2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Top 5 cornerbacks to watch

General manager John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds of unmitigated ballhawking skills, Tarvarus McFadden should certainly be on John Lynch’s radar. The highly touted athlete will turn heads at the combine with his pure athletic skills on display for all to see.

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah describes McFadden:

"McFadden has prototype size and length for the cornerback position. He’s a fluid athlete has plenty of deep speed to carry wide receivers down the field. McFadden stays in the hip pocket down the field and he can locate/play the ball very well. He has outstanding ball production. When he plays off coverage, he flashes an impressive closing burst to drive on the ball in front and produce big hits. He plays with effort to chase plays from the backside and I’ve been impressed with his overall instincts for the position."

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One cannot judge McFadden’s significant drop in interceptions from his sophomore year of eight steals to his junior year of zero picks. The way I see it, teams realized they should stop throwing in his direction.

I look forward in seeing McFadden compete in the speed drills and monitor his 40-yard dash time, as it may be significant in terms of his round selection.

Another to keep an eye on would actually be a labeled safety, who can also move to corner, his name, Siran Neal. The kid is mobile, hits like a ’52 Chevy and is versatile for teams in need of multiple-look packages.

I’ll have my eye on Neal at the combine, 49ers fans and administration should do the same.