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James Bradberry earns top grade among rookie corners


CHARLOTTE – The folks over at Pro Football Focus were big fans of cornerback James Bradberry throughout his rookie season, and they revealed that the Samford product was their top-graded rookie corner in 2016.

Bradberry finished the season with 60 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

Bradberry was the ninth cornerback selected when the Panthers called his name with the next-to-last pick of the second round. Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey, PFF's second-highest graded rookie corner, was the first corner off the board at pick No. 5.

Below is a look back at the first nine cornerbacks selected in the 2016 draft.

  1. Jalen Ramsey, Jaguars
  1. Eli Apple, Giants
  1. Vernon Hargreaves III, Buccaneers
  1. William Jackson III, Bengals
  1. Artie Burns, Steelers
  1. Xavien Howard, Dolphins
  1. Mackensie Alexander, Vikings
  1. Cyrus Jones, Patriots
  1. James Bradberry, Panthers

View photos of the cornerbacks in action during the 2016 season.

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