Welcome back for part 2.  We’re going to finish-up with some more cornerback drills that’ll help corners get better at most of the skills

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Xavier Rhodes projects to be one of the top cornerbacks selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. (ICON Sports)

scouts look for when they’re evaluating them.

Click here if you missed part 1.

 

Disclaimer: If you’re injured, or have health issues, please consult with a doctor before doing any of this stuff. I, nor Get2TheLeague.com is responsible if you hurt yourself, or tear-up your mom’s house trying to do these drills.

Related: Cornerback Tips – What NFL Scouts Look For in Cornerbacks Part 1

 

Transition Speed

 

Related: What Everybody Ought to Know About Improving Football Speed


This one helps you develop quickness coming out of breaks

Former NFL cornerback Charles Dimry goes over the basics of the transition from the backpeddal to

 

turning and running with the receiver.

 

Loose Hips

 

Increasing the range of motion in your hips is crucial for corners.  The drills in the video below can help you with that.

Related: Specific Stretches for Football that Can Give You an Advantage on the Field

 

If you have an exercise ball at home, you can do this one at home as well, obviously.

This video gives you some additional stretches you can do to stretch out your hip flexor to increase the mobility of your hips.

 

Body Control

 

This ladder drill will help you with your body control.  You don’t need to buy a ladder, you could actually put some tape or chalk on the ground and get the same results.

 

 

Burst/Explosion

 

The plyometric drills in this video will help you with your explosion.

 

The exercises mentioned in How to Tackle Hard in Football will help you develop the explosion that scouts look for in corners.

You should be able to do the first and last drills on the video below without equipment.

You need a sled for the second drill, but you might be able to put something together around the house or in the backyard that you can use instead if you don’t have access to one.

A lot of people don’t know it, but flexibility plays a huge part in developing explosion in your hips.  If you’re looking to become more explosive, make sure you’re increasing your hip flexibility.

Check out the “Loose Hips” section above for some other hip flexibility exercises, but the drills in the video below can help you with that, as well.

 

Zone Coverage


Footballdrills.com has a drill you can do that’ll help you get used to making zone turns quickly out of your backpedal.

The DB Zone Break drill will help you get better at reading the quarterback and reacting properly to the quarterback’s eyes.
It also helps you with your ball skills in zone coverage.  Unfortunately, you’ll need at least three other people to do this drill.

Disclaimer #2: Again, I’m not a trainer, I just gathered a bunch of training materials that cover drills and exercises that can help you improve in the specific areas that NFL scouts tend to look for when analyzing cornerbacks.


Also, keep in mind that there are tons of drills out there you can use to get better at these areas, however many of them require equipment, and I did my best to include those that needed little-to-no equipment.

Remember, the info only helps you if you use it, so get off your butt and make it happen!

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