Antrel Rolle is the best cornerback prospect in the 2005 NFL Draft. He is a big, strong, physical player with good speed and exceptional closing ability. His versatility allows him to play inside against the slot or on the outside against deep-threat wide receivers.
He's also very athletic, has good feet, awareness, and adjusts well to the ball while it's in the air.
The best way to describe Rolle is as a relentless playmaker who has the ability to take a team's best receiver out of the game. His size and strength allow him to match up well with bigger receivers and he has great bump-and-run skills. He also does a good job of jamming receivers on the line, has fluid hips, a good backpedal, and tremendous change of direction ability. Simply put, he has all the skills to stay with any receiver in the nation.
I'm not sure you would call it a weakness, but Rolle doesn't possess the top-end speed of a Corey Webster or Marlin Jackson, although his is certainly more than adequate. I'd look for him to run somewhere between a 4.45 and a 4.50 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Antrel Rolle burst onto the national scene during his junior season when he held the nation's top receiver, Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald, to three catches for 26 yards. In the Orange Bowl at the end of the 2003 season, he completely shut down Florida State's P.K. Sam after allowing him a 10-yard reception on the Seminoles' first play from scrimmage.
Rolle has all the skills to be a true shut-down corner in the NFL and should be an immediate starter for whoever selects him. I'd be shocked if he slipped past the top-10 picks in the 2005 NFL Draft.