Miami Hurricanes 2021 cornerback depth chart will be deeper

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The Miami Hurricanes will be deeper at cornerback in 2021 than in 2020. Tyrique Stevenson is expected to be a starter at one CB after transferring from Georgia during the offseason. Returning starters Al Blades Jr. and D.J. Ivey are projected to battle for the other outside starting CB in 2021.

Te’Cory Couch returns for the Miami Hurricanes as the slot CB. Stevenson transferred to Miami for a chance to prove to NFL scouts that he can play outside. At Georgia Stevenson primarily played in the slot. Blades, Couch, Ivey and Stevenson will be the primary CBs for Miami in 2021.

None of the four graded among the top 300 CBs nationally in 2020. Marcus Clarke would have had the highest grade among the Miami CBs if he had played enough snaps in 2020. Stevenson recorded 47 tackles, two tackles, one sack and 10 pass breakups. Stevenson will be the highest-ranked CB on the Miami roster.

Couch led Miami CBs in 2020 with 37 tackles, had 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, one interception, one forced fumble and was second behind Blades with six pass breakups. Blades had 27 tackles and led Miami as the only Hurricanes player with two interceptions and with seven pass breakups.

Ivey had an up and down 2020 season finishing with 36 tackles and four pass breakups. Clarke had five tackles a 0.5 TFL and one interception. Isaiah Dunson had six tackles and one pass breakup returns for his second season in 2021. Jalen Harrell who was a 2020 signee with Clarke and Dunson was moved from safety to CB.

Malik Curtis is the only 2021 signee projected to play CB. Stevenson provides Miami with more depth at CB than they had in 2020. All of the Hurricanes 2020 CBs return. Even with Stevenson, Miami still only has seven scholarship CBs on the roster.

Playing three to four CBs at a time in modern college football, Miami will not be able to afford an injury to a CB. Blades, Couch, Ivey and Stevenson are all eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft. Stevenson seems likely to leave for the NFL with a productive season.

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Blades, Couch and Ivey will all have decisions to make depending on how their 2021 seasons evolve. Miami will need to sign at least two CBs in the 2022 class.