With the NFL's new emphasis on the five-yard chuck rule, the value of the cornerback position is somewhat diminished. Teams are playing more zone coverages and giving more cushion to ensure fewer penalties and big plays allowed. As a result, the demand for cornerbacks in the upcoming draft could be lower than it has been over the last several years.
Regardless, cornerback is one of the stronger positions in the 2005 draft. Not only are there two elite prospects in West Virginia's Adam "Pac-Man" Jones and Miami's Antrel Rolle, but there's also the potential for as many as 12 corners to come off the board by the end of the second round. In comparison, there were nine cornerbacks taken in the first two rounds of the 2004 draft and eight in 2003.