Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' post-spring cornerback depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 17, 2014 

Senior Jonathon Mincy has one of Auburn's two starting cornerback spots locked down.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position projection of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the cornerbacks.

Who's Who:

Jonathon Mincy, senior: Started all 14 games; 56 tackles (45 solo, 11 assisted), 1.0 tackle for loss, one interception, 14 pass breakups, one quarterback hurry

Josh Holsey, junior: Started first six games before tearing his knee and missing rest of season; 17 tackles (11 solo, six assisted), 0.5 TFL, one INT, one PBU, two QBHs

Jonathan Jones, junior: Appeared in nine games; 11 tackles (all solo), 1.0 TFL, one PBU

Kamryn Melton, sophomore: Appeared in three games; compiled no stats

Pre-spring projection:

Field corner

1. Mincy

2. Melton

***

Boundary corner

1. Jones

2. Johnathan Ford

Post-spring projection:

Field corner

1. Mincy

2. Jones

***

Boundary corner

1. Holsey

2. Reed

Analysis: Field corner was easy. Mincy moved there from the boundary during the spring — replacing Iron Bowl Chris Davis — and flourished. At this point, he can play at either corner spot without issue. It's the same story with Jones. In this projection, Jones is slotted as Mincy's backup for the second straight season due to the possibility of Holsey playing corner.

If Holsey remains at safety, expect Jones to take the starting job opposite Mincy. And it's certainly not out of the question that Holsey plays corner; after all, that's what he was recruited as coming out of Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga. He even started six games at the spot as a true freshman in 2012 before shifting to safety last season.

So whether the Tigers elect to put him at corner or safety, he's a proven commodity at both.

Reed had a good spring after moving from receiver and should get a lot of meaningful snaps this fall.

Behind this quartet, Kamryn Melton and T.J. Davis gives Auburn additional depth. And remember, this is before 2014 signees Kalvaraz Bessent, Nick Ruffin and Joseph Turner join the Tigers for preseason camp.

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