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Tuesday Combine Recap: A Lot Talent At Cornerback

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Morris Claiborne of LSU participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Morris Claiborne of LSU participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Josh Robinson, Stephon Gilmore help their cause at NFL scouting combine - Tony Pauline - SI.com. While the 2012 draft class at safety is pretty weak, the college ranks are loaded with talented cornerbacks. Unfortunately, I expect the Green Bay Packers will re-sign CB Jarrett Bush, and they probably won't have room on the roster for a highly drafted cornerback. But if they do let CB Pat Lee leave in free agency, then they should have a roster spot available.

Tuesday featured several strong showings among the top cornerbacks: LSU's Morris Claiborne still looks like a Top 5 pick, while North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins (who's likely off some draft boards due to his troubled past at Florida), Alabama's 'Dre Kirkpatrick, and Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard all ran well.

Wes Bunting agreed; Claiborne and Jenkins had solid days, and so did South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore, who was one of the fastest cornerbacks and showed "good range in the deep half."

But no one helped themselves more than Central Florida's Josh Robinson, who ran a blazing 4.33 40-yard dash time. He was ranked as the No. 19 cornerback available, and he needed something like this to boost his stock in a deep draft class. And his low ranking (by comparison) shows how deep this class is. CBS Sports.com has 13 cornerbacks projected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round. The Packers might draft another cornerback with a mid-round selection just because there are so many good players available.