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Prospect Profile: Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley

Cordrea Tankersley

Cornerback| Clemson| Senior

Height:6-foot-1 | Weight: 199 pounds

College Stats 

2016: Tankersley started all 15 games in his fourth season for Clemson. He recorded 52 tackles (39 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, 11 passes broken up and four interceptions. Tankersley was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award. He was named First-Team All-American by Pro Football Focus and USA Today, received First-Team All-ACC honors by coaches and the media, and was named to to ESPN's All-Bowl Team.

Career: Over 55 games and 30 starts for the Tigers, Tankersley totaled 119 tackles (91 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 20 passes broken up and nine interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in 2015.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.40 seconds (fifth-best among cornerbacks)

Bench press: 13 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch

Vertical jump: 29.5 inches

3-cone drill: 7.00 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds (15th among cornerbacks)


Summary:After not receiving a starting nod among a talented Clemson secondary his first two seasons, Tankersley became a full-time starter as a junior. That season, he was named Third-Team All-ACC by coaches and the media after leading the team with five interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Tankersley's picks tied for 20th in the FBS, and he received the Renwick-Flanders Most Improved Award for his defensive performance.

Tankersley came on the scene as a true freshman in 2013, contributing on defense but primarily gaining recognition for his special teams performance. He recorded a team-high nine special teams tackles on the season and was named the special teams player of the game at Virginia on Nov. 2.

According to his draft profile, Tankersley sticks with receivers and has experience in a variety of coverages. He's described as being "disruptive at the catch point," and his nine interceptions in just two years as a starter has turned some heads. analyst Lance Zierlein said the following of Tankersley:

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"[He] has an impressive body of work as a lockdown, boundary cornerback, but he has some holes in his transitions that could open the door for more separation on the next level. While he's not always the most fluid in coverage, his 6-foot-1 frame and [nine] interceptions will be the two numbers some teams will focus heavily on. If he runs well at pre-draft workouts, his stock could soar thanks to his size and production."

Stacking up: Tankersley was tabbed by Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke as the 12th-best cornerback in this year's draft class. NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks did not include Tankersley in their top-5 position group rankings.

From offense to defense:Tankersley attended Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, South Carolina, and in 2012 attended Hargrave Military Academy. During his high school career, Tankersley played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. As a senior, he recorded 40 tackles on defense; rushed for 650 yards and five touchdowns; and passed for 708 yards and six touchdowns.

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