Yusuf Corker, Safety (Kentucky)
- Height – 6’0″
- Weight -197
Safety will be an area of concern for the Bengals front office this offseason. The hope will be that the Bengals will resolve the Jessie Bates situation swiftly and that at least would secure the staters at the spot. As for backups, Ricardo Allen will become a free agent, and there isn’t much to speak of behind him.
Kentucky’s Yusuf Corker ticks many boxes that the Bengals are keen on. He has plenty of experience, having played in over 50 games for the Wildcats.
Additionally, he has been a team captain, something the Bengals value heavily. He took on a range of roles having an even split between box and free safety, along with snaps as a slot corner.
That is no surprise considering he was recruited as a cornerback and, when targeted in coverage, only allowed an NFL passer rating of 70.7. Corker is a tough tackler and, while well built, demonstrates good speed and a nice backpedal.
One thing that Corker will need to show scouts is his ability to diagnose plays coming downhill. He hits holes hard, but that overeagerness sometimes catches him out. Wrong decisions in the run game can lead to him being out of position, often costly when acting as a free safety. You can see Corker providing a versatile backup option and providing help on special teams.
These are just a few prospects to watch during the Senior Bowl, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 EST.