CB – Jeffrey Okudah, Noah Igbinoghene, C.J. Henderson, Jeff Gladney
The Redskins simply have to come away from this class with a starting cornerback. There’s no excuse not to. The cornerback position is one of the deepest groups in the 2020 NFL Draft, and it’s also substantially top-heavy, with several elite athletes to choose from at the top.
Jeffrey Okudah is the consensus No. 1 cornerback with his combination of size, speed, explosiveness, and intelligence. Behind him, I have Noah Igbinoghene and C.J. Henderson in the next tier; both are top-notch athletic talents with tremendous upside. I give the edge to Igbinoghene because of his searing play speed and tackling utility, but Henderson is more consistent in coverage at this point, possessing the fluidity and ease of motion to stick to receivers’ hips.
The choice at the fourth cornerback spot is a subjective matter; in fact, spots 2-7 are basically subjective. But being on the pre-2020 all-rookie team is an important distinction, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Thus, I chose TCU’s Jeff Gladney as my CB4. Gladney, like Igbinoghene, plays very fast, and he’s very feisty, physical, and instinctive as a cover man. I like the ceiling of the aforementioned cornerbacks better, but Gladney’s is high as well.