenson, Kyu Blu Kelly, and Rejzohn Wright

    The top cornerbacks at the 2023 Senior Bowl are led by Tyrique Stevenson, but don't count out the Pac-12 duo of Mekhi Blackmon and Rejzohn Wright.

    The group of cornerbacks tasked with guarding the skilled pass catchers at the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl are sure to turn some heads. The top cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl may even be the position group to watch in Mobile.

    Top 2023 Senior Bowl Cornerbacks NFL Draft Prospects

    1) Tyrique Stevenson, Miami (FL)

    An incredibly-gifted athlete, Tyrique Stevenson is one of the most explosive athletes in this entire class. His athleticism and speed are matched with plenty of fluidity in man or zone coverage, and he’s a feisty defensive back at the catch point.

    Stevenson had a stint at Georgia but really made his name known while at Miami. The former Hurricane should be the top cornerback to watch and likely the highest draft pick from Mobile.

    2) Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford

    Kyu Blu Kelly exploded onto the scene as a true freshman back in 2019 and has locked down in coverage ever since for the Cardinal. Don’t let the lack of interceptions fool you, he’s every bit of a ball hawk with tremendous skills at the catch point.

    There is plenty to like about Kelly’s game, and he’s not afraid to mix it up against the run. Expect him to challenge the receivers in 1-on-1 drills in Mobile physically.

    3) Darrell Luter Jr., South Alabama

    One of the top lockdown cornerbacks of the past few seasons resided in Mobile even before the Senior Bowl came calling. Darrell Luter Jr. led the nation in terms of lowest catch rate allowed in 2021 and followed that up with another terrific showing in 2022.

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    For his career, Luter’s play pushed him to nearly two dozen plays on the ball that included five career interceptions, but those hardly told his story. Luter locked down an entire side of the field for the Jaguars and went up against multiple Senior Bowl receivers (Jalen Tolbert, Jalen Wayne) in practice daily.

    4) Rejzohn Wright, Oregon State

    With perhaps the best length in this class, Rejzohn Wright is a name to watch and one who could vault his NFL draft stock with an impressive performance. After transferring in from Laney College, the former Oregon State defensive back blew up in 2021, putting forth a dominant two-year display for the Beavers.

    Wright blankets receivers in his coverage but was also a promising zone DB who could roam freely around the field. That versatility will be on display in Mobile.

    5) Mekhi Blackmon, USC

    After four years at Colorado, Mekhi Blackmon took his talents south to USC and exceeded expectations for the Trojans. He pulled off a career year in every possible metric and finished the year on a tear.

    Blackmon is a physical cornerback with fluidity in his movements and speed to burn. He’ll pick his shots perfectly and make highlight-reel plays on the ball. Though Blackmon isn’t quite a household name, he’s a player who could stick on an NFL roster from Day 1.

    Other Cornerbacks To Watch

    • Julius Brents, Kansas State
    • Riley Moss, Iowa
    • Jakorian Bennett, Maryland
    • Anthony Johnson, Virginia
    • Darius Rush, South Carolina
    • Ronnie Hickman, Ohio State
    • Keidron Smith, Kentucky

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