FlyVille21 Position Breakdown: Cornerbacks

For Louisville Football, tomorrow is the early signing day. The Cards are set to sign 22 recruits in the 2021 class, a class full of talent offensively and defensively. CSZ is going to be bringing you position breakdowns each day leading up to signing day.

Today, we bring you the cornerbacks that are a part of FlyVille21.

Rance Conner:

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CSZ Breakdown: Conner is from Miami, FL and plays for Booker T. Washington High School. His highlights show a CB that is versatile. He is equally adept at playing press or off coverage. Conner can line up against smaller, quicker slot receivers or bigger receivers on the outside. He can play zone or man coverage. Conner is good at play recognition and uses his eyes to help him read and bait QBs before jumping the route of the receiver and making a play on the football. Conner is very good at catching the football. He can go up and get it as well as make shoestring catches. His speed and quick twitch muscles helps makes him adept at breaking on routes. He hits hard, tackles well, and isn’t afraid to help stop the opposition’s running attack.

Louisville Comparison: William Gay. Both are the same size and, coming in, they could line up all over the field. Gay became a very good corner at Louisville and had a successful career in the NFL. Conner has some of the same type skills Gay had, able to play zone or man and help in stopping the run. 

Derrick Edwards:

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  • Rating: 3 Star 
  • Position: CB
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 175 ILBs
  • High School: Space Coast
  • Hometown: Cocoa, FL
  • National Rank: 1116 Player in ’21 Class
  • Position Rank: #91 CB in ’21 Class
  • Considered: Baylor, Florida State, Michigan, Miami, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh
  • Twitter: @7derrickedwards
  • Commitment Story: Louisville Gets Second Commit Of The Day From 2021 3 Star FL S Derrick Edwards

CSZ Breakdown: Edwards is a very physical defensive back who also has exceptional speed and athleticism. He might not be very long, but he makes up for it with his ability to make plays on the football and his football IQ is off the charts for his age. He’s specialty is forcing turnovers. His football IQ really pops when you see him constantly punching footballs out from ball carriers and jumping routes for picks. He has the potential to give this defense something it desperately needs which is someone who the DC can rely on to go out and make a play on the ball when the team needs it most.

Louisville Comparison: Terrell Floyd has been my comp for Edwards since day 1. The physicality and ability to force turnovers as a DB is just so similar. Both have very similar frames as well. Like Floyd, I see Edwards as being a player who will see a lot snaps at corner despite the amount of talent Coach Brown has brought into that room. Personally, I feel like Edwards is one of the more underrated players in our class due to him being overshadowed by high 4 star talent on his own team during his junior season but now he’s shining on his own team and I see him shining for the Cards as well.

Kani Walker:

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CSZ Breakdown: Walker is a big defensive back that plays extremely physical in coverage. He possesses unwavering confidence, solid footwork, and a knack for breaking up and intercepting passes.
Louisville Comparison: Jaire Alexander
For the record, I’m not saying that Walker is going to be as good as the former first-round draft pick, but I am saying that Walker’s skillset is similar. Like Alexander, Walker has the mentality and competitive edge to potentially become a lockdown corner at the next level. He reads quarterbacks extremely well, while playing with solid technique and footwork.

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