Midlands 2014: Scout 300 CBs
CB Tony Brown
CB Tony Brown
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Taking a closer look at the six Midlands cornerbacks who earned the distinction of being named to the Scout300 on Monday...

No. 4 Tony Brown - CB - Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
Brown plays safety, but is a more natural fit to play cornerback. He is in the mold of an Eric Berry, who can just about do everything in the defensive backfield. He has the size and physique of an elite college player and has already developed a strong work ethic off the field. Additionally, he is a nationally rated track talent and a bonafide speedster posting 4.34 forty-yard dash time to go along with a 60-meter hurdle time of 7.76.

Mansfield's Paris makes the overall Top 50
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No. 45 Edward Paris - CB - Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview - LSU
A big, powerful defensive back prospect. He has the size and speed that college coaches covet at any defensive back positions. Physically, he would fit in on an elite level college team right now. He has good hips and the speed to hang with receivers as a corner, but could also be a ball hawking style safety. He arrives at the ball carrier with bad intentions and makes sound tackles when he does. He has a knack for the finding the ball.

No. 65 Nick Watkins - CB - Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne
Watkins played both ways in 2012 at receiver and corner, but is being recruited as a defensive back. He has the look of a free safety with a long, lean frame, but should be considered as more of a coverage corner. He has elite top-end track speed. He is able to drop quickly and covers a lot of ground. He shows tremendous concentration while the ball is up for grabs and his prowess on offense shows he has great hands. A nice package.

No. 82 Arrion Springs - CB - San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt - Oregon
Springs is a defensive back with a well-rounded skill set. He is a physical defender and while playing safety he shows the downhill run stopping mentality. He is an asset in run support. In coverage he is also strong, hanging with wide receivers and getting a timely hand in to break up the play. He recognizes the play develop quickly and has an excellent break on the ball. He is physical at the line of scrimmage with his jam on receivers.

No. 206 John Plattenburg - CB - Houston (Texas) Lamar
Plattenburg is very well put together, plays physical at the line and has very good feet. He competes hard on every play, has a serious edge to him and closes well on the ball. He's a pure lockdown corner, who's gotten bigger since football season, and has shown the ball skills and instincts college coaches covet.

No. 237 Chris Hardeman - CB - Houston (Texas) Taylor - Oklahoma State
He plays a very physical style of coverage and often knocks receivers off their routes. He shows an good burst and the ability to change direction out of his back pedal. He takes very good angles to ball carriers and is not afraid to get inside the box and mix it up. Does an outstanding job at sticking with the receivers and making plays on the ball. He lacks ideal size and could potentially have problems with bigger receivers. Return specialist.

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