POLL: The right cornerback
JAMES DOCKERY: One of the corner candidates
JAMES DOCKERY: One of the corner candidates

Posted Jul 6, 2009

ARGUABLY THE MOST compelling question on defense pre-fall camp is in the secondary, where OSU is replacing all four starters. What figures to be one lengthy position battle will be at corner, where senior Patrick Henderson, junior James Dockery and sophomore Brandon Hardin figure to vie for a starting post opposite Tim Clark, the expected LCB starter. And so it begs the question..

Who’s your pick to start at right cornerback -- Patrick Henderson, James Dockery or Brandon Hardin?

Or is there another corner, like David Ross or Keynan Parker, waiting in the wings who will make a claim?

Much of what will determine who the starter is has yet to unfold -- it will happen in fall camp, now only about a month away. No one seized the job ot made a heads-and-shoulders-above statement this spring, though Henderson and Hardin each missed time to injury this spring.

Dockery is incredibly athletic, it's a matter of how fast his corner acumen can rise to match. Hardin can flat out fly, as seen last year on special teams, and has rare size for a corner (6-2, 206) and some think he might be best suited to safety. Meanwhile, Henderson quietly this spring was the wily veteran out there -- though he hasn't yet been able to separate himself from the competition.

It shouldn't be forgotten that Brandon Hughes and Keenan Lewis struggled in starting roles their first season, and they became NFL Draft picks. But the Beavs would dearly love to see one of the corner candidates jump up early in the fall, seize the job with both hands and take it to the house.

So here's the question: Who lines up at right corner in the Beavs' opener?

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