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Madden 23 Scouting Guide: Cornerbacks

Next up on the list is cornerbacks. We’ll go over everything you need to know below. Make sure to check out the quarterback/overview scouting article if you need more context.

Important Physical Tiers For CBs

CB Speed Tiers

  • Elite = 95-99
  • Great = 93-94
  • Good = 91-92
  • Solid = 90
  • Decent = 89
  • Marginal = 88
  • Poor = 87 and below

CB Acceleration Tiers

  • Elite = 94-99
  • Great = 92-93
  • Good = 91
  • Solid = 90
  • Decent = 89
  • Marginal = 88
  • Poor = 87 and below

CB Agility Tiers

  • Elite = 92-99
  • Great = 90-91
  • Good = 88-89
  • Solid = 85-87
  • Decent = 82-84
  • Marginal = 80-81
  • Poor = 79 and below

CB Change Of Direction Tiers

  • Elite = 95-99
  • Great = 93-94
  • Good = 91-92
  • Solid = 88-90
  • Decent = 84-87
  • Marginal = 79-83
  • Poor = 78 and below

CB Jumping Tiers

  • Elite = 92-99
  • Great = 90-91
  • Good = 87-89
  • Solid = 84-86
  • Decent = 80-83
  • Marginal = 76-79
  • Poor = 75 and below

The strength rating is relatively useless for cornerbacks so we did not include them.

Important Skill Grades For CBs

CB Awareness

  • A = 75-99
  • B = 68-74
  • C = 60-67
  • D = 52-59
  • F = 51 and below

CB Man Coverage

  • A = 80-99
  • B = 74-79
  • C = 67-73
  • D = 60-66
  • F = 59 and below

CB Zone Coverage

  • A = 80-99
  • B = 74-79
  • C = 67-73
  • D = 60-66
  • F = 59 and below

CB Press Coverage

  • A = 76-99
  • B = 71-75
  • C = 66-70
  • D = 61-65
  • F = 60 and below

CB Play Recognition

  • A = 90-99
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • D = 60-69
  • F = 59 and below

CB Catch Rating

  • A = 72-99
  • B = 65-71
  • C = 59-64
  • D = 51-58
  • F = 50 and below

CB Injury Rating

  • A = 95-99
  • B = 90-94
  • C = 86-89
  • D = 82-85
  • F = 81 and below

CB Stamina Rating

  • A = 95-99
  • B = 90-94
  • C = 86-89
  • D = 82-85
  • F = 81 and below

CB Draft Notes

The player note information for cornerbacks gives you a little more information that other positions. You have the normal “how likely you are to be penalized” as well as how aggressive your cornerback will play the ball.

Penalty Rating

  • Known to attract flags = Penalty – Undisciplined
  • Typically avoids getting flagged = Penalty – Normal
  • Almost never penalized = Penalty – Disciplined

Play Ball In The Air Rating

  • Struggles to find the ball in the air = Plays Ball In The Air – Conservative
  • Maintains poise at the catch point = Plays Ball In The Air – Normal
  • Always looking to intercept passes = Plays Ball In The Air – Aggressive

Next Up: Scouting Safeties

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  1. Will an “A” play recognition grade result in a minimum rating of 90 for cornerbacks? Or is that a typo?

    1. That is not a typo and is accurate. Just basically no cornerback will ever get an “A” in play recognition.

      1. Thanks for the reply, and I appreciate the time you put into this scouting tool. It makes my player evaluation process a lot smoother.

      2. Are you saying no corner will get an A play play rec? I’m asking because I have one. It’s the player I’m asking about later in this thread. I’m asking because if what you’re saying is true and I found one, then maybe perhaps I’ve found a gem?? I’m still thrown that his physicals seems to be lower than I’d like accept for his acceleration which is elite.

  2. Question! I’m scouting CB’s and I 100% scouted a guy that doesn’t have the greatest physicals (speed, agility decent-solid) and only the acceleration is great-elite). Man is a C, Zone is a D, but his awareness, play rec and kick return are an A. He’s a 6’3”, 22 year old staff recommended player for me to focus on and his talent is top 5 even though his projection is round 1-2. What do you think he can be? Is he generational talent material or prime for a position switch to like safety? His speed, agility and man coverage ratings potential scare me, but the upside seems obvious.

    1. It’s so hard to give specific advice just because each team, play style, league, etc is so different. There are just too many factors to give a recommendation for your specific situation. Generally though, we recommend drafting guys with great physical talent like height and speed or other attributes that are particularly hard to change. You can always upgrade awareness or play recognition pretty easily.

      1. Ok and I agree with the physicals, that’s why I’m having a hard time with this one. He has the height and acceleration. It’s just the speed that’s getting me. Usually the prospect to watch players tend to be high overalls, so I guess I’m combining that with the top 5 talent and wondering if he’s a gem. According to your chart if he’s a top 5 talent then he is at least a 76 or above. That’s seems like a good starting point.