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New England Patriots NFL Combine 2013: Xavier Rhodes, Jordan Poyer


Some of the top cornerbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft are well-regarded for their size, and two of them are Florida State Seminoles corner Xavier Rhodes and Oregon State Beavers CB Jordan Poyer. Both standouts are on the New England Patriots draft radar, and they would be solid selections in the second round.

Rhodes is a cornerback who is overrated by some and underrated by others, which shows just how contentious of a pick he is. You can say pretty much the same thing for most players in this draft, but I feel like there are a lot of differing opinions on Rhodes. He’s faster than people think, especially when you look at just how big he is. Rhodes was clocked with NFL Combine 2013 times today of 4.41 each, and that’s a nice time for a player of his size.

An excellent press-coverage CB with No. 1 corner upside, Xavier Rhodes could potentially be selected in the top 20. I think he will be taken between 20-32, but a team will likely fall in love with his ball skills and talent. Even though some said he should move to safety, Rhodes looks more like a cornerback at the pro level.

Oregon State Beavers standout Jordan Poyer met with the New England Patriots, and he was once mocked to the Pats by the main site FanSided.com. Poyer picked off seven passes, had a strong Senior Bowl, and now the former Oregon State CB outperformed Combine expectations of him by posting forty times of 4.46 and 4.50. Consider him a solid all-around prospect at the position.

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